Albany High's Tim Pierce, right, led The Herald No. 1 Indians with 15 points past Fitzgerald on Tuesday in a rout.
ALBANY — The Herald No. 1 Albany boys basketball team took care of business Tuesday night in a crucial Region 1-AA contest at home, beating Fitzgerald, 67-41, behind 15 points from Herald Super 6er Tim Pierce.
But now comes the real test.
Albany (14-2, 5-1) travels to Cook on Friday night for a shot at keeping pace with No. 1 Thomasville in the region. If Albany beats Cook, which just upset Herald No. 2 Early County last week, it still has a shot at finishing first in 1-AA if it can top Thomasville at Thomasville later this year. Albany beat Cook already once this season in its first meeting in overtime.
“We’ve got to have that one,” AHS coach Archie Chatmon said of Friday’s game in Adel. “We can’t fall further behind Thomasville or we won’t catch them. If we have a similar effort like what we got (Tuesday night), I think we’ll be OK.”
Larry Sanford added 12 points for Albany in Tuesday’s win, while Kenny Anderson added 10.
PELHAM GIRLS 78, LANIER 33: The Herald No. 3 Lady Hornets improved to 17-2 overall on Tuesday thanks to 23 points from Briunna Freeman, 19 from Super 6er Shay Reese, 12 from Octavia Kierce and 10 from Hillary Williams.
Pelham, which has now won two in a row since seeing its 15-game win streak snapped last week by Colquitt, returns to the court Friday at home against Baker County.
WESTWOOD GIRLS 68, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 20: The Lady Wildcats (18-3, 6-1 in GISA Region 3-AAA) routed rival Randolph Southern on Tuesday behind 13 points from Virginia Vereen. Hannah Hinesley added 11 and Miller Singleton had 10.
Westwood, which only has one loss in region to Crisp Academy, gets a chance to avenge that next week. It next hosts Highland Christian on Friday.
SGA BOYS 70, VALWOOD 43: The Warriors, who only beat region co-No. 1 Valwood by 13 points the first time they played, destroyed the Valiants on Tuesday to improve to 14-3 overall and 6-1 in Region 3-AA, setting up a huge game Friday night against Fullington Academy — SGA’s only region loss — at home in Damascus.
And this time, SGA will be at full strength.
“The last time we played (Fullington) I had my big guy — Nate Lingo (6-foot-4) out playing in a football all-star game,” SGA coach David Byrne said. “I hope he’ll be a difference maker this time around.”
Kameron Whitaker led SGA with a season-high 20 points Tuesday, followed by Alex Chambless (18) and McKinley Chambless (17).
The winner of Friday’s game will likely enter the region tournament, which is being held at Fullington this season the second week in February, as the No. 1 seed and earn an automatic bye into the first round of state.
SGA GIRLS 40, VALWOOD 22: The Lady Warriors earned their third win of the season and second against Valwood thanks to 19 points from Taylor Stuart, nine from Beth Burkett and seven from Jenna Kitchings.
The SGA girls also host Fullington on Friday before the boys game.
WESTWOOD BOYS 87, RANDOLP SOUTHERN 55: The Wildcats scored a season-high 87 points thanks to four players finishing in double figures: Mitch Good (19), Jamie Davis (15), Kaleb Bentley (12) and Brody Collins (11). Randolph was led by Grant Kimbrell’s nine points.
Westwood is now 8-8 overall, but 6-1 in Region 3-A and will host Highland Christian on Friday.
LANIER BOYS 70, PELHAM 43: State powerhouse Lanier, which beat Pelham by just nine points in the two teams’ first meeting earlier this season, hammered the Hornets on Tuesday in Mitchell County.
“My game plan was horrible,” Pelham coach Laron Smith said. “We tried to play them man-to-man and they’re way too athletic for that.”
Roderick Williams led the way for Pelham with 15 points, while Steve Mango added eight.
Pelham is now 9-10 overall and next hosts Baker County on Friday.
CALHOUN BOYS 77, QUITMAN 46: Raishun Anderson finished with 26 points, while Marquez Williams and Sherrod Williams had double figures as well with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
“My guys played extremely hard, it was a team effort,” Calhoun coach Marcus Shaw said.
The Cougars are 14-5 on the year and No. 1 in subregion 1B-A — undefeated in region play at 6-0.
On Friday, they travel to Stewart County.
DEERFIELD BOYS 73, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 43: Ramello Carter led with 21 points, while Weston King and Pete Langstaff each had 10 points. The win makes the Knights 16-3 on the year and 7-0 in region.
Deerfield next faces its second meeting in its rivalry at home Friday against Sherwood Christian.
