TUESDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: SGA's Adams drops 30 as Warriors beat TAE in 2OT to open Region 3-AA Tournament; Westwood's boys, girls take care of business, reach Region 3-A championship games

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

DAWSON - Two teams that like to battle each other and two fan bases that like to holler at each other. It was only fitting Terrell Academy and Southwest Georgia Academy needed two overtimes to decide a winner.

SGA's Parker Adams scored 30 on Tuesday, including back-to-back 3s in double overtime, to help the Warriors escape with a 52-46 win over Terrell Academy in the first round of the GISA Region 3-AA tournament.

"I'd been waiting on them all night," Adams said of the two 3s that gave the Warriors a 49-43 lead just one minute into double OT. "It was big."

Adams, who added four steals in the 2OT thriller, also reached 1,000 points for his career Tuesday in the win.

"He stepped up big when the time came," SGA head coach David Byrne said of Adams. "He is a great kid. I've had him all four years and he's the best I've ever had."

Third-seeded SGA (17-7) qualified for the state playoffs with the win and advances to the semifinals, where they will play No. 2 seed Fullington on Thursday in Dawson.

Terrell Academy (2-20) didn't play like a No. 6 seed. The Eagles got 21 points and 11 rebounds from senior Jonathan Farr, who hit a reverse layup with five seconds to play in regulation to force the first OT.

"It was bittersweet because we played so well but came up short," Farr said. "We knew (the region tournament) was a new season for us and chance to (get in the playoffs)."

Despite an injury-plagued year that saw nearly every Eagles starter go out at some point, Terrell was dangerous Tuesday at full strength and showed it.

"They were finally healthy," Byrne said of the Eagles, who lost to SGA in the two regular season meetings. "That was the one team in the region coming in that we did not want to see in the first round. We were nervous coming in."

The Warriors led the entire way until Terrell's Levi Griffin hit a jumper with 4:48 to play in the game to give Terrell a 35-34 lead. Dillon Driver, who had 12 rebounds on the night, followed that with a fast-break layup for SGA and then a steal and assist to Adams to give the lead back to the Warriors.

SGA went scoreless for the first 6:30 of the fourth quarter after leading by as many as six points in the third quarter. The Eagles cost themselves dearly at the line by going 6-for-20 from the free throw stripe.

McKinley Chambless scored seven and added eight boards and four blocks for the Warriors. Griffin had 10 points and seven boards, while Clay Willis added 11 points for the Eagles.

SGA's girls lost 55-16 to Fullington in the first round of the girls' GISA Region 3-AA tournament and ended its season at 3-20.



Where there is a will, there is a way.

That was what was running through Westwood's mind when it found itself trailing by a point (40-39) with under a minute left in its first round-game of the Region 3-A tournament but with a timely and-1 by Morgan Singleton and some clutch free throws from Virginia Vereen, Westwood swung the tables as it went on to win 44-40, and advance to Friday's title game.

"It was a very tight game," Westwood coach Jenni Smith said. "This was the best Georgia Christian team I have seen."

Westwood (15-9, 5-2) will look to ride the momentum of this win into its finals matchup against tournament host Crisp County in Cordele on Friday night.



In the Region 3-A Tournament opener, the Wildcats blasted the Patriots behind 15 points from Mason Jones, 12 from John Vereen and 12 from Jamie Davis. Davis had nine rebounds, Vereen had 11 boards and Jones pulled down seven.

The win advances the Wildcats to Friday's finals against the winner of Tuesday's late game between Georgia Christian and Crisp Academy. Westwood would rather see Crisp, which it swept in the regular season, while the Wildcats split with GC.

"It doesn't matter who we play," Westwood coach Al Timmerman said. "We just told the boys to be ready for whoever."



Tobi West wasn't ready for basketball season to end.

West poured in a triple-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals as Southland beat Sherwood, 50-37, at Darton College in the opener of the Region 3-AAA Tournament to advance to the semifinals on Thursday. The Lady Raiders will play top seed Deerfield on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Alex Lindsey helped West in the scoring department with 15 points.

