THOMASVILLE — They’re used to getting off to a late start at Deerfield-Windsor, where the football team always goes deep into the playoffs, and the Knights are also used to opening their basketball season with a win.
Nothing has changed at DWS.
The Knights slammed Brookwood, 96-32, to open their season Tuesday with a resounding win.
Ramello Carter, who runs the floor with anyone in GISA, was off and running with a 27-point night, and four other Knights scored in double figures. John Germany finished with 12 points and Pete Langstaff, Weston King and Ke-Martin Pitts each scored 10 points.
“I thought we played hard,’’ coach Gordy Gruhl said. “We got them in the tempo we wanted to play, and we had 12 guys score points. We got quality minutes out of a lot of guys.’’
DWS will be on the road Friday night, and opens at home Saturday afternoon against defending GISA Class AAA state champ Mount Vernon, the team that knocked DWS out of the state quarterfinals last year. The girls play at 6:30 and the boys play at 8 p.m. on Friday, and the girls play at 3 p.m. and the boys play Mount Vernon at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
DWS GIRLS 53, BROOKWOOD 26: The Deerfield-Windsor Lady Knights stayed unbeaten with an easy win against Brookwood as DWS broke fast from the gate and led 33-13 at halftime.
Sabrina Curry and Courtney Kelson each scored 13 points, and Curry handed out five assists while Kelson pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for DWS (3-0).
Miranda Phillips scored 10 points, and Nyla Perry hit three 3-pointers to finish the night with nine points. Heather Lash pulled down six rebounds and scored three points.
“The girls came out and played hard and we jumped on them early,’’ coach Ty Kinslow said. “We put pressure them and got some turnovers.
“Right now we’re right shooting the ball real well,’’ he added. “We’re making six or seven 3s a night.’’
DWS hit seven 3s as Perry led the way. Kelson hit a pair of 3s and Curry and Phillips each hit a 3-pointer.
EARLY COUNTY BOYS 86, SEMINOLE COUNTY 46: The Bobcats are off to one of their best starts in years, and improved to 4-0 on Tuesday with another lopsided win. Ladonis Yarbrough scored 19, Darontay McCoy scored 17 and Dequantay George added 15 points for Early County.
“This is our best start since ’05 -’06,’’ Early County coach Randy Isom said.
The difference this season?
“Hard work,’’ he said. “We finally have a group of kids who will listen and learn, and they play well together. Their focus is on defense and their focus is on team, not themselves.’’
Early County’s next game is at home on Dec. 10 against Baker County.
BAINBRIDGE BOYS 70, PELHAM 56: Paul Chukes led the way with 17 points and Rodney Glenn scored 15 for Bainbridge (2-1), which had five players score in double figures. Dontavius Marshall finished with 14 points, and Dyllen Thomas and Greg Lee scored 10 each.
Pelham (0-2) was led by Shydarius Williams, who led everyone with 18 points, and Roderick Williams, who dropped in 10 points.
“We shot the ball well, and it was a total team effort,” Bainbridge coach Rickey McCullough said. “We had well rounded scoring and played a lot better.”
Bainbridge’s next game is Dec. 10 against Colquitt County.
Pelham’s next game is at home on Friday against Stewart County in the Region 1-A opener, and Pelham travels to Calhoun County for a big region game on Saturday.
PELHAM GIRLS 69, BAINBRIDGE 58: Herald Super 6er Tashaunessey Reese scored 20 points to lead the Class A Lady Hornets against Class AAAA power Bainbridge. Brianna Freeman added 16 and Octavia Kierce finished with 11 points for Pelham (1-1).
“We’re trying to put the pieces together, but it will take us a few more games to get to where we need to be,’’ Pelham coach Antonio Tookes said.
Roshanda Jackson led Bainbridge with 13 points, Brianna Wade scored 12 and Alex Carter added 11 points.
CALHOUN COUNTY BOYS 74, MILLER COUNTY 55: Vincent Powell scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Calhoun County (4-2), and Marquez Williams (13 points) and DaJohn Williams (11 points) followed to help a balanced attack.
Calhoun’s next game is Friday at Baker County in a Region 1-A opener.
CALHOUN COUNTY GIRLS 54, MILLER COUNTY 40: Brandi Buie led everyone with a 33-point night to help Calhoun County improve to 3-3 for the season.
AMERICUS-SUMTER GIRLS 71, DOOLY COUNTY 53: The Lady Panthers opened their season with a convincing win as newcomer Kahler Fletcher, who transferred from Westover, led the team in scoring with 15 points and also had four steals. Kayla Bowens scored 12 points and had five steals, and A’dasiah Mercer scored 12 points and had six rebounds. Danyette Hill pulled down 12 rebounds and also scored seven points, and Ashley Howard scored nine points, had five assists and made four steals.
“I thought we played well enough to win,’’ coach Evelyn Wright said. “But we have a lot of fine tuning to do to get to where we want to be. We missed too many free throws, missed too many layups and made too many bad passes.”
Americus-Sumter faces Dooly County again in Americus at 6 p.m. on Friday.
CRISP ACADEMY GIRLS 41, TERRELL ACADEMY 38: The Crisp Academy girls basketball team improved to 3-2 with the victory. Crisp was led by Madi Mitchell with 24 points.
MONROE-VALDOSTA GAME CANCELED: Monroe’s boys basketball team is still waiting to play the first game of the season.
The Tornadoes had to postpone their Nov. 18 season opener at the Civic Center against Albany High because the Monroe football team was playing in the Sweet 16 round of the Class AAA state playoffs that night. That game was been rescheduled for Feb. 10 at the Civic Center.
The Tornadoes also had Tuesday’s season opener against Class AAAAA Valdosta at the Monroe gym canceled, and they will not be playing at home against Colquitt County on Friday night. That game has been postponed because Colquitt County is playing in the Class AAAAA state football semifinals.
Monroe’s boys are scheduled to open their season next Tuesday in a Region 1-AAA game against Americus-Sumter at Monroe. The girls will play at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 7:30 p.m.