Alex Barfield's big game --- 17 points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals --- helped lead the Terrell Academy girls past rival Westwood on Thursday night.
DAWSON — They’re no longer region foes, but the rivalry still lives.
Westwood and Terrell Academy went toe-to-toe Thursday in a non-region showdown between two of the top teams in GISA Class A and Class AA. Lady Eagles senior Alex Barfield made sure she wouldn’t end her career against Westwood with a loss, scoring 12 second-half points to help Terrell Academy pull out a 47-41 win on its home floor.
“Especially my senior year,” Barfield said of not wanting to lose to the Lady Wildcats. “I didn’t want to go out with a loss (to Westwood).”
Barfield finished with 17 points, adding four rebounds, two blocks and two steals, but Westwood made her work for it. The Lady Wildcats, last year’s Class A runners-up, led by as many as four in the third quarter before an 8-0 Terrell Academy run flipped the advantage.
And then came the cold snap, a scoreless streak in the final three minutes that doomed Westwood.
“We went cold,” Westwood head coach Jenni Smith said. “We got shots. We just didn’t make them. I am disappointed, but we gave ourselves a chance.”
Lady Wildcats senior Sydnee Smith tied the game at 41-41 with 3:05 to play, but it would be Westwood’s final basket.
Terrell (15-3), the reigning Class AA state champ, went 4-for-9 from the foul line in the final minutes to give Westwood a chance at the end, but the shots never fell.
“We just know the fourth quarter is ours,” Barfield said. “We played our game and kind of calmed down on offense.”
Westwood’s Ivy Foister had a shot to tie the game with eight seconds left, but she barely missed banking in a 3-pointer. Terrell’s Lauren Barfield then hit 1-of-2 free throws and got her own rebound and scored to increase the final deficit at the buzzer.
“That game could have gone either way, there ain’t no doubt about it,” said Lady Eagles head coach Keith Jones, who won back-to-back state titles in Class A before moving up in classification last season. “We need to have games like that. That’s what gets you ready for the big dance. Right now, three new starters we’ve got on the floor are finally starting to click.”
Terrell used its size advantage in the second half to hold off Westwood (15-3). Freshman center Marilauren Farr scored 14 points and pulled down 10 boards in the win. Lauren Barfield added 10 points to go with seven rebounds.
The Lady Wildcats, whose only losses are to defending state champs Crisp Academy and Terrell Academy and Class AAA Tattnall Square, were led in scoring by 8th-grader Callie Smith, the coach’s youngest daughter. Hope Bailey posted eight points in the loss with 11 rebounds and four steals. Foister also had eight points.
“This game always matters,” Jenni Smith said after the loss. “It’s a grudge match and it has been since the day I walked in the door at Westwood. We want to beat them and they want to beat us.”
Terrell Academy, winners of 12 straight, travel to Valwood today for a Region 3-AA contest. Westwood next plays host to Georgia Christian today.
WESTWOOD BOYS 45, TERRELL ACADEMY 28: The Wildcats blew open a close game at halftime with a 17-6 third quarter and rolled to a non-region win. Westwood was led by Jamie Davis’ 12 points, and also got 10 from Brody Collins and nine from Kaleb Bentley.
Terrell Academy’s Raleigh Carlson led the Eagles with nine points. TAE (2-14) will look for its first Region 3-AA win tonight at Valwood.
Westwood (6-7) looks to improve to 5-1 in Region 3-A against Georgia Christian tonight.