EATONTON -- Crawford County didnt score in the first quarter until less than three seconds remained.
Putnam County failed to take much advantage of that drought, and then watched the Eagles get warm in the second quarter and make things interesting in the battle of missed layups.
But things went better in the second half and Putnam County pulled away for a 50-20 win in a GHSA Region 4-AA girls tournament game Tuesday.
The day went by a little quickly, thanks to Monticellos mid-afternoon postponement by way of Jasper County schools because of weather concerns. The Monticello-Northeast game will be played Friday.
Taylor County took advantage of a 3-for-11 game at the line to beat Macon County 45-36.
Shakedra Ellison led Putnam County with 16, while Breana Mullens added 14 and Ebony Hargrove 11.
Cheyenne Heald had 13 for Crawford County.
Putnam County head coach Jerusha Hudson couldnt find much to be happy about other than the win, which improved the War Eagles to 23-2.
We play down to our opponents, and I just hate that, Hudson said. Weve done that maybe three times. We didnt look like a team.
Her team missed a few games worth of high percentage shots and didnt seem to have much spring in its collective step.
It was a pretty good chunk, Hudson said of the missed layups. No joke.
The lead was only 9-1 after a quarter, and the Eagles finally got a bucket from the floor on Cheyenne Healds 3-pointer with 5:35 left in the second quarter. That broke the seal on the rim for the Eagles, who pulled with 16-12 at halftime.
We played (Monday) night, we got in kinda late, Crawford County head coach Melinda Traylor said. Then we had to get up and go to school. Putnam was rested, and on their own court.
I think it all had a lot to do with it.
The third quarter bore a resemblance to the first with Crawford County struggling from the floor. The War Eagles had scored 11 before Heald again broke the drought with a 3-pointer, this time at the 2:13 mark.
But a 15-point lead dwindled to 10 entering the fourth as both teams again went through ragged stretches of execution.
Putnam County started passing and catching better, and hit a flurry as Crawford County failed to score in the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter, five minutes in to that, they kind started finding their bearings, Hudson said. The way we played the last five minutes is the way we needed to play the whole game.