By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County Wolverines basketball team had a tough week with a pair of region games against good teams.
Statistics for the games were not available at press time but game recaps follow.
First up for the Wolverines was a home game against the Coosa Eagles, a team that defeated the Wolverines by 19 points earlier in the season.
It turned out to be a back-and-forth game with defense playing a big part in the game and neither team was ever able to take control and pull away.
Going back and forth all the way to the end, Dade was trailing by three with just seconds remaining in the game.
The Wolverines had the ball out of bounds with a few seconds left and a chance to tie the game, but an errant inbounds pass went to the Eagles and they ran out the clock to secure a 41-38 win over the Wolverines.
The three point loss did show how much the Wolverines have improved this season following that 19 point loss to the Eagles earlier in the season.
On Friday night, the Wolverines traveled to Summerville to face the Chattooga County Indians in another big region game against a very good Indian team.
Dade was never in this game as the Indians jumped out to the early lead and never looked back.
At the end of the first quarter, they had built a 19-5 lead over the Wolverines.
Dade played better in the second quarter, scoring nine points, but Chattooga built on their lead and were up 34-14 at the end of the first half.
The third quarter was a complete disaster for the Wolverines as the Indians dominated play and outscored them 24-7 to lead 58-21.
The pace slowed in the fourth quarter as Chattooga coasted to an easy 62-26 win over the Wolverines.
The Wolverines still have a one-game lead over the Coosa Eagles for fourth place in region and a spot in the state tournament. DCHS will need to win two of their last three to assure themselves the playoff spot.