Red-hot Lady Eagles cooled off by Crisp Academy, 47-42; TAE boys cruise

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DAWSON -- Three days ago, the Terrell Academy's girls basketball team played one of its best games of the season. Friday night they played one of their worst.

Madi Mitchell scored a game-high 24 points and dominated the boards on both ends of the floor as Crisp Academy rolled to a 47-42 GISA Region 1A win against the Lady Eagles.

Terrell was fresh off a win at No. 1 Fullington on Tuesday night. The same team did not show up against Crisp.

"After beating Fullington we thought we could just show up and win," TAE coach Keith Jones said. "But we got out-rebounded, out-hustled, out-worked and flat out out-played.

"Two things stood out in my mind: No. 1 we did no work in the post. Their big girl (Mitchell) was in on everything (Friday night). No. 2, nobody hit the boards. We had 17 rebounds and I don't think a single one of them was on the offensive boards."

TAE (7-7 overall, 1-1 region) carried a 29-26 lead into the final period. But sparked by Mitchell and Kristen Greene, Crisp (14-5, 2-1) rattled off 14 unanswered points to grab a 40-29 advantage before the Lady Eagles could stop the bleeding.

Alex Barfield's bucket brought TAE to within four points, 42-38, with two minutes to go, but could get no closer. Barfield led the Lady Eagles with 19 points, while Greene chipped in 14 for the Lady Wildcats.

"In my five years here (at CA) this is our biggest win," veteran Crisp coach Cliff Ranew said. "I can't tell you how much of a huge win this is. (Mitchell) did an outstanding job at both ends (Friday night). It was the first ball game that she really put it all together."

Terrell will attempt to rebound Tuesday in Camilla against Westwood, while Crisp entertains Randolph-Southern in Cordele.



Jonathon Farr scored 8 points in the first period as TAE roared to an 18-3 lead at the end of the quarter and cruised to a an easy win.

The Eagles (11-1, 2-1) were coming off their first loss of the season at Fullington and seemed intent on making their smaller opponent pay for it.

Farr, scoring everything inside the paint, had 10 at the half to help push the Eagles to a 31-13 halftime advantage. He led TAE with 14 points, while Nick Beaver added 12.

Crisp (3-12, 0-2), paced by a game-high 15 points from Nick Culpepper, cut the gap to 13 points, 37-24, with 2:30 remaining in the third. That was as close as the visitors would come the rest of the way.

A basket by Riley Cooper pushed TAE to its largest lead of the evening at 20 points, 49-29 with 4:20 remaining in the game.