LATE THURSDAY: Crisp Academy girls avenge loss to Westwood
CAMILLA — Crisp Academy girls basketball coach Gina Mitchell wanted her six seniors’ final trip to Camilla to be something special.
Coming off its first loss to Westwood in the past seven years, Crisp made sure Thursday’s game between the reigning Class AA and Class A state champions would be one to remember.
Crisp, which has won the last three Class A state titles, lost its only game of the season last week vs. Westwood but avenged the defeat Thursday with a 45-39 victory.
“We were determined that we would leave there on the positive side,” Mitchell said. “The game my six seniors are going to remember is this one. This is the last one they will ever play there. They will always remember this game.”
Crisp led 21-17 at halftime, but Westwood stormed back in the third quarter and took a 31-29 lead into the final period. Crisp, however, outscored Westwood 16-8 in the final eight minutes to escape with a victory in the back-and-forth game.
“I told the girls that the law of averages kind of got us the last time and some other things during (last week’s loss) didn’t go our way,” Mitchell said. “We made some changes in matchups, and I thought Kayla Childers did a great job on Callie (Smith), who hurt us last time. Kayla kept her off the boards. Callie ended up with nine points, but Kayla did a really good job on her.”
Herald Super 6er and Mercer commit Madi Mitchell scored 28 to lead Crisp, while teammate Kara White added six points.
Rachel Harrell was Westwood’s lone player in double figures with nine points.
WESTWOOD BOYS WIN 1ST GAME: After four straight losses to open the season, the Westwood boys defeated Crisp 50-47 late Thursday, avenging a 30-point loss to Crisp earlier in the season.
Collier Baggett led Westwood with 13 points, while Jamie Davis and J.T. Edore scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Westwood built a 10-point lead in the middle of the third quarter, but Crisp came back late and eventually took the lead in the middle of the fourth quarter. Westwood, however, was solid from the free throw line down the stretch to secure the win.
Hunter Chambers led Crisp with 16 points, while Will Krause added 10 points.
SANDERSVILLE — The Herald No. 1 Monroe Lady Tornadoes needed a late comeback Tuesday to keep their undefeated season alive against Americus-Sumter — but the comeback never came Friday against Rockdale.
Playing in the Washington County Christmas Tournament, Rockdale pulled away late to beat Monroe, 46-39.
The Lady Tornadoes (8-1) trailed by three heading into the fourth quarter but couldn’t close the gap. Herald Super 6er Key Key Price led the way with 16 points and was the only double-digit scorer for Monroe, which plays again at 7 p.m. today against Washington County.
CRISP COUNTY BOYS 67, HAWKINSVILLE 61: The Herald No. 5 Cougars stretched their winning streak to three games with a comeback win against Hawkinsville.
Crisp (3-3) trailed by eight points at halftime but outscored Hawkinsville 24-9 in the third quarter to take the lead. Hawkinsville made a late run in the fourth quarter and cut Crisp’s lead to four points, but that was as close as it would get.
Herald Super 6er Javoris Cooks led the Cougars with 24 points, while Condell Wilson and Davion Harvey added 16 and 11 points, respectively.
The Cougars play again today at Rutland as they look to move above .500 for the first time this season.
CALHOUN COUNTY BOYS 71, LANIER COUNTY 47: The Cougars improved to 9-0 with a dominating performance against Lanier.
Calhoun was led by Quenton Taylor’s 30 points and six assists, while Sherrod Williams added 16 points and DaJohn Williams chipped in nine points.
The Cougars led by just seven points at halftime but turned it on in the third quarter, outscoring Lanier 14-5 to pull away.
The undefeated Cougars are off until Jan. 4 when they travel to Dougherty for a non-region contest.
DOUGHERTY GIRLS 52, LINCOLN 43: The Lady Trojans (7-1) jumped out to a 22-9 lead after the first quarter and then put it on cruise control the rest of the way for the nine-point win.
Amber Ward scored a game-high 17 points, Takiya Davis added 14 points and Herald Super 6er Ra’Keta Shelton finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Herald No. 3 Lady Trojans, who play again today against host Leon County.
PELHAM SWEEPS CAIRO: Shaquille Crimley scored 12 points to lead the Pelham boys to a 44-40 win against Cairo, while the Lady Hornets stayed undefeated with a 78-35 victory,
Crimley was the lone player to reach double figures for the Hornets, who are now 3-1.
The Herald No. 4 Lady Hornets (4-0) were led by Super 6er Briunna Freeman’s 21 points, while Hilary Williams scored 12, Timbreanna Hudson added 11 and Destiny Thomas finished with 10.
Both Pelham teams play again today at Seminole County.
AMERICUS-SUMTER GIRLS 61, WEBSTER COUNTY 23: Dekayla Blackshear and A’Tyanna Taulden both scored 14 points to lead the Lady Panthers past Webster County.
Blackshear scored eight points in the third quarter as Americus outscored Webster 21-1 in the period to pull away and improve to 4-5 overall.
The Lady Panthers play again at home today against Stewart County.
SHERWOOD BOYS 44, HIGHLAND CHRISTIAN 41: Despite missing five players — including three starters — from their lineup on Friday, the Eagles rallied late to beat Highland in the opening day of the Sherwood Christmas Tournament.
Sherwood’s Greg Elder hit two 3-pointers in the closing minutes to give the Eagles the lead and put them one win from the tournament’s championship game.
Seth King led Sherwood with 13 points, and Elder hit four 3-pointers in the second half to finish with 12 points. The Eagles play again today against Byne Christian, and a win will put Sherwood in the championship game later this evening.
SHERWOOD GIRLS TOP BYNE, WESTSIDE: The Lady Eagles opened the Sherwood Christmas Tournament with a 51-36 victory against Byne Christian and then crushed Westside Christian, 47-7.
Against Byne, Madison Walker led the way with 17 points, and Key’yada Thomas added 12 points.
In their second game of the day, Sherwood (9-1) held Westside scoreless in the second and fourth quarters and took a 26-2 lead into halftime. Camille Railey, Molly Kate McClearn and Ashlyn Wilkerson all scored eight points to lead the Lady Eagles, who play in the tournament’s championship game at 5 p.m. today against either Byne or Brookwood.
COVENANT BOYS 60, WESTWOOD 55: The Wildcats led early in the opening day of the Crisp Academy Christmas Tournament, but Covenant held on late to drop Westwood to 1-5 overall.
Dylon Smith led Westwood with 15 points, and Jamie Davis and Collier Baggett scored 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Westwood plays again at 5:30 p.m. today against Southland in Day 2 of the Crisp Academy tournament.
WESTWOOD GIRLS 55, COVENANT 23: The Lady Wildcats bounced back from a loss to Crisp Academy on Thursday with a convincing win in Day 1 of the Crisp Academy tournament.
Rachel Harrell scored a game-high 20 points to lead Westwood, while Perra Harrell added 14 and Callie Smith finished with 10.
The Lady Wildcats (7-1) play again today against Southland Academy.