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SATURDAY PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: DWS boys, girls swept; Pelham girls top previously unbeaten Calhoun, stay perfect

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

The Deerfield Lady Knights suffered their first loss -- make that, two losses -- of the young season, falling to Statford in overtime Friday night, 50-47, then losing to Mount Vernon, 57-49, on Saturday.

Courtney Kelson scored 13 on Friday and Morgan Phillips added 10, while Sarah Shellhaas led DWS on Saturday with 13, followed by 11 from Miranda Phillips.

The news was just about the same, if not worse, for the Knights, who opened with a win Tuesday against Brookwood on just two days of practice fresh off winning a state title in football. But they were served a few slices of humble pie Friday and Saturday in a pair of losses to Stratford and Mount Vernon, which beat DWS in the state title game two years ago.

"And they whipped us again (Saturday)," boys coach Gordy Gruhl said of Saturday's 61-32 rout, which was preceded by a narrow 54-50 loss to Stratford on Friday.

Ramello Carter led Deerfield in both games (10 in both games Friday and Saturday), but DWS shot 10-of-34 from the free-throw line, effectively shooting itself in the foot to fall to 1-2 on the year one season after winning state in AAA.

Banks Kinslow, QB of the state title football team, also scored 10 on Friday but he was out Saturday because he was playing in the GISA All-Star football game in Macon. Pete Langstaff added 10 on Friday, and senior Tyrone Culbreath added 10 of his own Saturday in the loss to Mount Vernon, the No. 1-ranked team in Class AAA.

Deerfield plays a pair of road games Tuesday and Friday next week, then hosts Central Fellowship at home Saturday.

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PELHAM GIRLS 63, CALHOUN COUNTY 39:

The Lady Hornets -- behind 26 points and 11 rebounds from Octavia Kierce and 17-and-10 from D'Ambria Thomas -- handed the Lady Cougars (5-1) their first loss, while Pelham (3-0) stayed perfect.

T'Shaunessey Reece added 17 in the win for Pelham, while Brandi Buie and Santana Ingram each added 11 for Calhoun.

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MILLER GIRLS 66, QUITMAN 32:

For the second night in a row, a pair of freshmen guards paced the Lady Pirates to a big win: Mallory Diamond (33 points) and Hillary Williams (22 points, 11 rebounds).

Miller, which also got a solid game from senior Salina Diamond (5 points, 10 rebounds), improved to 2-1.

Miller hosts Webster next on Tuesday.

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MILLER BOYS 80, QUITMAN 41:

The Pirates (1-2) got their first win of the year thanks to 19 points from Juwan Jones, 13 from T.T. Barber and 9 from Jacoby Jones.

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SEMINOLE GIRLS 44, STEWART 20:

Katrese Brown led the Lady Indians with 15, followed by 14 from Alexus Watson to improve to 4-1 and set up a showdown with 5-1 Calhoun County on Tuesday.

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SEMINOLE BOYS 60, STEWART 47:

Dee Virgin led the way with 14, Hank Rambo dropped in 11 and Kerry Crispin and Norris Kimble each added 8 as the Indians improved to 4-2.

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LEE COUNTY GIRLS 69, WORTH COUNTY 20:

The Lady Trojans are now 3-2 thanks to double-digit scoring from four players: Jessica Clinton (16), Carle Ely (13), Natalie Shiver (11) and Chaz Tookes (10). Worth was led by Shana Tucker (11).

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WORTH BOYS 82, LEE COUNTY 65:

Trojans coach Tim McPherson called Worth's Dee Nether "the best guard I've seen in this area," after Nether's 25-point performance Saturday kept Lee County winless at 0-5. Worth's Johntavious Rockwell added 19, which was enough to overcome four double-digit nights from Lee's starters: James Terrell (15), Sanford Seay (14), Josh Cabrera (13) and Tanner Stone (12).

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PELHAM BOYS 72, CALHOUN 57:

Calhoun's boys won their third in a row on Saturday night, beating Pelham to improve to 5-1 for the season.

Marquez Williams led the way with 15 points and Raishun Anderson scored 13 for Calhoun. Pelham was led by Steve Mango's 23 points.