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PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Lee County girls improve to 4-0; SCA girls lose first game; Lady Knights open 2009 with 2 wins

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

STARRS MILL -- The Lee County girls basketball team (4-0) is still perfect on the season after going unbeaten in two games during the Starrs Mill Thanksgiving Invitational.

Late Monday night, Lee County routed Highland High School, 54-39, led by 21 points from Herald Super Six selection Lindsey Crawford, followed by 19 from Jessica Clinton.

Then on Tuesday night, the Lady Trojans closed out the tournament with a narrow, 57-53, win against Kell High School out of Atlanta. Crawford once again led the way, scoring 27 -- her high so far in the regular season barring a 30-point night in a scrimmage two weeks ago -- as Clinton added eight.

Lee County coach Fran McPherson says fellow coaches have not only been impressed with the team's play so far, but also that of Crawford.

"People keep coming up to me and being like, 'Oh my God -- she is good,' " said McPherson, who is in her second year as head coach. "No one has been able to stop her so far. And as for the team, we've been playing great defense to go along with Lindsey's (big games). So it's been a great start."

Lee County will take off Thanksgiving then get right back on the road to play in the two-day Washington County Invitational, which begins Friday.

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Crisp Academy 49, SCA 36:

Minus three players out with injuries, the Lady Eagles (3-1) dropped their first game of the season Tuesday night, despite double-digit scoring performances by Casie Wright and Princess Williams, who finished with 10 points each.

"I guess we had to get it out of the way at some point," SCA coach Rebecca Fyock said. "We came out strong on the early going, but just couldn't get any offense in the second quarter and that was the difference."

With Crisp County ahead, 13-12, after one quarter, SCA was outscored, 18-14, in the second frame and could never catch up.

SCA got 3-pointers from Katie Foster, who drained two, but it wasn't enough to stop Crisp leading scorer Madi Mitchell, who dropped in a game-high 17 points.

Sherwood has a week off until Dec. 4, when it will face Citizen's Christian.

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DWS 59, Central Fellowship 25:

The Lady Knights came off a 53-12 pounding of Macon Area in its opener in the Macon Tip-Off Tournament on Monday to easily handle Central Fellowship behind 13 points from Sarah Shellhaas and 12 points from Lauren Fulford.

"The main thing, so far, has been our defense and how extremely well they've been putting pressure on (the opposition)," said second-year DWS coach Ty Kinslow. "We've forced a lot of turnovers thanks to that, but then on offense, we've just had really balanced scoring and have moved the ball around well."

Kinslow speaks to the fact that 10 Lady Knights found the bottom of the net at least once Tuesday, including 9 points from Courtney Kelson and 8 from Sabrina Curry.

DWS now turns its attention to local neighbor and rival Terrell Academy, which hosts the Lady Knights in a girls-only showdown Monday because the boys teams still have many players focusing on football. Both the Knights and Eagles' football teams will play for GISA state titles Friday.

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Terrell Academy 40, Robert Toombs 38:

One night after opening their state title defense with a loss, the Lady Eagles found a way to end up on the winning side of a close game.

Terrell fell, 53-50, to David Emanuel on Monday, then rebounded with a narrow win against Robert Toombs on Tuesday thanks to 15 points from Millie Foster, who led all Lady Eagles scorers.

"Probably the biggest adjustment that was made was that we made more hustle plays," TAE coach Keith Jones said. "(Monday night), we didn't go after any loose balls it seemed and (Tuesday night), we were flying after every one."

Terrell also was 6-for-9 from the free-throw line Tuesday, compared to a staggering 17-of-34 in Monday's loss.

"Yeah," Jones began with a laugh, "I'd say that made a big difference."

Marlee Locke added 11 points for the Lady Eagles (1-1) and Alex Barfield had seven.

Sherwood boys crush in opener

ALBANY -- Wesley Pittman scored 18 points, Dequan Green added 16 and John Schramm rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 as Sherwood cruised to an 84-22 blowout win in its opener against Crisp Academy.

"Well, the kids played hard, so that was good, but we have some things to work on still," second-year SCA coach Matt Ruta said. "The other good thing was we got all 14 players on the floor and everyone got some action, so I was pleased with that."

Pittman's total came thanks to four 3-pointers, while Green added two.