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FRIDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Randolph-Clay boys rout Seminole, improve to 5-2; Herald No. 4 Americus girls (4-1) lose first game of season

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DONALSONVILLE -- After a 5-5 start a year ago, the Randolph-Clay boys are slowly showing the area they're back.

The Red Devils (5-2) romped against Seminole County, 63-48, on Friday night, shutting down Indians (4-4) leading scorer Kerry Crispin (20 points) in the second half after Crispin torched Randolph for 14 before halftime.

"It was a hostile environment and we were happy to come away with the win," said Oglesby Jackson, who took over the team midseason a year ago but is in his first full year as head coach. "Their guy (Crispin) was hitting his shots and we only led, 32-28, at halftime. So we came out in the second half and just attacked, got him in foul trouble and (rolled from there)."

Leading the way for the Red Devils, who host Mitchell County in a big Region 1-A showdown tonight, was Timothy Stringer-Davis (18 points), while Shaquille Nunnally added 12 and Xavier Flowers scored 8. Flowers, Nunnaly, Alkwan Sullivan and DeJuan Gilbert all pulled down six rebounds each.

The Randolph-Clay girls (2-5), meanwhile, fell to Seminole County (2-0), but no final stats or a score for either team were available at press time.

Seminole travels to face Lee County tonight.

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CAIRO GIRLS 57, AMERICUS-SUMTER 53:

The Lady Panthers' Jayme Gilbert, a Herald Super 6er, finished with an unconventional double-double with 20 points and an astonishing 10 steals for Americus (4-1), but thanks to several key missed lay ups, The Herald's No. 4-ranked girls team lost its first game of the season.

"At crucial times, we didn't make buckets," Americus coach Evelyn Wright said. "And we had turnovers late in the game that really cost us."

The Lady Panthers will try to put this loss behind them when they return home face Marion County today.

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TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 52, TIFTAREA 43:

The defending GISA Class A state champs are off to a 6-1 start thanks to 14 points from Marlee Locke and 11 from Carley Law.

"We've played well in spurts, but we've yet to have a complete game," said TAE coach Keith Jones, whose team will travel to face rival Randolph Southern on Monday in its next game. "As far as conditioning, we're in midseason form because we've been working our press for all four quarters (without getting tired). But we're still waiting on that perfect game."

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DEERFIELD BOYS 72, TATTNALL 44:

In a rematch of the GISA Class AAA state title game in football from two weeks ago, this one wasn't nearly as close as Ramello Carter scored a game-high 16 points, Tyrone Culbreath added 15 points and 12 rebounds and Banks Kinslow -- QB of the Knights in their win on the gridiron -- added 12, while Zach Cleland contributed 10.

Deerfield (3-2) only led, 34-26 at halftime, then 52-38 after three quarters, but then outscored Tattnall, 20-6, in the final period.

The Knights return home today and host Central Fellowship.

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DEERFIELD GIRLS 58, TATTNALL 26:

The Lady Knights got 18 points from Sarah Shellhaas and another 11 points from Heather Lash as they steamrolled over a team that knocked them out in the state playoffs a year ago.

"We just got after them and executed our game plan," said Deerfield coach Ty Kinslow, whose team improved to 4-3.

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CRISP ACADEMY GIRLS 67, SHERWOOD CHRISTIAN 27:

After stepping down as head coach of Sherwood Christian in 2007, Gina Mitchell is back -- but as coach of Crisp Academy, which rolled to a blowout victory Friday over her former team. Mitchell's daughter, Madie, was tied for the game-high with 12 points with her teammate Kristen Greene.

Crisp jumped on Sherwood early and after the first quarter the score was 22-2 and never looked back. Sherwood fell to 1-4 on the season.

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WESTWOOD BOYS 33, SOUTHWEST GEORGIA ACADEMY 49:

Despite getting 16 points from Mason Jones, Westwood still came up short in this game.

"We came out extremely flat," said Westwood coach Al Timmerman, whose team fell to 2-3. "We never really got rolling."

Westwood will try to bounce back when it hosts Fullington Academy on Tuesday.

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WESTWOOD GIRLS 59, SGA GIRLS 16:

Virginia Vereen matched SGA's total output, as she scored 16 points for Westwood while her teammate Ivy Foister added double-double with 12 points and 18 rebounds.

"We've still got some work to do," said Westwood coach Jenni Smith, whose team improved to 3-5. "I'd really like to see my girls step up and play like I know they are capable of playing."

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SOUTHLAND GIRLS 68, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 53:

Tobi West recorded a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds to help Southland (1-4) get the first win of the season.

"It was a sloppy game," said Southland coach Paula McDonald. "Turnovers plagued us. We had to slow the game down and get good shots and get control of the game."

Alex Lindsey helped out with 18 points, while Tifton Pace finished with 12 points for Southland.

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SHERWOOD BOYS 75, CRISP 59:

Crisp's Jordan Howard scored a game-high 19 points and Jeffery Wessel chipped in with 12 more but that was not enough to down a Sherwood team that got big scoring performances of its own from Gary Holloway and M.J. Vangure, who put in 17 points apiece as SCA (5-0) stayed perfect.

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BAINBRIDGE BOYS 76, COLQUITT 54:

The Herald No. 3 Bearcats saw Dontavius Marshall lead the way with 17 points, while Rodney Glen( 11) and Jamar Cosby (10) added support. Grady Spence was the high-scorer for Colquitt with 14.

With the win Bainbridge improves its record to 2-1.

Thomasville will host Bainbridge today.

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MILLER COUNTY GIRLS 72, STEWART 22:

Mallory Diamond led the way for Miller County with 22 points to help her team improve to 4-1. Salina Diamond (17) and Hillary Williams (16) also finished in double figures.

"It was an onslaught from start to finish," Miller coach Nate George said. "My team is peaking pretty good and coming along like I knew they would."

Miller will travel to Calhoun County for its next game today.

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BAINBRIDGE GIRLS 46, COLQUITT COUNTY 45:

Don't call it a comeback ...

Actually, DO call it a comeback.

That's what happened Friday when the Herald No. 3 Lady Bearcats rallied back from a 22-point hole to take the lead for good with two minutes left on an April Thomas steal and layup. Takeia Crankfield was a big catalyst in the win, coming up with three huge stops down the stretch that Bainbridge (4-2) converted into an 8-0 run as Bria Harris' free throws sealed it.