CUTHBERT - The Terrell County boys basketball team led Miller County, 13-8, after the first quarter of Friday night's GHSA Region 1-A semifinal.
That's when panic set in -- on the Greenwave's side, that is.
Being a team used to blowing out opponents, coach John Davis' team broke the huddle with, "LET'S DO THIS THING!"
In Davis' eyes, Terrell County came out and did just that, dominating the second quarter and winning, 67-37, on Friday night at Randolph-Clay High School. With the win, the Greenwave advance to today's 8:30 p.m. championship game against Lanier County, which beat Calhoun County, 68-45, in an earlier semifinal.
A victory today also would give Terrell County its fourth consecutive region title.
"It's great for us to have the opportunity again to play for a region championship," said Davis, whose team's record improved to 20-5. "It would be motivation also for the younger players who would want to help keep us at the championship level."
Terrell County, during the second quarter, played at that kind of level, outscoring the Pirates, 22-10. The Greenwave's Markez Dotson scored all eight of his points during the second period and Herald Super 6er Terrel Hall scored five of his game-high 13 during that same time. Dekoven Ware also scored in double figures with 10 points for Terrell County, followed by Alre'k Brown with nine.
Three-pointers by Hall and Ware were part of the early run after that game-changing huddle that put Miller County away.
"We played a lot better on defense and forced turnovers," Brown said. "And with Markez, he got hot while shooting so we fed the ball to him as much as we could."
"The second quarter was really the momentum changer," Hall added. "We got so many easy layups off of our defense; we wanted to keep the defense going."
The Greenwave also were effective from beyond the arc, making four during the second quarter. After Ware's 3 gave Terrell County a 21-12 lead with 4:50 left in the first half, the lead kept growing and became 29-14 with a Dotson trey.
Miller County coach Tim Martin, whose team will play Calhoun County in today's consolation round at 5:30 p.m., said he was disappointed at the Pirates' second-quarter intensity.
"(Terrell County) just put it to the throttle and we had no energy," said Martin, whose team's record fell to 13-13. "They turned it on and we didn't. That was the difference in the game."
Jarret Rahymes led the Pirates with eight points.
LANIER COUNTY 68, CALHOUN COUNTY 45:
The Cougars (16-8) led by two after the first quarter, but Lanier County responded with a 21-6 run in the second.
Calhoun County never recovered.
Lanier County's Emmanuel Ezoua scored 11 points during that pivotal second quarter and finished with a game-high 24. Calhoun County, meanwhile, was led by Deshawn Jordan's 15 points.
"We were out-boxed inside," said Calhoun County coach Marcus Shaw, noting his team's struggles rebounding. "Also, our guys got a little winded during the second quarter. (Lanier County) was the better team (Friday). They out-hustled us and out-played us."