TUESDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Herald No. 1 Monroe beats Valdosta in OT; Calhoun boys, girls continue hot start

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

VALDOSTA -- Herald No. 1 Monroe stayed undefeated, pulling out a 67-65 victory in overtime against Class AAAAA Valdosta on Tuesday night.

"We kind of weathered the storm,'' said Monroe coach Marquis Davis, whose team is now 2-0. "They had a lot of full-court pressure, and we had a few turnovers. I thought our guards played really tough at the end of the game.''

Valdosta played a bombs away style all night, but Monroe stayed with the Wildcats (1-1).

"Valdosta is a good team and a very well-coached team,'' Davis said. "They shot the ball really well from 3-point range. The majority of their points came on 3s.''

Monroe was led by sophomore Jabori McGhee, who scored 23 points, and Carlos Brown, who scored 10.

The Monroe girls team (3-1) lost its first game of the season, falling to Valdosta, 53-38, on Tuesday. Shaniqua Young led the Lady Tornadoes with 12 points.

"What hurt us is we had a lot of free throws, but we just couldn't knock them down,'' Monroe girls coach Cheryl Cheeks said. "Defensively, we played OK, but offensively we just didn't have a good night shooting the ball.''

Monroe's teams will be at home on Saturday night to face Colquitt, another Class AAAAA school.

"We're just trying to get better, better and better,'' Cheeks said.


EDISON -- The Calhoun County boys and girls basketball programs continued their great start to the high school season Tuesday when the Cougars routed Miller County, 70-44, while the Lady Cougars held on with staunch defense down the stretch to beat the Lady Pirates, 45-44.

The wins improved the boys' record to 3-1, while the girls are a perfect 4-0.

Marquez Williams had a career night for the Cougars, scoring 28 points, followed by Raishun Anderson (22) and Andras Carr and DeAngelo Brown, both of whom scored 11 points. Calhoun's lone loss was to Early County.

"Marquez was shooting inside and outside," Calhoun coach Marcus Shaw said. "He really got to the rim well (Tuesday night)."

Juwan Jones led Miller with 16 points.

For the girls, Kelsey Anderson led the way with 11 points, while Miller had two players in double figures: Hillary Williams (14) and Selina Diamond (14).

Calhoun was leading by one point when Miller came down an attempted a last-second shot for the win, but the Lady Cougars' defense prevailed.



MALONE, Fla. -- The Herald No. 3 Bainbridge boys basketball team was protecting a one-point lead in the fourth quarter with under 10 seconds left, but the Bearcats could not stop Malone from making good on a 3-pointer with seven seconds left in the game as they fell, 41-39, on the road.

On the ensuing possession, the Bearcats (0-1) missed one shot inside the paint, got the offensive rebound, but still couldn't score the game-tying goal as time expired.

Trey Kelly was the only player in double figures for Bainbridge with 10 points. He also added seven rebounds.



April Thomas was effective all game long for Bainbridge and finished with a game-high 17 points in the blowout win. Briana Wade added 16 points and was a rebound away from a double-double and Bria Harris added another 10 points for the Lady Bearcats.

"We played a lot better on defense and just outran them," said Bainbridge coach Latreisha Moon as her team (2-2) gears up for its game against Randolph-Clay on Dec.3.

"Our coaching styles are similar," Moon said about Randolph-Clay coach Jennifer Acree. "It going to be a tough game."



Despite blowing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter, Terrell Academy managed to hold on for the narrow victory. Crisp cut the Lady Eagles' lead to one with 30 seconds remaining in the game, but couldn't get over the hump as Terrell Academy -- the reigning state champs -- sealed the game from the free-throw line.

"We are a run-and-gun team and we tried to slow it down. That allowed them to come back," Terrell coach Keith Jones said.

Alex Barfield finished with a game-high 22 points, while Millie Foster and Maura Milliron chipped in with 13 points each.

With the win, Terrell Academy moves to 4-0 overall. The Lady Eagles next play Westwood on Monday.



Mitchell County coach Rosemary Sanders watched her young team give its all on the defensive end as the Lady Eagles only allowed 22 points in the first half and eight points in the third quarter, but points were hard for her team in the fourth quarter and she had to watch all their efforts go down the drain.

"We did fine defensively, but the problem was that we couldn't score," Sanders said. "We have to get some offense from somewhere."

A'Miracle Jones led Mitchell with eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

With the loss, Mitchell falls to 0-3 on the season, which matches its record from last year after three games. Mitchell will be at home against Webster County on Dec. 4.

The Mitchell County boys team beat Colquitt on Tuesday, 51-48, but no statistics were available at press time.