DAWSON — It was stunning. It was shocking.
Now Monroe fans will have to wait to see how their Tornadoes respond to a 48-47 overtime loss Friday to Terrell County, which pulled off the biggest upset of the season, knocking off Herald No. 1 Monroe, which entered the game at 19-2 and without a loss in Southwest Georgia.
Monroe's only two blemishes had been to Class AAAAAA Luella and to Florida powerhouse Oakland Park Northeast in a Christmas tournament in Atlanta.
The Nadas had been perfect outside of Fulton County.
Terrell County entered the game with a losing record and the Greenwave are just 8-10 with the win, but they're playing well down the stretch.
"It was the long layoff. We hadn't played a game since last weekend,'' Monroe coach Marquis Davis said. "The guys came out without a lot of energy, and it was a one- or two-point game most of the game. I think they got up by 10 in the first half.
"We were just flat. (Terrell County) played well. I'm not trying to take anything away from Terrell County. They played well.''
Attempts to reach Terrell County boys coach John Davis after the win were unsuccessful.
In a game where baskets were at a premium, Jatavious Carter and Tivell Stephens each had 12 points, while Herald Super 6er Jabari McGhee led the Tornadoes with 18 points. Tim White added 13 of his own in a losing effort.
The Tornadoes had won eight in a row and are perfect (12-0) in the Region 1-AAAA race, where they have already clinched the top seed. They have two games left before they play host to the Region 1-AAAA tournament.
A loss at this point in the season — with the top-seed in the region already clinched — might be a wakeup call to Monroe and might even do the Tornadoes some good.
"You never know,'' Marquis Davis said.
The Greenwave get a chance to continue their hot streak when their biggest rival, Randolph-Clay, comes to Dawson tonight, while Monroe will have to wait a week to take out its frustrations. The Tornadoes won't play again until they face city rival Albany on Friday at Darton. In an earlier meeting this season, Albany took Monroe to overtime before the Tornadoes prevailed.
LIFE CHRiSTIAN BOYS 49, WIREGRASS 24: The Warriors secured their spot in next week’s NACA championship game at Turner Gym with an easy win in the state semis Friday.
Malik Wright led the way with 17 points, followed by Dontravious Sims with 14 as Life Christian improved to 20-3.
SHERWOOD GIRLS 57, SGA 35: Madison Walker led the way with 21 points, Key’yada Thomas added 17 and the Lady Eagles improved to 9-12 overall and 3-2 in region play. SGA was led by Jessie Oliver (14 points) and Allison Warren (11).
SCA plays Emanuel Christian next on Monday in Dothan.
WESTWOOD GIRLS 71, TERRELL ACADEMY 47: The Lady Wildcats (15-3, 6-3) won their ninths game in a row behind 21 points from Rachel Harrell, 15 from Perra Harrell and 12 from Morgan Singleton. Terrell was led by Marilauren Farr’s 11 points.
Westwood next faces SGA on Tuesday in Damascus.
CRISP ACADEMY GIRLS 84. RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 41: Herald Super 6er Madi Mitchell poured in 25 points, Maddie Krause added 15 points and six rebounds and the Lady Wildcats won their 15th straight game. Gabi Jackson led Randolph with 17.
Crisp next faces Grace on Tuesday.
SHERWOOD BOYS 50, SGA 41: The Eagles avenged an early season loss behind 19 points from Patrick Stanford and 13 from T.J. Clay. SGA was led by Teal Massey and Alex Chambless, who both scored 10.
Sherwood improved to 14-9 overall and 4-3 in region and will next play Emanuel Christian on Tuesday.
MILLER COUNTY GIRLS 58, BAKER 52: Off the strength of a monster effort by Mallory Diamond, the Miller County Lady Pirates (5-11, 5-10) won.
Diamond, who eclipsed the 1000-point mark earlier this week, had a game-high 48 points, 10 rebounds and 6 steals — it was the second time this season Diamond has scored 48. In a losing effort, Cierra Hawkins scored 16 for the Lady Bears.
The Lady Pirates are back home Tuesday when they’ll face Early County. Baker’s girls travel to Schley County today.
NORTHSIDE, COLUMBUS 52 BOYS, BAINBRIDGE 44: The Herald No. 5 Bearcats (15-5, 6-2) lost to a region opponent for only the second time in five years Friday night.
In a losing effort, Tyree Crump scored 17 points and Dontavious Marshall had 12.N
The Bearcats get a chance to bounce back tonight on the road against Hardaway.
DEERFIELD SWEEPS CALVARY: The Lady Knights (10-12, 5-1) were able to get another region win Friday night, knocking off Calvary Christian School, 47-43. Nyla Perry led the way for Deerfield, filling up the stat sheet with 24 points, seven rebounds and six steals. Gabby Burkes grabbed 10 rebounds
In boys action, Herald Super 6er Ramello Carter led Deerfield (17-3, 6-0) to a region win — and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming tourney — against Calvary, 74-54. In addition to Carter’s 23 points, Weston King and Jason Battle added 14 and 13 points, respectively.
DWS next host Brookwood at home Tuesday.
LEE COUNTY BOYS 65, HARRIS COUNTY 63: In one of the wilder games of the night, Lee County knocked off Harris County at home to move to 10-12 on the season and reach .500 in the region (4-4).
Jaysyn Brown led the Trojans with 18 points, while Stephen Collier added a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. But it was Aaron May’s heroics that preserved the game for Lee County.
After the Trojans tied the game up with 10 seconds left in regulation, May pinned a Harris County layup against the backboard and was fouled right afterwards. May hit both free throws to clinch the win. He finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. Tonight, the Trojans host Northside Columbus.
TERRELL ACADEMY BOYS 53, WESTWOOD 51: The Eagles’ Gable Freeman and Raleigh Carlson each had 13 points, while Caleb Waters added 11. In the loss, Mitch Good scored 14 for the Wildcats, while Jamie Davis was right behind him with 12.
Next week, the Wildcats face Southwest Georgia Academy in Damascus, while the Eagles (4-11, 0-6) host Valwood for Senior Night.¶