CORDELE — The Crisp County girls basketball team bounced back from back-to-back losses and handed Westover its first loss of the season Tuesday with a 57-49 victory in overtime.
Kayla Green and Nasheema Oliver scored 20 and 17 points, respectively, for the Lady Cougars, who lost close games to Dougherty and Monroe last week but are now 3-2 overall.
“This was a confidence builder,” Crisp coach Barrett Wilkes said. “I feel like ever since that Dougherty game we have been getting better every time we step on the court.”
Au Bre Ana Moore led Westover, which debuted in The Herald Fab 5 Poll as the third-ranked team in Southwest Georgia, with 18 points, and Achanti Layfield added 10 points.
The Lady Patriots (7-1) had a chance to win it at the end of regulation but instead the game went into OT, where Crisp County took an early lead on a Green field goal and never looked back. In the extra period, the Lady Cougars were 9-for-12 from the free throw line to put the game away.
Crisp is off until Dec. 20 when it plays in the Rutland High School tournament, while Westover hosts Herald No. 1 Monroe on Friday.
SEMINOLE BOYS 55, RANDOLPH-CLAY 35: In an early-season shocker, the Herald No. 3 Indians surprisingly ran away with Tuesday’s Region 1-A rivalry against the Herald No. 2 Red Devils.
“Any time you go to Randolph and get out of there with a win, you are doing something,” Seminole coach Kevin Godwin said late Tuesday as the Indians rode their bus back to Donalsonville. “Randolph has a great tradition and a great team. They will win a lot of ball games this year.”
By the looks of it, so will the Indians, who are 3-0 for the second straight season.
“We are off to a good start and are playing well, but we have some good teams coming up,” said Godwin, whose Indians play Friday at home against Lee County and Saturday at Pelham. “We just have to take it one game at a time and keep improving.”
Tuesday night’s game featured Randolph-Clay star Gary McCrae, arguably the top player in Southwest Georgia. But in one of the biggest region games of the year, McCrae saw less than 10 minutes of playing time because of foul trouble.
The junior forward and 2012-13 Herald Super 6er picked up three quick fouls in the opening minutes of the game and then was hit with back-to-back fouls when he reappeared on the court in the third quarter, fouling out of the game with just two points.
Godwin admitted that it would have been a different story Tuesday if McCrae would have been free of foul trouble.
“We caught a break with him getting into foul trouble,” Godwin said. “He is a great play, but it was one of those things (Tuesday) that when he got into foul trouble they just didn’t have another answer offensively without him.”
Quailan Jones led Randolph-Clay (3-1) with eight points, while Anfernee King (17 points), Jordan Harris (13 points) and Robert Speights (11 points) all got into double figures for Seminole County.
RANDOLPH-CLAY GIRLS 67, SEMINOLE GIRLS 39:Brandi Buie scored 33 points Tuesday to help the Herald No. 2 Lady Red Devils cruise to a Region 1-A victory.
Kobi Thornton added 18 points and Brianna Thornton scored 12 points for Randolph-Clay.
Shy’meshia Hopkins scored 12 points to lead the way for Seminole County.
DWS BOYS 53, MOUNT DE SALES 50: The Knights jumped out to a big lead with a 27-point second quarter but led Mount de Sales back into the game after scoring just five points in the third quarter.
Mount de Sales pulled to within a point in the fourth quarter, but Deerfield knocked down 6-of-7 free throws in the final period to hang on for the home victory.
“When you shoot free throws well you are going to win close ball games, and that’s what we did,” Deerfield coach Gordy Gruhl said.
Dee Barber led the Knights with 12 points, and Christian Wallace (11 points), Justin Eady (10 points) and Chandler Matthews (10 points) also got into double figures for Deerfield, which is now 3-1 overall and plays again Friday at home against Westfield.
BAINBRIDGE BOYS 53, COLQUITT COUNTY 44: Tyree Crump led Bainbridge in scoring for the third straight game this season, finished with 19 points for the Bearcats, who also got nine points from Stephen Johnson and Dominique Davis.
Bainbridge led the whole game and took a 25-11 advantage into halftime, but Colquitt County made a run in the fourth quarter and pulled to within eight points.
The Bearcats (1-2) held on down the stretch and will play again next Tuesday at home against Colquitt County.
DWS GIRLS 43, MOUNT DE SALES 14: Nyla Perry scored 17 points and finished with four steals and four rebounds for the Deerfield-Windsor girls, who improved to 3-3 overall with the blowout win.
The Lady Knights, who also got eight points from Jordan Lane, allowed just one point in the second quarter and took a 26-3 lead into halftime.
Deerfield plays again Friday at home against Westfield.
WESTWOOD GIRLS 40, GEORGIA CHRISTIAN 33: The Lady Wildcats fell into early foul trouble but still held on for a seven-point win against Georgia Christian.
Westwood (4-0) was led by Rachel Harrell’s 17 points, while Lexie Davis scored 11 points and Perra Harrell added nine points.
The Lady Wildcats will take their season-opening, four-game winning streak on the road Friday at the Robert Toombs tournament with an opening-round game against Pinewood.
BYNE GIRLS 33, HIGHLAND CHRISTIAN 26: Byne Christian won its third game in a row Tuesday behind a big night from Heather Horne, who finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and six blocks.
Byne is at home Friday against Open Bible from Valdosta as it looks for its fourth straight victory.
TAE GIRLS 64, LAKESIDE (Ala.) 36: Five Lady Eagles scored in double figures as Terrell Academy cruised to its second win in as many days.
Marilauren Farr led the way with 14 points, followed by Alana McCook (12 points), Tessa Jordan (11 points), Madison Langford (11 points) and Olivia Rogers (10 points).
The Lady Eagles are now 5-1 overall and play again Friday in the Robert Toombs tournament.
TAE SPLITS WITH TIFTAREA: The Terrell Academy boys and girls basketball teams split with Tiftarea on Monday with the TAE girls winning, 58-43, and the TAE boys losing, 52-40.
Marilauren Farr led the Lady Eagles with 13 points, followed by teammates Olivia Rogers and Kathryn Proffitt with 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Terrell Academy girls improved to 4-1 with the victory.
Conor Walsh scored 14 points to lead the Terrell Academy boys, who also got eight points from Gable Freeman. The Eagles are now 2-1 overall.