MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- After Reggie Brown transferred from Albany High School to Deerfield-Windsor, Knights coach Gordy Gruhl hoped Brown would provide the dominant inside presence his team had been missing.
During Monday's game against Edgewood in an Alabama tournament, Brown proved just how valuable he could be by scoring a season-high 32 points and also grabbing 12 rebounds in a 78-62 win.
"I thought Reggie had an outstanding game," said Gruhl, whose team improved to 7-0. "That was his best game, and he kind of carried us (Monday)."
Scoring and rebounding was only part of what made Brown important Monday, according to Gruhl.
"I thought he was very aggressive with the ball," Gruhl said. "He played the way we wanted him to, and he even got on the foul line 14 times, which means he was doing something when he got the ball. Overall, he was just very active on the offensive end."
Ramello Carter scored 12 points for Deerfield while teammate Michael Matthews added 11.
Although Deerfield scored 22 points during the first quarter, Gruhl said he saw sluggish play at times due to the Christmas break.
"I thought on defense, at times, we were a step slow," Gruhl said. "We finished with 78 points, so it's hard to find fault with that. However, I feel we gave up too many layups on our transition defense."
Deerfield's boys play Pike at 5 p.m. today in Montgomery.
DWS GIRLS 49, PRATTVILLE CHRIST. 30: The Lady Knights' Heather Lash led the way with 11 points, but teammate Sarah Shellhaas was not far behind.
Shellhaas almost earned a double-double, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds after coach Ty Kinslow's team shook off a slow start in a Montgomery, Ala., tournament.
"We started off a little rugged and rusty, but then we knocked the rust off and did a good job of moving the ball and hitting the open player," said Kinslow.
Kinslow, whose team's record now is 7-3, had plenty of praise for Shellhaas after her performance.
"She's just been consistent for us all year," Kinslow said. "We told her we were going to need maybe nine or 10 rebounds per game for her and she did her job (Monday)."
Teammate Lauren Fulford only scored three points, but also added six assists, eight rebounds and two steals.
"We keep teaching to get more players involved, and she has done a tremendous job working on the extra pass and handling the ball overall for us," Kinslow said.
Deerfield plays Fort Dale at 6:30 p.m. today.
SCA BOYS 64, ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 56: The Eagles' Wesley Pittman made seven 3-pointers, including two during a game-turning stretch, and finished with 23 points in an Orlando, Fla., tournament.
"We came out strong," Sherwood coach Matt Ruta said. "We led, 24-9, after the first quarter and we were up 20 in the third, but we kind of relaxed after that and they came back. After they got within six, Wesley made a couple of big 3-pointers and we held them off."
John Schramm scored 13 for the Eagles (5-2), followed by Brannan Anthony with 11 and Gary Holloway with 10.
Sherwood plays an undetermined opponent at 6:15 p.m. today.
LEE COUNTY GIRLS 70, UPSON-LEE 43: Lindsey Crawford led the Lady Trojans with 18 points, followed by DaQuenna Moore with 15 and Jessica Clinton with 14 in an Upson-Lee tourney.
"We played a great team basketball game," Lady Trojans coach Fran McPherson said. "We just looked for each other and found the open person. There wasn't a person who went on the floor who didn't do something positive."
Lee County plays Upson-Lee again at 3:30 p.m. today.
BANNEKER BOYS 74, LEE COUNTY 34: The Trojans sat starters Jakoby Mallory and Samford Seay for the first quarter due to disciplinary reasons, and Banneker took advantage.
"That put us in a hole," said Lee County coach Tim McPherson. "We came back in the second quarter and played decent. Then in the fourth quarter, we struggled again."
Mallory, however, led the Trojans with 10 points.
Lee County plays an undetermined opponent at 5 p.m. today at Upson-Lee.