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SATURDAY NIGHT PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: DWS boys rout FPD, girls avenge early season loss to Lady Vikings

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Deerfield coach Gordy Gruhl's team had five players who scored double figure points in Saturday's 75-36 beat down of FPD, led by Michael Matthews' 16 points, followed by Reggie Brown (15), Duane Anderson (15), Ramello Carter (11), and Jordan Alexander (10).

"We were well balanced," Gruhl said. "We have a big region game coming up and hopefully we can continue this hot shooting."

Dearfield's next game is against Westfield on Tuesday.

The win improves Deerfield's already impressive record to 18-1 overall.

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DWS GIRLS TO FPD -- NOT IN OUR HOUSE:

The Lady Knights were still fuming from an early season 33-28, overtime loss to FPD on Saturday.

And it showed as Deerfield proved it had come a long way -- and then some -- with a 47-30 rout of the Lady Vikings in the rematch.

"We talked about taking care of business one game at a time and with FPD being

two-time defending state champs, this was a big one for us," said DWS coach Ty Kinslow, whose girls improved to 17-4.

"Especially since they beat us at their place earlier this year, we wanted (to return the favor)."

It was a night filled with big stats for DWS, which saw Sarah Shellhaas record her second consecutive double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds), followed by big games from Morgan Phillips (9 points, 8 rebounds), Sabrina Curry (9 points, 7 rebounds and four assists) and Lauren Fulford (7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists).

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BAINBRIDGE BOYS 75, MILLER COUNTY 62:

Justin Harris led the way for Bainbridge with 19 points in the 13-point victory against a smaller Pirates team.

With the win, Herald No. 3 Bainbridge moves to 14-4 overall. Devon Baulkmon chipped in with 11 points for the Bearcats. Bainbridge's next game is against Thomas County Central.

No final scorers from Miller County were available at press time.

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KENDRICK BOYS 65, AMERICUS-SUMTER 60:

Keldrick Cochran's 18 points and 11 rebounds, Tyler Moore's 15 points and 11 from Deonte Fulks were not enough to upstage Kendrick.

"Second chance points hurt us," said first-year Americus coach Michael Coley, whose team fell to 5-12. "They got a couple of offensive rebounds and it slipped away."

Americus-Sumter's next game is against Lee County.

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LEE COUNTY GIRLS 66 DOOLY COUNTY 45:

After dropping its opening region game to TCC, Lee County coach Fran McPherson decided to mix up the lineup a bit.

And Saturday, it paid off.

"I started freshman and sophomores," McPherson said." As a coach, I have to find who's ready to battle and all five spots are up for grabs."

The win improves Lee County's record to 16-4 overall.

DaQueena Moore led the way for Lee County with 17 points.

Heather Besson had a big game as well with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

"Heather had and outstanding game," said McPherson.

Lee County's next game is Tuesday against Americus.

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LEE COUNTY BOYS 64, DOOLY COUNTY 57:

One night after a heartbreaking loss to TCC in the final minutes, Trojans coach Tim McPherson wanted to see how his team would respond.

Well, he got it.

Jakoby Mallory led all scorers with 21 points, Sanford Seay added 15 and Roquez Baker dropped in 11 as Lee County (4-13) won just for just the fourth time all season.

"They got me scared when Dooly came back and tied it with two minutes to go," McPherson said. "I thought I was seeing (Friday night against TCC) all over again."

Instead, Lee County broke the tie, forced three turnovers and remained calm, cool and collective from the free throw line to seal it in the closing minutes.

"The win feels great," the coach began, "especially since they beat us by 25 earlier this year."