THOMASVILLE -- Thomasville's boys and girls hoops teams rolled over the competition on Day 1 of their Holiday Hoopsfest.
The Lady Bulldogs (4-2) beat Lee County, 67-56, while the Thomasville boys were 62-52 winners against Mitchell County (7-2).
The Lady Bulldogs held a 36-25 lead at the end of the first half. However, a sluggish start in the third quarter by Thomasville allowed Lee County (6-3) to threaten for the lead.
"We had a rocky start to that third quarter and almost let Lee County get back in it," Thomasville coach Thomas McAboy said, "It was nice to come away with a win after the start to the second half."
Senior Carmenonique Dawson served as a spark for the Lady Bulldogs' offense late in the third quarter and led all scorers with 25 points. Kierrica Spencer chipped in 13 for Thomasville, while Lee County's DeQuenna Moore and Jessica Clinton both tallied 16.
"(Tuesday) was really about working on us. In all of our games this year we've been our own worst enemy with lay-ups and free throws. We still have to get better on those but I feel like we shot better in the first half," McAboy said.
Thomasville's Kyania Morris went down in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury, and her status is unknown for today's game.
The showdown between the Bulldogs and the Mitchell County Eagles proved to be a defensive battle early on between one-time rivals who are no loner in the same classification after MCHS moved down to A this past offseason.
Thomasville led, 27-16, at the break, then both offenses came alive in the second half and Mitchell pulled to within 10 points late in the 4th quarter. However, Thomasville's twin towers -- Robert Carter and Willie Clayton -- proved to be too much for the Eagles to overcome.
Carter paced Thomasville with 20 points and woke up the crowd with a thunderous dunk early in the 4th quarter. Clayton added 15 for the Bulldogs, nine of which came in the second half.
"I don't think we shot the ball extremely well (Tuesday night), but we are showing some improvement. We have got to get better shooting free throws," Thomasville coach Ben Tillman said, "Mitchell County is a scrappy team and made a run late, thankfully we were able to come away winners."
Reuben Jackson led Mitchell County with 10 points.
Thomasville's girls and boys both return to action tonight with the girls game tipping off at 7 p.m. and the boys game at 8:30 p.m.
RANDOLPH-CLAY BOYS 100, LEE COUNTY 54:
THOMASVILLE -- Thomasville High's Holiday Hoopfest tipped off Tuesday -- and Randolph-Clay's boys team made an early statement.
The Class A Red Devils led Class AAAA Lee County, 28-14, after the first quarter and cruised past the Trojans, 100-54.
"I don't think you can really look at classes when it comes to two teams like this," R-C boys coach Oglesby Jackson said of the fact his Class A program beat up on a Class AAAA team in Lee. "They're more a football (and baseball) school."
And everyone knows it's all about hoops at Randolph-Clay.
Randolph-Clay scored 20 points in the second quarter and 22 in the third to pull away from Lee. The Red Devils had five players score in double digits, led by Tim Stringer-Davis' 28. Al'Kwan Sullivan chipped in 15 points and 10 assists for Randolph-Clay, while Malcolm Jones and Cardaryle Curry each tallied 12. Tanner Stone and Josh Cabrera led Lee County with 12 each.
Randolph-Clay improved to 8-3, while Lee fell to 2-7. Randolph-Clay plays Cook today at 5:30, while Lee faces host Thomasville.
DODGE COUNTY 62, RANDOLPH-CLAY 55:
Randolph-Clay's girls basketball team lost its first game of the Hoopfest. It led, 41-40, after the third quarter but could not put Dodge away. Casey Sands led the Lady Red Devils with 12 points. Randolph-Clay(4-7) will face the Lee County girls today at 4 p.m.
DOUGHERTY GIRLS 61, MT. ZION 28:
In the finale of the Great Southern Shootout, Jasmine Lavant scored 13, Kiandra Guilford added 17 and Jayla Hooper had 14 and was named the tournament MVP as Herald No. 4 Dougherty improved to 5-2.