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TUESDAY PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Deerfield's Matthews scores 1,000th career point in Knights win vs. Westfield; Herald No. 1 Lady Bearcats rally in big way to beat TCC

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

MACON -- Tuesday night belonged to Deerfield's swingman Michael Matthews.

Not only did he score career-high 30 points in a 69-55 beatdown of Region 3-AAA foe Westfield, but he also reached the 1,000 career-points milestone.

"He just had a breakout game," Deerfield head coach Gordy Gruhl said. "He really carried us and he played outstanding both offensively and defensively."

With the win, Deerfield remains perfect in the region at 6-0 and improved to a 19-1 record overall. Reggie Brown and Duane Anderson added 10 points each for Deerfield.

Deerfield hosts Tiftarea in its next game.

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YOUNG JERSEY RETIREMENT ON FRIDAY:

Earlier this season, The Herald first reported that the Knights would retire all-time leading scorer Andre Young's jersey during halftime of a game in 2010.

Well, that game is Friday night, when DWS hosts Tiftarea as the signing will take place before the start of the 8 p.m. boys game.

Young, who now plays for Clemson, will take a quick break from the Tigers to attend.

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BAINBRIDGE GIRLS 60, TCC 42:

Lady Bearcats coach Latreisha Moon doesn't want to ever see the kind of first-half performance from her Herald No. 1 girls again. But she'll take what happened in the second half any day.

Down, 31-12, at halftime, Bainbridge not only stormed back in the second half for a lopsided win -- but held the Lady Yellow Jackets to just 11 second half points.

"Nobody came to play in the first half," Moon lamented. "But everyone showed up in the second. And I told them after the game, 'This is the mark of a good team. A mediocre team doesn't win this game. They give up. A good team comes back and finds a way to win.' And that's what we did."

BHS was led by Alexis Burke's 32 points after she only scored two at the half, followed by 16 from April Thomas.

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BAINBRIDGE BOY 57, THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL 56:

With both teams tied in the waning seconds in the fourth, Jeremy Harper nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer for The Herald No. 3 Bearcats. Devon Baulkmon led the way for Bainbridge with 24 points as Davario Thomas chipped in with 13 points.

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WESTFIELD GIRLS 53, DEERFIELD 46:

Lauren Fulford scored a team-high 11 points but that wasn't enough to stop Deerfield from dropping their first region game of the season as the Lady Knights fell to 5-1 in conference.

Westfield hit seven three-pointers and went 20-27 from the free-throw line, avenging an earlier loss this season to DWS.

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SHERWOOD GIRLS 47, WINDSOR 27:

The Lady Eagles all but locked up second place behind Tiftarea in Region 3-AA as Katie Foster scored 10, Emilee Cook added 9 and SCA improved to 4-2 in conference and 8-9 overall. If Sherwood beats either SGA or Valwood in the second meetings of the season, it will earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming region tourney.

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SHERWOOD BOYS 74, WINDSOR 26:

Sherwood jumped on Windsor early, scoring 61 points in the first half. Wesley Pittman and Brannan Anthony scored 17 points apiece for Sherwood.

"We came out with a lot of defensive intensity," Sherwood coach Matt Ruta said. "It's been awhile since we played this well."

Sherwood's next game is Friday against Valwood.

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WESTOVER BOYS, GIRLS BOTH WIN:

The Herald No. 2 Patriots, minus Malcolm Sapp (flu) edged Perry, 56-50, on Tuesday thanks to a big game from Anthony Ball (18) points. The Herald No. 3 Westover girls also won, doing so in a rout, but no stats were available at press time.

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WESTWOOD GIRLS 64, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 35:

Coley Westbrook scored a game-high 15 points for Westwood in the win.

"She did a great job shooting," Westwood head coach Jenni Smith said. "She just relaxed and knocked the shots down."

Krysten Johnson added 10 points in the blowout for Westwood.

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MITCHELL GIRLS 47, EARLY COUNTY 44:

Nett Reed scored 17 points and Alyssa Walters scored 19 points for Early County but that wasn't enough.

Minus star post player Tiona Burley, who is serving a five-game suspension, Kedeemya Cooper scored a team-high 13 points and D'Erika Quimbley added 10.

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MILLER COUNTY BOYS 88, QUITMAN 51:

Will Martin scored a game-high 21 points, while Makel Price put in a career-high 20 points for Miller County. The win pushed Miller's record to 7-10 overall and 5-4 in the region. Marqez Shuler (14), Jeremy Stephens (14), and Jacolby Jones (10) also had big games.

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CALHOUN COUNTY BOYS 60, SEMINOLE COUNTY 49:

Calhoun got a monster game from Andre Carroll, who finished with a game-high 23 points.

"He has been one of our main players all season," Calhoun head coach Marcus Shaw said. "He is small but he makes up for it with heart and determination."

The Cougars got production from DeShawn Jordan (14) and Knyhiah Zachery (11). On the other side, the lone spark for Seminole County was Tiawan Donaldson, who finished with a team-high 19 points in the losing effort.

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TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS, WESTWOOD BOYS BOTH WIN:

The Lady Eagles beat SGA on Tuesday, 66-24, behind 18 points from Millie Foster, 14 from Lauren Barfield and 10 from sister Alex Barfield. SGA was led by Kyndal Andrews (7).

A little bit South, Mason Jones led the Wildcats in a 48-30 rout of Randolph Southern, despite 11 points from Kevin Melton.

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MILLER COUNTY GIRLS 52, QUITMAN 15:

Katrina Crankfieild had an exceptional game, scoring 14 points and dishing out 8 assist as she helped Miller County dismantle Quitman. Miller got an additional spark from Antrnette Roseburrow, who finished with 12 points.

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BROOKWOOD GIRLS 57, SOUTHLAND 49:

Sarah Catherine Parker had a big game with 14 points for Southland but team foul trouble and defensive miscues hurt the team. Sara Schuster also had a good game for Southland with 11 points but the loss dropped Southland's record to 2-3 in the region with a 13-10 record overall.

Southland's next game is against Calvary Christian.