EDISON — For the first time last season since The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll debuted five years ago, Calhoun County’s girls teams cracked the Top 5.
And now the Lady Cougars are on the verge of doing it again.
Led by star scorer Brandi Buie, Calhoun improved to 6-2 overall with a 66-43 thumping of Early County on Tuesday, thanks to Buie’s game-high 28 points. Keyanna Wells added 18 for Calhoun, which also got 11 from Destiny McIntrye.
The game also marked the second time in three weeks the two teams faced off with Early County winning the first meeting, 58-48, in Blakeley back on Nov. 20.
Early County lost for the first time this season and fell to 3-1 under new head coach Kimmie Graham. The Lady Bobcats were led by Tynicia McCoy (13 points), Shay Moore (11) and Justin Lee (10).
Calhoun next plays Tuesday at home against Worth County, while Early County will host Berrien on Friday.
MOUNT DE SALES GIRLS 50, DEERFIELD 37: Casey Kincheloe was the lone bright spot for the Lady Knights on Tuesday night with 11 points as DWS fell to 2-4 on the season.
Deerfield will try to regroup Friday when it hosts region rival Westfield.
SGA BOYS 46, ASHFORD (ALA.) ACADEMY 44: With three seconds left, McKinley Chambless hit a layup to propel the Warriors (6-1) to the win. Chambless finished with 23, followed by cousin Alex Chambless with 11.
SGA next hits the road Friday to play at Windsor.
COLQUITT COUNTY BOYS 52, LEE COUNTY 49: In the second meeting of the season between Lee County and Colquitt, the Packers prevailed again. It was also the second time Trojans head coach Kirven Davis faced the team which let him go two years ago.
Lee (2-5) came closer this time around after the first meeting ended in a 62-41 rout. Reggie Breedlove led Lee with 12 points, followed by 10 from Aaron May. Colquitt was led by Xavier Terry with 18 points, while Ty Lowry added 13.
Lee trailed by as many as 10 with four minutes to play and fought back by instituting a press, and when Colquitt committed several turnovers and then missed some foul shots, Lee crept back in. But the Trojans went scoreless in their final three possessions to continue their woeful start to the season.
Lee next faces Seminole County on Friday at home.
COLQUITT GIRLS 39, LEE COUNTY 10: The Lady Trojans also lost to the visiting Lady Packers on Tuesday to fall to 2-5. Lee was led by Kayla Cooper’s four points, while Makeba Ponder led all scorers for Colquitt with 19.
Lee next faces Seminole County on Friday at home.
AMERICUS-SUMTER BOYS 52, CAIRO 40: Michael Bolley led with 19 points for the Panthers, who improved to 2-3 overall and 2-3 in region after beginning the season with nothing but 1-AAAA opponents.
Juwan High added 10 for Americus, which will next play its first non-conference game of the year Friday at Marion County.
Stacey Masten led Cairo with 16 points.
MCHS BOYS 72, STEWART COUNTY 56: Mitchell County turned a close game at halftime into a rout Tuesday --- thanks, in part, to Stewart’s self destruction.
“Stewart was playing well, but they lost their cool and had something like three technical fouls called on them that really made the difference in the game,” Mitchell head coach Kenneth Harris said. “They just didn’t agree with the calls the ref was making, I guess. Their best player fouled out on a technical foul late in the game.”
Mitchell, The Herald’s No. 5-ranked team, improved to 5-1 with the victory, which was made possible by 18 points from Jermaine Hartsfield and Bruce Bryant’s 12.
Mitchell’s weekend coming up is a big one: Friday at Pelham and Saturday at Terrell County.
Mitchell’s lone loss of the season was to Herald No. 3 Randolph-Clay, which won by three points, 58-55, thanks to 32 turnovers by the Eagles, who won't get a chance to avenge the loss unless it's in the region or state tournament. Because they're on opposite sides of the region, that was their only meeting of the season.
QUITMAN COUNTY GIRLS 49, BAKER COUNTY 42: Cierra Hawkins led the Lady Bears (3-5) with 21 points.
Baker returns to action Saturday at Worth County.
MITCHELL COUNTY GIRLS 65, STEWART COUNTY 15: A’Miracle Jones led the Lady Eagles (5-1) with 14 points, followed by Kendra Frazier with 11.
Mitchell, The Herald’s No. 4-ranked team, next faces cross-county rival Pelham in Pelham on Friday.
ALBANY BOYS 59, WORTH COUNTY 48: The Indians (3-3, 1-3) picked up their first Region 1-AAAA win Tuesday thanks to 16 points from Jamarcus Nunnally and 10 from Sean Wooden. Worth (4-2) was led by Dontae Cooper with 11 points.
Albany next plays Cairo at home Friday, while Worth hosts Dougherty on Friday.
CALHOUN COUNTY BOYS 66, EARLY COUNTY 46: Quenten Taylor led the Cougars (5-3) with 17 points, followed by 13 apiece from DaJohn Williams and Isaiah Hallmon, while Sherrod Williams added 10. Early County was led by Jacori Taylor with 15 as the Bobcats now get set to face Seminole County next Thursday. Worth County will host Calhoun on Tuesday.
MILLER COUNTY GIRLS 59, WEBSTER COUNTY 30: The Lady Pirates won for just the second time this season behind the second straight monster night from junior Mallory Diamond. Diamond, who scored a career-high 40 points in Saturday’s first win of the year at Stewart County, dropped 39 on Tuesday and also added seven rebounds and 11 steals. Miller’s Asia Goss added 15 points and 15 rebounds as the Lady Pirates are now 2-5 overall and 2-4 in Region 1-A play.
Miller will take an extended break for the holidays and will not play again until Jan. 5 against Bainbridge.
MOUNT DE SALES BOYS 59, DEERFIELD 56: The Knights (3-1) lost for the first time this season, despite three players scoring in double figures: Ramello Carter (12 points), Dee Barber (10) and Sam Shellhaas (10).
DWS head coach Gordy Gruhl was less than pleased.
“We didn’t play very well. We haven’t shot the ball well yet this season, and we weren’t very good offensively or defensively. Period,” he said. “We got outrebounded and outplayed (Tuesday).”
DWS will get a chance to rebound Friday at region rival Westfield.
MILLER COUNTY BOYS 62, WEBSTER COUNTY 47: Alvin Hooker scored a game-high 18 points, Antravyious Benton added 15 and Brandon Benton chipped in nine.
Miller will play again Saturday in the Georgia-Florida shootout in Bainbridge against Wakulla (Fla.).