ALBANY — Off to their best start since Ty Kinslow took over as coach, the Deerfield girls basketball team (6-0) wasn’t as sharp as they usually are Tuesday, but easily got the win nonetheless against Mount de Sales, 52-41.
“We beat Stratford at their place for the first time in eight or nine years recently and then we had a good win against Mount Vernon on Saturday, so I’ve been real pleased with the start. It’s our best in years,” Kinslow said. “We struggled a bit (Tuesday), but we got the win.”
Deerfield can attribute much of its early success to Sabrina Curry, the Lady Knights’ fearless senior who does it all. She had a career-high 23 points Tuesday, pulled down six rebounds, swiped four steals and dished out two assists in the win. Nyla Perry added 11 points, Miranda Phillips had eight, three rebounds, three assists and two steals and Courtney Kelson had four points, five steals and three assists.
DWS returns to action Friday when it plays Tattnall Square in Macon.
WESTWOOD GIRLS 67, HIGHLAND CHRISTIAN 31: The Lady Wildcats, last year’s GISA Class A state runner-up, improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 3-A play Tuesday thanks to big games from the Singleton sisters — Miller and Morgan — as each poured in 16 points to lead the way.
“We’re working real hard right now and one of our goals is to (get back to that state title game),” Westwood coach Jenni Smith said. “We’re just trying to get better each week, and I think we’re doing that right now.”
Hannah Hinesley added eight points, Haley Marshall chipped in seven and Ivy Foister rounded out the scoring with six.
Westwood returns to action Friday at home against SGA.
DOUGHERTY GIRLS 57, CAIRO 42: The Herald No. 2 Lady Trojans improved to a perfect 4-0 overall and opened Region 1-AAA play with a win.
“It’s better to start 1-0 than 0-1,” Dougherty coach Charlene Jackson said. “We didn’t play as good as we could, but we’ll take it.”
Sophomore Terrianna Martin led the way with 14 points for Dougherty, followed by Shawntal Byrd (13) Jayla Hooper (8) and Ra’Keta Shelton and Quannesha Gatlin with seven each.
MILLER COUNTY GIRLS 41, QUITMAN 38: Miller County defeated Quitman thanks to Mallory Diamond leading the way with 24 points. Asia Goss was the next leading scorer with six points and added six rebounds.
“Quitman was really keeping it close (but we came out on top),” Miller coach Nate George said.
Miller County moved to 3-1 and will next travel to Stewart County on Friday.
MILLER COUNTY BOYS 54, QUITMAN 47: Nick Price and Lamar Perkins each had 14 points to lead the way for the Pirates. Alvin Hooker chipped in 10 points, while Quitman’s LeWillis Darius was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points.
The Pirates now stand at 3-1 overall and a perfect 3-0 in 1-A play, and will next be at Stewart County on Friday.
TERRELL COUNTY GIRLS 41, BAKER COUNTY 33: Baker County remained winless on the year thanks to Terrell’s Takerian Jordan, who led the Lady Greenwave with 14 points. Terrell earned its first win and is now 1-4 overall and 1-1 in region play.
Kieristin Rainey was the high scorer for Baker with eight points. Baker next travels to Quitman on Friday, while Terrell County hosts Pelham on Friday.
TERRELL COUNTY BOYS 81, BAKER COUNTY 33: In a game where Terrell County dominated, the Bears of Baker County couldn’t hang and remained winless on the season at 0-5 overall and 0-3 in 1-A. Herald Super 6er Dekoven Ware led Terrell in scoring with 15 points, followed by Rueben Hawkins and Jevon McIntosh with 11 each as the Greenwave moved to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in region play.
Shaquille Williams was the bright spot for the Bears with a game-high 23 points.
Baker next travels to Quitman on Friday, while Terrell County hosts Pelham on Friday.
CALHOUN COUNTY 81, SEMINOLE COUNTY BOYS 67: In a losing effort, Seminole County’s Jamarcus Gray was able to put up an impressive game-high 27 points on the evening. Gray’s effort was nearly matched by Calhoun’s Vincent Powell with 25 points, followed by both Marquez Williams with 17 points and Robert Speights with 12. Seminole is 1-3 on the year and is at Lee County on Friday night, while Calhoun improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in region and next faces Miller County on the road Friday.
DEERFIELD BOYS 64, MT. DE SALES 46: Led by Ramello Carter with 19 points, Deerfield rolled.
“We played a pretty solid game, and we were able to pull away from them towards the end of the ballgame,” said DWS coach Gordy Gruhl.
Sam Shellhaas had 11 points and KE’Marvin Pitts had 10, as did Westin King.
DWS improved to 3-1 on the year and next plays at Tatnall on Friday night and then at home against SGA on Saturday.
TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 62, TIFTAREA 19: TAE freshman Marilauren Farr scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Lady Eagles to a huge victory Tuesday night.
All nine players on Terrell Academy’s roster scored, including Maura Milliron, who added 10 points.
The Lady Eagles improved to 4-1 and will play again Thursday at home against Crisp Academy.
WESTWOOD BOYS 42, HIGHLAND CHRISTIAN 40: The Wildcats improved to 2-0 on the season thanks to a game-high 16 points from Jamie Davis as Westwood’s defense thwarted a last-second Highland shot to hang on for the win.
Westwood next hosts SGA on Friday.