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WEDNESDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Lady Knights advance at state tourney (UPDATES: corrects start time of Westover 1-AAA semifinal game)

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

MACON -- The Deerfield-Windsor girls got off to a slow start, down by double figures at halftime. Then, the Lady Knights rallied and beat Dominion Christian, 37-28, in the first round of the GISA Class AAA state tournament.

"This wasn't our best game," Lady Knights coach Ty Kinslow said. "But this time of year it's not how you win but that you win."

Miranda Phillips led the way for Deerfield with 11 points. With the win, Deerfield improves its record to 21-7 overall. It also advances them to the second round of the Class AAA state tournament where they will face off against the winner of Tattnall Square and Westminster on Friday.

BRENTWOOD GIRLS 48, SHERWOOD 31: Princess Williams scored a team-high 14 points for Sherwood, but a mistake-riddled second quarter cost her team a spot in the second round of the Class A State Tournament.

"We played a good third and fourth quarter, but we couldn't overcome what happened in the second quarter," said Sherwood coach Rebecca Fyock.

Alise Black had 16 points for Brentwood in the win.

With the loss, Sherwood ends its season with a 10-14 overall record.

TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 74, TWIGGS 37: "We were kinda lazy defensively," said Terrell coach Keith Jones.

That, however, was hard to tell as his Lady Eagles thoroughly dominated Twiggs Academy while. Mille Foster led the way for Terrell with 16 points.

Foster was followed by Alex Barfield (14), and Marlee Locke (11) in scoring.

"We did a good job of moving the ball offensively," said Jones.

With the win Terrell improves its record to 17-7. The win also advances the Lady Eagles to the second round of the Class-A State Tournament where they will face South Georgia Christian. The game is scheduled for Friday.

UPSON LEE BOYS 60, AMERICUS-SUMTER 59: A missed layup with 1.7 seconds left in the game spoiled Americus-Sumter's comeback attempt in the quarterfinals of the Region 1-AAAA tournament. James Burton scored a team-high 13 points for Americus-Sumter. Americus-Sumter ends its season campaign with an 8-17 overall record.

CLINCH COUNTY GIRLS 70, PELHAM 54: D'ambria Thomas put Pelham on her back as she scored a team-high 33 points but that would not be enough to help her Hornets advance into the semifinals of the Region 1-A tournament.

"She played hard until the end," Pelham coach Derrick Lavatte said.

Tashaunessy Reese added 16 points for Pelham in the loss.

Pelham finished the season one game above .500 (14-13).

SEMINOLE GIRLS 55, ECHOLS 39: Seminole had four players in double figures, including a team-high 13 points from Alexis Watson, followed by Katrice Brown (12), Meshelay Mobley (10) and Carrie Washington (10).

"It really helps to get this game out of the way," said Seminole coach Jesse McLeod.

With the win, Seminole improves to 13-5 overall, while also advancing to the next round of the Region 1-A Tournament which will be played on Friday.

"We feel we have a real good chance (to win) if we play good," said McLeod.

BACON COUNTY GIRLS 72, MILLER COUNTY 44: "They were bigger, stronger, faster and deeper," said Miller coach Robert Melton. "We beat them (Bacon) four times in a row but they got their revenge (Wednesday)."

Sukena Diamond scored a team-high 17 points for Miller in the loss. With the loss Miller County finishes its season with an 11-9 record.

RANDOLPH-CLAY GIRLS 77, LANIER 24: After about a two-week layoff, Destiny Mitchell picked up where she left off as she torched Lanier for 31 points.

Asha Alexander (12) and Andrea Blackmon (10) also contributed to the win.

"I was pleased with all the players," said Randolph-Clay coach Jennifer Acree.

The win improves Randolph-Clay's overall record to 21-3; moreover it advances them to the semifinals of the Region 1-A tournament where they will take on Clinch County.

The game is scheduled for Friday.

"We preparing to win the region tournament and then win state," Acree said.

DEA GIRLS 47, WESTWOOD 25: After hitting Westwood hard in the early moments of the game, David Emanuel was able to build a 20-point lead going into halftime and they never looked back.

"We couldn't score against their 2-3 zone," Westwood coach Jenni Smith said.

Gabrielle Story led all scorers with 15 points for David Emanuel.

With its loss in the first round of the Class A State Tournament, Westwood finishes its season even with 13 wins and 13 losses.

MOUNT VERNON GIRLS 50, SOUTHLAND 33: Sarah Schuster's game-high 21 points was not enough to will her team pass Mount Vernon and into the second round of the Class AAA State Tournament.

"They were real physical and it made us a bit uncomfortable," Southland coach Paula McDonald said. "We beat them over Christmas but they have improved."

DeAsia Carter led Mount Vernon in scoring with 17 points.

With the loss Southland finishes its season with a 15-14 overall record.