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Terrell County boys in Region 1-A semis; Pelham nearly stuns Lanier County

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DAWSON -- Terrell County's boys stayed in the locker room at halftime of Thursday's Region 1-A quarterfinals for nearly all 15 minutes of the break.

The Greenwave even had to hustle onto the court to keep Atkinson County from scoring uncontested on the second half inbounds.

What was the delay after leading 27-21 at halftime?

"I was getting on their butt about defense," Terrell County head coach John Davis said.

Whatever Davis got after at the break worked. The Herald No. 4 Greenwave (19-5) scored 63 second-half points to turn a closely contested first half into a route, 90-53 over AtCo, to move onto the semifinals of the region tournament.

Terrell County now will play Miller County at 8:30 tonight at Randolph-Clay High School.

"We had a layoff (of a week and a half) and we had to get back in the groove," Davis said. "Everything started clicking."

Terrell trailed for much of the first half before Markez Dotson, who scored 19 in the win, buried a 3 with 1:21 left in the second quarter to put the Greenwave ahead 27-21. Terrell, the No. 1 seed from the west subdivision, got a huge game from Alre'k Brown inside. Brown finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks after having only eight points in the first half.

Dekoven Ware added 11 points in the win, while Terel Hall scored 10. Atkinson County (15-12) was led by Charlie Gillis' 12 points.

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LANIER COUNTY 48, PELHAM 46:

Lanier County survived in the Region 1-A quarters, although Pelham didn't go down without a fight.

The Hornets' zone defense gave the Bulldogs (23-3) fits all night, helping Pelham take a 36-33 lead into the fourth quarter.

"You can probably put it in the New York Times," Lanier head coach Jared Garner said. "It's no secret we don't shoot the ball well. Every team we play is going to play us zone."

Pelham led 40-33 with 6:16 to play, but Lanier, which hadn't lost to a Class A team all year -- just like Terrell County -- went on a 9-0 run to go up 42-40 with 2:40 left.

"(Pelham) was geared up," Garner said. "We didn't play our best but my guys find ways to win in the fourth quarter."

Lanier's Junior Gnonkonde hit two clutch free throws with 11 seconds to play to give the Bulldogs a 48-44 lead.

Quamine Thomas was the only Hornet to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points. Gnonkonde and Malik Kone led Lanier with 12 each.

Lanier County, the No. 1 seed from the east subregion, will face west subregion No. 2 Calhoun County today at 5:30 p.m. in the region semis at Randolph-Clay.