Kaylee Dixon led Sherwood with 14 points, and Maggie O'Conner added 13.

Southland has lost to Deerfield by 19 and 45 points this season.



Kerry Chrispen led all scorers with 17 points but none of his buckets were more important than his 3-point play with six seconds left that put Seminole ahead for the first time since the second quarter as it hung on to win. With the loss, Miller wraps up its regular season with a record of 5-14 overall and 3-5 in the region, while Seminole improved to 13-10 overall and 5-2 in the region.

Seminole will travel to Quitman on Friday, while Miller's regular season is over will enter the region tournament as the No. 4 seed where it will face either Webster or Quitman on Tuesday in Stewart County.



Bainbridge never trailed in this one as April Thomas erupted for 37 points to help the Lady Bearcats improve to a 17-5 record overall with 4-0 region mark. Herald Super 6er Bria Harris chipped in with 17 points for Bainbridge, which will play its final regular-season game at Cairo on Saturday, while Lee (12-11, 1-3) will travel to Calhoun County on Friday to close out its regular season.



Herald Super 6er D'Ambria Thomas led the way for Pelham with 22 points and Octavia Kierce followed that up with 21 more for the Lady Hornets, who improved to 18-5 overall and 7-1 in the region.

"We started off real aggressive and that helped us get easy buckets," said Pelham coach Antonia Tookes, whose team fell out of the Herald Top 5 Poll this week after a stunning loss last Saturday to rival and Region 1-A foe Mitchell County after going the entire season without losing a region game.

Pelham will look to keep the win coming when they travel to Quitman on Friday, while Early will host Cook County.



Maddie Mitchell went for a game-high 21 points to help Crisp move into the finals of the Region 3-A tournament.

"We just played the region champions tonight," said Randolph Southern coach Rodney Jackson about Crisp chances in for the rest of the tournament.

Crisp will host Westwood on Friday in the finals at home.



Herald Super 6er Devon Baulkmon poured in 25 points for Bainbridge and Rodney Glenn chipped in with 13 more for the Herald No. 2 Bearcats who improved to 22-2 overall and 4-0 in the region. The win also marked Bainbridge's 18th in a row.

Bainbridge will travel to Cairo on Saturday before starting region tournament action next week.

"We have a big rivalry game on Saturday then we will work on getting everybody healthy in time for the region," Bainbridge coach Rickey McCullough said.

No final stats on Lee County's top scorers were available at press time.



Ladonis Yarbrough led Early with 22 points and Jacori Taylor add 17 more for the Bobcats, who improved to 15-6 overall and 7-4 in the region.

Darius Thomas led Pelham with 23 points and Raymondo Armstrong added 17 more.

"We are looking pretty good," Early coach Randy Isom said. "We are learning how to fight back and finish games."

Early will host Cook on Friday, while Pelham will travel to Colqiutt County.



Takerian Jordan led TC with nine points but that was not enough to stop Calhoun, which was led by Brandi Buie's game-high 23 points.

With the loss TC drops to 5-16. TC will try and bounce back when it hosts Webster on Friday, while Calhoun will close out its regular season Saturday at home against Lee County.



Vincent Powell led all scorers with 20 points for Calhoun but that was not enough as Elliot Harvey poured in 17 points and Charles Brown rained in 16 more for TC. TC improved to 19-3 overall and will host Webster on Friday, while Calhoun will close out its regular season Friday when its hosts Lee County.



Ulbrika Daniels poured in a game-high 18 points for Miller and Mallory Diamond chipped in with 14 points for Miller, which finished its season at 11-6 overall and 4-4 in region.

"It was a back and forth the whole game," said Miller coach Nate George, whose team hopes things work out so that they get the third seed in the region tournament.

Seminole, which was led by Meshelay Mobley with 15 points, will try and bounce back when they travel to Quitman on Friday.


Herald staff writers Matt Stewart and Jimmie Haywood, along with Herald sports editor Danny Aller and Americus Times-Recorder sports editor Chris Whitaker, all contributed to this report.