Albany’s Tim Pierce lit up city rival Dougherty for 28 points Saturday night in the Indians’ season-opening victory. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ALBANY -- Seldom will a coach be as irate as Albany High's Archie Chatmon after a 17-point victory.
But Saturday's inauspicious win against city rival Dougherty High was nothing to smile about. Both teams shot the ball horrendously at times and committed a slew of mistakes.
Fortunately, for the Indians, they had Herald Super 6er Tim Pierce playing on their team. His 28 points helped Albany get the better of the Trojans, 57-40.
"We got a win and that's the most important thing. But as to why we played the way we did? I don't know," a flabbergasted Chatmon said.
The offenses were at times inept on both sides with neither team looking like it had an semblance of structure. Dougherty's first points didn't come until there was two minutes left in the first quarter, yet the Trojans ended the first with an 8-4 lead.
At halftime, the teams had amazingly combined for just 32 points.
"We have to get our composure, play basketball and do the fundamental things we have been taught to do," Dougherty head coach Donald Poole said. "Some things you expect with it being the first game, but we have things that we need to work to improve."
Darrell Anthony led the Trojans in scoring with 17 points. Cordariaus Pickett had 13 points and Kendall Hicks added six.
Albany's Larry Sanford scored 12 points and Kenny Anderson dropped in five.
One major positive for the Indians was their defense, which included a halfcourt trap that gave the Trojans all sorts of problems.
"The trap was very effective, (and) we thought it would be because (Dougherty) is young," Chatmon said. "But that will not be the same team we play next time, so we know it will not be as effective."
Given its effectiveness, the Indians were able to create some separation after halftime and assumed command of the game by the fourth quarter. The lead continued to grow and Albany did what it needed to do to close out the game.
DOUGHERTY GIRLS 46, ALBANY 29: The Dougherty girls basketball team fared better than their male counterparts, beating Albany High, 46-29. Quannesha Gatling led the way with 12 points, while Ra'Keta Shelton and Terrianna Martin both had 11 points.
Chasity Mullins was the high scorer for Albany with 13 points.
Westover boys, girls down Tift County
ALBANY -- Westover's T.J. Cromer meant what he said about not wanting to start the season 0-2.
Despite a slow start with lots of turnovers, Cromer and the Patriots got their first win of the season Saturday night, beating Tift County, 63-51. Westover lost its season opener Friday night at Thomasville.
"We just had to get the W," Cromer said. "We said we weren't going to start the season 0-2 so we just had to get the W."
Cromer had a game-high 17 points. Herald Super 6er Dequan Green added 13 points and Brandon Hudson scored 10.
Although both teams looked out of sync much of the first half, the Patriots opened the second half with a 12-3 run. Tift tried to muster a comeback by cutting into a 16-point lead in the second half, but fell short.
"We were a very undisciplined basketball team," Tift head coach Eric Holland said. "We are going to continue to lose basketball games until we become a little more disciplined."
WESTOVER GIRLS 54, TIFT COUNTY 51: The Westover girls got their second win of the season by hanging on to beat the Lady Blue Devils.
Herald Super 6ers Ieshia Young made three shots from behind the arc as she led her team with 18 points, while fellow Super 6er DyTiesha Dunson scored 14 points and AuBre'Ann Moore and MyKesa Smith each had seven.
Leading the way for Tift County was DeeDee DeShazar with 14 points, 12 of which came from 3-point field land. Alexis Johnson added 14 points of her own, while Raven Ashley had eight.