NASHVILLE — The Herald No. 5-ranked Early County boys basketball team continued its torrid start to the 2011-12 season Friday with a 91-38 thumping of Berrien in the Bobcats’ Region 1-AA opener.
Early moved to 7-0 overall with the win, leaving head coach Randy Isom pleased his team came to play “for all four quarters” after seeing it squander a big lead against Calhoun County earlier this week and hold on for a win.
“We’re just focused on getting better and finishing out games,” Isom said. “We played for all four quarters (Friday night).”
Bobcats leading scorer Darontay McCoy, a junior, led the way Friday with 26 points, followed by 14 each from Ladonis Yarbrough and Jacori Taylor. Tracy Hallmon added 13.
Early will take some time off before returning to the court Dec. 27 in the Georgia-Florida Holiday Classic against Moseley (Fla.).
WESTWOOD GIRLS 55, BRENTWOOD 33: Speaking of unbeaten teams, the Lady Wildcats (8-0) remained perfect Friday night at the Robert Toombs Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Miller Singleton led the way with 15 points, Hope Bailey added 10 and Ivy Foister (8) and Hailey Marshall (7) each contributed. Westwood is still waiting on the return of star Virginia Vereen, who is out injured right now. The Lady Wildcats hope she’ll be able to return before taking on Crisp Academy — the team which beat Westwood for the Class A state title a year ago — on Jan. 13.
Westwood plays again today against David Emanuel, which it beat in the state semis last season.
BAINBRIDGE BOYS 73, MALONE (FLA.) 47: The Herald No. 4 Bearcats shook off a loss to state-ranked Thomasville last weekend to hand Florida Class A power Malone (9-1) its first loss of the season in the opening round of the annual Georgia-Florida Shootout.
Paul Chukes led the way with 19 points, followed by Greg Lee (10), Rodney Glenn (9), Trey Kelly (9) and Justin Baker (8).
Bainbridge (4-2) next takes on two-time defending state champ Rickards (Fla.) today.
Georgia finished 3-1 in Day 1 of the event as Valdosta, Bainbridge and Thomas County Central all won, while Miller County lost to Cottondale (Fla.)
SGA BOYS WIN, GIRLS FALL: The Warriors (4-2) downed Grace Christian out of Bainbridge, 71-51, on Friday thanks to 23 points from Kameron Whittaker and also got 19 points from Alex Chambless and 11 from McKinley Chambless. Grace was led by Phillip Bowen (22 points).
The SGA girls, meanwhile, fell to Grace, 47-25, after Grace’s Rachel Harrell lit the Lady Warriors (1-5) up with 21 points. Baylee Everson and Taylor Stewart each scored six in the loss.
SGA’s boys and girls next play Southland on Dec. 28 at Southland’s annual Christmas Tournament.
DEERFIELD GIRLS 62, ROBERT TOOMBS 32: Sabrina Curry dropped 25 points and added five assists to help the Lady Knights move to 8-1 overall at the Robert Toombs Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Gaby Burt added eight points, Heather Lash had six points and six rebounds and Courtney Kelson had five points and 10 rebounds.
DWS returns to action today against an undefeated Pinewood Christian team at 12:30 p.m.
DWS BOYS 76, ROBERT TOOMBS 25: Playing in the same tournament as the girls, the Knights rolled after getting out to a 53-13 halftime lead, thanks to Ramello Carter’s 26 first-half points. Carter finished with 28 to lead all scorers as the Knights (6-1) won their fourth game in a row.
Sam Shellhaas and Weston King each added 10 points in the win.
Deerfield next faces Pinewood today 2 p.m.
SEMINOLE COUNTY BOYS 53, PORT ST. JOE (FLA.) 38: The Indians improved to 3-4 overall in a Georgia-Florida holiday tournament in Florida thanks to 12 points from Jakezmine King, while Robert Speights added nine and got eight Jamarcus Gray.
Seminole returns to the court today to face Florida High in the semifinals.
BYNE GIRLS 39, GRACE CHRISTIAN OF COLUMBUS 13: The Lady Saints won for just the second time this season after Heather Horne led the way with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Megan Ebel with 11 points.
The Byne boys lost, but no final stats were available.
BRENTWOOD BOYS 79, WESTWOOD 51: Jamie Davis scored 18 points and J. T. Edore chipped in with 10 for the Wildcats, who fell to 3-3 with the loss, which came in the opening round of the Robert Toombs Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Westwood next plays David Emmanuel today at 5 p.m.