PREP ROUNDUP: Dougherty boys, girls hoops beats Albany in Trojans' opener; Lee County, DWS swim teams shine in season-opening meets

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Dougherty's girls and boys basketball teams won both games against Albany to sweep its season openers in front of a packed crowd at Albany's gym Saturday night.

The Dougherty girls (1-0) won, 55-43, behind a big game from Terrianna Martin, who recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Jayla Hooper also finished with a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Albany (0-2) was led in scoring by Chassity Mullins, who scored 12 points but took a hard fall to floor in he final minute of the game and had to be taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. She was released later Saturday night.

"All her vital signs were fine and I think she will be OK," Albany girls coach Telly Turner said.

In the boys game, the Trojans trailed, 34-28, with 2:00 left in third, but put together a 10-0 run to end the quarter, and then hung on to beat Albany, 55-52. Chris Holmes led Dougherty (1-0) with 15 points, while Larry Sanford led Albany (0-2) with 26 points.



Led by first-year coach Antonia Tookes, the Lady Hornets finally beat their local rivals late Friday night.

"It's been five or six years, from what I am told," said Tookes, a native of Camden County and former Edwards Waters college basketball star who took over for Derrick Lavatte this season. "It was nerve wracking, being my first game and all, and I've never seen such support for basketball because I'm from a football town. But I was so excited for the girls because I understand they've been trying to beat Mitchell County for a while."

The Lady Hornets had three players in double figures: D'Amrbia Thomas (29), Ta'Shaunessy Reese (24) and Octavia Kierce (20).



LEESBURG -- In its first swim meet of the season, the Lee County swim team -- behind an exceptional performance by its girls team -- finished in second place overall at the Colquitt Invitational. Lee's girls came in first overall, while the boys finished in fifth place.

"Everyone on our team was where they need to be," Lee coach Kelly Futch said. "I think they did very well."

"Well" might have been an understatement -- at least in the case of the girl's team.

Casey Schoenberger, Haley Kerrey, Madison Holcomb and Emily Butts made up the Lady Trojans team that finished first in the 200-meter medley relay with a state-qualifying time of 2:05.90.

The Lee County 200-meter relay team, which replaced Holcomb with freshman Jordan Yarbrough, also qualified for state with a time of 1:49.03, despite finishing in second place. The Lady Trojans also finished first in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:17.10. That team featured Yarbrough, Holcomb, Kerrey and Kerrey's younger sister, Morgan.

Individually for the Lady Trojans, Schoenberger finished first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:40.16, Butts finished first in the 100-yard free style with a time of 1:01.91 and Kerrey won the 100-meter breast stroke with a state qualifying time of 1:14.67.

The Trojans and Lady Trojans will be back in the water Nov. 30 when they attend a dual meet against Westover.



The boys and girls from DWS opened their swim meets last weekend as both teams won the home invitationals.

"It was a small meet, which was a training meet for our more experienced swimmers, some of whom swam three hours in practice before this meet," DWS coach Lorraine Withers said. "It was also a training meet for our new swimmers to get them acquainted with the rules of meets and competition.

I'm very excited about new varsity swimmers, Ashton Wahbeh, Haley Daughtry and Matthew Fox, who bring a lot of potential to the varsity team."

The first-place finishers were: senior Caroline Hawkins -- 200 free, 100 fly; Wahbeh -- 200 free, 500 free; Daughtry -- 50 free, 100 back; Taylor Withers -- 50 free, 100 free, 100 back; Hannah Bowe -- 500 free; and Emily McPeters -- 100 breast.

The DWS girls and boys A freestyle and medley relays also won first place.