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DWS boys, girls advance to Region 3-AAA title games

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

AMERICUS -- For what seems like the umpteenth time this season, the Deerfield-Windsor boys basketball team saw balanced scoring lead to another Knights blowout.

Five players in all dropped double figures Tuesday in the semifinal round of the GISA Region 3-AAA Tournament at Georgia Southwestern, including a team-high 23 from Banks Kinslow, who tied his season high in an 87-32 thumping of Calvary Christian to advance to the title game Friday at 8:30 p.m. against Westfield.

DWS (23-1) already beat Westfield twice during the regular season.

"We sure shot the ball well (Tuesday night)," DWS coach Gordy Grul said. "Any time you finish with 11 (3-pointers), you feel good about your game. The background of a new gym -- and in a (bigger space) like at a college-- it sometimes takes some guessing."

Clearly, DWS figured it out. Michael Matthews was the next-highest scorer with 18 points, followed by Herald Super 6er Reggie Brown (14) Ramello Carter (10) and Anthony Melvin (10).

Fifteen of Kinslow's 23 came on five 3s, while Matthews hit four from downtown.

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DWS GIRLS 43, BROOKWOOD 33:

DWS moves into the Region 3-AAA finals Friday against Westfield back at Georgia Southwestern, where the Lady Knights advanced with an 10-point win Tuesday.

Sabrina Curry led the way with 14 points and five steals, and Lauren Fulford had a big night, scoring eight points, grabbing seven rebounds and handing out four assists. She also had three steals.

"She had a great game for us,'' DWS coach Ty Kinslow said.

DWS also had a big effort from Hearther Lash, who scored five points and made five steals.

"It was a pretty close game at the end of the first quarter (8-6), and it was still pretty close at halftime, but we knocked them out in the third quarter,'' Kinslow said. "They were sitting back in a zone, and we started knocking down some shots. And then we got our press going. That was the difference in the game.''

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GISA REGION 3-A PLAY-IN GAME -- RANDOLPH SOUTHERN BOYS 50, CRISP ACADEMY 40:

The Patriots got a big game from Alex Weeks (20 points), as well as Kevin Melton and Jon Floyd (10 each) as Randolph Southern qualified for the Region 3-A tourney via a play-in win Tuesday after playing what coach Robert Bryant called "our most complete game of the year."

Unfortunately, next up is No, 1 seed Fullington Academy on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in Cordele.

"They destroyed us last time," Bryant said. "But my kids have confidence coming in and that can do a lot of things for a team."