DAMASCUS — Now, if only SGA can find a way to beat Brookwood in the playoffs.
The Warriors, who were knocked off in the GISA Region 3-AA championship game a year ago by Brookwood, got their revenge Tuesday night when McKinley Chambless took a long pass from Nate Lingo and banked in a buzz-beater two-pointer as time expired for a 35-33 win to remain unbeaten in region play.
Of course, this wasn’t the first time SGA nipped Brookwood at the buzzer, but the Warriors now want to a find a way to do it in the postseason.
“We beat them during the regular season last year on a last-second tip-in,” SGA coach David Byrne said. “But then they got us in the region championship. But we got them back (Tuesday).”
Chambless led the way with 13 points, followed by 11 from Kameron Whitaker.
SGA is now 7-2 overall and next faces another unbeaten region foe, Fullington Academy, on Friday on the road.
BROOKWOOD GIRLS 44, SGA 25: The Lady Warriors were led by Taylor Stuart’s eight points as they fell to 2-7 overall and 1-2 in region with the loss.
PELHAM GIRLS 65, BAKER COUNTY 22: The Herald No. 3 Lady Hornets continued steamrolling their way through any team that gets in their way as they moved to 12-1 overall — their 12th win in a row — and stayed perfect in region at 8-0.
Freshman Briunna Freeman led the way with 19 points, followed by 17 from Octavia Kierce. Baker was led by Cierra Hawkins, who scored 18 of Baker’s 22 points.
Pelham now faces a big test Friday when it travels to face cross-county rival Mitchell County.
TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 65, FULLINGTON 42: The Lady Eagles moved to 11-3 overall and 3-0 in region thanks to 18 points from Lauren Barfield, 16 from Marilauren Farr and 13 from Alex Barfield.
Terrell next faces Randolph Southern on Thursday.
EARLY COUNTY BOYS: 69, MILLER COUNTY 57: After a red-hot start to the season, the Pirates have cooled off.
As for Herald No. 4 Early County? Well, the Bobcats continued rolling Tuesday as Darantoy McCoy scored 30 points, while Ladonis Yarbrough added 29.
No other player for Early scored more than four as McCoy continued to play lights out. He has a 30-point average over his last six games with 180 total points scored in that span.
Miller was led by Lamar Perkins’ 17 points, followed by Jeremy Stephens (14), Nick Price (12) and Alvin Hooker (10).
CALHOUN COUNTY GIRLS 51, STEWART COUNTY 9: The Herald No. 5 Lady Cougars found themselves victorious Tuesday night behind Brandi Buie and Chelsea Anderson, who each scored in double figures with 13 and 11, respectively.
Now at 10-4 overall and 2-0 in the region, Herald No. 5 Calhoun County next faces Randolph-Clay on the road Friday.
MITCHELL COUNTY GIRLS 55, SEMINOLE COUNTY 44: Seminole found itself losing steam going into the end of Tuesday’s ballgame.
Alexus Watson finished with 12 points, and Marissa Mack had 11 points, but the Lady Indians scored just three points in the closing quarter.
“We went on a scoring drought in the final period,” Seminole coach Jesse McLeod said.
A’Miracle Jones, who was the lone Lady Eagle in double figures, scored 24 points.
The Lady Indians now stand at 0-2 in the region and 5-7 overall. They travel to Lee County on Friday. Mitchell is at Pelham on Friday.
EARLY COUNTY GIRLS 63, MILLER COUNTY 40: Tynicia McCoy led a trio of double-figure scorers with 24 points in an Early County win.
Latoya Eaford added 19 points and Justice Lee had 15 points for the Lady Bobcats, who improved to 11-1 overall.
Miller County was led by Mallory Diamond and Antrenette Roseborough with 16 points each.
“It was close at halftime, but we came out and played well in the second half,” Early County coach Mary Brown said.
Early County’s next game is at Brooks County on Friday night.
RANDOLPH-CLAY 50 GIRLS, QUITMAN COUNTY 21: Adrianna Blackmon had 21 points and Wynekia Washington added 11 points for Randolph-Clay, which improved to 7-3 overall and 6-1 in the region.
The Lady Red Devils next face Calhoun County at home on Friday when their gym will be rededicated to Joe Williams, the former long-time Randolph-Clay boys basketball coach who died last year.
RANDOLPH-CLAY BOYS 53, QUITMAN 39: Shaquille Nunnally and Cornelius Bennett led the Red devils with 17 points apiece to beat Quitman, which got 20 points from Marcus Harvey.
Randolph-Clay is now 6-7 overall and 4-3 in the region.
CALHOUN COUNTY BOYS 88, STEWART COUNTY 72: Vincent Powell was the star on a winning night for Calhoun County.
The senior led all scorers with a season-high 44 points in Calhoun County’s 88-72 win against Stewart County. Marquez Williams followed up with 15 points.
“We got a solid team contribution tonight. Vincent was big in his second 40-point effort of the year,” Calhoun County coach Marcus Shaw said.
Stewart County’s Markis Boyd had 24 points in a losing effort. Calhoun County goes to 9-5 overall and 5-2 in region play and next plays against Friday against Randolph-Clay.
PELHAM 67 BOYS, BAKER 23: Pelham won big with a 13-point night from Steven Mango, while Shydarius Williams added 12 points.
“We were able to press, create turnovers and get easy baskets,” Pelham coach Laron Smith said.
The Hornets are now 8-5 overall and 6-2 in Region 1-A play. They next travel to face cross-country foe Mitchell County on Friday night.
MITCHELL COUNTY BOYS 68, SEMINOLE COUNTY 38: A dominating win by Mitchell County was led by Dequan Isom and Jaquan WIlliams, each of whom scored 10 points.
“Mitchell got out to a fast start and never looked back,” Seminole County coach Kevin Godwin said.
The Indians were led by Robert Speights, who tallied 12 points. Seminole now sits at 4-9 overall and 0-2 in its sub-region. On Friday, they face Lee County on the road.
ALBANY HIGH BOYS 77, BERRIEN 35: Albany High got 16 points from Jamarcus Nunnally, 13 points from Emmanual Byrd and 11 points from Tim Pierce on Tuesday.
“We had a great team effort. All our kids played and performed well (Tuesday night),” AHS coach Archie Chatmon said.
The Herald No. 2 Indians are now 10-1 overall and 3-0 in the region and next face a huge game against 1-AA rival Thomasville at Darton on Friday.
ALBANY HIGH GIRLS 46, BERRIEN 39: The Squaws were led to victory by Chasity Mullins with 21 points. They are now 2-1 in the region.