TUESDAY PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP (Web exclusive): Westover's Dunson scores career-high 31 points in win vs. Perry; TAE boys still unbeaten at 9-0

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

PERRY --- Maybe The Herald's Super Six should've been a Super Seven this season.

Because slowly but surely, Westover's Dytiesha Dunson is proving she belongs on that list of the area's best players.

Dunson, just a sophomore, scored a career-high 31 points Tuesday in a huge, 56-50 win against Region 1-AAA rival Perry and improving Herald No. 3 Westover's overall record to 9-1. But more importantly, a perfect 3-0 in region. Dunson was also the only Lady Patriots to reach double figures.

Dunson's 31 points represents the third best game of any area girls player this season. Herald No. 2 Randolph-Clay's Destiny Mitchell dropped a staggering 53 on Herald No. 1 Bainbridge earlier this year in the Lady Red Devils' only loss, and Americus-Sumter's Jayme Gilbert has scored 37 points twice for the Lady Panthers.

Westover next plays against city rival Monroe on Friday at 7 p.m.



Without a player able to break double figures, Randolph Southern was no match for Westwood, which improved to 8-4 with the win and now has won four in a row.

"The first game we played against Randolph Southern, we won, but it was a much different game," Westwood coach Jenni Smith said. "The score was similar (in terms of margin of victory) but we gave up a lot more points. So I told my girls before this one, we needed to do a better job on defense. And we did that (Tuesday night)."



Nine up, nine down.

That's the tally for the still-unbeaten Eagles, who escaped an off night to remain perfect.

"We were very lethargic. I don't really know what the problem was; maybe holdiay hangover. But we didn't play the way we're capable of playing," said Eagles coach Rundy Foster, whose team next hosts neighbor and region rival, Randolph Southern on Friday in both teams' GISA 3-A openers. "I do know one thing: We're going to have to play a lot better than we did (Tuesday) night if we want to keep this (unbeaten record) going."

TAE's Clay Willis led all scorers with 15 points, followed by Kevin Hudson's 14 for Brookwood.



Millie Foster scored a season high 19 points as the Lady Eagles held on for a one-point win.

Terrell Academy, which won last year's GISA Class A state title, is now 6-6 in its title defense season and next hosts Randolph Southern on Friday in its region opener.



In what ended up being nothing more than a tune-up game for Region 3-AAA rival Westfield on Friday in the Lady Knights' conference opener Tuesday, Sabrina Curry scored 15 points, Sarah Shellhaas added nine and Courtney Kelson contributed seven as Deerfield improved to 10-3 on the season.

Shellhaas also pulled down nine rebounds, while Lauren Fulford led the team in assists.

"We didn't get off to a great start," said DWS coach Ty Kinslow, "but we sure finished strong."

Deerfield pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Calvary, 24-6, in that period alone.



In a lopsided win like the girls game, the Knights got 25 points from Herald Super 6er Reggie Brown as Deerfield improved to a perfect 10-0.

Michael Matthews added 13 points, while both Anthony Melvin and Shaun Jones dropped in 10 each.

Although, DWS coach Gordy Gruhl was only in the mood to discuss one thing after this game: The next one.

"We've got two huge games coming up this week, the first of which is Friday against Westfield, then Saturday against First Presebyterian Christian (near Savannah), which has only lost one game all year," said Gruhl, whose team is ranked No. 5 in The Herald Top 5 Poll and is the only GISA school, boys or girls, to crack the poll all year. "We're gonna have our hands full this weekend."



The Lady Eagles suffered a lopsided loss Tuesday, although it came against one of the top private school teams in the state.

"I would say they're the best we've seen all year," said SCA coach Rebecca Fyock, whose team fell to 4-6 and 0-1 in Region 3-AA. "But I give them props -- they beat us in every aspect on the game."

No Sherwood player broke double figures as Katie Foster scored six and Princess Williams added five. Tiftarea, meanwhile, once again got a big game from star Courtney Albritton, who led the way with 14 points. Heather Kelly added 10.

Sherwood next plays at home Thursday against Valwood.



Turner County improved to 5-2 behind three players who scored in double figures Tuesday to beat rival Fitzgerald. Demetria King led the way with 19 points, followed by Antania Graddick (13 points, 16 rebounds) and Kadrina Howard (11). Fitzgerald, meanwhile, was led by Yasmaine Pruitt, who scored 17, including five 3-pointers, and Keyanna Mitchell, who added 12. Fitzgerald fell to 3-6 with the loss.



The Rebels moved to 4-5 on the year, while Fitzgerald dropped to 3-6 in a close boys game that followed a lopsided girls contest.

Three Turner County scoring threats struck all at once Tuesday night as Demonte Madison dropped in a game-high 23, followed by Demarcus Daniels (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Chris Spears (14).

Fitzgerald, meanwhile, was led by Zatravius Stewart (21 points), Demetrius Lewis (11) and Tevin Stewart (11).



In a hard-fought game by both teams, Tiftarea missed two shots within the final 10 seconds, either of which would've beaten Sherwood as the Eagles improved to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in GISA Region 3-AA.

Tiftarea saw the return of one of its star players, Wes Carter, who scored 13 points and missed one of those final shots that could've upset SCA. Sumner McWhorter led with way for Tift with 18 points.

But it wasn't enough as the Eagles had three players break double figures.

Brannan Anthony and Gary Holloway paced Sherwood with 16 points each, followed by Wesley Pittman's 14.

The game, however, shoudn't have ever been as close as it was. Sherwood more than once had leads of 13 points or better and couldn't hang on.

"I told the guys afterward I wasn't real happy about this win because we continue to get big leads and fail to close it out," SCA coach Matt Ruta said. "Playing well for three quarters isn't gonna cut it."

Tiftarea missed a running shot in the lane in the final seconds that would've put it ahead by one point, then both teams scrambled for a loose ball, prompting a jump ball. Tift got control of the ball and popped it out to Carter, who couldn't connect on the last-second miracle.

"We defended it well," Ruta said of the last shot. "It was a hard shot from a bad angle. It was one of those where (everyone in the gym) would've been impressed if he could've made it."



The Pirates got a game-high -- and career-high --- 28 points from Cosby Salter, who helped Miller County improve to 5-6 overall, but more importantly 3-1 in Region 1-A.

Will Martin added 14 for the Pirates, who now get set for a huge region and rivalry showdown Friday with neighboring Seminole County, followed by a visit from Bainbridge on Saturday.

Jarret Rahymes added 12 for Miller County, which had been looking for Rahymes to step up.

"He really put the game out of reach," Miller coach Tim Martin said. "He hit a big 3 for us and had 15 rebounds. We needed that from him and he delivered."



Two teams fighting hard for position in Region 1-A gave each other a battle Tuesday as Alre'k Brown's big night (21 points), which was enough to overcome three Pelham double-figure scorers: Darius Thomas (19), D.T. Almond (11) and Lester Moore (10).