FRIDAY'S PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Albany High boys trounce Terrell County, advance to face Manchester in U Save It Tournament consolation round

ALBANY — Albany High’s Indians started fast and finished strong Friday to beat Terrell County, 62-50, in the consolation round of the U Save It Pharmacy Boys Basketball Tournament in the Albany high gym.

Albany (5-4) will now play Manchester (6-1) in the fifth-place game at 4 p.m. today at the Civic Center.

Terrell County (2-4) was eliminated from the tournament.

The Indians, who couldn’t find the basket in the fourth quarter in a 64-55 loss to Statesboro on Thursday — they missed their first nine shots and went 4-for-21 from the field in the fourth — couldn’t miss early in the first quarter against Terrell on Friday.

“I had a feeling we couldn’t shoot like we did (Thursday) again,’’ joked Albany High coach Archie Chatmon after the game. “We came out and shot well. We needed this. This was an important win for us. For our young kids to come out and bounce back after losing (Thursday) was significant.”

Albany jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first four minutes before the Greenwave could mount a comeback. But thanks to Joe Ward, who scored eight first-quarter points, Terrell closed the gap to 21-15 at the quarter and kept the pressure on the Indians.

Terrell made its best run of the night — a 9-0 sprint midway in the second quarter — and closed to 28-27 on Kevin Kinnell’s 3-pointer with 3:50 left in the half. But Albany, which ended the half with a 6-0 run, slammed the door and Terrell, which didn’t score again until Ward hit a free throw two minutes into the second half. The Indians built the lead to 46-34 on Jamarcis Nunnally’s and-one play and looked in control, but Dontavious Daniel came off the bench and hit back-to-back 3s in the final minute of the third to make it a 46-40 game. Once again, Albany snapped back and ended the quarter with a 5-0 run to take a 51-40 lead into the fourth.

Emanuel Byrd blocked back-to-back shots to start a pair of fast breaks, and Nunnally and Malik Dungee-Ali scored at the other end to lift Albany to a 62-47 lead with 3:50 left in the game to all but end it.

Nunnally led Albany High with 18 points, while Dungee-Ali finished with 13 for the Indians.

“I had a feeling those two guys would have a little better shooting,’’ Chatmon said.

Byrd scored four points, grabbed 10 rebounds, made three steals and blocked three shots. He also had five assists. Ward led Terrell County with 15 points.

Washington leads Lady Red Devils to tourney finals

CARROLLTON — Carrollton High School’s girls basketball team had been blowing teams out of the water en route to a 6-0 start to the season.

Enter Randolph-Clay.

The Herald No. 3-ranked Lady Red Devils handed the Lady Trojans — who are hosting the Carrollton Christmas Tournament — their first loss of the season Friday, 45-37, in a performance R-C head coach Jennifer Acree called her team’s “best game of the year we’ve played by far.”

The Lady Red Devils improved to 9-1 and now will play in the championship game today at 7 p.m. against Greater Atlanta Christian.

Randolph was led by senior Kanekia Washington and freshman Kobi Thornton with 17 points each, while Acree said senior Adrianna Blackmon “carried the team offensively, defensively — everywhere.”

“She’s our MVP right now if I had to name one,” she added.

MONROE GIRLS REBOUND FROM FIRST LOSS: One night after suffering their first loss of the season, The Herald’s No. 1-ranked Monroe girls basketball team bounced back with a 59-52 win against Lithia Springs in the Carrollton Christmas Tournament.

Monroe improved to 9-1 and will close out the tournament today at 1 p.m.

Cedriania Waters led Monroe with 23 points, followed by 12 from Herald Super 6er Key Key Price. Jomekia Morine added 11 in the win for the Lady Tornadoes.

WESTOVER GIRLS 44, GODBY (FLA.) 36: Shanteria Williams led the Lady Patriots with 12 points, Myeska Smith added nine and Achanti Layfield chipped in seven as the Lady Patriots (6-5) advanced to play Tallahassee Chiles today at noon in the James S. Rickards Christmas Tournament on Friday.

RUTLAND GIRLS 44, DOUGHERTY 38: The Lady Trojans (5-4) were led by Ra’Keeta Shelton with 17 points, while Quannesha Gatling added 10 in a second-round win of the Westside, Macon Christmas Shootout on Friday.

Dougherty will close out the tournament today at 3 p.m. against Howard.

TIFTAREA BOYS 63, SHERWOOD 60: Despite Patrick Stanford’s 20 points and eight rebounds, Sherwood’s boys lost Friday, 63-60, to Tiftarea to fall to 5-4.

T.J. Clay added 12 points and Greg Elder Jr. scored 11 in the loss.

SCA next plays Jan. 3 against Randolph Southern.

BAINBRIDGE BOYS 63, MARIANNA (FLA.) 58: The Herald No. 2 Bearcats improved to 4-3 on Friday with a win in the Marianna-Gadsden County Christmas Tournament behind 17 points from Dontavius Marshall, 15 from Tyree Crump and 13 from Jamez Harris.

Bainbridge now faces Cottondale (Fla.) in the championship game tonight.

TIFTAREA GIRLS 48, SHERWOOD 31: Victoria Davison and Key'yada Thomas each scored nine points in Friday's loss, which dropped the Lady Eagles' record to 4-5.

R-C BOYS 53, CREEKSIDE 51: The Herald No. 3 Red Devils improved to 6-3 on Friday after a win in the consolation round of the Carrollton Christmas Tournament. Randolph was led by Herald Super 6er Gary McCrae's 20 points, while Cornelius Bennett and Kymante Parker each added eight.

The Red Devils will close out the tournament in the consolation finals today at 5:30 p.m. against Oxford.