THOMASVILLE — It was a season low — and that’s all you need to know.
The Thomasville Bulldogs held Early County’s boys to just 34 points Friday night in a 58-34 rout. Yes, that’s 34 for a Bobcats team that was averaging somewhere in the neighborhood of 85 all season. And to make matters worse? Thomasville only led, 26-24, at halftime.
Ladonis Yarbrough led the way for Early with 14 points, while Thomasville big man Willie Clayton led all scored with 22 points.
The loss drops Early County to second place in Region 1-AA with big games looming next week against region foes Brooks County on Friday and Albany High on Saturday.
PELHAM GIRLS 73, BAKER COUNTY 26: The Lady Hornets improved to 18-2 overall and are now 10-0 in region play.
Briunna Freeman led Pelham with 18 points, followed by Octavia Kierce with 14, Herald Super 6er Shay Reese with 13 and Kayla Smith added 10.
Baker’s Cierra Hawkins, who started the night just 34 points away from 1,000 for her Lady Bears career, was held to just 11.
Pelham faces a big test at home Tuesday when it hostsBainbridge, which is playing as well as any team in Southwest Georgia right now, having won six in a row.
CRISP ACADEMY GIRLS 51, GRACE 39: Madi Mitchell scored a whopping 40 points — two points off her career high — as the defending state champion Lady Wildcats held off the girls from Bainbridge.
Mitchell scored eight of her 40 from the free throw line, going 8-for-11, but the rest of the team was 9-of-21 from the charity stripe. Kara White added six points for Crisp, while Rachel Harrell led Grace with 14 points.
The win now sets up a rematch of last year’s state title game Tuesday against Westwood, which lost its only region game to Crisp earlier this year in Camilla. Crisp is now 20-3 overall and 7-0 in Region 3-A.
WESTWOOD GIRLS 62, HIGHLAND CHRISTIAN 22: Alex Palmer, a freshman, led the way for the Lady Wildcats with 10 points, while Miller Singleton added nine, Sydnee Smith had eight and Hannah Hinesly scored seven.
Westwood now travels to Cordele on Tuesday as it tries to even the score with rival Crisp Academy in a game coach Jenni Smith called “a big one.”
“We haven’t gotten as much practice in to prepare for the game as we would’ve liked, but we’ve got a few things we’re going to do differently this time,” said Smith, whose team was lit up by Mitchell the first go-’round for 33 points. “I think we have to score 50 to beat them and last time we didn’t shoot the ball very well (in a 56-39 loss). You can score 39 and beat an average team, but not a team like Crisp.”
Westwood’s record after Friday’s win is 19-3 overall and 7-1 in region play.
PELHAM BOYS 92, BAKER 39: Travo White led the Hornets with 16 points, and Shydarius Williams added 14. John Cutler led Baker with 20.
Pelham next hosts Bainbridge on Tuesday, while Baker’s next game is against Early County at home Tuesday.
BAINBRIDGE BOYS 59, TCC 47: Dillen Thomas led The Herald No. 5 Bearcats with 16 points, followed by 15 from Dontavious Marshall and 10 from Rodney Glenn.
The game was Bainbridge’s first in Region 1-AAAA play as it improves the Bearcats’ record to 14-4 overall. The win was also Bainbridge’s ninth in a row as it now gets set to host Lee County tonight.
WESTWOOD BOYS 73, HIGHLAND CHRISTIAN 37: The Wildcats continued to steamroll their way through Region 3-A as Friday’s win pushes their record to 7-1 in conference play and 10-8 overall. Three players scored 12 points each — Jamie Davis, J.T. Edore and Kaleb Bentley, while Brody Collins added 10.
The win now sets up a big game Tuesday at Crisp Academy — the only region team to beat Westwood all season.
“We’ve had a good week of playing and I think we’ve kind of set the tone for how we’re going to play against them (this time around),” Westwood coach Al Timmerman said. “I think we’re up for the challenge over there.”
CALHOUN BOYS 72, STEWART 67: The Cougars remain kings of subregion 1B-A as they improved their region mark to 7-0 on Friday and 15-5 overall.
Marquez Williams led the way with 23 points, followed by Raishun Anderson (13), Quenten Taylor (12) and Dajohn Williams (10).
Friday’s win was also Calhoun’s eighth in a row.
Calhoun doesn’t play again until next Friday at home against Webster County and only needs to win two of its remaining subregion games to lock up the No. 1 seed heading into the region tournament.
CALHOUN COUNTY GIRLS 45, STEWART 35: Brandi Buie scored a game-high 18 points, Dorian White added 15 and Keyanna Wells dropped in 10 as the Lady Cougars (14-6, 6-1 in subregion) won for the sixth time in seven games.
Calhoun doesn’t play again until next Friday at home against Webster County
TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 67, CITIZEN’S CHRISTIAN 34: The Lady Eagles won their 11th game in a row Friday thanks to 22 points from Alex Barfield, 15 from sister Lauren Barfield and 11 each from Marilauren Farr and Maura Milliron.
Terrell Academy (18-3, 8-0 in GISA Region 3-AA) also hasn’t lost in 2012 as it gets ready to make a run at its fourth straight state title when the region tournament starts in two weeks. TAE has two games left, starting Tuesday at Fullington Academy.
Bainbridge girls 56, TC 45: The Lady Bearcats won their sixth in a row Friday behind Bri Wade’s 20 points and 15 from Richanna Jackson.
The win pushed Bainbridge’s record to 13-5 overall and 1-0 in Region 1-AAAA.
CRISP COUNTY BOYS 60, DOUGHERTY 55: Marshall Taylor scored a game-high 16 points, D.J. Jackson added 15 and Sytavious Brown scored 10 as the Cougars emerge from Albany with a big region win Friday. Tevin Smith led Dougherty with 15 points, followed by Darrell Anthony (13), Alfred Brown (12) and Mike Miller (11).
Crisp improved to 10-8 overall and 5-3 in Region 1-AAA with a big week coming up. The Cougars host Americus on Tuesday, then travel to face Herald No. 4 Westover on Friday.
CRISP COUNTY 47, DOCO 43: Kiedra Green hit a 3-pointer as time wound down and lifted the Lady Cougars to a huge Region 1-AAA win with Herald No. 4 Americus next up Tuesday, followed by Herald No. 1 Westover on Friday.
The win pushes Crisp’s record to 11-7 overall and 5-3 in region. The Lady Cougars --- who were led by Nasheema Oliver’s double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds) — also got eight from Green and rebounded from a loss Tuesday against Monroe.
Dougherty was led by Jayla Hooper’s 14 points, while Amber Ward added 12.
Dougherty, The Herald’s No. 2-ranked team, next hosts Albany tonight at Radium Springs Middle School.
TERRELL COUNTY SWEEPS WEBSTER: The Greenwave and the Lady Greenwave took care of business Friday in Dawson, winning a pair of Region 1-AAA games against Webster County.
The Terrell County boys won, 42-36, to improve to 4-15 overall, while the Lady Greenwave’s 73-42 victory improved their record to 12-7. Region records for Terrell County were not available at press time.
The boys were led by Jevon McIntosh’s 15 points, while Herald Super 6er Dekoven Ware and Osmond Lemon scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Jaleesa Brown led the Terrell County girls with 16 points, and Takerian Jordan added 13.
Terrell County plays again tonight at home against Westover.