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TUESDAY PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Terrell Academy boys lose first game of season, girls win state title rematch against Fullington

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

PINEHURST-- The best start in school history for Terrell Academy boys basketball officially came to an end Tuesday night at the hands of Fullington Academy, 44-36, in a game coach Rundy Foster simply declared: "I don't know what happened to us."

With a staunch defense that had only been allowing 28 points a game so far this season en route to a school record 10-0 mark, Terrell gave up 27 points alone in the first half and could never recover.

"We just don't have the kind of offense on our team that can come back from a deficit like that," said Foster, whose team is now 10-1 overall and 1-1 in GISA Region 3-A.

Riley Davis led the Eagles with 19 points, while Fullington improved to 10-2 overall and now leads the way in the region standings at 3-0.

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TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 51, FULLINGTON ACADEMY 45:

In a rematch of last year's GISA Class A championship game which the Lady Eagles won, Terrell Academy came through again behind Millie Foster's 18 points.

Rounding out the team effort, however, was Alex Barfield with 11 points, followed by Marlee Locke and Lauren Barfield with eight apiece, and Maura Milliron with six.

"I'll tell you what, they showed a lot of heart (Tuesday)," said Lady Eagles coach Keith Jones, whose team improved to 8-6. "We got every hustle play and played smart and played like a team."

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TATTNALL GIRLS 52, DEERFIELD 38:

The Lady Knights lost for the second time this year to Tattnall as the Lady Trojans' Kayle Steele and Farren Harris both scored 14 points to lead the way past the Lady Knights. Deerfield, meanwhile, was led by Sarah Shellhaas (12 points), followed by Courtney Kelson (7), and Miranda Philips (6).

"We were just overpowered by a better team and we didn't play as good as we've been playing," said DWS coach Ty Kinslow, whose team fell to 12-4, but is still 2-0 in Region 3-AAA because Tuesday's contest was a non-conference matchup.

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TURNER COUNTY BOYS, GIRLS STYMIE SCHLEY:

The Lady Rebels, led by Antania Graddick's 16 points and nine rebounds, blew out Schley County on Tuesday, 64-20, to improve to 7-3 overall and 2-1 in region. Kadrina Howard also added 12.

The boys win was just as easy, 76-55, against Schley as the usual suspects, Demarcus Daniels (16 points) and Chris Spears (13), led the way.

Turner improved to 7-5 on the boys side, but more importantly, 3-0 in region.

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SHERWOOD GIRLS 45, WINDSOR 40:

The Lady Eagles won for the second game in a row to move back to .500 overall (6-6), and also improve to 2-1 in Region 3-AA.

Maggie O'Connor led the way for Sherwood with 16 points, followed by Princess Williams with 10 and Casie Wright with 8.

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RANDOLPH SOUTHERN GIRLS 51, SGA 33:

The Lady Patriots (2-10) were led by Crystal McDaniel with 15 points, followed by Gabi Jackson with 13 and Parker Rigsby with 10. Southwest Georgia Academy, on the other hand, was led by Kyndal Andrews' 24 points.

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ALBANY BOYS 53, BROOKS COUNTY 42:

Tim Pierce and Tyrone Culbreth scored 11 points each, leading coach Archie Chatmon's Indians to the win and an 8-6 record.

"We had good, solid defensive pressure on them the whole night," Chatmon said. "We're still not there yet. Hopefully, that defense can carry us until the offense can make some shots."

A lot of the offense, it seems, will depend on Pierce and Culbreth.

"They were huge," Chatmon said. "We struggled making shots and we needed those guys to come through, and they were able to do that."

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SCA BOYS 82, WINDSOR 69:

Sherwood had plenty of offense, but Eagles coach Matt Ruta remains concerned about their defensive effort.

"We didn't play particularly well on the defensive end," said Ruta, whose team improved to 9-4 overall and 3-0 in GISA Region 3-AA. "We did a pretty good job in the second half of spacing it out, but we basically just outscored them."

Wesley Pittman and Brannan Anthony led the Eagles with 19 points each, followed by Gary Holloway with 16 and John Schramm with 11.

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SGA BOYS 51, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 50:

After holding off Byne on Monday night, the Patriots could not pull off the victory against Southwest Georgia, which was led by Danny Doster's 19 points. Doster, with the game tied, 50-50, with three seconds to play, hit one of two free throws to lift SGA to the win.

Tanner Stone led Randolph Southern with 17 points, followed by Loy Devane with 14.

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DEERFIELD BOYS 78, TATTNALL SQUARE 52:

Michael Matthews scored 21 points, leading the Knights (12-1 overall, 2-0 GISA Region 3-AAA) to victory. Teammate Reggie Brown added 16 points, followed by Romero Carter, Shaun Jones and Jordan Alexander with 10 each.

"Yeah, we started out a little slow," Knights coach Gordy Gruhl said. "We got out on them, 22-17, in the third and stretched it from there."

After a recent loss, Gruhl feels his team can get back on track.

"It's all about playing well at the end of the year," Gruhl said. "Just get better."

Deerfield next plays Brookwood on Friday.

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WESTWOOD BOYS 57, CRISP ACADEMY 51:

The Wildcats ended a seven-game losing streak.

"We needed this one," Westwood coach Al Timmerman said. "We played a close ball game throughout, they stayed close."

Andrew Adams led Westwood (4-7 overall, 1-2 GISA Region 3-A) with 14 points, followed by Jake Kotter with 10.

Westwood hosts Sherwood at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

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MILLER COUNTY BOYS 70, RANDOLPH-CLAY 61:

The Pirates (6-8 overall, 4-2 GHSA 1A-A) were led by Will Martin with 21 points, followed by Cosby Salter with 17. Randolph-Clay, on the other hand, was led by Cardryle Curry with 16, followed by Zuriel Muhammed with 14, Timothy Stringer with 12 and Shaquille Nunnally with 11.

"We led most of the way and then got rattled," Miller County coach Tim Martin said. "Then, we hit some shots and made some free throws that iced the game for us, pulling it out at the end with free-throw shooting."

Miller hosts Terrell County at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

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CRISP ACADEMY GIRLS 42, WESTWOOD 36:

Westwood struggled against Crisp Academy's press down the stretch, and when the Lady Wildcats' defense created turnovers, they could not convert them into points.

"We played a really good ball game, it was tight all the way through," said Westwood coach Jenni Smith, whose team is 8-6 overall and 1-2 in GISA Region 3-A. "But turnovers hurt us even after we forced turnovers ourselves."