AMERICUS -- Terrell County's John Davis is a stickler for defense. So when he's pleased with the defensive effort, that's saying something.
Saturday night in Americus, Davis wasn't complaining and that meant the Greenwave rolled -- to a 75-46 win against Class AAA Americus-Sumter.
"We came out strong, especially in the second half," said Davis, whose Herald No. 5 team outscored the Panthers, 37-19, in the final two quarters and improved to 5-1 on the year. "I'm pleased with the defense."
Terrell County played much of the second quarter without Super Six senior guard Terel Hall, who got into some early foul trouble. Americus-Sumter (2-5) led, 19-15, in the second quarter, but after Hall went out the Greenwave went on a 15-6 run and led, 38-27, at the break.
Markez Dotson, Charles Brown and Dekoven Ware did most of the damage in the second quarter, with Brown draining a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer.
"It feels good (to play well without Hall)," Brown said. "We were in that predicament in the Final Four last year. We had to work it out with him not being on the court."
Hall returned for much of the second half and still finished with a game-high 15 points.
"He played with those fouls," Davis said. "He smartened up in the second (half) and played well."
The Greenwave, bouncing back from their first loss of the season to Monroe, had four players score in double figures and played all 14 players on their bench.
Americus-Sumter, meanwhile, went stone-cold from the floor midway through the second quarter, making just one shot from field in the third quarter.
"We didn't hit shots and we've got to learn when the shots are not falling, we've got to rely on our defense, which we didn't do (Saturday)," Panthers head coach Michael Coley said. "We're going to learn from it. Terrell is a great team. They killed us on the boards and forced so many careless turnovers."
Brown finished with five steals to go along with five rebounds and nine points. Dotson (13 points), Ware (12) and Elliot Harvey (11) rounded out the double-figure scorers. Latray Buchanon, a sophomore who shined with the extra playing time, added seven points, nine boards and three steals.
Americus-Sumter was led by Brandon White, who scored all 11 of his points in the first half before picking up a fourth foul before halftime. Korviez Ballard scored eight. The Panthers take on Central Talbatton on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Taylor County Christmas Tournament, while Terrell County begins play in the Tift High McDonald's Invitational on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against Class AAAAA Central Gwinnett.
AMERICUS-SUMTER GIRLS 54, TERRELL COUNTY 27:
Terrell County was outscored just 28-22 in the second half against Americus-Sumter.
That's the good news.
The bad news? They trailed, 26-5, at halftime.
Americus-Sumter held the Lady Greenwave (1-5) scoreless for 8:44 between the first and second quarters before DeAndra Mitchell finally ended the drought with a lay-in before halftime. Mitchell led Terrell with 10 points.
The Lady Panthers (6-1) were without head coach Evelyn Wright, who was visiting family in Pennsylvania. Super 6er Jayme Gilbert didn't seem to mind as she scored 21 points and had eight steals. Kayla Bowens added 15 points in the win.
"Like I told the kids before the start, 'Coach Wright is 1,200 miles away, but she's right here,' " assistant coach Oscar Ellis said. "She'll be back for the next game."
Americus-Sumter will take on Westside-Macon on Monday in a holiday tournament in Macon. Terrell County faces Turner County on Tuesday in the Tift County McDonald's Invitational.