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TUESDAY NIGHT PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Westover girls win -- bring on Peach County

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

CAIRO -- Westover's girls have done everything they have had to do to keep the date with Peach County, and now go into Friday's winner-take-all game after beating Cairo, 62-25, on Tuesday on the road.

Herald No. 3 Westover (20-3) has now won nine in a row and hasn't lost since falling to Peach County, 55-50, on Jan. 15. Both teams are 11-2 in the Region 1-AAA race, and Friday's winner will not only be the No. 1 seed in next week's region tournament, but will be able to host both the boys and girls tournament games.

"It's been a month since we played them,'' Westover coach Lewis Smith said. "We want to redeem ourselves Friday. They're a great team. They're quick and athletic, and we have to be ready to handle their defensive pressure.

"But I don't think we have peaked yet. We're a young team, and I hope we peak going into the region tournament.''

Westover had little trouble with Cairo, holding it scoreless in the third quarter to take a 46-17 lead into the final frame.

Dyteisha Dunson led the way with 15 points, and Ieshia Young and Latisha Williams each scored 12 for the Lady Patriots.

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MONROE GIRLS 72, WORTH 65:

Monroe's girls are battling Dougherty's girls for the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Region 1-AAA tournament, and needed a victory over Worth. The Lady Tornadoes took care of business Tuesday, leading most of the night.

Lakeisha Jackson led Monroe with 22 points, and Shinequa Young followed with 21 points. Ashley Johnson had a 14-point night for Monroe.

"I felt we didn't play a real good game on defense or offense, but a win is a win,'' Monroe coach Cheryl Cheeks said.

Monroe is now 12-11 for the year and 7-6 in the region race with one game remaining. The Lady Tornadoes are at home on Friday against Cairo.

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MONROE BOYS 65, WORTH 48:

Robert Arnold led the way with 26 points as the Tornadoes romped Worth on Tuesday, despite a team-high 18 points from Rams star Josh Alford.

Monroe and Worth were tight at halftime, but the Tornadoes used a big third quarter to pull away.

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MITCHELL COUNTY GIRLS 58, FITZGERALD 42:

Mitchell County's girls had to play half the game without Tiona Burley, who was coming off being named The Herald's Player of the Week, but still managed to beat Fitzgerald.

Burley picked up two quick fouls and sat out almost half of the game in foul trouble. She still finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but Mitchell saw two other starters come through with big nights. De'Erica Lyons and Kedeemya Cooper each scored 16 points to lead Mitchell County.

Mitchell is 17-6 on the season, and ends its regular Region 1-AA season with a 10-4 record, which gives the Lady Eagles the No. 3 seed in next week's region tournament. Mitchell County's final game is Friday at home against Baker.

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WESTWOOD GIRLS 62, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 35:

Westwood's girls advanced to the next round in the Region 3-A tournament, eliminating Randolph Southern in the play-in game at Westwood.

Miller Singleton led Westwood with 21 points, and Coley Westbrook scored 9 points to help Westwood advance to the semifinals Thursday against Terrell Academy. The semifinals and finals will be played at Fullington Academy on Friday.

"Miller got off to a good start playing defense, and she got a lot of steals and fast breaks to get us going,'' Westwood coach Jenni Smith said. "We had a 19-point lead at halftime, and she had 14 points in the first half. Good defense creates good offense.''

Randolph Southern was led by Crystal McDaniel and Lindsay Whatley, who scored 13 points each.

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MILLER COUNTY GIRLS 61, WEBSTER COUNTY 35:

The Miller County girls needed to win Tuesday to grab the No. 3 seed in the Region 1-A race, and they had little trouble beating Webster County on the road Tuesday night.

Salina Diamond led the way with 21 points, and her sister Sukena Diamond added 10 points. Katrina Crankfield had a big night for Miller with 17 points.

"We were up by 17 at the end of the first quarter,'' coach Robert Melton said. "Then they played us even in the second quarter. But we jumped on them in the third. We really played well. We rebounded well and played defense.''

Miller County has had some injuries and played with only seven players.

"This was one of our best games of the season,'' Melton said.

Miller County is now 6-6 in the region and 10-8 overall.

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MILLER COUNTY BOYS 56, WEBSTER COUNTY 40:

The Miller County boys avenged an earlier loss this season by beating Webster County as Will Martin led the way with 20 points, and Zenaraio Shuler scored 13 points.

The victory gives Miller County a 7-5 record in the Region 3-A race, third in the region, and a 11-12 record overall.

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CRISP COUNTY GIRLS 62, DOUGHERTY 51:

The Lady Trojans fell despite big games from Jessica Roberts (14 points), Jayla Hooper (13) and Lakandra Beeks (10), but Monique Grant from the Lady Cougars led the way with 21 points.

Dougherty fell to 9-12 overall and 6-7 in region play.

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DOUGHERTY BOYS 73, CRISP COUNTY 61:

The Trojans got a game-high 19 from Arabian Williams, Raymond Payne added 18 and Shamori Allen dropped in 10 as Dougherty moved to 10-11 overall and 7-6 in region.