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THURSDAY'S PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Area GISA boys teams reach state quarters; Mitchell County boys, girls advance to 1-AA title games vs. Thomasville

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

MACON -- Banks Kinslow led Deerfield-Windsor with 22 points, followed by Reggie Brown (19), Michael Matthews (14) and Duane Anderson (10) as the Knights beat Weber, 73-33, in the GISA Class AAA state tourney Thursday night.

Coach Gordy Gruhl's Knights, who are now 25-1, can advance to the GISA Class AAA Final Four with a win Saturday vs. Mount De Sales at 2:30 p.m.

"We came out and shot the 3 really well," said Gruhl, noting that Kinslow and Matthews made four from beyond the arc.

Weber planned to hold the ball, but an early surge by Deerfield put that to rest as the Knights led, 45-15, at halftime.

"That takes holding the ball out of the equation," Gruhl said.

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SCA BOYS 59, PIEDMONT 43:

The Sherwood Christian Academy boys basketball team is one win away from the GISA Class AA Final Four, which is exactly the same point as last year.

"We've got to win Saturday," SCA coach Matt Ruta said.

The quarterfinal game, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Middle Georgia, will feature the Eagles against LaGrange Academy. On Thursday, however, Piedmont did not have an answer for Gary Holloway, who scored 29 points. Teammate Wesley Pittman followed with 12.

"Gary played really good, they didn't have an answer for him as far as his sped," Ruta said. "He was inside at first, and then they put a bigger guy on him and we moved him out and he took care of things from the wing."

Sherwood (20-6) led, 31-18, and controlled the tempo from there.

"It was a good win," Ruta said. "We definitely played in spurts (Thursday). I think we were up by 15 or 20 points throughout the entire second half. It was a good win, we're excited. But again, we have to take care of business on Saturday."

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TERRELL ACADEMY BOYS 49, DEA 26:

The Terrell Academy boys are one win away from the GISA Class A Final Four after beating David Emanuel. The Eagles led, 28-12, at halftime and never looked back.

Clay Willis led Terrell Academy with1 5 points, followed by Nick Beaver with 11.

"We played well on the defensive end," Eagles coach Rundy Foster said. "After halftime, we just maintained the lead."

The Eagles will likely face two-time defending state champ First Presbyterian Day 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Douglas' South Georgia College with a Final Four berth on the line.

"We've got a tough task," Foster said. "We're going to have to play really well against them."

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WESTWOOD BOYS 57, THOMAS JEFFERSON 46:

Mason Jones led the Wildcats with 18 points, followed by Jake Edore (14) and Andrew Adams (13).

"Surprised to be here is an understatement," Westwood coach Al Timmerman said. "We didn't play well in our last three regular-season games, but we're sure playing well now. And we'll take where we're at."

Westwood next faces Covenant Christian on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the quarters.

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BRIARWOOD BOYS 54, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 47:

Jon Floyd led the Patriots, who saw their season come to an end with the loss, with 16 points, followed by Kevin Melton with 11.

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GHSA

MITCHELL COUNTY BOYS 54, FITZGERALD 52:

Ruben Jackson sank a jumper from the corner as time expired, giving Mitchell County the win and a berth in the GHSA Region 1-AA finals Friday.

It was the third game the Eagles won this year on a buzzer-beater.

"We've played all year long in close games," said Derex Woumnm, who is a community coach leading the team while Kenneth Harris acts as official head coach. "We have not had a blowout game at all."

Mitchell County (16-8) plays Thomasville at 8:30 p.m. today for the region crown at Thomasville High School. Kentavius Silas led the Eagles with 12 points, followed by Emmitt Clark with 11. Jackson and Jaquan Williams added eight each.

"These close games help us out a lot because it makes us understand that no matter what, we can win that close one," Woumnm said. "I'm really proud of them."

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MITCHELL COUNTY GIRLS 59, BROOKS COUNTY 48:

Tiona Burley had a double-double with 27 points and 19 rebounds, leading the Lady Eagles into today's championship game against Thomasville. at 7 p.m.

Kedeemya Cooper also scored in double figures with 17 points for Mitchell County (18-6).

Brooks beat Mitchell twice during the regular season.

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MILLER COUNTY BOYS 74, BACON COUNTY 56:

Cosby Salter led the Pirates (13-12) with 35 points, followed by Will Martin (21) and Jarrett Rahymes (12). With the victory, Miller meets Terrell County at 8:30 p.m. today at Randolph-Clay.

"It was just a great win," Miller coach Tim Martin said. "We were down three at the half and then we just blew it open in the third quarter with 22 in the third quarter and 25 in the fourth. We just came out and really shot the ball well."

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CALHOUN COUNTY BOYS 56, RANDOLPH-CLAY 53:

The Cougars, led by Kniyniah Zackery's 15 points, advanced to face Lanier County today in the Region 1-A semifinals.

R-C was led by Cardaryle Curry's 12 points.