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HOOPFEST ROUNDUP: Randolph-Clay girls storm back for win in Thomasville tourney

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

THOMASVILLE -- You've heard of a team going cold during a game, right?

What about a team that simply starts the game cold then heats up -- quite literally -- from there?

"That's what happened to us (Monday)," Randolph-Clay coach Jennifer Acree said of her girls' 72-36 win against Perry in the Bear Crawl Christmas Tournament at Houston County -- a tournament game that started with the Lady Red Devils down, 21-4, only to outscore Perry 68-15 over the next three quarters. "We were, literally, cold. I mean, really cold. The heat on our bus wasn't working and when we got to the gym, we were just cold.

"But when the second quarter rolled around, we got hot."

Again, quite literally.

Destiny Mitchell scored 24 points to lead the way, followed by Donna Jones with 16, Kenieka Washington with 12 and Asha Alexander with 11.

Randolph-Clay now advances to play either Warner Robins or Hawkinsville -- the game between those two was not over at press time -- today in the second round.

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PELHAM GIRLS 62, BERRIEN 59:

Led by D'Ambria Thomas' 31 points, the Lady Hornets rolled into the semifinal round. She scored 19 of her points after halftime, as Pelham led 30-24 at halftime. Octavia Kierce added 19 for Pelham. Audrianna Bennett finished with 19 for Berrien.

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BAINBRIDGE GIRLS 74, BROOKS COUNTY 59:

Bria Harris had 23 points, Alexis Burke added 21 and April Thomas chipped in 17 for Bainbridge in its

opening-round. Jasmine Sapp finished with a game-high 27 for Brooks.

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BAINVRIDGE BOYS 66, PELHAM 33:

Devan Baulkman scored 17 points for Bainbridge as it slowly pulled away from Pelham. The Bearcats led 13-10 after the first quarter, 32-18 at halftime and 52-28 after three. Henry Cimley led Pelham with nine points.