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PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Turnovers, missed free throws doom Herald No. 3 Pelham girls

MOULTRIE — Antonia Tookes knows her team inside and out, and she had a bad feeling when Class A Pelham stepped on the court Friday night against a much larger Class AAAAA Colquitt County program.

“I know my team, and I could see in their eyes they weren’t ready to play (Friday night),” said Tookes of her girls, who were riding a 15-game winning streak coming into the game — the second-longest streak behind Westover (18-0) this season.

But that streak came crashing down all around The Herald No. 3-ranked Lady Hornets on Friday in a 40-32 loss to the Lady Packers, who forced 17 turnovers and held Pelham to its lowest point total all season thanks to nine missed free throws.

Surprisingly, Tookes called it a “good loss.”

“This game was very unlike us. We were just sloppy all the way around, didn’t take care of the basketball and we missed a ton of free throws. And you can’t miss the free ones — you have to cash those in,” said Tookes, whose team drops to 15-2 overall, although its perfect region record was unaffected in the non-region contest. “But I will say this about the loss: It’s a good loss because it will give us a chance to get refocused. We weren’t complacent or thought we were just gonna come in and win (like we had been), we just weren’t mentally ready.”

Super freshman Briunna Freeman scored 20 of Pelham’s 32 total points, while Timbreanna Hudson added eight. Miranda Trim led the way for Colquitt (10-8) with 14 points.

Herald No. 1 Westover girls wax Worth to improve to 18-0, set up showdown with Tift County tonight

SYLVESTER — The Herald No. 1 Westover Lady Patriots had little trouble moving to 18-0 overall and 7-0 in Region 1-AAA Friday with a 67-32 win at Worth County.

Now it gets interesting for the Herald No. 1 Lady Patriots, who head to Tift County tonight to face one of the hottest teams in Southwest Georgia.

“We know we have our hands full, but we aren’t going to dwell on it,” Westover coach Lewis Smith said. “They are waiting on us. They are one of the hottest teams in this part of the state.”

On Friday, Herald Super 6er Ieshia Young led the Lady Patriots with 12 points and four steals, while Mykesa Smith had 11 points and two steals and Alicia Samuels had eight points and six rebounds.

Worth County’s Quashemiia Green finished with a team-high 10 points.

The Westover boys also beat Worth County, but no final score or stats were available from that game.

Pelham, which will try to rebound tonight at home against another non-region opponent, Cairo, will have its chance at revenge in the second-to-the-last game of the season when the Lady Packers travel to the Lady Hornets’ nest for the rematch.

And Tookes says her team will be ready.

“What are we going to do (today) to get ready for that rematch?” Tookes repeated the question. “Go practice free throws first thing (this morning).”

MONROE BOYS, 66, AMERICUS-SUMTER 34: The Herald No. 4 Tornadoes broke out of their offensive slump Friday as Super 6er Jabari McGhee led the way with 20 points, fellow Super 6er Rantavious Gilbert added 14 and Bamba Dioum scored 10.

“We needed a big offensive game, and I felt we did a good job of sharing the ball,” said Monroe coach Marquis Davis, whose team improved to 12-5 overall and stayed perfect in Region 1-AAA at 7-0 — setting up a monster game Tuesday night at the Civic Center against Crisp County. “This was a must-win game for us. We had to have it.”

Americus was led by Xavier Daniels’ 11 points.

MONROE GIRLS 59, AMERICUS-SUMTER 38: Monroe outscored Americus-Sumter 22-8 in the fourth quarter and handed the Herald No. 4 Lady Panthers their first loss on their home court in two years.

Herald Super 6er Sheniqua Young scored a game-high 19 points for the Lady Tornadoes, while Paige Cox added 12. Kayla Bowens had 13 points to lead Americus-Sumter (13-4, 4-3 Region 1-AAA).

TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 53, VALWOOD 14: The Lady Eagles smashed their region foe from Valdosta on Friday behind a season-high 16 points from Brittany Tripp to remain perfect in 3-AA at 6-0. The win — their ninth in a row — also improves Terrell’s overall record to 16-3.

Marilauren Farr and Alex Barfield each added 13 points for Terrell, which last lost in the Robert Toombs Christmas Tournament to Trinity Christian.

Terrell returns to action Tuesday at home against Brookwood.

WESTWOOD GIRLS 48, GEORGIA CHRISTIAN 21: The Lady Wildcats rebounded from a tough loss Thursday to rival Terrell Academy behind a season-high 15 points from Virginia Vereen, who is slowly making her way back from nagging injuries. Miller Singleton added 14 points as Westwood improved to 16-3 overall and is now 5-1 in GISA Region 3-A.

Westwood next plays Monday at Brookwood.

MILLER COUNTY BOYS 57, SEMINOLE COUNTY 41: The Family Feud/Backyard Brawl made its way to the hardwood Friday night as the Pirates prevailed behind big games from Jacolby Jones (16 points), Nick Price (13) and Lamar Perkins (11).

“We came out sluggish — fell behind, 10-0, in fact. They jumped on us pretty good,” Miller coach Tim Martin said. “But we settled down. This is a good win. It’s always good to beat your rival.”

