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PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Miller County's Martin hits 1,000 career points; Seminole County boys win thriller vs. Early County

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

COLQUITT -- Miller County senior Will Martin scored his 1,000th career point Tuesday night during the Pirates' overtime loss, 52-47, against Webster County.

Martin, coached by his father, Tim, finished Tuesday's game with 20 points and now has 1,008 for his career.

"He would rather win than score 1,000 points," said Tim, whose team's record is now 3-4. "Even though it's a team game, I cherish every moment with him, seeing how he's worked so hard on the court and in the classroom. He's played AAU ball since the seventh grade, so he's been playing ball year-round for quite some time. Hopefully, this will be something he can pass to his son one day."

Pirates teammate Juwan Jones added 13 for the Pirates. Tim, meanwhile was not pleased with how his team used its zone defense Tuesday night in the loss.

"We're not playing well defensively right now at all," Tim said. "We switched from a man-to-man to a zone, and as a team we are giving up too many layups -- and the hustle for loose balls isn't there. It's like we're a step slow."

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SEMINOLE COUNTY BOYS 68, EARLY COUNTY 67:

Need a big bucket? How about two?

Then look no further than Seminole County's Javoris Bergen.

Behind by two points with seven seconds to play, Bergen -- who led his team in Tuesday's win by the Indians with 17 points -- hit the first end of the one-and-one, then drained the second to give Seminole County a lead it wouldn't give back, and ended a string of heartbreaking losses for the 2-4 Indians.

"It was a nail-biter, that's for sure," Seminole County coach Kevin Godwin said. "It feels good to finally be on the right end of one of these close ones."

After opening the season with a win against Lee County -- then dropping a series of close games, losing four in a row -- Seminole County found itself down seven points with less than two minutes to go Tuesday.

"We never panicked," Godwin said. "We just hit a three here, a big shot there and before we knew it, we were right back in it with a chance to win. I don't even remember what I said to the guys afterward. We were just so excited and caught up in the moment. There was a celebration at midcourt and it carried over into the locker room."

Tiwan Donaldson added 12 points, Terrance Jones contributed 11 and Nathaniel George scored 10, while Early County was led by a game-high 18 points from Devario Hardrick.

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SEMINOLE COUNTY GIRLS 66, EARLY COUNTY 55:

Lady Indians star Carrie Washington led all scorers with 22 points, barely out-dueling Herald Super 6er Nett Reed of Early County, who finished with 21.

Reed's play kept the Lady Bobcats in the game until the fourth quarter when Washington took over and helped put the game out of reach thanks to 17 points from teammate Alexis Watson as the Lady Indians -- who broke into The Herald's Top 5 Poll on Monday at No. 5 -- improved to 5-1.

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MILLER COUNTY GIRLS 54, WEBSTER 36:

Salina Diamond scored 21 points and added nine rebounds, sister Sukena Diamond dropped in 15 points -- all in the second half -- and Katrina Crankfield added 16 points and nine rebounds of her own in the Lady Pirates' win.

"They all played well (Tuesday night)," Miller County coach Robert Melton said. "It was a good way to go into the Christmas break."

Miller improved to 4-3.

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LEE COUNTY GIRLS 70, CALHOUN COUNTY 42:

DaQuenna Moore led all scorers with 21, followed by 13 from Lindsey Crawford as the Lady Trojans improved to 8-3.

Carle Ely also added 10 for Lee County.

Calhoun, meanwhile, was led by Keiyanna Harris' 20 points.

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CALHOUN COUNTY BOYS 63, LEE COUNTY 49:

James Terrell led all scorers with 24 points, but it wasn't enough to stop Calhoun County's DeShawn Jordan (14 points) and Andres Carr (12 points) as the Trojans fell to 2-6.