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FRIDAY NIGHT PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP (Web Exclusive): Herald No. 2 Randolph-Clay girls move to 9-0 in Region 1-A, all but lock up title

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

CUTHBERT -- Fridau might not have been Destiny Mitchell's biggest night of the season, but Randolph-Clay's 54-45 victory against Seminole Friday was one of the biggest in the Region 1-A race. The Randolph-Clay girls are now 9-0 in the region, in sole possession of first place and clinched the regular-season region title with the win . Second-place Seminole is 8-3 in the region with two of those losses coming at the hands of the Lady Red Devils.

Mitchell, a Herald Super 6er who is being recruited nationally by Georgia and Rutgers to name a few, led the way with a game-high 17 points for the Herald No. 2 Lady Red Devils (18-3), who are also ranked fifth in the Class A state poll.

"It wasn't a pretty game but we pulled it out," Randolph-Clay coach Jennifer Acree said. "(Friday night) was a big step in our goal of finishing undefeated in the region.''

Seminole (10-5 overall) was led by Alexis Watson (14 points) and Georgette Denton (11 points).

"It's tough when you lose a region game," Seminole coach Jesse McLeod said.

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BAINBRIDGE GIRLS 67, LEE COUNTY 53:

Bainbridge's Alexis Burke dominated against Lee County on her way to a 27-point scoring performance at home. Herald No. 1 Bainbridge is now 18-2 and ranked fifth in the AAAA state poll.

The loss drops Herald No. 4 Lee County's record to 1-2 in the Region 1-AAAA race and 17-5 overall. Bainbridge is 3-0 in in first place all alone in the region.

"We missed a lot of open shots," Lee County coach Fran McPherson said.

Kelly Polk finished with a team-high 12 points for Lee County and DaQuenna Moore added 10 points in the loss. Lee County had trouble taking care of the ball in the game and that led to 31 turnovers for McPherson's squad.

"When we followed our game plan we play well," she said. "At times we were brilliant.''

Lee County hopes to bounce back in its next game against TCC on Tuesday in the second round of region play, while Bainbridge hosts Cairo tonight.

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TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 37, CRISP ACADEMY 35, OT:

Millie Foster played the entire game plus over time and was sensational for Terrell Academy, scoring a team-high 12 points.

"Millie played well," Terrell Academy coach Keith Jones said. "She was the glue that held us together (Friday night)."

The win --- which avenged an ugly loss to Crisp earlier in the season --- improved Terrell Academy's record to 12-7 overall and 6-1 in the region. On the other side, Madi Mitchell was the lone spark for Crisp. She scored a game-high 17 points.

"It's tough to play on the road," Jones said. "It was a defensive-oriented game."

Terrell Academy's next game is Tuesday against Fullington.

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SOUTHLAND GIRLS 52, CALVARY CHRISTAIN 26:

Sarah Schuester scored a game-high 14 points to help Southland roll .

"She has been steady for several games," Southland coach Paula McDonald said. "She has constantly picked up her performance each game."

The win pushes Southland's record to 4-3 in the region and 14-10 overall.

Sarah Cathryn Parker also played well for Southland and she ended the game with 12 points.

"We were in the driver's seat from the beginning of the game," McDonald said.

Kelsey Harris played well for Calvary Christian, scoring a team-high 12 points in the loss.

Southland's next game is today against Tiftarea.

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WESTWOOD GIRLS 37, GA. CHRISTAIN 35:

Westwood had a big lead late, but Georgia Christian closed the gap with a defensive surge. The win improves Westwood's record to 11-8 overall and 2-4 in the region.

"It shouldn't have been that close," Westwood Academy coach Jenni Smith said. "We allowed them to narrow the gap."

Westwood was led in scoring by Virginia Vereen's game-high 13 points.

"She played well (Friday night)," Smith said of Vereen's performance. Georgia Christian was led by Brittany Ingram, who finished with 12 points.

Westwood's next game is on Tuesday at Crisp Academy.

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RANDOLPH-CLAY BOYS 67, SEMINOLE COUNTY 53:

Tiawon Donalson scored a game-high 20 points but it was enough to get the win for Seminole County.

"It was a close game at the half," Seminole coach Kevin Godwin said. "But in the second half, we had a bad start."

The loss drops Seminole's record to 2-8 in the Region 1-A race and 5-9 overall.

Dujaun Gilbert, Zurel Muhammad, and Alkawan Sullivan each scored 15 points for Randolph-Clay.

"It's hard to go on the road and win with slow starts in the second half," Godwin said.