The win improves Miller’s record to 8-8 overall and 6-3 in Region 1-A. Miller next plays at home tonight against Herald No. 5 Bainbridge.

Seminole, which doesn’t play again until next Friday at home against Mitchell County, was led by Jakezmine King’s game-high 17 points, while Robert Speights added 10.

SEMINOLE COUNTY GIRLS 41, MILLER COUNTY 30: The Lady Indians fared better than the boys, coming away with a win in their rivalry series thanks to 15 points from Katrese Brown and 12 from Marissa Mike.

Seminole is now 2-2 in sub-region play and 7-8 overall.

Miller was led by Mallory Diamond’s game-high 16 points.

Miller hosts Bainbridge tonight, while Seminole hosts Mitchell County next Friday.

DEERFIELD GIRLS 48, TIFTAREA 44: The Lady Knights (15-4, 5-1 in 3-AAA) rebounded from a first-place game against Westfield on Tuesday with a narrow win Friday on the road that came despite leading scorer Sabrina Curry getting injured.

Nyla Perry, however, stepped up and led the way with 13 points, followed by Courtney Kelson (12 points, eight rebounds), Miranda Phillips (12 points) and Heather Lash (eight points).

“It was back and forth all night, but Miranda did a nice job taking the ball to the basket, Courtney hit some big throws and Nyla made a big 3-pointer late to help us pull it out,” DWS coach Ty Kinslow said. “Curry going down (with a sprained ankle) hurt us, but we got the win.”

Kinslow said Curry won’t play today when Deerfield hosts rival Tattnall Square at 4:30 p.m., and she is likely out “for a week or two.”

WESTWOOD BOYS 45, GEORGIA CHRISTIAN 44: For the second time in a week, the Wildcats won in a nailbiter.

Jamie Davis went 1-for-2 from the foul line with seven seconds left to break a 44-44 tie and then Westwood’s defense held off a last-second shot for the win, which improved the Wildcats’ record to 7-7 overall and pushed their region mark to an impressive 5-1. Their only 3-A loss was to Crisp Academy earlier this season.

Davis led the way with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Brody Collins was right behind Davis with 11 points and nine boards.

Westwood next travels to face Brookwood on Monday.

DEERFIELD BOYS 70, TIFTAREA 32: The Knights (14-3, 6-0) remained unbeaten in Region 3-AAA play Friday with a romp of Tiftarea.

Ramello Carter led the way with 16 points, Weston King added 10 and Jason Battle scored eight.

DWS next hosts Tattnall today at 6 p.m.

SGA BOYS, GIRLS SPLIT WITH CCA: The Warriors got season-highs of 28 points from McKinley Chambless and 16 from Billy Grimsley as they moved to 12-3 overall and 5-1 in 3-AA play with a 79-61 win against Citizen’s Christian.

Alex Chambless and Kameron Whitaker each added 10.

The news, however, was not as good for the Lady Warriors, who lost, 54-40, to CCA. Although, compared to the first time these two teams met — a 62-17 CCA win — SGA showed much improvement. Taylor Stuart led the scoring for the Lady Warriors with 15 points, while Abi Askew added nine.

“It was a much better effort,” SGA girls coach David Byrne said.

SGA’s teams next play Monday at Randolph Southern.

RANDOLPH-CLAY BOYS 69, STEWART COUNTY 67: The Red Devils almost got caught looking ahead Friday night.

With a huge matchup against region rival Terrell County looming tonight at 7:30 in Cuthbert, Randolph-Clay barely escaped with a win to move to 8-9 overall and 5-5 in 1-A play.

Gary McCrae led the way with 18 points, while Cornelius Bennett added 14 and Deandre Littleton added 13.

RANDOLPH-CLAY GIRLS 60, STEWART COUNTY 24: The Herald No. 5 Lady Red Devils rebounded from a loss Tuesday at home against Bainbridge with a lopsided victory Friday.

Whenekia Washington led the way with 23 points, while her sister, Kanekia, added 12 and Adrianna Blackmon had 13.

Randolph also hosts Terrell County tonight as the win improved its record to 10-4 overall and 9-1 in region.

SHERWOOD BOYS, GIRLS SPLIT WITH WESTFIELD: The Eagles picked up a huge Region 3-AAA victory Friday, 59-52, thanks to Patrick Stanford’s 22 points.

Rashard Davis added 16 points and Keion Stewart scored 13 as Sherwod kept pace in the region race and is now 10-5 overall and 4-2 in 3-AAA.

The SCA girls, however, were routed, 76-25, by Westfield and fell to 3-15 overall and remained winless in region play at 0-6.

Victoria Davidson led the way for the Lady Eagles with seven points.

Sherwood’s next games are Tuesday at Southland.

EARLY COUNTY BOYS 64, FITZGERALD 59: Ladonis Yarbrough led the way with 17 points, and Darontay McCoy and Dequantay George added 14 each to give the Bobcats a key Region 1-AA victory and improve their record to 16-2 overall and 5-1 in region play.

The Early girls won, 60-43, but no final stats were available.

Early is now set for a pair of huge games tonight at home against region foe Cook County.