COLQUITT -- Tim Martin nearly fell to his knees as he watched Lamar Perkins' jump shot float through the air.
The Miller County boys basketball coach couldn't take his eyes off the ball, and then he couldn't take his eyes off the scoreboard when Perkins' shot went through the net, lifting the Pirates to a 51-49 overtime victory against Terrell County on Friday.
"It went in, and we just went crazy," Martin said. "I just watched (the shot) all the way. I squatted down to see if it went in, and it didn't even hit the rim. It just hit the bottom of the net."
The 15-footer dropped in with about one second on the clock, and Terrell County wasn't able to call a timeout before time expired. And just like that, the Pirates finished off the Greenwave in a Region 1-A upset nobody saw coming. Terrell County -- the team that lost last year's Class A championship game and finished with a 27-4 overall record -- fell in its season opener, while Miller County improved to 1-1.
Perkins, a senior guard, scored a team-high 24 points, including all six points in the overtime period to give the Pirates their biggest win in years.
"This was a big win for Miller County," Martin said. "I have much respect for (Terrell County coach) John Davis' program. You see what they have been doing his last 11 years there, and they have been putting some whoopings on us. This was a big booster for our program."
Herald Super 6er Dekoven Ware led Terrell County with 25 points, while no one else had more than seven points for the Greenwave, who led by three points at halftime and four points in the fourth quarter.
For Miller County, Jacolby Jones had nine points, Jeremy Stephens added seven and Nick Price scored five.
MILLER COUNTY GIRLS 45, TERRELL COUNTY 35: The Lady Pirates joined the boys team in a victory celebration Friday thanks to 19 points from Mallory Diamond and 16 from Antrenette Rosebrough to move their record to 1-1.
Terrell County (0-3) was led by a game-high 22 points from Takerian Jordan.
Miller travels to Quitman tonight, while Terrell County hosts Randolph-Clay.
CRISP COUNTY BOYS 68, VALDOSTA 56: Senior D.J. Jackson scored 23 points to lead the Cougars to a win in their season opener Friday at home.
Crisp County coach Terry Smith said the Cougars, who led by 17 points at halftime, played great defense and minimized their turnovers. Also scoring in double figures for Crisp were Jontavious Carter with 12, Javoris Cooks with 11 and Marshall Taylor with 10.
DWS BOYS 91, STRATFORD 63: Ramello Carter and Sam Shellhaas combined to score 47 points Friday to power the Knights to their second straight huge win to start the season.
Deerfield-Windsor opened up its season Tuesday with a 96-32 win against Brookwood, and on Friday continued to light up the scoreboard. Carter had a team-high 24 points, while Shellhaas added 23 and Weston King scored 11.
The Knights play again at home today against Mount Vernon at 4:30 p.m.
DWS GIRLS 50, STRATFORD 34: The Lady Knights improved to 4-0 Friday night behind Courtney Kelson's 15 points and Heather Lash's 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Deerfield led by just five points at halftime but pulled away in the second half to keep its unbeaten season alive heading into today's game at home against Mount Vernon, which starts at 3 p.m.
WESTWOOD BOYS 52, GRACE CHRISTIAN 39: Jamie Davis was the lone Wildcat scorer in double figures, but his 19 points and 10 rebounds were enough to lead Westwood past Grace Christian in its season opener.
Westwood led by 14 at halftime before Grace Christian closed the gap in the third quarter with a big scoring run. However, the Wildcats righted their ship in the fourth quarter to improve to 1-0.
WESTWOOD GIRLS 47, GRACE CHRISTIAN 35: The Lady Wildcats, last year's GISA Class A state runner-up, remained hot to start the season, improving to 3-0 thanks to 15 points from Morgan Singleton, 11 from her sister Miller and 8 from Ivy Foister. Hope Bailey added seven for Westwood, while Grace was led by Emma Heard's 10 points.
Westwood returns to action Tuesday at Highland Christian.
SEMINOLE GIRLS 60, WEBSTER COUNTY 38: Katrese Brown led all scorers with 18, while teammates Patrice Barnes, Marissa Mike and Alexus Watson each added 10 in the win that evened the Lady Indians' record at 1-1 following a season-opening loss to Early County.
Seminole gets back on the court tonight at Stewart County.
SEMINOLE COUNTY BOYS 67, WEBSTER 57: Jakari Martin and Jakezmine King each scored 15 points, while Robert Speight added 13 for the Indians, who moved to 1-1 following a season-opening loss to Herald No. 5 Early County as it was enough to overcome a game-high 19 points by Webster's Rashad Vanover.
Seminole gets back on the court tonight at Stewart County.
PELHAM GIRLS 63, STEWART COUNTY 16: Thanks to the leadership from Herald Super 6er Shay Reece (14 points), The Herald's No. 5 Lady Hornets held Stewart County to just three points after halftime after going to the break up, 51-13.
But the win still wasn't enough to entirely bring a smile to the face of second-year Lady Hornets coach Antonia Tookes, who led the school to its first region title in years last season in her first year on the job.
"We pressed pretty good, but we're still not rotating like we should," Tookes said. "We can't ever be satisfied, even with a win like this. Defense wins championship, and I think we can still play better defense."
Octavia Kierce and Hillary Williams each added nine for Pelham, which plays again tonight at region rival Calhoun County.
BAKER COUNTY GIRLS, BOYS FALL: Despite a back-and-forth battle between Baker's Cierra Hawkins and Calhoun's Brandi Buie -- both of whom scored a whopping 27 points -- the Lady Cougars got the better of this one with a 61-45 win to keep Baker winless.
Calhoun's boys also won, 84-41, but no final stats were available.
SHERWOOD BOYS WIN, GIRLS LOSE: Playing at Central Fellowship in Macon, the Sherwood boys improved to 4-0 with a 60-45 victory. The Eagles were led by Rashard Davis' 18 points, while Patrick Stewart had 16 and Keion Stewart added 13.
The Sherwood girls fell to 1-5 overall with a 41-25 loss to Central Fellowship and were led in scoring by Madison Walker, who had 11 points.