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Warthen helps lead Warren to big win

WARRENTON, Ga. - Candice Warthen continues to lead Warren County's assault against other teams in sub-region basketball action this season.

The junior, a three-year starter for the Lady Screaming Devils, put on a dazzling performance against the Washington-Wilkes Lady Tigers of Head Coach Nick Brinson last Saturday night at the Warren County High gym. Warthen's efforts helped Warren County to a 63-32 blowout victory.

It marked the second time this season that the Lady Screaming Devils had beaten the Lady Tigers.

"Right now, we're playing above the curve," said Warren County Head Coach Jaamal Rhodes. "Our players said we needed to crank up our defense and that's exactly what they did. We did a wonderful job against Washington-Wilkes."

The Lady Screaming Devils, who are perfect in sub-region play with a 3-0 record and who are 12-7 overall, took Saturday night off. They were scheduled to have played the Glascock County Lady Panthers on Tuesday. They will play host to the Hancock Central Lady Bulldogs on Saturday night.

Coach Rhoades praised the sensational performance of Warthen in the game against Washington-Wilkes.

"She's already a great player and she's becoming a great leader for us, too," Coach Rhodes said. "Our team is starting to form a good chemistry around her. They allow her to be who she is."

Aside from her double-digit scoring against the Lady Tigers, Warthen also recorded five rebounds, four assists and seven steals - six of them occurring in the second half when she saw limited playing time.

After establishing an early lead in the first half, the Lady Screaming Devils went into the second half of the game with a 10-point lead, 34-24. Washington-Wilkes got within seven points at the close of the third period, 37-30 before Warren County began an awesome offensive and defensive performance during the final eight minutes of the game.

Web posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009

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