Dougherty’s Darrell Anthony (2) scored a game-high 17 points Friday night to lead the Trojans past Cairo in a Region 1-AAA duel.
ALBANY — Darrell Anthony didn’t feel any pressure to score in the second half Friday.
He was just the guy that got open and did the damage.
Dougherty High’s senior poured in 11 second-half points and finished with 17 to lead the Trojans to a 37-27 win against Cairo High in Region 1-AAA play.
“If he’s the person that’s there, then we’re going that way,” Trojans head coach Donald Poole said. “Whoever’s open.”
Anthony was the guy open in the second half, scoring more than half of the Trojans’ points in the final two quarters. He added nine rebounds in the win at Radium Springs Middle School, which is where the Trojans will play while renovation to the Dougherty High campus is under construction.
“I knew I had to score for my team,” Anthony said. “We had to pick it up, pick the intensity up.”
Cairo led, 19-17, at halftime thanks to the hot hand of Stacey Masten, who hit three 3-pointers in the first half and scored 11 points.
After the break, though, Masten didn’t hit another 3 the rest of the night and the Trojans’ defense clamped down, holding the Syrupmakers to just two points in the third quarter and eight the entire second half.
Dougherty (5-8, 3-4 in 1-AAA) led just 27-24 with 5:12 to play, but took charge after Anthony hit two free throws and then found Telvin Smith with a no-look pass under the basket for an easy layup to give the Trojans a 31-24 lead with 4:25 to play.
Anthony scored seven of his team’s 12 points in the final quarter to blow the game open. Smith added six points and six rebounds in the win — Dougherty’s second against Cairo this season. Mike Miller also scored six for the Trojans.
Masten finished with 14 points to lead Cairo (4-10, 1-6 Region 1-AAA). Trenton Madison scored seven points with six boards in the loss.
Dougherty, still in the thick of the region race, has a huge one Tuesday at the Civic Center against city rival Westover, which beat the Trojans by just three points in the first meeting.
“It’s real big,” Anthony said of the upcoming city rivalry game. “We want that.”
Dougherty girls 55, Cairo girls 35: Cairo had nowhere to run, nowhere to hide from the Lady Trojans’ tenacious defense Friday. Dougherty got contributions from all over the court and held the Syrupmaids to an 11-for-45 shooting night from the floor. Cairo started the game 0-for-9 from the field and fell behind 10-0 out of the gate.
Jayla Hooper led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds for The Herald No. 2 Lady Trojans (12-3, 4-3 Region 1-AAA). Terianna Martin scored eight points and added 10 boards and two blocks, while Amber Ward scored 10 points. Tiana Martin had five assists, five steals and five points for Dougherty.
Even when the offense wasn’t clicking Friday, Dougherty won with defense, something head coach Charlene Jackson preaches.
“You can work your behind off and stop somebody,” Jackson said, giving credit for the defensive effort to her assist coach. “Thank goodness for coach (Corey) Joyner. He does a fantastic job. He gets in their face about not playing defense like they should.”
Cairo (4-12, 2-4 Region 1-AAA) was led by Dominique Davis’ 11 points, while Kenya Reese added 10.
Dougherty also has a huge game Tuesday at the Civic Center against the undefeated and Herald No. 1 Westover Lady Patriots, who edged the Lady Trojans by just three in the first meeting this year.