HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL --- GISA REGION TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Deerfield boys, girls cruise to title games; Lady Wildcats -- Westwood and Crisp Academy --- romp to region crowns

ALBANY — The Deerfield boys crushed Tiftarea, 77-38, on Friday night at Darton to get back to the region title game.

DWS took a 17-point lead into halftime after holding a 24-7 scoring advantage in the second quarter.

The Knights kept their foot on the gas in the third quarter, holding the Panthers under 10 points in the entire period. By the time the fourth rolled around, Deerfield was able to rest their starters and get the reserves some game experience before the final whistle. The Knights had a number of contributors on the glass all night; starters Sam Shellhaas, Ramello Carter, Justin Eady, and Zach Jarzen combined for 17 rebounds.

Carter, a Herald Super 6er, led the way with 12 points and four rebounds, while Weston King added 10 points. Jay Barber was all over the court on Friday, adding nine points while notching seven assists and five steals in a reserve role. It was Barber’s defense that enabled the Knights to get their transition game working. By the end of the first half, the Knights were scoring more points on fast breaks than the Panthers were altogether.

Deerfield moves to 20-3 on the year after the win. They’ll face Calvary Christian School for the region championship game today. Tiftarea fell to 7-17 on the year, they’ll play Brookwood in the consolation game today.

Deerfield girls roll to Region 1-AAA title game after easy semifinal win

ALBANY — The Deerfield-Windsor Lady Knights moved within one game of a region championship Friday night, beating Calvary Christian 43-30, in order to win the region semifinals at Darton State College’s Cavalier Arena.

Deerfield took advantage of a big first quarter that saw the Lady Knights jump out to a 14-5 lead. Nyla Perry grabbed three steals in the first period en route to holding the visitors to single-digit scoring outputs in each quarter in the first half.

Despite the unimpressive early showing, Calvary would make a game of it late, thanks to a monster effort by senior center Mary McCarty. McCarty made a living in the paint, grabbing eight rebounds while putting up 16 points in a losing effort. Calvary managed to make it an eight-point game with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but ultimately, the clock and Deerfield’s stingy defense was just too much to overcome.

Perry led the way for Deerfield (12-13) with 14 points, six of which came from behind the arc. She also finished with six rebounds, three assists and seven steals. Senior guard Casey Kincheloe took advantage of open looks Friday, sinking two 3-pointers on her way to a 12-point game.

The Lady Knights will now face Tiftarea in the region championship today. Calvary Christian, who fell to 13-12, will face Brookwood in the consolation game.

Crisp Academy girls win 19th in a row, close regular season with third straight GISA 1-A crown

DASHER — The Crisp Academy girls basketball team is on a crash course for a third straight GISA Class A state title after routing Fullington on Friday night, 49-15, in the Region 1-A title game.

Fullington scored just one field goal all game, while the rest of the points came on free throws against Crisp, which won its 19th in a row heading into the state tournament. This was also Crisp’s third straight region crown.

Herald Super 6er Madi Mitchell and Kendall Wilson each scored 16 in the victory, while J.J. Yawn added nine.

Crisp will open state next week as the No. 1 seed against Nathanel Greene at ABAC.

Westwood girls move up classification, roll past Terrell Academy for region title

DAMASCUS — The Westwood girls couldn’t win the region or the state title with pesky Crisp Academy in the way their last two years, so when the Lady Wildcats moved up classifications from Class A to AA this past offseason, it gave the program new life.

And Friday, they took full advantage.

Westwood destroyed Terrell Academy, 70-36, to win the GISA Region 1-AA title behind 20 points from Miller Singleton, 14 from Callie Smith, 12 from Perra Harrell and 10 from Rachel Harrell.

Westwood coach Jenni Smith said she was told this was likely the school’s first region championship in girls hoops in nearly 20 years.

“I’ve only been here six and we’ve never won it, and no one can seem to remember when the last time was. We’re hearing 17 years ago, but I’m not sure,” Smith said Friday. “All we know is that it’s been awhile.”

Westwood (19-3) swept the regular-season series against the Lady Eagles (19-8), so Friday’s outcome wasn’t a shocker by any stretch.

But that doesn’t mean it didn’t feel great to finally get the monkey off their backs.

“To beat a team like Terrell, which is always good and always in the mix, felt great,” Smith said. “But now we need to focus on state.”

Westwood, the No. 1 seed, will open the state playoffs Wednesday in Macon against No. 4 Covenant Christian, while Terrell, the No. 2 seed, will also play Wednesday in Macon, although its opponent has yet to be determined.

Terrell was led by Marilauren Farr’s 12 points, while Maura Milliron added 10.

Terrell reached its 10th straight region title game between Class A and AA, and Friday’s loss ended a streak of three straight wins in those games.

VALWOOD DOWNS TERRELL BOYS FOR REGION TITLE: Eagles coach Robert Bryant should’ve been upset.

But he was far from it.

Bryant’s kids played their hearts out Friday in the region championship game before losing to a bigger, faster Valwood team that swept the Eagles during the regular season.

“I’m super proud of my guys,” said Bryant, who added that reaching the championship game was even more special considering the program had won just six total games over the past two years before finishing the 2012-13 regular season 12-12. “They played their hearts out.”

Conor Walsh led the scoring for TAE with 10 points, but no other player found double figures.

Terrell, which settled for the No. 2 seed after Friday’s loss, will play Thursday in Macon, although its opponent has yet to be determined.

SGA boys 65, Sherwood 58: In Friday’s Region 1-AA consolation game, the Warriors settled the rubber match against the Eagles with a win after the programs split their two regular-season meetings.

SGA now gets the No. 3 seed in the upcoming state tournament and will open Thursday in Macon against Monsignor Donovan.

Alex Chambless led SGA (18-11) with 24 points, while cousin McKinley Chambless added 13. Sherwood, which finishes the regular season 14-13 and will be the No. 4 seed out of Region 1-AA, was led by Patrick Stanford and T.J. Clay, both of whom scored 16 in the loss.

SGA girls 53, Sherwood 32: In the girls’ 1-AA consolation game, the Lady Warriors rolled behind Jessie Oliver’s 24 points. Sherwood was led by Victoria Davidson’s 17 points, but no other final stats or regular-season records were available by press time.

SGA will be the No. 3 seed in state and will open Wednesday in Macon against an opponent to be determined, while the same is true for Sherwood, except the Lady Eagles will be the No. 4 seed.