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TUESDAY'S PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Monroe girls start slow, finish fast to rout Cairo, 74-36, to remain unbeaten at 4-0

Westover boys dominate Lee; Monroe boys rip Cairo

ALBANY — Westover blew away visiting Lee County, 80-35, on Tuesday in non-region play and survived a scare to one its senior leaders.

Westover races out to a 23-9 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 49-19 at halftime. Senior guard T.J. Cromer scored 11 in the first half, but was helped off the court after injuring his leg in the second quarter. Cromer came down awkwardly after attempting a dunk off a fast-break steal to give the Pats a 40-19 lead with 2:58 left in the first half.

Lee County was led by Stephen Collier, the Trojans’ quarterback on the football field, with 10 points. Justin Foreman scored eight in the loss.

Cromer ended with 11 despite not playing in the second half, although he did return to the bench. Kyle Baker added nine for the Pats (2-0), who travel to Cairo Friday for a Region 1-AAAA contest. Kel Miller scored eight in the win.

Lee County goes to Mitchell County Tuesday.

MONROE BOYS 52, CAIRO 27: Herald Super 6er Jabari McGhee led the way with 18 points and nine rebounds as the Tornadoes remained perfect at 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 1-AAAA play.

Monroe also got six points each from Keith Bowens and Deonte Mangham and forced the Syrupmakers into 28 turnovers.

Monroe’s next game will be Friday at region rival Americus-Sumter.

WESTWOOD GIRLS 57, SOUTHLAND 25: Westwood improved to 3-0 with a win on the road. Rachel Harrell led the way with 17 points and Cali Smith added 10 points.

CRISP COUNTY BOYS 53, ALBANY HIGH 47: Crisp County edged the Indians, thanks to a big game from Javaris Cooks, who led the Cougars with 22 points. Jamarcis Nunnally led Albany High with nine points.

Albany is now 0-2 for the season and 0-2 in Region 1-AAAA. Crisp improved to 1-0 in Region 1-AAAA and 1-0 for the season.

Albany High faces Turner County at home on Saturday, while Crisp County next faces Worth County on Friday on the road.

ALBANY — After a sluggish first quarter, the Monroe girls basketball team and freshman Jomekia Morine came alive in Tuesday’s Region 1-AAAA game against Cairo, routing the Lady Syrupmakers, 74-36.

Morine, who was held scoreless a first quarter that Monroe shot just 3-for-17 from the field, scored 15 of her game-high 25 points in the second quarter.

The Lady Tornadoes (4-0, 2-0 Region 1-AAAA) led just 10-6 after the first quarter but pulled away in the second quarter, when they outscored Cairo, 21-8.

Morine, who was 11-for-13 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range, was joined in double figures by Cekeya Mack (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Lynsey Washington (10 points). Also for Monroe, Key-Key Price had seven points and Jasmine Wilson and Davone Anduze each had six points.

Cairo (0-1, 0-1), which was led by Hydia Greene’s eight points, committed 38 turnovers and had trouble with Monroe’s full-court pressure in the final three quarters.

Monroe’s next game will be Friday at region rival Americus-Sumter.

Dougherty girls slip by Americus-Sumter, 51-46

ALBANY — Dougherty’s girls improved to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 1-AAAA play early in season with a 51-46 win Tuesday night behind a tremendous first quarter during which the Lady Trojans jumped out on the Americus-Sumter Lady Panthers, 22-7.

Despite the Lady Trojans’ early lead, the Lady Panthers (0-1, 0-1) made headway in the second half, even cutting the lead to a 47-44 margin with 1:20 left in regulation. But thanks to Ra’Keeta Shelton — who led the way with a double-double, tallying 18 points and 17 boards — Dougherty pulled away. Kayla Bowens led Americus with 18 points, while Quinnesha Gatling added 18 points and 6 steals for Dougherty.

Dougherty returns to action Tuesday when it travels to face region foe Crisp County, while Americus’ next game will be Friday at home against 1-AAAA rival Monroe.

Westover girls improve to 2-2 after beating Lee by 18 points, keep Lady Trojans winless

ALBANY — Westover’s Lady Patriots dominated the first half Tuesday and held off Lee County, 58-40, in non-region play.

AuBre’Ann Moore led Westover with 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals. The sophomore forward, who came on late last season, scored 12 in the first half to lead the Lady Pats out to a 31-16 halftime lead.

Lee County (0-2) got as close as 51-38 with 3:3-0 left but could not close the gap.

Westover (2-2) got 13 points from Mykesa Smith in the win and 10 from Denne Cheatham.

The Lady Trojans were led by Ashley Morris’ 10 points. Kayla Cooper scored eight and pulled down 10 boards.

Westover returns to action Friday at region opponent Cairo, while Lee County next plays Friday at Brooks County.

Crisp Academy’s girls rout Terrell Academy

DAWSON — The Crisp Academy Lady Wildcats improved to 4-1 on the season with a 48-27 win against Terrell Academy with their only loss coming to Bulloch on the road.

Terrell tried its best to double- and triple-team leading scorer Madi Mitchell, but it backfired as role players Kendyl Wilson lit up from outside to lead the way with 14 points, followed by 10 from J.J. Yawn. Mitchell finished with seven points — and that was just five with head coach Gina Mitchell.

“That’s fine if teams want to double or triple her,” said the coach, who has won the last two GISA Class A state titles. “It gives us a chance to make the other girls step up, and (Tuesday) they did. We shot well from the outside, and everyone stepped up.”

Lauren Barfield led TAE with 10, followed by Tessa Jordan with seven.

Crisp next faces Tattnall Square at home on Thursday, while TAE next faces Byne Christian at home Thursday.