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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Darton women's hoops loses first game; local boxer Roscoe returns to ring tonight; Albany golf pro Skinner just misses Champions Tour card; prep basketball roundup

Darton coach Lea Henry had her team off to a 3-0 start but the Lady Cavs lost, 81-71, on Friday night to No. 15 Shelton State on the road.

Darton coach Lea Henry had her team off to a 3-0 start but the Lady Cavs lost, 81-71, on Friday night to No. 15 Shelton State on the road.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Darton College women's basketball team said so long to its perfect start Friday after losing a hard-fought battle against No. 15 nationally ranked Shelton State, 81-71, despite trailing at the half by only three points.

The loss dropped Darton, which had won its first three game of the season under new coach Lea Henry by outscoring its opponents 286-95, to 3-1 on the year.

"We played well, but we didn't play well enough to win," Henry said. "We attacked the basket and never gave up, but that's a good team and I see why they're the No. 15 team in the nation."

Freshman Michelle Mitchell led the Lady Cavs with a career-high 27 points, followed by 13 from Chantaneice Fann. Lauren Johnson and Christina Brown added nine points each.

Still, Henry said she hoped the narrow loss to Shelton State -- combined with how easily Darton won its first three games of the season -- would open the eyes of the NJCAA pollsters.

"Between the fact that we won our first three games convincingly and the fact that we drove 5 1/2 hours, got off the bus and hung with a team like that, I hope it gives us some looks from the voters," she said. "Plus, last year I think we lost to that program by 30-something points, so that gives our players a lot of confidence."

Darton is now off for the next 10 days before returning to the court Nov. 29 at home against No. 20 Middle Georgia -- currently the only ranked team from the Lady Cavs' Region XVII conference.


ALBANY'S ROSCOE RETURNS TO RING TONIGHT:

ALBANY -- Terry Roscoe seemed on his way to becoming Albany's only professional boxer just two years ago with more than 80 amateur fights, two Georgia amateur championships and a Gold Glove titles to match.

Then, life in general -- as it often does -- got in the way.

Roscoe, the 22-year-old father of four -- and soon to be five -- gave up the sport two years ago after winning his fourth straight bout at 165 pounds to focus on raising a family and providing for his children with his job at Equity Group in Camilla. But after that long layoff, Roscoe is making his comeback fight tonight at the Georgia Amateur Invitational in Kennesaw, with hopes of turning pro by next year.

"I just felt I had too much talent to give up on it," Roscoe told The Herald. "I've been working hard for the last three months, elevating my speed and power, and I feel good -- real good. And mentally, I'm in a better place than I ever was before. So I'm back in the ring, man -- and I don't plan on leaving this time.

"Boxing's my way out. It's how I'm gonna make it."

Under the watchful eye of well-known Albany trainer Fred Thomas, Roscoe has been hitting the training harder than ever before during whatever free time he can find at Turner Gym, and he hopes tonight he can show how far he's come.

"It's been a struggle because I want to be a good father to my kids and take care of them, but I just knew in my heart I wasn't done," he said. "People kept telling me to stop wasting my talent, so I decided to start listening."


ALBANY GOLF PRO SKINNER JUST MISSES PGA TOUR CARD:

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Sonny Skinner, teaching pro at River Pointe Golf Club, finished one spot shot of earning full exemption on next season's Champions Tour during the Q-School finals Friday, finishing in sixth place. The Top 5 finishers earned their tour card.

"I fell a little short," Skinner told The Herald from Scottsdale, Ariz. "I'll be an alternate for next season, meaning I'll be one of the first to get a call if there's an empty spot that needs to be filled in a tournament. It's disappointing, but I'd rather be in position to have a chance than not at all."

Skinner fired rounds of 68, 71, 67 and 66 to make a strong run, before falling one stroke short on the final day. He earned his spot to play this week by finishing third in Orlando the week before.


WESTOVER GIRLS OPEN SEASON WITH WIN AT THOMASVILLE:

THOMASVILLE -- Down by 18 at one point, the Westover girls never quit.

Led by DyTiesha Dunson's 18 points and 12 from Ieshia Young, the Lady Patriots rallied for a 57-43 season-opening win, and next will face Tift County today at 4 p.m. at the Civic Center.

The Westover boys lost but no final score or stats were available at press time.

TIFT COUNTY GIRLS 54, PELHAM 40: The Lady Hornets fell in their season opener, despite 15 points from Tashaunessey Reece and 12 from Octavia Kierce.

The Pelham boys also lost to Tift in its season opener, but no final stats or score were available.