Deerfield’s Sabrina Curry was all over the floor Saturday in the Lady Knights’ 48-31 win against Mount Vernon, scoring 15 points to help keep her team unbeaten at 5-0. (Photo by Kelly Phillips/Special to The Herald)
ALBANY — Back-to-back games can be tough on any team, especially when one is on the road.
And after coming off a road win in Macon on Friday, Deerfield-Windsor’s boys must have experienced some hangover effects Saturday in their 54-44 loss to Mount Vernon in a game that was a rematch of last year’s GISA Class AAA Elite 8 — also won by the Mustangs.
The Knights got off to a rough start, falling behind, 17-5, and committing nine first quarter fouls.
“I thought the first half we played as poorly as we can play on both ends of the floor,” Deerfield head coach Gordy Gruhl said. “We had no rhythm on the offensive end nor the defensive end. We did not execute offensively and defensively we had no intensity.”
Deerfield (2-1) finished the game with just eight assists, while turning the ball over 16 times, eight of which came in the first half. Ramello Carter did what he could to keep the Knights in the game, scoring a team-high 18 points.
“I think we just started off slow and that hurt us in the long run,” said Sam Shellhaas, who scored six points and hit the Knights' lone 3-pointer of the game. “We got them in the bonus early, and you can never do that against a good team.”
Mount Vernon's Armina Kelmels was a big reason why the Mustangs (5-0) jumped out to the lead they did. Without a player from Deerfield to match up against the Mustangs’ big man, Kelmels had his way, scroing a game-high 24 points.
"I just try to hustle," Kelmels said when asked about his big game.
After a 17-point halftime deficit, Deerfield managed to outscore Mount Vernon in the second half, 27-18. The Knights were finally able to get their transition game working at the end of the third quarter by being aggressive on defense without fouling. Trailing by double digits most of the game, Deerfield trimmed down the lead to nine points, but got no closer.
The Mustangs quickly put the ball in the hands of Kelmels in the fourth quarter and watched him push the lead back up to double digits.
“He was aggressive offensively, especially in that (fourth) quarter,” Mount Vernon head coach Curtis Berry said. “He got a little bit more offensive-minded, which we have been encouraging him to do. He took the ball strong to the basket, which helped us maintain our advantage.”
Keon Douglas and Jared Harper finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Mustangs. Weston King was Deerfield's second-leading scorer with seven points.
Gruhl was not totally discouraged with the loss.
“You like to play these games because good teams exploit your weaknesses,” Gruhl said. “We have a lot of areas we need to improve in, and that's what games like this show. This was just a game in which we didn't do much right but still got beat by only 10 points.”
The Knights will look to improve their rebounding in practice this week before their next game Tuesday at home against Mount de Sales. They grabbed only 16 rebounds against Mount Vernon as Shellhaas led them with three and Carter added two.
DWS GIRLS STAY PERFECT: The Lady Knights (5-0) remain unbeaten Saturday after big performances from Courtney Kelson and Sabrina Curry. Kelson led the team with 16 points in its 48-31 blowout win against the Lady Mustangs. Curry scored 15 points with three assists and seven steals. Miranda Phillips added 11 points with three assists and three steals.
Heather Lash led the team with four rebounds.
“One of the things we wanted to emphasize was playing hard,” Deerfield head coach Ty Kinslow said. “We played really good defense in the first half. Second half they made a little run when our shooting went cold, but we made an adjustment and went to a box-in-one defense and shut them down after that.”
The Lady Knights return to the court Tuesday and will host a doubleheader against Mount de Sales with the boys.
Lee County girls wax Worth County, 70-21, while Rams tackle Trojans, 68-56
SYLVESTER — Led by a double-double from Herald Super 6er Daquenna Moore (28 points, 16 rebounds), the Lee County girls basketball team rolled to its second win of the season, 70-21, against a still-winless Worth County program Saturday night.
Maggie O’Conner added 15 points and Chaz Tookes contributed nine for Lee County (2-3), while no Lady Ram finished in double figures. Quameesha Green scored six points for Worth in the loss.
Lee County returns to the court on Tuesday at Seminole County.
WORTH COUNTY BOYS 68, LEE COUNTY 56: The story was a bit different in the boys game Saturday as the Rams were led by a game-high 17 points from Tim Gaint and got 12 from Duke Glover to push Worth’s record to 2-0.
The Trojans, however, remained winless and fell to 0-5, despite 15 points from Josh Cabrera, 13 from Steve Collier and 10 from Jay Howell.
Lee County returns to the court on Tuesday at Seminole County, while Worth next faces Westover on Tuesday in Albany.
BAKER BOYS, GIRLS REMAIN WINLESSS: The Baker County boys fell to 0-4 after losing to Cook on Saturday, 67-33, but got a team-high 19 points from Shaquille Williams.
The Baker girls, meanwhile, also fell to 0-4 after losing to cook, 41-26. Baker was led by Cierra Hawkins’ 17 points.
Both teams next play at home against Terrell County on Tuesday.
SHERWOOD BOYS, GIRLS FALL: The Sherwood boys lost to Dawson Street, 59-40, on Saturday night to drop its first game of the season. SCA fell to 4-1.
Patrick Stanford led the Eagles with 17 points, followed by Keion Steward with 10.
The Lady Eagles lost for the second night in a row to Central Fellowship, this time, 40-38, despite 14 points from Madison Walker and 11 from Diamond Clarke. Sherwood’s girls’ next game is Monday at home against Byne, while both teams then play Tuesday at LaGrange.