Bainbridge boys stomp Harris, advance to 1-AAAAA semifinals
BAINBRIDGE — The Bainbridge boys basketball team had a nice warmup for yet another region tournament semifinal appearance following Wednesday’s 71-49 rout of Harris County in the quarterfinals.
Four Bearcats scored in double figures, including Dontavious Marshall (21 points), Jamez Harris (15) Justin Baker (11) and Tyree Crump (11).
The win propels Bainbridge (17-8) into a semifinal matchup Friday night against Hardaway, although just reaching the semis secures the Bearcats’ spot in the state playoffs.
The time for Friday’s game has yet to be determined.
CUTHBERT — For the home team, it was fitting that it closed out the first day of the girls Region 1-A tournament with a bang.
The Herald and state No. 1 Randolph-Clay Lady Red Devils made short work of the Baker County Lady Bears on Wednesday night, 69-26, to advance back to the region semifinals.
It was almost halftime before the Lady Bears had put double digits on the board, and by then they were looking at the wrong side of a 42-10 blowout.
Adriana Blackmon led the way for R-C with 15 points and five rebounds, while Kobi Thornton added 13 points. In a losing effort, Baker’s Aneesiah Owens had 11 points.
The Lady Red Devils next will face Seminole County on Friday in the region semifinals. Baker County’s girls finished the season with a 5-19 record.
MITCHELL COUNTY GIRLS 73, MILLER COUNTY 36: Saying the matchup between Miller County and Mitchell County in the was physical is like saying Michael Phelps would make a decent lifeguard, or that Usain Bolt has just a little pep in his step. When it was all over, however, the Lady Eagles cruised in the Region 1-A tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday.
The Lady Pirates and Lady Eagles combined for a whopping 31 personal fouls in a first half that included a technical foul on Miller’s coach and two nasty on-court collisions.
When the dust settled at halftime, Mitchell County held a 36-20 lead. Both teams missed their fair share of free throws, but thanks to huge efforts on behalf of Breka Holton and Herald Super 6er A’Miracle Jones, the Lady Eagles were able to coast to an easy victory.
Holton and Jones sparked a 14-4 Mitchell run to start the third quarter, ensuring the Lady Eagles a berth in the region semifinals, where they will face Calhoun County on Friday. Mitchell moved to 18-8 on the season, while Miller’s year ends at 6-14.
Holton led the way with 24 points and seven rebounds, while Jones finished with seven points and nine rebounds. Miller County’s Taylor Greene and Audriana Bradley each had 10 points in a losing effort.
SEMINOLE COUNTY 71, QUITMAN 38: The Lady Indians took a commanding 41-15 halftime lead thanks to their fast-paced offense, great ball movement and deadly accuracy from behind the arc.
Leading the effort was Katrese Brown, who nailed six 3-pointers en route to a 30-point game. Patrice Barnes and Marissa Mike had a dominant game on the boards, grabbing nine rebounds and adding 10 points each.
After a 19-3 run to start the third quarter, there was no questioning the outcome of this one. Quitman County wouldn’t break the 20-point mark until Seminole had pulled all of its starters.
“I just knew we had to do what we had to do to advance,” said Brown, whose Lady Indians will now play No. 1 seed Randolph-Clay on Friday in the semifinals. “I came out thinking that this could’ve been our last game. I knew I could hit the shots.”
The Lady Indians moved to 16-5 on the season with a 12-3 record in the region.
CALHOUN COUNTY GIRLS 53, TERRELL COUNTY 30: Though it was a highly contested game for the most part, a dominant effort by Herald Super 6er Brandi Buie in the second half was the difference in Calhoun County’s win Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Region 1-A tournament. Buie sparked a 10-2 Calhoun run in the second quarter that helped the Lady Cougars take a 22-16 lead going into the break.
By the time the fourth quarter came around, the Lady Cougars found a way to stretch their lead to 13, thanks to an inspired defensive effort by Buie, who finished with five steals, seven rebounds and played physically in the paint all night, getting to the line over and over again as nine of her 17 points coming from the charity stripe. Destiny McIntyre was second for Calhoun with 10. Terrell County was led by Nydrah Wright with nine points, four rebounds and three assists.
The Lady Cougars moved to 19-7 with the win, while the Lady Greenwave finished their season with a record of 8-15. The Lady Cougars will now face Mitchell County on Friday in the semifinals.