LEESBURG --- No one ever told Lee County boys basketball coach Tim McPherson this season was going to be easy.
But little by little, his players are making it easier.
For just the third time all season Saturday, the Trojans picked up a win, but it came against a solid Worth County team, 71-66, thanks to a season-high 30 points from Sanford Seay. And 12 of those points came on Seay going a perfect 12-for-12 from the free-throw line.
"He's usually good from the line," said McPherson, whose team is 3-9 overall with wins against Warner County and Hawkinsville. "But (Saturday night), he was just perfect."
Helping Seay out was Roquez Baker, who isn't a big scorer for Lee County, but came alive Saturday and "he was driving it to the hole, slashing his way in," McPherson said. Jakoby Mallory added 12.
For Worth County, leading scorers were Josh Alford (17 points), Trey Fagin (16) and Dee Nether (12).
"I don't know if this was an upset or what. But when we played earlier this year, they beat us by three," the coach said. "But we just had such a great week of practice, you always hope they're come out and play like they practiced. And (Saturday night), they did."
BAINBRIDGE BOYS 67, MILLER COUNTY 62, OT:
One night after losing a heartbreaker to rival Seminole County, Miller County nearly pulled off the upset of the season when the Pirates took Herald No. 4 Bainbridge to the brink, but fell in overtime.
Marquez Shuler from Miller and Justin Harris for Bainbridge both had a chance to end it in regulation, but their shots were off the mark.
In the extra period, however, the story became the free-throw line: Bainbridge hit 'em, Miller didn't.
"We were 4-for-8 from the free-throw line in overtime, and Bainbridge was 7-for-11," said Miller County coach Tim Martin, whose team fell to 5-8. "e went ahead by two in overtime and I thought we were gonna pull it out, but then we started fouling --- they started hitting --- and that was pretty much it."
Will Martin led Miller with 20, 12 of which came on 4 3s, while teammate Cosby Salter scored 16 and T.T. Barber added 12.
For Bainbridge, Devon Baulkman led the way with 16 points, followed by Harris (14) and Rohan Gaines (13).
CALHOUN BOYS ON HEATER; GIRLS WIN, TOO
EDISON -- The Cougars moved to 8-5 on the season thanks to super-scorers Andre Carroll, who led the way with 22, and Deshawn Jordan (20). Marquez Williams and Andreas Carr each added nine.
The win marked the second win in a row for Calhoun --- the Cougars also beat Randolph-Clay for the first time in 13 years on Friday --- and would've made three if not for a controversial finish Tuesday in Americus in which coach Marcus Shaw says a basket was taken away from Calhoun County in the final seconds that should've been allowed.
"We watched the tape and now we're sending it to (the Georgia High School Association) and we're gonna protest that game," said Shaw, whose team lost, 57-56. "I think the process is that if we win the protest, we're awarded the win, we don't have to play the final few seconds over. But I'm not sure. We'll have to wait and see."
For the girls, the win also came easy Saturday, 44-27, against Stewart as Keiyanna Harris led the way with 15, followed by Amanda Eafford with 8. The Lady Cougars are now 4-9 overall.
Both teams travel to Pelham on Tuesday.
LEE COUNTY GIRLS 52, WORTH COUNTY 49:
The Herald No. 4 Lady Trojans improved to 13-3 on the season, while staving off a rain of 3s by the Lady Rams.
"Worth played really well and the game was a lot closer then the first one," Lee County coach Fran McPherson said. "They started getting hot late and I wasn't sure if we were gonna be able to slow down."
The score was 37-33 in the third when Lee County's Jessica Clinton took over, finishing with a game-high 18 points, while contributing six assists and six steals.
Herald Super 6er Lindsey Crawford got into foul trouble and fouled out with three minutes to play, but not before scoring 14 points. Fellow Super 6er, Dominique Jackson of Worth scored 14 of her own, while Jackson's Lady Rams teammate led the way with 15.
"They did a good job of getting (their good players) the ball," McPherson said.
Lee County next plays Seminole County on Friday in a rematch of the season opener for both teams.