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Calhoun Co. boys, girls split with R-C in 1-A duel

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

EDISON -- Ready for anything.

That's the Calhoun County boys basketball team's motto, and Friday night's game showed it.

The Cougars beat a tough Randolph-Clay team, 88-79, at home Friday, but had to do it after squandering a big halftime lead.

"Since this is a big rivalry, the guys always seem to be pumped up to play Randolph-Clay," Calhoun County head coach Marcus Shaw said. "I was pleased with the effort they put forth. It was just a great game played by two tough teams."

Marquez Williams had a game-high 27 points for the Cougars (12-3 overall, 2-1 in sub-region 1B-A), who led by 17 at one point in the first half, but went into halftime up, 47-37.

Alkawan Sullivan (23 points) and the Red Devils (11-5, 4-3) chipped away after that, tying the game with about three minutes left in the third.

But Calhoun County countered with a 10-0 run, led by Vincent Powell (20 points), DeShawn Jordan (18), Robert Martin (10) and Andreas Carr (8).

"It was just a great team effort (Friday)," said Shaw, whose team faces Webster County on the road Tuesday. "(Now) we're going to come into practice on Sunday, prepare for anything and (hopefully do it again on Tuesday)."

Malcolm Jones had 15 points, Tim Stringer-Davis had 14 and Shaquille Nunnally had 12 for Randolph-Clay, which next faces Stewart County at home today.

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RANDOLPH-CLAY GIRLS 76, CALHOUN COUNTY 55:

The Lady Red Devils improved to 3-0 and are still No. 1 in sub region after Friday's win thanks to a balanced scoring attack, led by point guard Kanieka Washington's 24 points.

Casey Sands added 18 points for Randolph-Clay (7-9, 6-2 in Region 1B-A), while Andrea Blackmon had 12 and Takia Sullivan had 10.

"We've just been playing better," Lady Red Devils coach Jennifer Acree said. "We've been working on little things in practice, were able to capitalize on things they did (wrong) and just played good defense. Everyone who was supposed to step, did step up."

Santana Ingram led the Lady Cougars (9-6) with 21 points and Brandi Buie (12) and Chelsea Anderson (10 each) also reached double figures in scoring.