PHENIX CITY, Ala. — It’s called the Border Wars Tournament, and as far as Deerfield-Windsor is concerned it’s a tournament full of battle scars.
“We could have played Sister Nellie and the Nuns, but you want to play teams to find out if you can play,’’ said DWS boys coach Gordy Gruhl, whose team fell to Glenwood Academy, 72-55, losing for only the second time this season. “You can play creampuffs, but it doesn’t do you any good. Hopefully this will help us play better down the road.’’
Deerfield (7-2) was led by Ramello Carter, who scored 21 points. Jay Barber and Weston King followed with 10 points each.
Gruhl knew his team would be in for a long night because Glenwood Academy, one of the premier private schools in Alabama, presented problems inside.
“They’re big. They go 6-9, 6-6 and they’ve got a good club,’’ Gruhl said. “Size hurt us. It’s something we don’t have a lot of.’’
He was disappointed in his team’s free throw shooting, which ultimately gave Glenwood an edge.
“We went 13-of-28 from the free throw line,’’ Gruhl said. “You’re not going to beat good teams shooting that way. You’ve got to make people pay, and we didn’t make them pay.
“We were down 33-28 at the end of the first half, and we should have been up by six,’’ he said. “We went 7-of-18 from the free throw line in the first half, and they wore us out in the second half.’’
DWS plays its final game in the classic tournament today against Lee-Scott at 5 p.m.
GLENWOOD ACADEMY GIRLS 49, DEERFIELD-WINDSOR 48: The Deerfield Lady Knights danced back and forth all night against Glenwood before falling by one point Wednesday at the Border Wars Tournament in Alabama.
Deerfield (8-3) was led by Sabrina Curry, who scored 15 points and handed out four assists. Miranda Phillips and Nyla Perry each scored 10, and Courtney Kelson scored nine points and had seven rebounds. Heather Lash led DWS in rebounds with eight.
DWS plays Fort Dale in its final game of the tournament today at 12:30 p.m.
WESTWOOD LOSES: The Westwood’s Lady Wildcats’ perfect season ended on Wednesday in heartache and controversy as they fell 48-46 in overtime to Tattnall Square in the semifinals of the Tattnall Square Christmas Tournament.
It appeared as if Westwood would win in OT when Morgan Singleton hit a drive to lift the Lady Wildcats to a 48-46 lead in the final minute of the game, but Singleton was called for a charge and the basket was erased. Tattnall took the momentum of the controversial call and scored to win the game.
“It’s a lot easier to swallow the loss knowing my kids played hard and played good,’’ said Westwood coach Jenni Smith, who wouldn’t comment publicly on the tough call that cost her team the game.
“They played hard. They played as hard as they could possibly play.’’
Westwood, a GISA Class A team, was going up against a Tattnall Square team that is one of the top GISA Class AAA programs in the state, and almost pulled off the upset on Tattnall Square’s court. The Lady Wildcats are now 10-1.
“We did what we wanted to do,’’ Smith said. “We got to play good teams. We had to beat Bulloch to play Tattnall and we wanted to play Tattnall. That’s what we came to Macon to do, play good teams.’’
Westwood was led by Miller Singleton, who scored 13 points. Morgan Singleton added nine points, and Ivy Foister followed with seven points.
Westwood plays Mt. Vernon at 4 p.m. today in its final game of the tournament.