GIRLS FRIDAY PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Miller County sisters lead rout of Baker

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

COLQUITT -- The Miller County Lady Pirates had a quartet of scorers get into the mix in Friday's blowout win as Sukena Diamond dropped in a game-high 14, her sister, Salina, scored 13, Krystall Stovall added 11 and Katrina Crankfield rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 for a 71-33 rout of Baker County.

Coach Robert Melton said he is beyond impressed with how well his sister act is playing in the early going.

"They didn't both start last year, but their chemistry so far has been great now that they're on the court together," Melton said. "They're playing really hard."

Melton added that neither sister was particularly dominant a year ago, but says the team -- as a whole -- is "playing with a lot more spirit" this season.

"The sisters have been great on fast breaks, and know where to find each other and their teammates," Melton said. "And that's important because we're not a very big team -- our tallest player is 5-foot-8 -- and we can't get in there and rebound with some of these teams. So we have to rely (on our speed and quickness)."

Miller County improved to 2-1 overall, with its only loss coming to Chattahoochee on Thursday, and will next play at Pelham on Tuesday.



The Lady Hornets picked up their first win of the season behind 35 points from D'Ambria Thomas, who just missed out on her career high of 36.

Pelham coach Derrick Lavatte said he was well aware that Thomas was close to eclipsing her all-time best mark, but also noted that there's plenty of time for Thomas to do so.

That is, if she can somehow shed the bull's eye on her back.

"She was first team all-region a year ago, so (opponents) know what she can do," Lavatte said. "They'll be trying to stop her all year."

Not to be outdone was Thomas' teammate, Tashenessy Reese, who added 16 points.

The victory was welcome for more than one reason Friday because the Lady Hornets were coming off a gut-wrenching loss to Seminole County on Tuesday in their opener. With the game tied up with just under 10 seconds to go, Thomas tried to find Reese down court for the game-winning bucket, but it was picked off. The Lady Indians went down, scored as time expired and won by two points.

"I've been happy with how we played both games," Lavatte said. "We've been up-tempo, pushing it and flying around the court."

Pelham will need more of that in its next game when the Lady Hornets play a tough Calhoun County team that is off to a good start under first-year coach Cornelius Walker.



Nett Reed scored 20 points to lead all scorers, but it wasn't enough for the Lady Bobcats to earn the win in their season opener.

The final score of the game, nor stats for any Squaws players, was not available at press time after several attempts by The Herald on Friday to reach Albany girls coach Telly Turner were unsuccessful.



The Lady Eagles picked up their second win of their state-title-defense season Friday thanks to what coach Keith Jones believed was a career high for leading scorer Alex Barfield.

"If 25 isn't her best, it's close," said Jones, whose team improved to 2-3. "She had a great game."

It wasn't as good, however, as Brookwood's Lauren Johnson, who led all scorers with 33 points -- accounting for all but nine of Brookwood's final total of 42.

"(Lauren) just kept driving, and driving and driving some more," Jones said. "We couldn't stop her. Heck, if she had made more of her free throws, she would've probably finished with 40."

Terrell gets back in action today against Glenwood at 1 p.m. at home.



The Lady Wildcats improved to 2-2 on the season behind 16 points from Virginia Vereen, while Coley Westbrook had 8 and Sumner Watson contributed 7.

When asked what the biggest difference between Friday's game was compared to the two losses for Westwood on the season, coach Jenni Smith pulled no punches.

"We won," she laughed. "But, no, really, we just scored with more ease (Friday). Our offense was just clicking, but we still need to work on our defense. That'll come with time. The season's still young."

Leading the way for SGA was Kyndall Andrews with 10, while teammate Hailey Chappell added 9.

Westwood gets back in action Tuesday when it travels to face local rival Sherwood -- a game Smith said her girls have already turned their attention to.

"They're really looking forward to it," Smith said. "We scrimmaged with them some before the season started and I really like their coach (Rebecca Fyock)."


FPD 33, DWS 28, OT:

The Lady Knights (3-1) lost for the first time all year in a heartbreaker Friday. Leading the team in scoring was Morgan Phillips with 8 points.

"The story here wasn't that we lost, but that we were down at the half and battled all the way back," DWS coach Ty Kinslow said. "We just came up a little short."

Both the DWS boys and girls resume play today against Stratford Academy.



Emilee Cook led all scorers with 13 points, Maggie O'Connor added 12 and the Lady Eagles improved to 4-1 on the season. SCA's next game is Tuesday at home against Westwood.



Fresh off her 37-point performance in a convincing win against Dougherty on Tuesday, the Lady Panthers' Jayme Gilbert struck again Friday, scoring 33 in an absolute dominant performance against the Lady Greenwave.

Americus-Sumter improved to 3-2 with the win.