ALBANY GIRLS 67, FITZGERALD 37: After losing to Fitzgerald on a heartbreaking buzzer beater in the first meeting, Albany High avenged the loss in a rout.
No final stats from the game were available at press time.
BAINBRIDGE GIRLS 49, THOMASVILLE 45: Alex Carter put in 16 points to rally Bainbridge for the win. Ri’Chana Jackson was not far behind with 15 points.
“All throughout the game it was close, but fortunately we came out on top,” Bainbridge coach Kelvin Cochran said.
The Lady Bearcats improved to 12-5 on the year. Their first region game will be on Friday against Thomas County Central.
BAINBRIDGE BOYS 53, THOMASVILLE 45: Herald No. 5 Bainbridge was able to extend an eight-game winning streak behind Justin Baker’s 11 points, while also avenging an early season loss to the state-ranked Bulldogs in overtime. Bainbridge is now 13-4 on the season.
“We were very happy to get this win (Tuesday night),” Bainbridge coach Rickey McCullough said.
The Bearcats’ next game, which is also its Region 1-AAAA opener, is at home against Thomas County Central.
EARLY COUNTY GIRLS 57, BAKER COUNTY 51: Cierra Hawkins’ 29 points and 14 rebounds almost led Baker to a huge upset win. Early was led by Justice Lee, who had 21 points, and Tynicia McCoy with 14 points.
“It was a close game, but too many turnovers and free-throw shooting brought us up short,” Baker coach Lawanna Jackson said.
Baker falls to 2-14 and is still looking for its first region win at 0-3.
Baker County next faces Pelham at home Friday night, while Early heads to Thomasville on Friday.
LEE COUNTY BOYS 73, WORTH COUNTY 71: Lee County overcame a 19-point deficit to win the game at the free-throw line. After a stretch of nine straight missed free throws, the Trojans found success when they needed it from the stripe in the game’s final seconds.
Josh Cabrera led the way with 27 points, while Tavian Reed followed with 16 points. Duke Glover had 18 points, and Timothy Gaint had 16 points for Worth.
“I was proud of the effort and the way we fought back and won,” Lee County coach Tim McPherson said.
TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 50, BROOKWOOD 22: Marilauren Farr led with 16 points, followed by Alex Barfield and Lauren Barfield with 12 points and 11 points, respectively
Terrell Academy now sits at 17-3 on the year and 7-0 in the region.
They next play at home against Citizens Christian Academy on Friday.
DEEFIELD WINDSOR GIRLS 54, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 19: The Lady Knights got 17 points, five assists and six steals from Courtney Kelson, and 16 points and five steals from Nyla Perry and simply ran away from Calvary to improve to 17-4 and 6-1 in region play.
Heather Lash led DWS with seven rebounds, and she also scored six points. Samantha James and Miranda Phillips also scored six points. DWS plays at home Friday against rival Sherwood Christian.
CALHOUN GIRLS 58, QUITMAN 54: Brandi Buie’s 30 points proved to be the difference in a close Calhoun County victory.
Timbreanna Hudson had 12 points, and Dorian White added 10 points. The Lady Cougars are now 14-6 on the year and 5-1 in region play.
On Friday they travel to Stewart County.
SHERWOOD SPLITS WITH SOUTHLAND: The Sherwood boys basketball team improved to 11-5 and 5-2 in the region race with a 55-35 win against Southland, but Southland’s girls beat Sherwood, 50-27, on Tuesday night.
Southland’s girls were led by Dallas Nesmith, who scored 12 points. SCA (3-16 and 0-7) was led by Bri Collins (8 points).
Rashard Davis led the SCA boys with 15 points, and Patrick Sanford scored 14 for the Eagles. Sherwood travels to rival Deerfield-Windsor on Friday.
EARLY COUNTY BOYS 104, BAKER 21: Early County was able to get several players in double figures in an easy victory over Baker, 104-21, on Tuesday night.
Ladonis Yarbrough had a team-high 17 points, Darontay McCoy notched 16 points and both Marcus Lee and Dequantay George contributed 13 points.
Herald No. 2 Early County is now 16-3 and 5-2 in the region. The Bobcats will be traveling to Thomasville on Friday.
TERRELL COUNTY GIRLS 37, Stewart County girls 31: TC was led in scoring by Takerian Jordan with 22 as the Lady Greenwave improved to 4-15.
TERRELL COUNTY BOYS 72, STEWART 62: Leading the scoring was Osmond Lemon with 19 points. Dekoven Ware had 19 as well. Terrell is 12-7 and next plays Friday at home against Webster County.