ALBANY — The Deerfield boys and girls basketball teams both exacted revenge on Westfield on Friday night — the Lady Knights from an early-season loss, and the Knights from their stunning upset loss in last year’s region title game — to win the GISA Region 3-AAA crowns and secure the No. 1 seed for next week’s region tournament at ABAC.
The DWS boys (19-3, 10-0) held on, 55-52, behind 15 points from Sam Shellhaas, 12 from Weston King and 10 from Jason Battle. Leading scorer Ramello Carter did not play due to injury.
The DWS girls (20-4, 9-1), meanwhile, paid back Westfield for a loss in Perry earlier this year, 44-39, as Miranda Phillips led all scorers with 14 points, four asissts and four steals. Courtney Kelson added 12 points and six rebounds and Heather Lash flirted with a triple double (eight points, seven rebounds and four steals).
Both Deerfield teams will now play in the semifinals next Friday at ABAC against an opponent to be determined after getting a first-round bye.
TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 52, SGA 31: The Lady Eagles (20-3) finished the regular season perfect in region (10-0) and head to the tournament next week at Fullington looking to make a run at their fourth straight state title.
Alex Barfield led the way with 14 points for TAE, Lauren Barfield — no relation — added 11 and SGA was led by Taylor Stuart with 13.
The win Friday marked 11 straight seasons with 20 wins or more for TAE, which will open the region tourney next week in the semifinals on Thursday.
PELHAM GIRLS 34, MILLER COUNTY 28: The Herald No. 2 Lady Hornets survived to improve to 20-2 and remain perfect in Region 1-A at 11-0, while Miller dropped to 5-7 in region, despite a game-high 13 points from Mallory Diamond. Briunna Freeman led Pelham with 12 points as it now gets set for a big one tonight in Camilla against cross-town rival Mitchell County.
Miller will next play at Baker tonight.
The Pelham boys also won Friday, 44-38, behind Steve Mango’s 13 points to secure the No. 2 seed in region. No other stats, however, were available.
BAINBRIDGE BOYS 60, TCC 52: The Herald No. 4 Bearcats (17-4, 3-0 in 1-AAAA) keep right on rolling, winning their 12th game in a row Friday thanks to three double-figure scorers: Rodney Glenn and Dontavious Marshall each with 16 and Paul Chukes with 10.
Bainbridge returns to action Tuesday on the road at Lee.
BAINBRIDGE GIRLS 65, TCC 60, OT: Bri Wade and Takeia Crankfield each scored 17, while Jasmine Kelly added 12 and Richanna Jackson had 10 in the Lady Bearcats’ (14-7, 2-1) win.
SEMINOLE COUNTY GIRLS 52, BAKER 44: Katrese Brown scored 17, Alexus Watson added 12 and Patrice dropped in 10 for the Lady Indians, who were able to overcome a game-high 26 points, 12 rebounds and three steals by the Lady Bears’ Cierra Hawkins.
WESTWOOD BOYS 56, GEORGIA CHRISTIAN 53: The Wildcats held on to win their final regular season game and clinch the No. 2 seed in the GISA Region 3-A tournament next week at Westwood.
Jamie Davis scored a team-high 19 points, while Mitch Good and Kaleb Bentley added 13 and 10, respectively. The Wildcats led by 10 points with two minutes to go but watched as Georgia Christian stormed back into the game. Westwood ultimately needed a 3-pointer by Good in the final minute to give them the 3-point victory. Westwood (10-9, 8-2) tied for first with Crisp Academy in the region standings, but Crisp swept the regular season matchups against the Wildcats to win the tiebreaker for the No. 1 seed. Westwood opens up play in the tournament at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against the winner of Georgia Christian and Randolph Southern.
WESTWOOD GIRLS 43, GEORGIA CHRISTIAN 32: The Lady Wildcats (20-4, 7-2) concluded their regular season on a high note as Miller Singleton led with 14 points, followed by eight from Hope Bailey.
Host Westwood will now open the region tournament as the No. 2 seed on Thursday.
CALHOUN COUNTY BOYS, GIRLS WAX WEBSTER: Without the services of leading scorer Vincent Powell, The Herald No. 5 Cougars (16-5, 8-0 in 1-A) won their ninth in a row Friday after a 81-31 rout of Webster County thanks to 20 points from Marquez Williams and 12 apiece from Robert Miller and DoJohn Williams.
The Lady Cougars, meanwhile, also won in a laugher, 73-38, as Brandi Buie led all scorers with 30 points, while Keyanna Wells added 18 and Dorian White dropped in 11.
Both teams host Randolph-Clay tonight in a mamoth 1-A showdown.
SGA BOYS 60, TERRELL ACADEMY 17: Alex Chambless led with 16 points, Nate Lingo added 15 and the Warriors (18-3, 9-1 in 3-AA) closed out one of the best regular season in school history Friday, and now head to the region tournament next week at Fullington as the No. 1 seed.
SCA BOYS, GIRLS SPLIT WITH CALVARY: Patrick Stanford led with 22 points, Rashard Davis added 19, T.J. Clay had 10 and the Eagles (13-6, 7-3 in 3-AAA) beat Calvary, 66-49, to secure the No. 2 seed in the upcoming region tourney. The SCA girls, however, lost, 50-35, despite 12 points from Ke’yada Thomas.