COLUMBUS — Paul Chukes rebounded a missed shot and put back a layup at the buzzer Thursday night to lift Bainbridge to the Region 1-AAAA tournament title game — and the Bearcats’ 17th win in a row — against Northside, Columbus, 57-56.
Chukes finished with 14 points, while Dontavius Marshall — who nailed a big 3-pointer with less than a minute to go to give Bainbridge a brief lead — led BHS (21-4) with 18 points. Dillen Thomas added 11 for the Bearcats, who will play Northside, Warner Robins for the title today at 8:30 p.m.
REGION 1-AAA GIRLS
COLUMBUS — After going to halftime tied, 31-31, with Northside, Warner Robins in their Region 1-AAAA tournament semifinal game Thursday, the Lee County girls basketball team scored just 12 points from there and lost, 65-43, to end its hopes of reaching today’s championship game.
Lee County had 31 turnovers in the game, most of which came after halftime when Northside pressed, grabbed a seven-point lead out of the gate and never looked back.
“You can’t win a game with 31 turnovers,” Lee County coach Fran McPherson said. “We did not take care of the basketball and we did not make good decisions.”
Herald Super 6er DaQuenna Moore was the only double-figure scorer for Lee (14-9), which will now play for its state tourney seeding in today’s consolation game against Bainbridge at 4 p.m.
WARNER ROBINS GIRLS 53, BAINBRIDGE 47: The bad news is that the Lady Bearcats are out of the running for the Region 1-AAAA championship.
The good news, however, is that they will play on in next week’s state tournament by virtue of reaching the region semifinals.
Warner Robins got Bainbridge star point guard Briana Wade into early foul trouble Thursday and forced the Lady Bearcats into several ill-timed turnovers. Wade still managed to score 12, while Richanna Jackson led Bainbridge with 15.
Bainbridge (16-10) will now play for state tournament seeding today at 4 p.m. against Lee County with the winner getting the No. 3 spot for next week’s tourney.
REGION 1-A GIRLS:
PELHAM GIRLS 73, TERRELL COUNTY 24: Octavia Kierce led with 23 points, Briunna Freeman added 18 and Super 6er Shay Reese scored 16 as the Lady Hornets now get the rematch with Seminole County they so badly want after losing to the Lady Indians last Saturday. Game time for the 1-A semifinals is set for 8:30 p.m. today in Pelham.
Terrell, which advanced thanks to a 39-37 win against Baker on Tuesday, was led by Jasmine Solsberry’s 10 points.
RANDOLPH-CLAY GIRLS 64, MILLER COUNTY 52: The Lady Red Devils advanced to the 1-A semifinals against Mitchell County today at 7 p.m. thanks to a game-high 23 points Adrianna Blackmon. Miller (8-12) was led by Mallory Diamond and Antronette Rosebrough’s 15 points each, while Morgan Mock added 12.
SEMINOLE COUNTY GIRLS 39, CALHOUN COUNTY 31: After a breakout season that saw Calhoun County’s girls basketball team emerge as one of Southwest Georgia’s rising programs, the No. 2 seed Lady Cougars (16-9) are going home early after losing to No. 3 seed Seminole County, 39-31, on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Region 1-A tournament.
The win by Seminole, which was led by Alexus Watson’s 14 points and 12 from Katrese Brown, now sets up a 1-A semifinal showdown with Pelham, which lost its first — and only — region game this season to the Lady Indians last Saturday in controversial fashion. That game will be played today at 8:30 p.m. in Pelham.
Calhoun, which had no seniors on this year’s team, returns everyone, including sophomore leading scorer Brandi Buie, who led all scorers Thursday with 21 points.
“I just told them we have to get ready for next year and work harder than ever,” Calhoun coach Cornellius Walker said.
MITCHELL COUNTY GIRLS 56, QUITMAN 41: The Lady Eagles were led by Shonbreka Holton’s game-high 21 points and 12 from A’Miracle Jones and now advance to the 1-A semifinals today at 5:30 p.m. against Randolph-Clay, which beat Miller County in the other quarterfinal Thursday.