Westover’s DyTiesha Dunson scored 26 points to lead the Lady Patriots past Lee County in the Civic Center on Saturday.
ALBANY — Albany High coach Archie Chatmon had the look of a winner and the words to go along with it.
“That was a coach’s dream, a coach’s dream,’’ Chatmon said.
And he wasn’t even talking about how good it felt to beat city rival Monroe, 53-40. He was talking about how his kids played, how his state-playoff minded kids looked.
“Every player who hit the floor for us played hard,’’ Chatmon said. “We had a lot of young kids step up tonight. It was a total team effort. We played a full game, and that’s a coach’s dream.’’
The Indians, ranked No. 2 in The Herald and No. 10 in the Class AA state poll, simply smothered Herald No. 3 Monroe (9-3) all night in the long awaited showdown at the Civic Center, where Albany (9-1) dominated every aspect of the game, leading by 17 and 19 points for most of the second half.
Herald Super 6er Tim Pierce led the way with 13 points, Larry Sanford dropped in 11 and Tyrone Culbreth scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Indians, but they won this one on the defensive end of the court.
Monroe’s two big men, Super 6ers Rantavious Gilbert and Jabari McGhee combined to score five points as McGhee, who had 10 rebounds and a block, sat out most of the second half in foul trouble and failed to score a point.
“That was a great effort. They accepted the challenge of playing (Monroe’s bigs) and they stepped up to the challenge,’’ Chatmon said. “We hang our hat on defense.’’
Monroe went five minutes and 38 seconds without scoring a point in the first half, a drought that started after Nicholas Plummer hit a pair of free throws with 1:06 left in the first quarter and didn’t end until Bamba Dioum hit a short jumper with 3:22 left in the half. By the time Dioum found the basket, Albany had pushed its lead to 22-7 — and went to halftime leading, 29-12. Monroe went 4-for-20 in the first half.
The Indians, who went 3-for-21 in the first half Friday against Cook, shot 56 percent from the floor in the first half against Monroe, and opened the second quarter by hitting five of their first six shots, including two big 3s from backup Jamarcus Nunally, a pencil-thin sophomore whose nickname is “Bucket.’’
Dioum, who finished with 17 points, hit four shots in a row to open the second half and his 3-pointer with 3:40 left in the third closed the gap to 32-21, but that’s as close as Monroe could get.
“That was a great win,’’ Chatmon said.
WESTOVER BOYS 78, LEE COUNTY 28: Westover had to play short-handed because six players, including starter Brandon Hudson, sat out for disciplinary reasons, and two others, including starter Kenneth Towns, were playing in the Border Wars All-Star football game.
It didn’t matter. Not even a little.
The Herald No. 1 Patriots jumped out to a 20-2 lead, and put an exclamation point on the fourth quarter when Herald Super 6er Dequan Green slammed in a two-fisted monster dunk to end the quarter at 22-4.
Green scored 14 in the first half and finished with 17. T.J. Cromer scored 16. Westover played every kid on the bench and sophomore Khalil Carson got a rare start and finished with 10 points, six rebounds and a block, and sophomore C.J. Davis came off the bench to score 13. Josh Cabrera led Lee County (3-9) with seven points.
“It gave us a chance to play some young kids,’’ said Westover coach Dallis Smith, whose team will be at full strength when the Patriots travel to Crisp County on Tuesday for a critical Region 1-AAA game. “I thought the young kids played well.’’
The Patriots, who have won eight of their last nine, improved to 9-3, but face a tough test this week when they meet Crisp on Tuesday, face rival Monroe on Friday at Darton, and then play Terrell County at home on Saturday.
WESTOVER GIRLS 51, LEE 41: Too much DyTiesha.
That’s one way to look at what happened in the opening game at the Albany Civic Center, where the Herald No. 1 Westover girls beat Lee County for the second time this season to stay unbeaten.
