DAWSON -- Terrell Academy's boys basketball team has had a week's worth of practices since the Eagles' recent GISA Class A state football championship. And while the final tally of Monday night's region tilt against Tiftarea might've looked more like a football score, it suited coach Rundy Foster just fine.
Terrell scored 19 points in the fourth period, doubling its point output in the three prior periods, to grind out a 38-28 over visiting Tiftarea. The Eagles held a slim 19-18 lead heading into the final period, but used two 3-pointers from Clay Willis, several crucial rebounds from Jonathan Farr and a stifling defense to outscore the Panthers, 19-10, in the quarter to remain unbeaten on the early season at 4-0.
"We shot the ball horribly and our offense is not where it needs to be," Foster said. "We've only had four practices since most of these guys got off the football field. I don't think we'll really see a whole lot of offensive improvement until after Christmas. But we can play defense and I thought we showed a lot of effort there."
The Eagles clung to a 10-7 lead at the end of the first period and the teams slogged to a 13-13 tie at the half.
The Panters, sparked by a 6-point spurt by Clayton Dukes and a bucket by Sumner McWhorter, surged to a 26-23 advantage with 3:42 remaining in the game. But the Eagles then went on an 11-0 run to go up 34-26 with 1:12 left and coasted to its second win over Tiftarea.
"Beating a good team like Tiftarea is quite an accomplishment for out boys," Foster said. "I'm proud of the way we played defense ... and we'll get better on offense with some practice."
Terrell was led by 11 points from point guard Caleb White and 10 points from Willis. Dukes led Tiftaarea (2-4) with 10 points.
Terrell will entertain GA tonight, while Tiftarea visits. Citizen's Christian on Friday.
TIFTAREA GIRLS 58, TERRELL ACADEMY 38:
Courtney Albritten scored 25 points and Miesha Wright added 13 as the Tiftarea girls ran their unbeaten streak to 6-0 with a 58-38 victory over Terrell's girls.
Terrell, which fell to 2-5 with the loss, held an 11-10 lead at the end of the first period. But The Lady Panthers used two 3-pointers and a couple of driving layups by Albritten to grab a 21-17 advantage at the half. Albritten and Wright then combined inside and out to outscore TAE 25-8 in the third period to take a 46-25 lead into the final eight minutes.
Tiftarea never looked back, reaching its largest lead of the night at 29 points, 58-29, with 1:06 to go.
Alex Barfield led the Lady Eagles with 12 points.
FULLINGTON DOWNS SGA BOYS, GIRLS:
The Southwest Georgia Academy boys basketball team fell to 0-3 on the season after losing, 53-34, on Monday night to Fullington Academy.
"We've missing starters, we've got guys hurt -- we just haven't had a full team yet this year," SGA coach David Byrne lamented. "Once we get to full strength, we should be fine."
Andrew Stone led SGA with 11 points, followed by nine from McKinley Chambless.
SGA is back in action today at Terrell Academy.
The Lady Warriors, meanwhile, also lost, but a final score was not available at press time.