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TUESDAY PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Monroe's Young sinks 3 with 3.8 seconds to go to beat Cairo; Herald No. 1 Tornadoes fall to Syrupmakers, 45-42, in stunner

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

CAIRO -- With the clock ticking down and her team trailing, Herald Super 6er Shanequa Young nailed a clutch 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds left to help Monroe narrowly escape with the win against Cairo on Tuesday night, 45-42.

Young finished with 6 total points but none bigger than the final three. Jessica Burke led Monroe in scoring with 22 points and Ashley Johnson chipped in with 11 points of her own.

After the game Monroe coach Cheryl Cheeks was happy with the win but not pleased with her team's offensive execution, saying, "We've still got a lot of work to do on offense -- we are not knocking down shots."

With the win Monroe improves to 8-7 overall and will play Westover on Friday at the Albany Civic Center.

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CAIRO BOYS 45, MONROE 42:

Cairo's boys used a stout defensive performance and several key baskets in transition to key their win and hand The Herald No. 1 Tornadoes (12-3) their third loss of the year in a Region 1-AAA stunner.

Cairo looked to be in control early and carried a 31-23 lead into halftime, but Monroe's defense stepped up in the third quarter and held the Syrupmakers to just four points in the period. A breakaway layup gave Monroe its first lead of the night (36-35) with 13 seconds to play in the third.

However, Cairo used the fourth quarter to regain the lead and scored an insurance basket when Monroe's Jabari McGhee was called for goal-tending with 18 seconds to play.

Monroe plays city rival Westover, ranked No. 3 in The Herald's Top 5 Poll, on Friday at the Civic Center.

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SEMINOLE BOYS 53, MITCHELL 52:

In a game that was back and forth, Mitchell County found itself with possession of the ball with 11 seconds remaining in the game and a one-point lead (52-51), and seemed poised to end the game at the line.

But a key steal and layup by Hank Rambo put Seminole ahead with 7 seconds left in the game. Without any timeouts remaining, Mitchell tried to inbound the ball quickly and set up for a potential game-winning shot, but Seminole's Dee Virgin intercepted the pass to seal the win.

Kerry Chrispen had a game-high 15 points for Seminole, while Rambo finished with 12 points, none more important than the last two.

The win improves Seminole's record to 7-7 overall with a commanding 1-0 region mark.

"The kids found a way," Seminole coach Kevin Godwin said. "This is a lot to build on."

Seminole will host Lee County on Friday, while Mitchell travels to face rival Pelham.

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BYNE GIRLS 54, OPEN BIBLE 48 OT:

Heather Horne poured in a career-high 28 points for Byne including 15-of-18 from the charity strike. Sarah Burns added 13 more for Byne, which gets its first win over Open Bible in more than 20 years. The win pushes Byne's record even at 8-8 overall and 3-3 in the region.

Byne will be on the road against Faith Baptist on Friday.

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AMERICUS-SUMTER GIRLS 67, WORTH 28:

Jayme Gilbert had another monster game with 28 points for Americus in the blowout win. The win pushed Americus-Sumter's record to 10-2 as the Lady Panthers will host Dougherty on Friday in a huge Region 1-AAA showdown between two of the hottest teams in the area.

Dougherty has won eight in a row coming in.

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SEMINOLE GIRLS 54, MITCHELL 39:

Katrese Brown led the way for Seminole with 19 points and Alexis Burke added 16 of her own. The win pushes Seminole's record to 11-2 overall.

"We looked a little sluggish to begin the game," Seminole coach Jesse McLeod said. "But they started to look better toward the end."

Seminole will host Lee County on Friday, while Mitchell travels to Pelham.

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PELHAM GIRLS 89, BAKER 50:

Ta'Shaunessy Reese had a game-high 29 points for Pelham but her teammate D'Ambria Thomas had 26 points of her own -- all in the first half.

The win improves Herald No. 5 Pelham to 11-2 overall.

Precilla Williams led Baker in scoring with 19 points in the loss.

"It's a region game, so it's a region win, so it really helps," said Pelham coach Antonia Tookes.

Pelham will host Mitchell County on Friday.

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NORTHSIDE, WARNER ROBINS 72, LEE BOYS 48:

Josh Cabrera led Lee County with 18 points but that was not enough as multiple turnovers led to the lopsided win for Northside.

With the loss, Lee falls to 2-10 overall.

Lee will travel to Seminole in its next game Friday.

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NORTHSIDE, WARNER ROBINS GIRLS 67, LEE COUNTY 50:

DaQuenna Moore scored 23 and Heather Besson added nine, but it didn't matter as Lee fell to 7-6 overall and will travel to face Seminole on Friday.

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AMERICUS-SUMTER BOYS 49, WORTH COUNTY 41:

Korviez Ballard led Americus-Sumter with 14 points as the Panthers improved to 5-7 overall and 1-3 in the region.

"We really needed this win," Americus coach Michael Coley said. "And (Tuesday) we were able to limit the mistakes and we got the win."

Dee Nether scored 14 points to lead Worth County.

Americus will host Dougherty on Friday, while Worth County plays next Tuesday at Dougherty.

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RANDOLPH-CLAY BOYS 76, QUITMAN COUNTY 40:

This one was over before half time and Randolph coach Oglesby Johnson found himself playing a lot of younger players tonight.

"You don't want to try to embarrass anybody," Johnson said. "And you don't want anyone to get hurt out there."

Cardaryle Curry led Randolph with 19 points and Al'kwan Sullivan added 15 more to help their team move to 11-4 overall on the season.

Randolph will travel to Calhoun on Friday.

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BROOKWOOD 43, SGA BOYS 35:

Parker Adams had a big game for SGA with 15 points that was not enough as crucial turnovers late in the game by SGA were converted into points on the other end by Brookwood before they ultimately sealed the game at the free throw line. The loss drops SGA to 10-3 overall. The SGA girls also dropped their game to Brookwood by a final of 70-46 to fall to 1-11 overall.

SGA will host Fullington on Friday.

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CANCELLATIONS TUESDAY:

Crisp at Westover was called off and has yet to be rescheduled due to bad weather in Cordele. Terrell Academy at Fullington was also canceled due to weather. No makeup date has been set.