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SATURDAY'S PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Herald No. 1 Albany boys down rival Dougherty, 53-38

ALBANY — The Herald No. 1 boys basketball team beat city rival Dougherty on Saturday night for the second time this season, this time, 53-38. Albany won the first meeting of the season way back in November, 57-40.

The loss, meanwhile, left Dougherty coach Donald Poole frustrated, while the win was Albany’s sixth in a row and 10th in its last 11 games.

“We aren’t taking care of the basketball and doing what we’re supposed to do,” said Poole, whose team was coming off a tough loss to Crisp County the night before.

The bright spot Saturday for the Trojans was Mike Miller, who led all scorers with 18 points. Herald Super 6er Tim Pierce led Albany (16-2, 8-1) with 16, followed by Kenny Anderson (13) and Larry Sanford (10).

The road doesn’t get any easier for Dougherty, which faces another city rival, Herald No. 3 Monroe, on Tuesday at the City Center, while Albany will also be at the Civic Center on Tuesday against Berrien.

g Bainbridge boys 80, Lee County 39: The Herald No. 5 Bearcats rolled to their 10th straight win Saturday night behind a game-high 24 points from senior Rodney Glenn. Dillen Thomas added 12 for Bainbridge, which improved to 15-4 overall and 2-0 in Region 1-AAAA play.

Lee County, which trailed, 48-12, at halftime and never recovered, was led by Josh Cabrera’s 15 points and also got eight from Jay Howell.

The two teams turn right around and play again Tuesday in Leesburg.

DOUGHERTY GIRLS 54, ALBANY 41: One night after dropping a close game to region foe Crisp County, Dougherty got back to its winning ways with a 13-point victory on Saturday.

The Herald No. 2 Lady Trojans (12-5) were led by Terrianna Martin’s season-high 20 points, while Amber Ward added 11 and Jayla Hooper scored nine.

“It was just good to bounce back and get a win (Saturday night),” Dougherty coach Charlene Jackson said. “I’m trying to work on us being more and more patient on a regular basis. We need all of our players to be on the same page every game.”

They were definitely on the same page in the third quarter when the Lady Trojans outscored Albany High 14-4 to take a 15-point lead into the final period.

Herald Super 6er Chasity Mullins led Albany with 12 points, while Briana Williams added 10.

LEE COUNTY GIRLS 62, BAINBRIDGE 55: Lee County picked up a big Region 1-AAAA win and snapped a six-game Bainbridge winning streak on Saturday night.

Daquenna Moore had 18 points at halftime and scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Lady Trojans, who are now tied for first place in the subregion with Bainbridge and Thomas County Central, which are all 1-1.

Also getting into double figures for the Lady Trojans were Brianna Scott with 14 and Katherine McConnell with 12.

For Bainbridge (13-6), Briana Wade scored 16 points, Takeia Crankfield had 12 and Ri’Chana Jackson finished with 10. Wade and Jackson both fouled out early in the fourth quarter, leaving the Lady Bearcats without two of their best scorers down the stretch.

Bainbridge plays again Tuesday at Herald No. 3 Pelham, while Lee County plays at home Tuesday against TCC.

EARLY COUNTY BOYS 82, BERRIEN 20: Herald No. 2 Early County beat up on region foe Berrien on Saturday night, rolling to a 62-point victory against the winless Rebels.

Early County (17-4, 6-3) was led by Ladonis Yarbrough, who scored 28 points despite playing just two quarters. In all, nine players scored for the Bobcats, including Dequantay George (14 points) and Randy Eaford (10 points).

The Bobcats, who led 54-7 at halftime, are now third in Region 1-AA behind Thomasville and Albany, but Early County is guaranteed at least second place if it wins its three remaining region games. The Bobcats play again Tuesday at home against Seminole County.

RANDOLPH-CLAY GIRLS 56, SEMINOLE 30: The Lady Red Devils won their fourth in a row and 12th of their past 13 games with a Region 1-A win against Seminole County.

Randolph-Clay (14-4, 13-1) was led by Andrea Blackmon’s 23 points, while sisters Whenekia Washington and Kanieka Washington scored 15 and 14 points, respectively.

“We played a great third quarter and were able to get that lead because of the defense,” Randolph-Clay coach Jennifer Acree said. “We really have to step up our defense this part of the year, so I was happy with that.”

Seminole County was led by Marissa Mike, who finished with 11 points.

RANDOLPH-CLAY BOYS 67, SEMINOLE 39: Herald Super 6er Shaquille Nunnally scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Red Devils to a 28-point win against region foe Seminole.

Also scoring in double figures for Randolph-Clay (12-9, 10-4) were Kwymente Parker and Gary McCrae, who added 12 and 10, respectively.

Tay Leonard scored 11 to lead Seminole, while Robert Speights added 10.