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Warren teams win on hardcourt

WARRENTON, Ga. -- The Warren County School Screaming Devils recorded their first basketball victory of the 2008-09 season last Saturday night.

Playing host to Howard High School of Macon, the Screaming Devils avenged an earlier two-point loss to the same team earlier this season. This past Saturday, though, the game belonged to Warren County -- the Screaming Devils recording a 68-53 victory.

In girls' action, the Warren County Lady Screaming Devils defeated Howard with a thrilling 57-55 win.

Warren County's Stanley Johnson led his team with 31 points.

"He played a terrific game," remarked Warren County Head Coach Levon Grant. "He played his best game of the season thus far. I was real proud of him and several other players on our team, too."

Two other players also hit in double-figures for Warren County. They included Montavious "Tay" Erwin with 14 points and Cornelius Pinkston with 10 points.

Jonathan Lewis was praised for his impressive inside play.

"He gave us a real inside presence with his strong play," Coach Grant said.

The Screaming Devils were 6-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Warren County is now 1-2 on the season.

In the girls' game, the Lady Screaming Devils were led by Candice Warthen with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Tynisha Harris followed with 13 points, while Sondrea Hardin scored four points, respectively and had 8 rebounds.

The win was the second one of the season for Warren County over Howard. In their first meeting, the Lady Screaming Devils of Head Coach Jammal Rhodes defeated Howard 67-25.

In that victory, Warthen, a junior, scored 30 points. Half of her offensive output came during the second quarter. She played sparingly in the second half and sat on the bench the entire fourth quarter.

"She's been sensational for us so far this season," said Coach Rhodes of Warthen's performance. "She's an outstanding basketball player and we're looking for big things from her all season."

In a game against Jefferson County played in Louisville on Dec. 5, Warthen scored a season-high 36 points and yanked down 10 rebounds.

Up next, Warren County plays host to the Jefferson County Warriors on Friday night. Then, the Screaming Devils will play host to the Greene County Tigers on Dec. 23.

Web posted on Thursday, December 18, 2008

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