ALBANY — Lee County never trailed its opponent during the first game of the U-Save-It Christmas Classic on Friday. The same could not be said for Day 2 of the Classic against Cedar Grove.
The Saints shook off their first defeat of the season Friday by seizing control of Saturday’s game against the Trojans.
Lee County put together a run late in the game, but the surge was not enough to outlast Cedar Grove as the Trojans fell 48-39 Saturday afternoon at Albany High School.
Herald Super 6er Aaron May was Lee County’s top scorer with 16 points. Derek Jones and Tyler McConnell had five points apiece, and Jalin Wimberly and Quan Jamison each had four points.
The Trojans are now 4-6 on the year. The Saints, who were led by Christopher Fredrick’s 16 points, move to 7-1.
Early County also lost Saturday afternoon, falling to Statesboro, 84-61.
Down by only two buckets at halftime, the Bobcats were in position to make things interesting in the second half.
Then came the third quarter where the Bobcats were outscored 28-15 by the Statesboro Blue Devils en route to the blowout loss.
When the Bobcats (1-5) weren’t turning the ball over, they were missing the easiest of layups, and the energy seemed to have been zapped from them as they came out totally flat in the second half.
Javarious Thornton had a team-high 20 points, while Trequez Wells scored 13 points and Tracy Blocker and Tim Hardrick each contributed eight points.
The game belonged to Statesboro’s Zaquavian Smith, who scored 29 points. Oaaron Ware finished with 15 points and Alex Simmons and Jaylan Rawls had 10 and nine points, respectively.
In the late game, Dougherty fell behind in the first half and never caught up against the more physical Lovejoy, falling 62-44.
The Trojans (2-5) were led by David Quimby's 12 points, while Shunwhaski Wheeler added eight.
Lovejoy was paced by Marlon Currington's 22 points.
SHERWOOD BOYS WIN TOURNEY: After beating Byne Christian early Saturday to advance to the championship game of the Sherwood Christmas Tournament, the host Eagles won a thriller against First Presbyterian in the championship game.
Sherwood’s Greg Elder, the tournament MVP, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with two minutes left, and the Eagles never trailed again in a 69-67 victory.
Elder finished with seven 3-pointers for a team-high 21 points, and T.J. Johnson and Chris Thomas added 18 and 17 points, respectively. Thomas also dished out seven assists.
Sherwood (9-2), which trailed by two points at halftime and went into the fourth quarter tied at 51-51, is off until Jan. 3 when it hosts Southland.
SEMINOLE COUNTY BOYS 70, PELHAM 60: Pelham hung around all game with Herald No. 2 Seminole County, but the Indians never relinquished an early lead in a 10-point win.
The Indians bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to Lee County, and were led by Herald Super 6er Jordan Harris’ 23 points. Jamarcus Gray scored 17 points for Seminole, while teammate Anfernee King chipped in 10 points.
Seminole (6-1) jumped out to an 18-12 lead after the first quarter and led 33-24 at halftime and made enough free throws down the stretch to hold off any Pelham rally.
Pelham was led by Duntrez Moore and Shaquille Crimley, who scored 18 and 10 points, respectively.
RUTLAND BOYS 65, CRISP COUNTY 55: The Herald No. 5 Cougars saw their three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday after getting outscored 35-25 in the second half against a Rutland team that advanced to last year’s Class AAAA Elite 8 and returns four of its five starters.
Herald Super 6er Javoris Cooks scored 24 points for the Cougars, who fell behind 45-38 heading into the fourth quarter and couldn’t recover.
Crisp is now 3-4 and plays again Monday at Howard High School.
PELHAM GIRLS 76, SEMINOLE COUNTY 47: The Herald No. 4 Lady Hornets stayed undefeated with another dominating performance against the Lady Indians.
Pelham (5-0) was the last girls team in Southwest Georgia to get its season started, but the Lady Hornets are already in midseason form and quickly establishing themselves as one of the teams to beat in Class AA.
“We are putting the points on the scoreboard,” Pelham coach Antonia Tookes said. “Our press is really working well, and we are shooting the ball when the opportunity presents itself. But we need to work to get better at defense.”
Herald Super 6er Briunna Freeman led the Lady Hornets with 17 points, while Destiny Thomas added 15, Mahogany Brown scored 13 points and Hillary Williams finished with 10 points.
Pelham plays again Friday against Wilcox County in the Turner County Christmas tournament.
WASHINGTON COUNTY GIRLS 64, MONROE 39: Herald Super 6er Key Key Price scored 20 points, but she was the only Lady Tornado to score more than five as Monroe lost its second game in as many days.
The Herald No. 1 Lady Tornadoes (8-2) never led in the game and trailed 34-24 at halftime. They are in action again Thursday in a Christmas tournament in Moultrie.
AMERICUS-SUMTER GIRLS 74, STEWART COUNTY 13: The Lady Panthers cruised to a 32-6 halftime lead and then continued to pull away in the second half for their second straight win.
A’Tyanna Gordon was Americus’ lone player in double-figures with 19 points, but Jakayla Stevenson scored nine points and Timia Swanson, Dekayla Blackshear and A’Braylor Mercer each scored eight points.
MITCHELL GIRLS 70, BROOKS COUNTY 54: The Lady Eagles seized control early in Saturday’s non-conference game and stayed in control throughout to win their second straight and improve to 5-2.
A’Miracle Jones led the way for Mitchell with 26 points, and Shonbreka Holton added 17 points.
The Lady Eagles play again next weekend in the Thomasville Christmas Tournament.
WESTWOOD GIRLS 59, SOUTHLAND 35: Playing in their third game in as many days, the Lady Wildcats got off to a hot start Saturday and rolled to an easy win.
Sisters Rachel and Perra Harrell both scored 20 points to lead Westwood (8-1), while Callie Smith added 11 points.
The Lady Wildcats, who went 2-0 in the Crisp Academy Christmas tournament, play again Jan. 10 at home against Georgia Christian.
BROOKWOOD GIRLS 41, SHERWOOD 36: The Lady Eagles lost Saturday’s championship game of the Sherwood Christmas tournament and are now 9-2 heading into region play.
Madison Walker scored 16 to lead Sherwood, while Key'yada Thomas added 10 points.