THURSDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: May scores 44 in Lee County's loss to Hancock Central

Aaron May

Aaron May

MILLEDGEVILLE — Herald Super 6er and Lee County star forward Aaron May scored a career-high 44 points Thursday against Hancock Central, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Trojans to victory in the opening day of the Baldwin High Holiday Classic.

Lee County tied the game with three minutes left, but Hancock Central rallied down the stretch to win, 75-69.

The round-robin tournament resumes today with Lee County playing Upson-Lee at 1:30 p.m.

May, who averaged 19 points and nine points last year as a junior and has improved on those numbers this season, added 13 rebounds on Thursday.

“He just outworked the next person,” Lee County coach Kirven Davis said of May.

The Trojans’ next highest scorer was Zee Johnson with eight points. Lee County, which went 2-1 in the recent U-Save-It Classic at Albany High, is now 5-7 overall.

R-C BOYS, GIRLS WIN: The Randolph-Clay boys and girls teams both opened the Thomasville Holiday Hoopfest on Thursday with a pair of convincing wins.

The Herald No. 5 Red Devils defeated Long County, 84-57, and were led by Super 6er Gary McCrae’s 23 points, while Ryan Wiggins scored 21 points. The Herald No. 1 Lady Red Devils cruised to a 68-17 victory over Twiggs County behind 28 points from Brandi Buie. Sisters Kobi and Brianna Thorton added 20 and 12 points, respectively.

The Randolph-Clay boys (6-2) play again in the semifinals today against either Bainbridge or Mitchell County, while the Randolph-Clay girls (6-0) are in the semifinals today against Bainbridge.

MERIDIAN BOYS 53, CRISP COUNTY 37: Super 6er Javoris Cooks scored 14 points and teammate Davion Harvey added 11 points for the Cougars, who lost to Meridian (Miss.) High School in the opening round of the Chick-fil-A Classic at Tucker High School in Atlanta.

The Cougars trailed 24-20 at halftime and were down by just eight points heading into the fourth quarter but were outscored by eight in the final period to lose for the second time in three games.

Crisp (4-5) will play again at 1 p.m. today against either Green Forest Academy or Glenwood.

NEWTON GIRLS 65, CRISP COUNTY 42: The Lady Cougars lost their third straight game Thursday with a 23-point setback in the opening round of the Moultrie Holiday Tournament.

Super 6er Nasheema Oliver scored 21 points to lead Crisp, and Kayla Green added eight points.

The Lady Cougars (4-6) play again today against West Laurens before wrapping up tournament play Saturday with a game against host Colquitt County.

DOUGHERTY GIRLS’ WINNING STREAK SNAPPED: The Herald No. 3 Dougherty Lady Trojans saw their eight-game losing streak snapped Thursday with a 66-38 loss to Hoover, one of the top teams in all of Alabama.

The Lady Trojans (8-2) were led by Takiya Davis (14 points) and Herald Super 6er Ra’Keta Shelton (13 points).

MITCHELL GIRLS 59, THOMASVILLE 42: The Lady Eagles won their opening game in the Thomasville Holiday Hoopfest and advance to play in today’s semifinals against Brooks County at 7 p.m.

A’Miracle Jones led Mitchell County (6-2) with 20 points, and Shonbreka Holton added 11 points.