MOULTRIE -- Without their football players running the court for the Bainbridge High School Bearcats, the boys basketball team hit a bump in the road in their first game of the season two weeks ago to West Gadsden during a Thanksgiving tournament in Tallahassee, Fla.
But when the Bearcats are at full strength ... watch out.
The Herald's No. 3-ranked boys team cruised to a 82-45 win Friday night against a larger Colquitt County program as four players scored in double figures to lead Bainbridge to its third straight win since that season-opening loss.
The Bearcats (3-1) were led by Rodney Glenn -- a football player -- who scored 17 points, Paul Chukes -- another football player -- who also scored 17 points, while Trey Kelly and Dontavious Marshall -- yes, they, too, played football -- both finished with 12 points.
"I think our schedule didn't work out in our favor (this year). We played too early and then we had too long of a layoff," Bainbridge coach Rickey McCullough said. "We didn't have our football guys for that first game, but we do now. And we're ready to start playing."
So does that mean Bainbridge is already feeling another long winning streak like the Bearcats put together the last two seasons, including 20 straight wins in 2009-10 and 24 straight victories last season?
"Well, I don't know about that. We've got Thomasville coming to town (tonight)," said McCullough of the annual rivalry game with the Bulldogs, which tips at 7:30 p.m. "And they're pretty darn good."
COLQUITT GIRLS 44, BAINBRIDGE 31: After opening the season with a win against West Gadsden, the Lady Bearcats have now lost three in a row following Friday's defeat in Moultrie.
RiChana Jackson led Bainbridge with 12 points, followed by six from Jasmine Kelly.
Bainbridge faces Thomasville tonight at home at 6 p.m.
MILLER COUNTY GIRLS 58, STEWART COUNTY 35: Antrenette Roseborough scored a game-high 27 points and dished out three assists, while Mallory Diamond added 16 points and had three steals in the Lady Pirates' win.
Miller faces Calhoun today as they go into the game at 4-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 1-A.
STEWART COUNTY BOYS 52, MILLER COUNTY 38: Nick Price had 15 points and Travious Benton added seven, but the Pirates came up short. Markis Boyd of Stewart County had 17 points, all in the second half.
"Boyd was too much for us in the second half, and that was the difference in the game," Miller coach Tim Martin said.
Miller County, which opened with a stunning OT win vs. Terrell County and raced to a 3-0 start, now sits at 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the region. They next host Calhoun County tonight.
AMERICUS-SUMTER GIRLS 50, CAIRO 43: Kahler Fletcher had 17 points, including three huge 3-pointers and Dominique Brown had 11 points to keep Herald No. 4 Americus unbeaten.
"We played well enough, but we can do better," said Lady Panthers coach Evelyn Wright.
Americus (5-0 overall, 2-0 in 1-AAA) next hosts Marion County tonight.
AMERICUS-SUMTER BOYS 42, CAIRO 33: Antorius Merrit had 10 points in the Panthers' first region win.
The victory proved timely after bouncing back from a loss to Monroe.
Americus-Sumter is now 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the region. The Panthers' next game is a home matchup today against Marion County.
TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 42, PIEDMONT 24: Terrell Academy was led to victory Friday by Marilauren Farr with 19 points. Alex Barfield added 15 points.
"We have to come out better. We have had some slow starts, but we have to play a complete game," TAE coach Keith Jones said.
Terrell Academy is now 5-2 on the season and will next play at Randolph Southern on Monday night.
TATTNALL GIRLS 47, DEERFIELD WINDSOR 43: Courtney Kelson had 13 points, Sabrina Curry had 12 points and Heather Lash and Miranda Phillips each had nine in the loss -- DWS' first of the season.
"We had a fourth quarter lead, but we let the pressure (get to us)," DWS coach Ty Kinslow said.
DWS is now 6-1 and will be at home today against SGA.
WESTWOOD GIRLS ROUT SGA, STAY UNBEATEN: The Westwood girls basketball team is off and running toward another berth in the state title game.
The Lady Wildcats improved to 5-0 on Friday night after a whooping of Southwest Georgia Academy, 43-13.
Morgan Singleton led all scorers with 11 points, followed by Ivy Foister with 10 and Sydnee Smith with nine.
Taylor Stewart scored seven of SGA's 13 total points to lead the way for the Lady Warriors (1-3).
Westwood returns to action at home today against Southland, while SGA travels to Deerfield this afternoon.
BYNE CHRISTIAN GIRLS 28, PEOPLE'S BAPTIST: The goose egg is off the board at Byne.
The Lady Saints, who came into Friday's matchup winless at 0-10, emerged with their first victory of the season thanks to 17 points and 11 rebounds from Meagan Ebel. Heather Horne added a double-double of her own with 11 points and 14 rebounds, and she also dished out five assists.
QUITMAN GIRLS 67, BAKER COUNTY 39: The Lady Bears continue to struggle to start the 2011-12 season, moving to 0-6 overall -- and 0-5 in Region 1-A play -- following Friday's loss.
Rakeshia Smith led the scoring for Baker with 11 points, followed by Aneeshiah Owens with 10. Baker's leading scorer on the year, Cierra Hawkins, was held in check Friday and scored just nine points.
SGA BOYS 41, WESTWOOD 30: The Warriors turned a 31-30 game late in the fourth quarter into an 11-point win by scoring the last 10 points, paced by a game-high 18 from McKinley Chambless. Nate Lingo added six for SGA, which improved to 3-1.
Westwood was led by Jamie Davis' 11 points and also got eight from Mitch Good.
Westwood returns to action at home today against Southland, while SGA travels to DWS today.
DWS BOYS 68, TATTNALL SQUARE 59: Ramello Carter scored a game-high 23 points to lead Deerfield's boys past Tattnall Square on Friday, 68-59
Dee Barber and Westin King each had 12 points to follow Carter to improve the Knights' record to 4-1 overall -- their only loss coming last weekend to reigning GISA Class AAA state champ Mount Vernon.
Still, DWS coach Gordy Gruhl said his team can play better.
"We have to get better on the inside defensively, but overall we forced a lot of turnovers," Gruhl said.
Deerfield next welcomes a 3-1 SGA squad to town today.