GHSA REGION 1-A GIRLS TOURNAMENT -- SEMIFINALS: Pelham hammers Calhoun, Seminole sneaks by Miller to set up Hornets-Indians showdown for title

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DAWSON - There's a little dust on the last Seminole County girls basketball region title trophy in Donalsonville.

Sophomore Katrese Brown doesn't even know if she was born the last time the school won one. The Lady Indians have been runner-up so many times, longtime head coach Jesse McLeod isn't sure when the last region title was.

Seminole will get a chance to rectify that today in the Region 1-A girls championship after Friday's 45-41 win against rival Miller County in the semifinals.

"We need (a new region title trophy) bad," said Brown, who scored 18 in the win and added seven rebounds and two steals. "Real bad."

Seminole (20-6) will have to go through Pelham, however, to get that shiny new hardware. The girls region championship game is at 7 p.m. at Terrell County. Pelham has already beaten the Lady Indians twice this year and McLeod is just hoping Lady Hornets super-scorer D'Ambria Thomas and Co. have an off night.

"It's hard to stop them," said McLeod, who has fallen in the region title game three of the last four years since realignment. "The only thing you can do is just hope they have a bad night."

Friday, it was all about Seminole's sophomore tandem of Brown and Alexus Watson. The duo have done damage since middle school together and continued the trend in the region tournament. Watson was a terror inside, scoring 12 points and collecting nine boards.

"Seminole is so physical down low," Miller County head coach Nate George said. "(Watson) attacks the rim. Not having anybody down there but Salina (Diamond) to bang with her hurt us."

Miller (13-7) trailed just 22-20 at halftime, but with Mallory Diamond in foul trouble and fighting an injury, it was only a matter of time before the Lady Indians took control.

"With them being our rival, it's always tough," McLeod said. "We knew it was going to be a battle all the way."

Seminole took over in the second half, surging ahead, 38-26, on Meshelay Mobley's jumper with 5:56 to play. Mobley finished with eight points. Miller outscored Seminole 7-2 in the final three minutes, but it wasn't enough.

The Lady Pirates were led by Salina Diamond's 15 points, while Mallory Diamond scored 11.

Miller County will play Calhoun County at 4 p.m. today to determine the region's No. 3 and 4 seeds in the state playoffs.