Terrll County Super 6er Dekoven Ware hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer Friday night to beat Pelham, 44-41.
DAWSON -- After everything Dekoven Ware did in the fourth quarter Friday, catching a cross-court pass and hitting a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win was no sweat.
Terrell County trailed by 14 against Pelham heading into the fourth quarter before the Herald Super 6er took over and hit the game-over switch as time expired with a catch-and-shoot trifecta right in front of the Greenwave bench for the 44-41 win.
"(Assistant) coach (Kervin) Davis just drew it up on the sideline during the timeout," said Ware, who finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, five steals and a blocked shot. "They told me to go off the pick hard and get the ball, just shoot."
Terrell County (3-1) trailed by double digits all night after Pelham started red hot in the first half, opening up a 14-2 lead just four minutes into the game. Ware scored 12 of his 19 points in the final quarter and the Greenwave defense put the screws to an inexperienced Hornets' backcourt, allowing just two points in the final nine minutes.
"We kept believing in ourselves and finally made it happen," said Terrell County head coach John Davis, whose team outscored Pelham, 19-2, in the fourth quarter. "We're trying to come together. We just told them the game was not out of reach, just don't give up."
Ware's miracle at the horn brought back memories of his shot as a sophomore on the same court, just in the opposite corner, in the Sweet 16 of the playoffs to beat Greenville High.
The 6-foot senior hit two 3s Friday and has become just as dangerous on the outside as he is inside.
"The guy set a screen for Ware and Ware popped out and there it goes," Davis said of the game-winner. "He's got a knack for that. We were glad to get out of there (with a win)."
Senior Deshone Watson, who scored 10 points for Terrell County in the win, threw a perfect inbounds pass across the court to Ware for the winning shot. Juniors Darien Holmes and Reuben Hawkins also had huge baskets in the fourth quarter to prolong the Greenwave's run late.
"These guys have been winning for a minute and they know how to win," Pelham head coach Laron Smith said of Terrell County, which reached the GHSA Class A Final Four two years ago and the finished state runner-up last season. "This is a tough place to play. We've got to learn how to finish what we started."
The Hornets' junior duo of Roderick Williams and Shydarius Williams were lights out in the first half, combining to hit five 3s early to build a 31-18 halftime lead. Shydarius Williams hit three treys and led Pelham (2-4) with 11 points. Roderick Williams scored 10 and was the only Hornets scorer in the final period, hitting an off-balance jumper with 2:22 to play while clinging to a 41-38 lead.
"When you blow a (14-point) lead late like that, that's just (lack of) confidence," said Smith, whose team suffered heartbreak earlier in the week with a 51-50 loss at home to Randolph-Clay when Pelham's final shot to win the game at the buzzer was blocked. "(It was like) we were waiting for something bad to happen, (but) these guys are getting better."
Pelham will look to rebound today at home against Quitman County. Terrell County also returns to the court today in Dawson to face Class AAA power Monroe -- The Herald's No. 1 team in the Fab 5 Poll -- in the annual green-and-gold rivalry.
PELHAM GIRLS 71, TERRELL COUNTY 38: The Herald No. 5 Lady Hornets flew out to an early 18-2 lead and had four players score in double figures to cruise to its fifth win of the season.
Freshman Briunna Freeman led the way with 21 points and five steals. Octavia Kierce scored 14 points to go with five boards and two steals, Herald Super 6er Shay Reese added 10 points and six boards and Timbreana Hudson scored 11 points and pulled down five rebounds in the win.
The Lady Greenwave were paced by Takerian Jordan's 14 points and six boards, while Nydrah Wright scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss.
Pelham (5-1) hosts Quitman tonight, while Terrell (1-5) hosts Monroe.