Herald Super 6er Dytiesha Dunson scored 17 points in the first half and finished with 26 points and eight assists to lead the Lady Patriots, who are ranked fourth in the Class AAA state poll.
Super 6er Ieshia Young dropped in 13 points and Mykesa Smith scored nine for Westover, which took a 24-19 halftime lead and took control by ripping off a 10-1 run to start the second half.
“That killed us,’’ Lee County coach Fran McPhearson said. “We came back to (close it to seven points) in the fourth quarter, but we just got too far behind.’’
McPhearson added that her kids just gave Dunson too much space.
“She’s awesome,’’ McPhearson said of Dunson. “She’s such a good player, and she wants the ball. We needed to be more aware of where she was at all times.’’
Lee County (5-6) was led by Super 6er Daquenna Moore, who scored 17 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. Katherine McConnell scored eight for the Lady Trojans and Maggie O’Connor added seven.
MONROE GIRLS 60, ALBANY HIGH 30: Is anyone hotter than the Monroe girls?
They won their fourth in a row Saturday at the Civic Center with a red-hot start and a strong finish to beat Albany, which was coming off a big win against Cook County.
The Lady Tornadoes (9-3) didn’t waste time Saturday. Freshman Keshondra Price scored five points in the first three minutes to ignite a 10-1 start for Monroe, which led 19-7 at halftime.
Then Herald Super 6er Sheniqua Young took over in the third quarter, hitting three 3-pointers in a row. Price then busted a trey as Monroe sprinted to a 13-2 run to take a 40-15 lead into the fourth quarter.
Young finished with 21 points. Price followed with 12 and Cedriana Waters came off the bench to score eight. Albany High (2-5) was led by Herald Super 6er Chasity Mullins, who scored eight points and Briana Williams, who added seven.
“I’m glad we got the win, but I didn’t think we played well,’’ Monroe coach Cheryl Cheeks said. “I just think we can play better. We’re not where we need to be yet.’’
CAIRO – There doesn’t seem to be anything stopping the girls from Pelham these days.
The Herald No. 4 Lady Hornets won their 11th straight game Saturday with a 48-37 victory on the road against Cairo.
Briunna Freeman led Pelham (11-1) with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Timbreanna Hudson and Hilary Williams each added eight points.
BAINBRIDGE BOYS 57, MILLER COUNTY 38: The Herald No. 4 Bainbridge boys, who rolled to a 19-point victory Saturday against Miller for their third win in a row, were led by Rodney Glenn and Paul Chutes, who scored 14 and 10, respectively.
For Miller County, Jacolby Jones had 14 points and Lamar Perkins added 10.
BAINBRIDGE GIRLS 57, MILLER COUNTY 54: Briana Wade scored 17 and Ri’Chana Jackson added 16 points to lead Bainbridge past Miller County.
Antrenette Rosebrough and Mallory Diamond added 22 and 19, respectively, for Miller County.
DWS BOYS 59, STRATFORD 45: Ramello Carter scored 28 points and the Knights improved to 10-3 with Saturday’s 14-point victory.
Also getting in double figures for Deerfield were Zach Jarzin and Sam Shellhaas, who each had 10 points.
DWS GIRLS 24, STRATFORD 22: For the second time this season, Deerfield bested Stratford.
This time, it was the Lady Knight’s defense that gave them the victory.
In a low-scoring game that was just 7-7 at halftime, Courtney Kelson scored nine points to lead the Lady Knights (12-3) to their fourth win in a row.
PELHAM BOYS 56, CAIRO 51: Roderick Williams scored 21 points and had four rebounds and three assists to lead the Hornets past Cairo.
Shydarius Williams added nine points for Pelham, which is now 7-5 overall.
BAKER BOYS, GIRLS LOSE: Cierra Hawkins scored 15 points, but the Lady Bears (1-10) lost to Webster County, 51-38.
The Baker County boys team also lost to Webster, 73-57.