ALBANY -- Despite having a six-game win streak snapped Tuesday at Thomasville, Albany girls coach Telly Turner wasn't concerned about her team coming out flat against Fitzgerald on Saturday night.
In fact, she expected the Squaws to play well -- and that's exactly what she got.
Chasity Mullins scored a game-high 18 points, 13 coming in the second half alone, as Albany routed the Lady Hurricanes, 67-35, to improve to 10-8 overall and 8-8 in Region 1-AA play.
"I wasn't worried about us being flat," Turner said. "This was an important game for us. We can be a whole lot better. This team is young and hasn't peaked yet. It's good that we have a week before the region tournament. We're looking forward to it."
Albany never trailed in the game. The Squaws led, 15-8, at the end of the first period and 26-17 at the half. Mullins picked up her fourth foul with Albany up 32-19 with 6:00 to go in the third period.
"I was mad at myself for picking up my fourth foul so early" Mullins said. "I'm not used to sitting on the bench, but I knew my team would pull it out."
Albany carried a 47-30 lead into the fourth quarter, and when Mullins got back into the game she responded with 11 points in the final eight minutes.
"This game to us was more important to us than the Thomasville game," Mullins said. "We were going to go up or down in the region standings and we wanted to go up."
Brianna Williams scored 12 and Kizzie Coleman added 10 for Albany, which will entertain Berrien Tuesday night.
Fitzgerald, which fell to 4-13 and 2-6, got 12 points from Yasmin Pruitt and 10 from Kenyatta Mitchell. The Lady Purple Hurricans will visit Mitchell County Tuesday.
FITZGERALD BOYS 50, ALBANY 45:
Albany coach Archie Chatmon said his team's fourth straight loss can be summed up in four words.
"We just can't score," he said.
Latravius Stewarts scored 28 points, including sinking 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute, as Fitzgerald avenged an earlier loss to Albany.
"You can look at the final score and see our defense wasn't the problem. It hasn't been the problem. Our problem is we have a hard time scoring more than 45 points a game. It's frustrating," Chatmon said.
Larry Sanford drained five of eight three-point shots to lead the Indians (11-10, 8-5 in Region 1-AA) with 17 points.
"(Larry) had it working for us on the outside, but we got nothing on the inside offensively or defensively." Chatmon said.
The Hurricanes grabbed the lead late and Albany couldn't answer.
Sanford was the only Indian in double figures, while Demetrius Lewis added 12 for the Purple Hurricanes.