PELHAM — The Herald No. 4 Pelham girls got an 18-point third quarter from Super 6er Briunna Freeman and then cruised to an 80-65 win against Early County.
Pelham (20-3, 10-1) led by just four points at half time but scored 30 points in the third quarter to pull away.
Freeman, who had a 16-point quarter earlier in the season against Baker County, finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while teammates Hillary Williams and Timbreana Hudson added 20 and 17 points, respectively.
“Freeman just took it upon herself to take over the game, and that’s exactly what she did,” Pelham coach Antonia Tookes said. “She takes pride about being the leader of this team. If she needs to rebound, she will rebound. If she needs to score, she will score.”
Tynicia McCoy led Early County with 39 points, knocking down 19-of-25 from the free throw line.
The Lady Hornets play again Tuesday at Fitzgerald, while Early County plays Tuesday at Miller County.
PELHAM BOYS 70, EARLY COUNTY 55: Shaquille Crimley and Shydarius Williams each scored 13 points to lead the Hornets past Early County and lock up the Region 1-AA No. 1 seed.
Pelham County, which last won a regular season region title in 2005, improved to 16-7 overall and 10-0 in the region.
Early County was led by Chris Lee, who scored 10 points.
The Hornets play again Tuesday at Fitzgerald, and Early County travels to Miller County Tuesday for it regular season COLQUITT COUNTY SWEEPS ALBANY HIGH: The Colquitt County boys hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send Saturday’s game against Albany High to overtime and then knocked down a buzzer-beater in OT to steal a 51-49 victory away from the Indians.
Tyler Cheese scored 15 to lead Albany, which plays again Tuesday at Americus-Sumter.
The Colquitt County girls beat Albany, 64-30, but final stats weren’t available by press time.
LEE SWEPT BY NORTHSIDE, COLUMBUS: After falling behind 18-2 to start Saturday’s game against Region 1-AAAAA rival Northside, Columbus, the Lee County boys fought back to tie the game in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter — only to slip up in the final minutes and lose, 58-53.
Aaron Mays scored 16 to lead Lee, which fell to 10-13 overall and 4-5 in the region.
The Lee County girls lost, 54-45, but no final stats were available by press time.
Both Lee County squads play again Tuesday at home against Hardaway.
MITCHELL COUNTY BOYS 61, BROOKS COUNTY 32: One night after locking up the No. 1 seed in the Region 1-A tournament, Mitchell County (20-3) easily on its eighth straight game behind Daron Hodges’ game-high 20 points.
Herald Super 6er Jermaine Hartsfield added nine points and five blocks for the Eagles, who finish the regular season with a pair of road games against Lee County and Baker County next weekend before hosting the second round of the Region 1-A playoffs on Feb. 12.