GHSA GIRLS/BOYS STATE TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Seminole joins Westover as only other girls team left in SW Ga.; Herald No. 1 Bainbridge boys roll; Albany, Calhoun, Miller, Bainbridge girls all dropped

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DONALSONVILLE -- Savannah Christian's Kelly Reid did everything she could to be a Seminole County giant killer Friday night.

Georgette Benton and the Lady Indians, however, were having none of it.

Benton and her supporting cast watched Reid blaze the Lady Indians in the first half for 20 points, but then held her to just two points after halftime Friday during Seminole's 48-46 win in the first round of the GHSA Class A State Tournament.

"Georgette was responsible for most of that, but she had a lot of help," longtime Lady Indians coach Jesse McLeod said. "We went into halftime talking about how we had to keep (Kelly) from getting good looks at the basket, and Georgette was able to do that in the second half."

Not to be overshadowed was the 20-point game of sophomore Alexus Watson, who has been the catalyst for much of the success Seminole (21-7) has had this season.

"She played good, of course. But so did everyone. I was very proud of the effort all around," McLeod said. "We were just better all around (Friday night than we were in our last game in the region tournament finals against Pelham)."

Katrese Brown and Meshelay Mobley added nine points each for the Lady Indians, who advance to face the winner of Friday's late game between No. 4 seed Dooly County and No. 1 Echols County. If Dooly wins, Seminole will host Tuesday, but if Echols wins, Seminole will have to travel.



Herald Super 6er Devon Baulkmon scored a game-high 27 points, Shawn Samuels added 17 and Rodney Glenn notched 10 as The Herald No. 1 Bearcats won their staggering 24th game in a row during the first round of the GHSA Class AAAA State Tournament.

After the win, McCullough bragged on his kids' continued stellar play, especially that of Baulkmon.

"Devon just got the ball in the hole all night," said McCullough, whose team will now host the winner of today's Lovejoy-Brunswick showdown Wednesday in Bainbridge. "He's as good, or better, than anyone I've ever had (in my 30-plus years) of coaching."

The news was not as good for the Bainbridge girls, who were stunned by McIntosh's girls, 55-45, in the first round -- marking the second straight year The Herald No. 2 Lady Bearcats failed to advance past their state opener.



Santana Ingram scored 18 points and Brandi Buie added 11 but it wasn't enough to pull the first-round upset of the state tournament in GHSA's Class A as the Lady Cougars' season ends at 15-14 overall. Calhoun loses two seniors, Ingram and Gabby Christopher.

"We just didn't have the energy we needed," said Calhoun coach Cornelius Ingram, whose team started 5-0, but struggled to find consistency after that. "Our expectations for this year were higher than where we finished."



Attempts to reach the head coaches of Albany High and Miller County were unsuccessful Friday. Albany lost, 77-22, to Laney in Class AA, and Miller lost, 67-18, in the Class A tourney.