DAWSON -- Not a bad beginning after only four practices.
The Terrell Academy boys basketball team, which is made up primarily of football players who just came off a run to their second consecutive GISA Class A state title and joined the team late, improved to 3-0 on Saturday after sweeping a pair of weekend games, beginning with a 43-28 win against Brookwood on Friday, then capped with a 50-29 shellacking of Glenwood (Ala.) Academy on Saturday.
Nick Beaver led the Eagles both times, scoring 10 points on Friday, then following it up with 11 on Saturday.
"We knew Nick would be key, but I didn't know he would do so much scoring so early," TAE coach Rundy Foster said. "The great thing about this team is that on any given night, we've got about eight guys who can lead us."
Riley Davis and Caleb White each added nine points in the win Saturday as the Eagles now get one day of rest before hosting Tiftarea on Monday at 8 p.m.
DWS BOYS 63, STRATFORD 42:
Fresh off his appearance in the GISA All-Star football game Saturday, Reggie Brown hopped over to the basketball court afterward and scored 12 points in a DWS rout. The Knights were only ahead, 43-40, going into the fourth quarter, then outscored Stratford 20-2 the rest of the way.
"I had to play Reggie a little more than I wanted to considering he had played a football game earlier that day," DWS coach Gordy Gruhl said. "And while his legs looked a little tired, he gave us some good minutes."
Leading all scorers for DWS (2-0) was Banks Kinslow with 17, while Shaun Jones added 12.
The Knights get back to work Tuesday in their home opener against Mount de Sales.
SHERWOOD BOYS LOSE TWO:
The Sherwood Christian boys basketball team, fresh off a 20-6 season, have started 1-2 thanks to a 70-58 double overtime loss Friday to Citizen's Christian, followed by a crushing 67-26 defeat Saturday to Bethesda Day.
"We're not playing well, we're missing a lot of shots and we're just getting outplayed," SCA coach Matt Ruta said. "We have to play better and I have to coach them better. It's pretty frustrating."
No SCA player broke double figures Saturday in the loss as Brannan Anthony was the high man with eight points.
Absent from the lineup Saturday in the lopsided loss was top scorer Dequan Green, who Ruta said he sat out a game.
Ruta declined to elaborate what prompted the benching.
Sherwood gets back in action Tuesday when it hosts Westwood.
MILLER COUNTY BOYS OFF TO GOOD START:
Led by longtime coach Tim Martin's son, Will, the Pirates won Friday against Quitman, 59-58, behind 23 points from the senior.
Although the real praise in this win goes to Marquez Shuler.
Thanks to Shuler's free throw with less than 20 seconds left, the Pirates went ahead by one and held off a late Quitman shot for the win after what Martin called "great defense" on the final play by Cosby Salter.
"Marquez only scored three points all game," laughed the coach. "But one of those was a big one."
Miller opened the year with a win against Calhoun County, then dropped a game to Chattahooche on Thursday, 50-46.
"We've got some talent and Will's playing great," Martin said. "This team is going to be competitive this year."
Miller plays again Tuesday when it travels to face a undefeated Pelham team.
MACON -- For the second day in a row, the Deerfield-Windsor girls basketball team dropped a close one, this time 37-35 to Stratford Aademy on the road, despite good games from Sabrina Curry (11 points) and Sarah Shellhaas (9).
The Lady Knights went back and forth at the end, but missed free throws killed any hope of a win.
"Down the stretch, we were 7-for-18 (from the line), while Stratford was 11-for-15," said DWS coach Ty Kinslow, whose team dropped to 3-2 on the year after starting 3-0. "We played good defense, we just got ourselves into foul trouble and (Stratford) took advantage."
DWS had a chance to either win with a 3 or tie the game at the end, but a costly turnover gave the ball back to Stratford with a few ticks left on the clock, sealing the win.
The Lady Knights next host Mount de Sales in their home opener Tuesday.
GLENWOOD (ALA.) 38, TERRELL ACADEMY 34:
Alex Barfield and Millie Foster led the Lady Eagles with 10 points each, but it wasn't enough as Terrell Academy dropped to 2-4 on the year.
The Lady Eagles were without one of their top scorers, Marlee Locke, who was in a soft cast at the game Saturday after suffering a high ankle sprain earlier this week.
It doesn't get any easier from here, however, as Terrell gets back on action Monday against Tiftarea at home, then plays SGA on Tuesday and then over to play Glenwood again on Saturday.
WESTOVER 77, TERRELL COUNTY 17:
It could be a long year for the Lady Greenwave.
Coming off a big loss to Americus-Sumter on Friday night, 52-17, it didn't get much better Saturday against a 3-1 Lady Patriots team.
Dytiesha Dunson led all scorers with 14 points, followed by 12 from Kahler Fletcher.
Westover coach Lewis Smith said his girls were "hurt" following their loss to Randolph-Clay on Friday and wanted to go and prove they were better than that.
"Their spirits were down, for sure," he said. "So they felt like they wanted to come out and show themselves they could have a better performance. And they did, so I was proud of that."
The Lady Patriots' schedule is tough this week with games against Crisp County on Tuesday, then Dougherty on Friday and then a rematch at Lee County on Saturday. Westover won the first meeting, 58-55.