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SATURDAY PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Sherwood wins Calvary Christmas tournament finals, improves to 7-0

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

VIDALIA -- The Sherwood boys basketball team not only won the championship game of the Calvary Classic on Saturday in a rout, 96-46, against Trinity Christian, but they improved to 7-0 behind 28 points from Patrick Stanford, 22 from M.J. Vangure and 14 from Rashard Davis.

"We're keeping the (unbeaten start in perspective)," first-year SCA coach Gavin Felix said. "We know we have some tough games coming up after Christmas, so we have quite a few things to work on defensively before then."

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ROBERT TOOMBS GIRLS 39, SGA 11:

Coach David Byrne thought his one-win girls team -- which got its first victory of the year Friday -- was still on Cloud 9 when they took the floor Saturday in the finals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic as the Lady Warriors managed just 11 points the whole game, led by four from Brook Hornsby.

SGA fell to 1-7.

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SGA BOYS 52, WINDSOR 23:

The Warriors had different results as Parker Adams and Billy Grimsley led with 13 points each, while McKinley Chamless scored 12 in the title game.

SGA moved to 7-1 on the season and won't play again until Wednesday when it travels to Atlanta to play on the Atlanta Hawks' home floor at Philips Arena in the "Court of Dreams" program that Georgia's NBA franchise offers.

"Basically, they let teams in the state come up, play an afternoon game in the big arena and then stay and watch the game that night," said Byrne, whose team will face Robert Toombs, then stick around to see the Hawks host the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I don't know many -- if any -- teams from down here that go. This will be our second year going, It's a lot of fun and the kids are really excited, as you can imagine."

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SHERWOOD GIRLS 39, CALVARY 27:

The Lady Eagles got big games from Maggie O'Connor (15 points, 6 rebounds), Kaylee Dixon (12 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals) and Casie Wright (6 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 5 steals) as they won the championship game at the Calvary Christmas Classic on Saturday to improve to 2-6.

Sherwood is off until Dec. 27-29 when it goes to Americus to play in Southland's annual holiday tournament.

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WESTWOOD BOYS 47, BROOKWOOD 45:

The Lady Wildcats hung on to improve to 6-6 on the year thanks to eighth grader Morgan Singleton rising to the occasion and scoring 15 points off the bench, followed by older sister Miller Singleton with nine to win the title game of their home tournament. Virginia Vereen added 9 points and 9 rebounds, and Sydnee Smith swiped 7 steals. State-ranked No. 2 Brookwood in GISA Class was led by Lauren Johnson's 25 points.

"We were excited, but we showed class and held it in," Westwood coach Jenni Smith said. "But when we got back to the locker room, we went crazy."

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BROOKWOOD BOYS 39, WESTWOOD 25:

The Wildcats were down in their own home title game by just four points at halftime, 22-18, but managed just seven points the entire second half en route to the loss. Jake Kotter and Mason Jones each scored 7, while Brookwood was led by 12 points from Jacob Dennis.

Westwood is now 4-4 overall and will play in the same Southland tournament as the girls after the holidays.

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BAINBRIDGE BOYS 67, MARIANNA (FLA.) 56:

Jamar Cosby led with 16, Dontavius Marshall added 14 and Herald Super 6er Devon Baulkmon dropped in 13 and pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out five assists in the win of the finale of the Subway Shootout.

The Herald No. 2 Bearcats improved to 6-2 and will host the Georgia-Florida Shootout starting Monday.

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LEE COUNTY BOYS 62, BAKER 57:

Herald Super 6er Sanford Seay returned for the Trojans, but only played a half after being disciplined, scoring 8 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Josh Cabrera, a freshman, led the way with 28 points, followed by 12 points from Tanner Stone.

Lee (2-6), which will play in the Thomasville HoopFest starting Monday, won for just the second time this year.

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LEE COUNTY GIRLS 73, CALHOUN 38:

In the finals of the Wes Burks Tournament, DaQuenna Moore came up huge, scoring 26 points, grabbing 18 rebounds and winning MVP honors for the tournament. Natalie Shiver added 14 and Heather Besson added 12.

"We're delighted to have her back," Lee coach Fran McPherson said of Moore, who was living in Texas when the season started but came back to Leesburg a few games in. "She's a beast."

Calhoun County was led by Brandi Buie, who contributed 16 points.

Lee improved to 5-3 overall.

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DEERFIELD GIRLS 46, DAVID EMMANUEL 28:

Sarah Shelhaas (12 points, 10 rebounds and nine steals) almost had a triple-double to lead the Lady Knights past David Emmanuel in their finals win at a tournament at Robert Toombs.

Sabrina Curry added 17 points for DWS, while Heather Lash chipped in with eight points, Candace Cosby had five assists and four steals and Morgan Phillips grabbed seven rebounds for the Lady Knights (7-3).

"We had to battle them inside (Saturday)," DWS coach Ty Kinslow said. "It (was) two quality wins in a Christmas tournament heading into region play."

The Deerfield girls play Tiftarea next in the region opener on Jan. 4.

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PELHAM GIRLS LOSE FIRST GAME, THEN REBOUND:

The Lady Hornets (8-1) were upset Friday by Cairo, 56-48, but rebounded by beating Early County on Saturday behind 25 points from D'Ambria Thomas. Erika James led Early County with 13 points.

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PELHAM BOYS LOSE A PAIR:

A night after being beaten at the buzzer by Cairo, the boys fell again Saturday, this time 66-58 to Early County.

Jacori Taylor led Early with 18 points, followed by 12 from Darius Thomas of Pelham. Pelham's record dropped to 3-6.