Terrell County’s Dekoven Ware, a Herald Super 6er, scored 13 of the Greenwave’s 17 third-quarter points and finished with 25 points and nine rebounds in Terrell’s upset win against Westover.
ALBANY — Watch out for Terrell County.
The Greenwave kids are coming, and as teams head into the final month of the regular season, Terrell County looks to be a factor again.
Just look at how the Greenwave knocked off Herald No. 1 Westover, 71-69, on Saturday night at Westover as the Patriots lost for the second night in a row.
“This is a game that will give us momentum going down the stretch,’’ said Terrell County coach John Davis, whose team played for the Class A state title last year and made it to the Final Four in 2010. “It’s a confidence builder to beat a powerhouse like Westover.’’
The Greenwave, and especially junior Osmond Lemon, had enough confidence to build a 12-point lead and then hang on against Westover, which stormed back and knotted it at 66-66 when T.J. Cromer nailed a pair of technical foul free throws with 3:26 left.
Lemon, a junior who is one of four new starters at Terrell County, busted a long 3 to lift the Greenwave back into the lead with 2:12 left.
“When I hit that 3 I felt like I was on Cloud 2,000,’’ Lemon said. “My coach told me to have confidence when I shoot, and I had confidence on that shot. I just had to hit that shot to pick my team up.’’
Lemon came right back and made a steal with 55 seconds left, and then dropped in two free throws to make it 71-66.
Kel Miller hit a 3 for Westover with 35 seconds left, but Terrell County spread the floor, and after a missed free throw got the ball back on a turnover to end it. There were seven turnovers in the final two minutes, including four by Westover.
It was a tough loss for Westover, which lost an emotional game to city rival Monroe, 54-47, on Friday after coming back from a 33-16 halftime deficit.
“Until we as a team start listening to what the coaches are telling them, we’re going to come out like this,’’ Westover coach Dallis Smith. “We’re not executing. The last two games the first half has been disappointing.’’
Westover made its first five shots of the game on Saturday, including back-to-back 3s from Cromer and Herald Super 6er Dequan Green, who went 3-for-3 to start the night. But it wasn’t enough as Terrell County broke through four first-quarter ties to lead 18-14. The Greenwave built the lead to 36-29 at halftime by dominating the boards. They outrebounded Westover, 20-11, in the first half and 33-20 for the game.
Then Herald Super 6er Dekoven Ware took over in the third quarter.
Ware hit 6-of-6 shots, including a 3, to score 13 of Terrell County’s 17 third-quarter points, and the Greenwave took a 51-39 lead before Westover closed to 53-45 on Cromer’s shot at the buzzer.
“We talked at halftime about getting him the ball more in the second half,’’ Davis said. “He had a big game.’’
Ware finished with 25 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 3:26 left when he was called for a charge and then hit with a technical foul.
“I just had to take over for my team,’’ Ware said. “I was getting better looks in the third quarter.’’
And making everything.
Lemon finished with 16, including Terrell County’s final five points. Deshone Watson scored nine for Terrell.
Cromer led Westover with 20 points. Brandon Hudson scored 13, and Miller came off the bench to add 11. Green, who fouled out with 2:37 left, also finished with 11.
Westover had won nine of its last 10 before the weekend, and is now 10-5 for the season after two slow starts against Monroe and Terrell County.
“It’s not being mentally tough,’’ Smith said of his team’s losses to Monroe and Terrell County. “It’s not being focused and being prepared for the game.’’
Terrell County is now 11-5 but plays two huge Region 1-A games against Calhoun County on Friday and Randolph-Clay on Saturday.
“We’ve been pushing and pushing,’’ Davis said. “This is the kind of game where we were coming together as a team and realizing we can be better.’’
WESTOVER GIRLS 57, TERRELL COUNTY 34: Herald Super 6er DyTiesha Dunson scored 13 points and Mykesa Smith added 11 for Westover as The Herald No. 1 Lady Patriots improved to 15-0. They beat city rival Monroe on Friday.
“Playing Monroe is such an emotional game because of the rivalry that it was good that a lot of girls played (Saturday night) and we also got some rest,’’ Dunson said.
Westover, ranked No. 4 in the state, is playing four games in five days, including a game against Wilcox in the Martin Luther King Jr. Tournament in Tifton on Monday and a key Region 1-AAA game against Herald No. 2 Americus-Sumter, which lost its first region game Friday against Herald No. 4 Dougherty on Friday.
“We will get a little rest (today) and play at 3 p.m on Monday and 6 p.m. on Tuesday,’’ Westover coach Lewis Smith said. “It was good to play 13 girls, and everybody played hard. Terrell County is coming on and we ran an up-tempo game to beat them.’’
Terrell County (3-13) was led by Takerian Jordan, who scored 15. Nydrah Wright followed with six points.