Seminole's next game is Tuesday against Miller County.

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BAINBRIDGE BOYS 93, LEE COUNTY 41:

Davario Thomas hit five 3-pointers in the second quarter on his way to scoring 22 points for Bainbridge in the blowout vitory. The win improves Bainbridge's record to a perfect 3-0 in the region and 16-4 overall. Devon Baulkmon also scored 22 points for Bainbridge.

Lee County was led in scoring by Jacoby Mallory, who finished with 13 points.

Bainbridge's next game is today against Cairo -- the Bearcats' biggest rival.

"Cairo is going to be a full gym," Bainbridge coach Rickey McCullough said about the ensuing matchup. "It's a big time rivalry."

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TERRELL COUNTY BOYS 67, PELHAM 52:

Markez Dotson poured in a game-high 24 points to help Terrell County get past Pelham. With the win, Terrell County remains undefeated in the Region 1-A race with a 9-0 record and is 15-4 overall. Dotson had help from Terel Hall and Alre'k Brown, who both finished with 13 points. Pelham's Darius Thomas finished with 16 points and Lester Moore added 14 points in the loss.

Herald No. 3 Terrell County meets Herald No. 2 Westover tonight in Dawson. Terrell County is ranked No. 8 in the Class A state poll, while Westover is ranked No. 7 in the Class AAA state poll.

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SCA BOYS 65, VALWOOD 58:

Earlier in the year, SCA handled Valwood fairly easily, but had trouble Friday against a retooled team that had added transfer Nehemiah Banks from Valdosta High. Valwood outplayed SCA for three quarters and appeared poised for a win. But in the fourth quarter, SCA outscored Valwood, 20-9, behind the stellar play of Gary Holloway, who finished with a team-high 16 points.

"Gary played great," SCA coach Matt Ruta said. "It was a good region win.''

With the win, SCA remains perfect in the region at 7-0 and 15-4 overall. Banks finished with a game-high 27 points in the loss before fouling out midway in the fourth quarter. SCA's next game is tonight against First Presbyterian.

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BYNE GIRLS WIN, REACH PLAYOFFS; SAINTS FALL TO APPLING:

The Byne Christian girls beat Appling Christian in double overtime, 42-40 as the Lady Saints' win puts them in the GCAA region tourney.

The boys, meanwhile, lost to Appling, 67-62.

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BAKER COUNTY BOYS 50, MILLER COUNTY 46:

Cosby Salters scored a team-high 16 points, Jacolby Jones added 12 and Will Martin contributed nine, but it wasn't though to over an 18-point deficit in the first half and as many as 20 in the second half.

"We almost came back," Miller County coach Tim Martin said. "But we missed some free throws down the stretch and didn't take care of the ball. That was the difference."

The loss dropped the Pirates' record to 7-11 overall and 5-5 in region play. Next up for Miller is the second "Backyard Rivalry" game of the season with neighboring Seminole on Tuesday.

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WESTWOOD BOYS 57, GEORGIA CHRI STIAN 46:

Andrew Adams led the Wildcats with 18 points, Mason Jones added 13 and John Vereen dropped in 10 as Westwood improved to 6-10.

The Wildcats' next game is against Crisp Academy on Tuesday.

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MILLER COUNTY GIRLS, 60, BAKER COUNTY 16:

The Diamond sisters, Sukina (14 points) and Selina (12 points) led Miller's girls basketball team to the easy victory. Ulbrika Daniels added 11 points for Miller, which improved to 9-4 overall and 6-4 in the Region 1-A race.

Miller, which is tied for fourth in the region, plays second-place Seminole on Tuesday and then faces first-place Randolph-Clay on Friday.

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VALWOOD GIRLS 47, SHERWOOD 34:

Sherwood (8-10 overall and 4-3 in the region) beat Valwood by 14 earlier this season, but poor shooting at the free throw line cost Sherwood a chance to sweep.

"We did not shoot very many free throws, and we missed 12 and lost by 13,'' Sherwood coach Rebecca Fyock said. "We had a very low fourth quarter (scored only two points). We were ahead at end of the third, but couldn't find any offense in the fourth.''

Sherwood was led by Kaylee Dixon (9 opints), Katie Foster (6), Emilee Cook (6) and Amy Lincoln (6).

"We definitely have to beat SGA (next week),'' Fyock said. "We're still in second (in region), and we need to beat SGA and secure that second seed. I think that's possible because we beat them handily last time at their place."

Game time is 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Albany.

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