Randolph-Clay's Kanekia Washington led the Lady Red Devils with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
DONALSONVILLE — Seminole County junior Robert Speights and the Indians hustled their way to the program’s biggest win in years on Tuesday.
It left Seminole County coach Kevin Godwin in awe moments after the 75-69 overtime win against Region 1-A powerhouse and Herald No. 3 Randolph-Clay.
“Win or lose, as long as we have hustle and desire like that you can go home and sleep at night,” Godwin said. “Our kid had to work hard and overcome a lot of things to upset a really good basketball team. That’s the big thing that is running through my mind right now.”
The Indians (4-0, 4-0) trailed in every quarter --- including overtime --- and ended the game on a 9-2 run to beat Randolph-Clay for the first time in Godwin’s seven-year career as head coach at Seminole.
Speights led the way with 26 points, while Jakhari Martin (14 points, 4 rebounds), Shavon Wiggins (10 points), Jaymyka Pearson (9 points, 5 rebounds) and Jordan Harris (8 points, 12 rebounds) were also key for the Indians.
“Heart and desire created a huge upset (Tuesday) night,” Godwin said.
Speights scored 15 of his points in the first half, helping the Indians go on a 19-2 scoring run to take a 27-20 lead with 4:10 left in the half.
The lead went back and forth for the rest of the game until Harris converted a 3-point play in the opening minute of overtime to help the Indians pull away in the final minutes.
Gary McCrae led Randolph-Clay with 31 points and 14 rebounds, while Cornelius Bennett added 17 points and Kwamente Parker scored 10 points.
However, the Red Devils (4-2, 2-1) committed 31 turnovers and made key turnovers down the stretch.
“We didn’t do well defensively, and they just outhustled us,” Randolph-Clay coach Michael Hoffpauir said. “(Tuesday) night we weren’t hustling on defense, and we weren’t trapping efficiently. And they beat us out of a lot of our traps and got some easy layups.”
Randolph-Clay didn’t lead in the final five minutes, but the Red Devils did tie it at 64-64 with 1:05 to play and again at 66-66 when Corey Brown hit a lay-up with 19 seconds left.
Seminole County’s Jamal Martin missed a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left that could have given the Indians the win in regulation.
The Indians play again Friday at Lee County, while the Red Devils play Saturday at home against Early County.
Washington leads Herald No. 3 R-C girls past previously unbeaten Seminole, 58-56
DONALSONVILLE — Inspired by the memory of their former coach, the Seminole County Lady Indians played right with Herald No. 3 Randolph-Clay in Tuesday night’s Region 1-A showdown.
But then Randolph-Clay’s Kanekia Washington simply took over.
The star guard scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to turn a tie game into a 10-point lead for the Lady Red Devils, who then held on for the 58-56 victory.
Randolph Clay (6-1, 3-0) got 23 points and 11 rebounds from Washington, while center Kobi Thornton added 19 points and 11 rebounds. They were the only two Lady Red Devils to score in the second half.
The Washington-Thornton combination, however, was enough to hold off an inspired Seminole County team that is still mourning the death of longtime coach and athletic director Jessie McLeod, who recently lost a battle with cancer.
The Lady Indians (3-1, 3-1) were led by Candice Barber and Katrese Brown, who scored 16 and 11 points, respectively.
Seminole County led by a point (17-16) at the end of the first quarter and pulled ahead by as many as three points at the end of the third quarter.
But Washington, a senior, scored 10 straight points during a three-minute span midway through the fourth quarter that gave Randolph-Clay a 58-48 lead with 3:05 remaining.
Seminole County capitalized on late turnovers and fought back to within two points after a late lay up by Kerra Shirley with four seconds left, but the Lady Indians ran out of time to complete the comeback.