REGION 1-A, 1-AAAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUPS: Lee County girls dropped in first round; Herald No. 2 Bainbridge girls barely avoid upset of year; Miller, Calhoun roll in 1-A

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

BAINBRIDGE -- A hard-nosed, physical Warner Robins team proved too much for the Lee County girls in their Region 1-AAAA tournament opener Tuesday as the Lady Trojans saw their year end in a 46-42 loss. Lee County finishes the season 13-12 overall.

Leading scorer and rebounder Dequenna Moore was held to just 12 points after getting into foul trouble early and having to sit for much of the second and third quarter, while the same was true for second-leading scorer Carle Ely.

"If that hadn't happened, it's a different ball game," said Lee County coach Fran McPherson, who was coming off her best season in 2009-10 when she led Lee to its first appearance ever in state, as well the Lady Trojans hosting the playoffs for the first time in school history. "It hurts and I hated to see our kids go out like that, but we left nothing on the floor and I'm proud of that."

Lee loses Ely, and fellow seniors Jessica Clinton (leading scorer Tuesday with 13 points) and Asia Burks. Moore, however, is just a junior and was named a Coaches Georgia Junior All-Star earlier Tuesday.



In the only other Region 1-AAAA game involving a local Southwest Georgia team Tuesday, the Lady Bearcats eked out a win in the final seconds after leading by nine points to start the fourth quarter.

Herald No. 2 Bainbridge (20-5), which were stunned in the first round of state last year and almost saw it happen again -- only this time in region -- were down by four with two minutes to play, but rallied to avoid the same fate.

"I was very nervous. I did not want that to happen again," said BHS coach Latriesha Moon, whose team won its 12th game in a row.

April Thomas led with 23 points, while Herald Super 6er Bria Harris added 16 and Jasmine Kelly scored 12. The win advances BHS to the quarterfinals on Friday at home vs. Hardaway at 7 p.m.



DAWSON -- The Miller County girls routed Stewart County on Tuesday night in the Lady Pirates' Region 1-A tournament opener, 55-33, behind 21 points from Mallory Diamond, 12 from Antoinette Roseburg 12 and 10 from Salina Diamond. The win improves Miller's overall record to 12-6 and sets up a rematch in the quarterfinals with Randolph-Clay today at Cuthbert at 8:30 p.m.

The Lady Red Devils beat the Lady Pirates, 62-55, in their first meeting Jan. 14 as Casey Sands torched Miller for 26 points.

Coach Nate George says he doesn't think that will happen again.

"They killed us inside, so we're going to make someone else beat us this time and try and take her out of her game early," George said.



After the Pirates lost their only meeting with Webster earlier this year -- also in overtime -- they got revenge Tuesday and advanced to the second round of the Region 1-A tournament, where they'll face Terrell County today at 8:30 p.m. in Dawson.

Terrell County, The Herald's No. 3 team, routed Miller by 35 points in their first meeting way back in the first week of the season.

Coach Will Martin said he doesn't fear the Greenwave the second time around.

"I figure if my season is going to end, I might as well have a shot (to extend it) by trying to beat the big dogs," Martin said of TC, which is 20-3 overall and has only lost once in 1-A play this year, coming in OT to Randolph-Clay.

Miller was led Tuesday by Juwan Jones' double-double (24 points, 12 rebounds), and got 14 points from Jacolby Jones. Jeremy Stevens added 12 and Makel Price and Lamar Perkins each added nine.

Miller was down, 22-8, at the end of the first quarter, then chipped away at the lead and trailed by just 10 entering the fourth quarter, before outscoring Stewart, 20-10, to force overtime and get the win -- which was just the Pirates (6-14) sixth of the season.

"We haven't won a lot, but I wanna take these kids as far as I can," Martin said. "And (Tuesday night) was the first step."



The Cougars topped 100 points for the second time this season, although it wasn't even their highest output. That came in a Dec. 17 -- also against Baker County -- when Calhoun won, 118-50.

"We started off slow believe it or not," began Calhoun coach Marcus Shaw. "But we got in the flow from there."

Vincent Powell led the way, although no final game stats were available at press time.

What was known, however, for certain was that Calhoun (12-9) County will live to play another day as the Cougars advanced to the quarterfinals of the Region 1-A tournament and will face No. 2 seed Mitchell County on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Dawson.



There was no final score available at press time between the Baker County-Terrell County girls 1-A opener.