QUITMAN — Albany High’s boys basketball team finished another chapter in its storybook season Saturday.
The Herald No. 1 Indians (21-2, 11-1) came from behind to beat Brooks, 59-47, to lock up the No. 1 seed in the Region 1-AA tournament, which starts next week in Quitman.
“I told them that we are regular-season champs, and that it’s good to be a champion,” said Albany coach Archie Chapman when asked what he told his team after Saturday’s victory. “This was our first goal. Now we are going to try to make that next step next week.”
Herald No. 2 Pelham girls fall to Seminole County amid controversy
DONALSONVILLE — Here’s a little head’s up, Georgia High School Association: You’ll be getting a call sometime very soon from Pelham girls basketball coach Antonia Tookes.
Tookes told The Herald that she would be reporting what took place Saturday night to the GHSA, possibly as soon as today, after the Lady Hornets’ stunning loss to Seminole County, 47-45.
Pelham, The Herald’s No. 2-ranked team which entered the game 22-2 overall and perfect in region play, had already beaten Seminole once this season by a staggering 19 points. But Tookes said a series of “terrible calls” by the officiating crew “took the game out the players’ hands.”
“It was eight on five all night,” Tookes said, making reference to the officials representing three extra players for Seminole versus their five. “It was the most unprofessional thing I’ve ever seen. And then when it was over, I sat there and watched all three of the refs laughing about what had just happened. It’s not right, and the GHSA will be hearing from me.”
Tookes said she had video of the game that she’ll be sending to back up her claims, which included an offensive foul being called on Pelham during the potential game-winning drive with less than five seconds to go.
“We got a steal down two, Shay Reese went for the breakaway to tie the game up and they called a charge when it was clearly a blocking foul,” Tookes said. “I almost lost it.”
Reese and Octavia Kierce led Pelham with 17 apiece, while Seminole’s Katrese Brown led with 14 and Alexus Watson scored 10.
Larry Sanford led the way with 18 points and was the only Indian to score in double figures. Brooks led for much of the first half and took a five-point lead into halftime before Albany took control of the game in the third quarter and then put it away in the fourth.
The Brooks girls defeated Albany, 64-47, but no other information was available at The Herald’s press time.
SEMINOLE BOYS 59, PELHAM 54: Seminole County started Saturday night’s game against Pelham down 10-0 and ended it with its biggest victory of the season.
Jakari Martin scored a game-high 20 points and Jamarcus Gray finished with 14 to lead the Indians (9-14, 4-4) to their fourth win in a row and secure the No. 4 seed in the Region 1-A tournament, which starts with Monday’s play-in game between Quitman and Webster. Roderick Williams led Pelham with 19 points, while Shydarius Williams scored 18.
“No doubt this was our biggest win of the season,” Seminole coach Kevin Godwin said. “It’s good to be playing well at the end of the season.”
Seminole will now play Tuesday against the winner of the play-in game in Donalsonville, while Pelham will be the No. 2 seed and play Terrell County on Wednesday night in Camilla.
LEE COUNTY GIRLS 42, TURNER COUNTY 39: The Lady Trojans (13-8) got 19 points from DaQuenna Moore to close out the regular season with a win.
Lee now heads to the Region 1-AAAA tournament Monday as the No. 1 seed. It will play Houston County in the opener at 4 p.m.
CRISP COUNTY GIRLS 83, DOOLY COUNTY 47: The Lady Cougars will take some momentum into the Region 1-AAA tournament after the blowout win to end the regular season.
Crisp (14-10) was led by the Green sisters: Keidra Green scored 26 and Kayla Green scored 19. Nasheema Oliver dropped in 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Nisha Waters scored 12 points.
Crisp County, the No. 3 seed in the region tournament, meets the winner of the Worth-Cairo play-in game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Crisp County.