BAINBRIDGE -- Randolph-Clay girls basketball coach Jennifer Acree and Bainbridge coach Latriesha Moon both agreed on one thing after Monday's thrilling game won by the Lady Bearcats, 77-69: Lady Red Devils star Destiny Mitchell needs some help.
Mitchell scored a staggering 53 points in the game -- including 30 of the team's 34 points in the first half -- but in a battle of two area unbeatens and showdown between The Herald's Nos. 1 and 2 girls teams, 53 points simply wasn't enough.
"Man ...I tell you what," began Moon when asked about what she made of Mitchell's big night, "that girl is good."
Moon then paused and added: "But she needs some support, that's for sure."
Mitchell's 53 points was a career high, and Acree said she believed it to be a school record for a girls varsity player, adding it was "amazing" to watch.
"Des definitely came ready to play," said Acree, whose team lost for the first time all season, falling to 3-1, while Bainbridge remained a perfect 5-0. "But it reminded a me a lot of that Wesleyan (state playoff game) from last year: Des had a big game -- a great game -- but she got no help. So I just told the girls afterward, that it's better to have it happen now so we can fix it, then to happen later in a game like that."
Leading the way for Bainbridge was April Thomas with 27 points, followed by Alexis Burke with 26.
BAINBRIDGE BOYS 80, RANDOLPH-CLAY 62:
Devon Baulkman scored 18, Shawn Samuels had 15, Rohan Gaines dropped in 12 and Justin Harris added 11 as the Herald No. 3 Bearcats rolled easy in this one to improve to 2-1 on the season.
SGA GIRLS 47, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 44:
Kyndal Andrews was the only Lady Warriors player in double figures, but it ended up being enough to overcome the equally great night by the Lady Patriots star Crystal McDaniel, who led her team with 19 points.
SGA improved to 1-0 win the season-opening win -- a victory coach Jo Kimbrel attributed to pure "hustle" on the part of her girls.
"I was really impressed with how hard they worked and their hustle," she said. "From loose balls to hustling from one end to the other, it was just a good way to start off."
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN BOYS 64, SGA 56:
The Patriots got 21 points from Tanner Stone and 15 more from Loy Devane as Randolph won its season opener, while dropping SGA in its.
Leading the scoring for the Warriors was Danny Doster (25 points), followed by Andrew Stone (16).