Mary Persons basketball is on a three-game losing streak following crushing home defeats against Americus-Sumter, Peach County and Tattnall. The Bulldogs had been on a hot streak before last Tuesday, with recent wins against Lamar, Jackson and Howard.
The team’s first home loss against Americus-Sumter on Tuesday, Jan. 12, was disappointing but not all that shocking. Coach Greg Nix has previously called Americus-Sumter the best team in Region 2-AAA and knew his guys would have to play at their best to beat them. Nix had hoped that the team’s matchup against Blessed Trinity earlier this season would prepare them to face a competitor like Americus-Sumter. Unfortunately, Americus-Sumpter came out strong in the first half and Mary Persons was left playing catchup the rest of the game. The Panthers wound up defeating the Bulldogs 63 to 50.
Top scorers for the Dogs were senior Jaboree Goodson and sophomore Khamren Little with 13 points apiece and senior Alex Brown with 12. Mary Persons chances were killed in the second quarter, when Americus-Sumter racked up 18 points to their 4. The team put in a solid effort in the 2nd half, outscoring the Panthers in the third and fourth quarter. Unfortunately, MP’s deficit was too great and the Dogs were unable to recoup the points. Although the loss hurt, the Dogs put up a good fight and showed that they can finish a game strong.
The team’s next home loss came against Peach County a few days later on Friday, Jan. 15. The Dogs managed to keep up with Trojans throughout the first half and went into halftime down by just one point. Then, something went very wrong in the 2nd half with the Trojans pulling ahead by 30 points and winning the game 49-79. The loss wound up being worse than MP’s first game against Peach way back in December when they only had six guys on the team. The team’s confidence was shattered after this loss, which almost certainly played a role in the Dog’s defeat against Tattnall Square Academy the following night.
Mary Persons beat Tattnall 70-59 in an away matchup just a month back. Unfortunately, that same level of energy was not brought to their rematch game at home last Saturday. The two teams were neck and neck throughout, with MP leading 45-43 going into the fourth. The game ended tied up at the end of the fourth, with Tattnall overtaking the Dogs and winning 66-64 in overtime.
The Dogs are currently 6-7 overall and 3-3 in Region 2-AAA. Mary Person plays region-rival Central at home on Tuesday, Jan. 19 (results unavailable as of press time). The Bulldogs will then face Crisp County, another region competitor, at home on Friday, followed by a home game versus Howard on Saturday. Though these recent loses have the team’s confidence down, Nix hopes these upcoming region home games will give his guys an opportunity to bounce back and regain their stride.