FRIDAY NIGHT PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP (Web exclusive): Herald No. 1 Monroe boys survive scare in Cairo

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

ALBANY -- Herald No. 1 Monroe is still unbeaten, but the Tornadoes were tested Friday night in Cairo, where they had to come back to pull out a 49-42 win. The Tornadoes, now 14-0, trailed by two points at half-time. It was the first time this season Monroe trailed at the half.

"Well, you know, we take them one at a time,'' said Monroe coach Marquis Davis. "Cairo has a good team, real quick. They played real hard, kept us in the game. They started out on top, and Brandon Johnson got in foul trouble in first quarter and had to sit in second. They made that run before half, they led at half, 25-23."

Monroe was led by Robert Arnold (21 points) and Brandon Blakely (10 points) as Monroe built a lead and held on in the final minutes.

"It's always hard to get a win in Cairo,'' Davis said.



Miller County's girls got off to a fast start Friday, and ran away to beat Terrell County 56-26.

"We got the fast break going in the second half,'' said Miller coach Robert Melton.

Miller County (6-5 overall, 4-3 in Region 1-A) has had trouble putting together back-to-back wins this season, and the win over Terrell County could help start a streak.

"We beat Baker, then lost to Seminole and Randolph Clay, and to be honest with you we didn't play well,'' Melton said. "We got blown out in both of them.''

Miller County was led by Katrina Crankfield (20 points), Salina Diamond (13) and freshman Ulbrikia Daniels (11), who was making her first start. ukena Diamond scored 10 points, while Terrell County was led by Jaleesa Richardson (9 points).

Miller County is tied for third in the region race with Pelham, which they face Tuesday.

"We beat Calhoun and Calhoun beat Pelham, so if we beat Pelham Tuesday (we'll be in third place by ourselves), '' Melton said.



Tiftarea's boys basketball team beat Southwest Georgia Academy, 53-42, on Friday, slowing down the Warriors, who had bounced back from a slow start and had been streaking until Friday. Southwest Georgia Academy opened the season at 0-5, and then won six of its next seven games before falling to Tiftarea.

"We played bad,'' said SGA coach David Byrne, who made no excuses for the loss. "We couldn't even hit a lay-up.''

SGA was led by Danny Doster (15 points) and Parker Adams (13). Colby Czerpenski (13) led Tiftarea. SGA spent the night in Valdosta and plays Georgia Christian at 3:30 p.m. today.

Byrne knows his team will be tested.

"(Georgia Christian) doesn't have a football program,'' he said. "It's an all basketball school. They're sure to be on point. They've been doing it all year.''



Westover's boys basketball team continues to roll after suffering its only loss a week ago to Monroe. The Patriots, who are still without Super 6er Onochie Ochie, beat Peach County, 73-42, on Friday to improve to 13-1. Westover is 5-1 in Region 1-AAA.

The Patriots are seeing strides from sophomore Dequan Green, who played his first game with Westover last Friday after transferring over from Sherwood.

"We just have to get that mix going (with Green), '' said Westover coach Dallis Smith. "We're coming around a little bit. Dequan played well. He's coming along, getting more games under his belt."

Westover was led by Malcolm Sapp's 24 points. Anthony Ball followed with 8 points.

Ochie, who had to be rushed to the hospital last Friday night after he collapsed on the floor against Monroe, didn't make the trip to the game against Peach County. Smith said Ochie went to Columbus on Friday to see a physician for one last final test.

"It was precautionary," Smith said. "I know should know where things stand (today).'

The Herald No. 3 Westover girls team lost to Peach County, 55-50, though no other details were available.



Deerfield-Windsor's boys basketball team romped Friday night, rolling by Brookwood, 75-12.

The Knights emptied the bench and five players scored in double figures: Banks Kinslow led the way with 16, followed by Michael Matthews (14), Reggie Brown (10), Duane Anderson (10) and Anthony Melvin (10).

"Well, you know, Melvin had 10, and he had double figures last game,'' said DWS coach Gordy Gruhl. "He's kind of our eighth guy. He's starting to really contribute and play solid play off the bench.''

Gruhl looks at every angle for the one-sided wins.

"Well, they're just hard games to play. It was what it was. Everyone got in, so that was good," he said.

DWS is now 13-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 3-AAA. The Knights play Stratford today.


With both Deerfield and Terrell Academy locked into the state football playoffs when basketball season began, the boys game back in December that was postponed has been officially rescheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at W.T. Henry Gym in Albany.



The DWS girls also ran by Brookwood with an easy 69-48 victory.

Sarah Shellhaas led the way with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Sabrina Curry scored 16 points and had three assists, and Lauren Fulford scored 9 points and had 5 assists.

DWS is now 13-4 overall and unbeaten (3-0) in region 3-AAA and meets Stratford today. Stratford is a team the Lady Knights have split two games with this season, losing the last meeting by two points in the fourth game of the year, then beating Stratford, 31-21, over Christmas.

"Any time you play Stratford, it's a good measuring stick,'' said DWS coach Ty Kinslow. "They get after it, and you have to handle the pressure.''

DWS will face one of its biggest tests Tuesday in Americus, where the Lady Knights play rival Southland in a key Region 3-AAA game.



Calhoun's boys and girls basketball teams swept Baker on Friday night, pulling away easily in both games.

The Cougars won the boys game, 75-59, to stretch their winning streak to five games, and the girls team had an even easier time with a 59-28 victory.

Knyhiah Zacary led the boys team with 22 points. DeShawn Jordan added 17 and Quantanna Johnson finished with 12 points.

"We've won five in a row, but we still have to learn how to finish ball games,'' said boys coach Marcus Shaw. "We had a 10-point lead and let Baker come back and take the lead, before we finally took it back and won the game.''

The girls team was led by Geneva Blocker's 24 points. Amanda Eafford scored 11 and Keiyanna Harris scored eight points for the Lady Cougars.