Seminole County boys coach Kevin Godwin will lead his Indians into their first region title game in seven years tonight in Cuthbert against Mitchell County.
CUTHBERT — The Seminole boys reached the first time game in at last seven years Friday night with a 70-65 win against Randolph-Clay thanks to 17 points from freshman Jordan Harris, and 16 each from Jamal Martin and Jakhari Martin.
“It’s the first once since I’ve been here,” said seventh-year Indians coach Kevin Godwin. “It’s also the first time we’ve won 20 games (in my tenure). It sure is a good feeling.”
In a region long dominated by Randolph-Clay and Terrell County, the Indians are the new kids on the block and now will face either Mitchell County or Terrell County in tonight’s title game. Their semifinal was not over by The Herald’s press time Friday.
Herald Super Gary McCrae led Randolph with 22 points, while Cornelius Bennett added 13 for the Red Devils, who will have to wait for the final state power rankings to come out to find whether they’ve made the state tournament field.
Mitchell boys 54, Terrell County 42: The Eagles improved to 24-3 --- the most regular-season wins in coach Kenneth Harris’ tenure as head coach — on Friday following their Region 1-A semifinal win.
Mitchell will now face Seminole County tonight for the region title. The Eagles swept the regular-season series.
Herald Super 6er Jermaine Hartsfield and Jaquan Williams led the way Friday, scoring 16 points each, while Brian Peoples added seven and Joquill Chester chipped in four points and eight steals.
Terrell County was led by Diquan Griggs, Joseph Ward and Tiavelle Stephens, all of whom scored nine points.
Mitchell County, the No. 2 team in the state power rankings, has its state spot locked up, while the Greenwave --- who came into Friday at No. 15 (the Top 16 spots get in) --- will have to wait and see how the weekend shakes out in order to determine if they’re going dancing yet again.
R-C, Mitchell girls to meet for Region 1-A title tonight
CUTHBERT — When Mitchell County and Randolph-Clay opened up against each other this season, the result was a lopsided, 20-point win for the Lady Red Devils.
Now, the Lady Eagles get their chance at revenge.
Mitchell (19-8) steamrolled Calhoun County on Friday night in the Region 1-A tournament semifinals to reach the championship game and get another against Randolph-Clay, The Herald’s No. 1 team which beat Seminole County in the other semifinal later Thursday.
“My girls are excited, I’m excited. We’re ready,” Mitchell interim coach Wendy Whitlock. “We were missing one of our key players (Breka Holton) in that game, so that should make a big difference.”
Herald Super 6er A’Miracle Jones led Mitchell with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Calhoun County (19-8) didn’t have final stats for its players at press time and won’t play in a consolation game today as part of the new Class A state playoff format. But Calhoun, which is currently 15th in the state power rankings (the Top 16 teams get in) should still make the field based on record and strength of schedule.
RANDOLPH-CLAY GIRLS 59, SEMINOLE COUNTY 48: The Herald No. 1 Lady Red Devils rolled back to the region title game Friday night with balanced scoring and solid defense.
Crystal Ricks and Adriana Blackmon each led with 16 points for R-C, followed by Khenekia Washington with 11 and Kobi Thornton with 11, while Seminole County was led by Patrice Barnes with 16 points and Alexus Watson with 14.
Randolph improved to 25-2 and will now play Mitchell County in tonight’s championship game at 6 p.m. in Cuthbert.
GHSA Region 1-AAAAA: Bearcats reach championship game at home
BAINBRIDGE — The Bainbridge boys are on the verge of yet another region championship, and they’ll have the chance to bring it home on their own floor tonight.
The Bearcats (18-8) pulled away from Hardaway on Friday night to win, 69-59, in the Region 1-AAAAA tournament semifinals thanks to a career game from senior Dontavious Marshall, who nailed five 3-pointers and finished with a personal best 32-point game.
Tyree Crump added 17 points in the win, which sets up a showdown tonight against the winner of Friday’s late game between TCC and Northside, Columbus, which wasn’t over by The Herald’s press time.
HARDAWAY GIRLS 56, LEE 41: The Lady Trojans will play for state seeding today against Northside, Columbus after falling Friday, despite 18 points from leading scorer Katherine McConnell.
TURNER COUNTY BOYS, GIRLS SWEEP WILCOX COUNTY, REACH GHSA CLASS AA STATE TOURNAMENT: The Turner County boys beat Wilcox County, 74-62, on Friday night and the Turner girls crushed the Lady Patriots, 81-3, to also reach state.
Turner’s boys were led by three leading scorers: Devontae Curtis (28 points), Antonio Graddic (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Shaquille Baldwin (10).
Turner’s girls were led by four double-figure scorers: Antania Graddic (14 points), Zenia Coley (14), Mylashia Yancey (13) and Keyanna Dawson 12.