TUESDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Ward's game-winner lifts Dougherty over Crisp

Amber Ward

Amber Ward

ALBANY — Reigning Herald Player of the Year Ra’Keta Shelton led the Dougherty girls basketball team with 18 points and 17 rebounds in Tuesday’s Region 1-AAAA game against Crisp County, but it was Dougherty’s Amber Ward who had the biggest bucket of the night.

With 11 seconds left in a tie game, Ward banked in a 3-pointer to lift the Lady Trojans to a 39-35 victory.

Dougherty’s defense forced a Crisp County turnover on the next possession, and then Dominique Anderson hit a free throw to ice the game.

Ward finished with eight points for the Lady Trojans, who are now 4-1 overall and 2-1 in Region 1-AAAA.

Dougherty plays again Friday at Radium Middle School against Cairo.

WESTOVER GIRLS 52, AMERICUS-SUMTER 29: The Lady Patriots cruised to a Region 1-AAAA win Tuesday in Americus.

Westover, which led 37-15 at halftime, got a game-high 11 points from My’Kesa Smith, 10 points from AuBre’Ana Moore and eight points from Achanti Layfield.

Americus-Sumter, which is now 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the region, was led by ninth-grader Timia Swanson’s nine points, while Jakala Stephenson added eight points.

Americus is in action again Friday at Worth County, and Westover plays Friday at Tift County.

RANDOLPH-CLAY SWEEPS BAKER COUNTY: The Randolph-Clay boys and girls basketball teams swept Baker County on Tuesday to both improve to 2-0.

The Randolph-Clay boys won 80-34 and were led by Gary McCrae’s 18 points, while Cody Brown added 14 points. The Lady Red Devils, who cruised to a 54-26 victory, got a game-high 25 points from Brandi Buie and 14 points from Kaderia Parham.

Both Randolph-Clay teams play again Friday at home against Eufaula, Ala.

LEE COUNTY GIRLS 48, COLQUITT COUNTY 46: Katherine McConnell scored 16 points to help the Lee County girls hold off a Colquitt County team that trailed the entire game but made a late fourth-quarter push.

McConnell and the Lady Trojans took a 37-31 lead into the fourth quarter, but Colquitt County inched back into the game, forcing Lee County to spread the court and run out the clock for the victory.

Kayla Cooper added 12 points for Lee County, while Maggie O’Conner finished with nine rebounds, seven points and six assists.

The Lady Trojans are now 3-2 overall and play again Saturday at Americus-Sumter.

SHERWOOD BOYS 74, BYNE CHRISTIAN 29: The Sherwood Eagles rolled to a 45-point win on Tuesday against Byne Christian to improve to 4-0.

Sherwood jumped out to a 52-19 lead at halftime and was held below the 100-point mark only because of six-minute, running clocks in the third and fourth quarters. Greg Elder led Sherwood with 21 points and nailed six 3-pointers, while T.J. Johnson added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Sherwood plays again Friday at Brookwood.

SHERWOOD GIRLS 48, BYNE CHRISTIAN 21: The Lady Eagles led the whole way Tuesday to open the season with their fourth straight victory.

Key’yada Thomas led Sherwood with 15 points, followed by Madison Walker (10 points) and Markeria Lewis (7 points, 9 rebounds).

CRISP ACADEMY GIRLS 41, TERRELL ACADEMY 24: The Lady Wildcats stayed unbeaten with a dominating win Monday against the Lady Eagles.

Mercer commit Madi Mitchell led Crisp Academy with 23 points and 16 rebounds, while Kara White added seven points and five rebounds for the Lady Wildcats, who are now 5-0 overall.

Marilauren Farr finished with nine points to lead Terrell Academy.

Crisp Academy plays again Friday at home against Westwood.