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PREP BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK/ROUNDUP: Eight area Class A teams make state tournament

Westwood, Crisp girls and Deerfield boys open state today as teams to beat

No one was sure the last time Westwood won a region title following the Lady Wildcats’ win over the weekend against Terrell Academy.

But Westwood’s girls aren’t that worried that no one can remember — because they plan on winning state and starting some history of their own.

Led by Morgan Singleton’s double-double (20 points, 11 rebounds), Westwood cruised to the region title, 70-36, and now enters today’s GISA Class AA state tournament as a No. 1 seed and one of the favorites to win it all.

Westwood (19-3) comes in on a 15-game winning streak and will face Covenant in the first round today, while just up the road in Cordele, the Crisp Academy girls and Deerfield boys will be favorites to win the titles in A and AAA, respectively.

Crisp (23-2) has won 19 in a row, as well as the past two state titles. The Lady Wildcats will open today Nat Greene.

Deerfield’s boys are 21-3 and winners of 16 in a row. The Knights open Thursday against Weber.

The Class A state basketball rankings came out Tuesday, and barring a last-minute appeal, eight local teams have qualified for the state playoffs.

Teams have 24 hours to appeal the rankings, which are based on records and strength of schedule.

To no one’s surprise, The Herald No. 1-ranked Randolph-Clay girls team finished as the top-ranked team in the state and will be at home in the playoffs until the Final Four. Mitchell County, which finished second to Randolph-Clay in the Region 1-A tournament, are ranked ninth. Only the region champions and top 16 teams qualify for the playoffs, and the Seminole County girls (No. 14) and the Calhoun County girls (No. 15) will both make the playoff, barring an appeal from a team ranked below No. 16.

The Terrell County boys team is hoping no one appeals the boys rankings. The Greenwave are ranked No. 16. Mitchell County’s boys, who have been ranked No. 2 for weeks, hung onto the No. 2 spot despite losing to Seminole County Indians in the Region 1-A title game. Seminole enters the playoffs at home as the region champ and No. 4 team in the rankings. Randolph-Clay, which was ranked 20th three weeks ago, climbed all the way to No. 12 to make the playoffs.

WOODLAND GIRLS 73, AMERICUS-SUMTER 67: Americus seniors Kayla Bowens and Kahler Fletcher combined for 41 points, but it wasn't enough in Tuesday's opening round game of the Class AAAA state tournament.

The Lady Panthers pulled to within three points in the final minutes after falling behind 38-24 at halftime but came up short to end the season with an 18-8 record.

Bowens led Americus with 22 points, while Fletcher added 19 points and seven rebounds. Dekayla Blackshear, a junior, added 14 points for the Lady Panthers.

MCINTOSH GIRLS 76, LEE COUNTY 41: The Lady Trojans couldn't stop red-hot McIntosh in the second quarter on Tuesday and never recovered in the Class AAAAA state opener.

McIntosh, the No. 2 seed out of Region 4-AAAAA, outscored Lee County 27-14 in the second quarter to extend its lead to 19 points at halftime.

"In the second quarter we just didn't execute like we needed to," Lee County coach Tondra Davis said. "They are a great, fundamentally sound team. They hit 3 after 3 after 3 in the second quarter even after we changed up to man-to-man defense. It got away from us there, and from then on we were playing catch-up."

Briana Scott, one of three Lee County seniors, led the way with 16 points. Other seniors playing their final game for the Lady Trojans, who ended the season with 8-20 overall record, were Paiton Cromer and Nicole Polk.

Comments

HOOPSFORTHESOUL 1 year, 1 month ago

Great job by Coach Davis she made them a team and competed every game. I,m sure the fans are excited to have such a passionate and skillful coach.

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camillaallstars88 1 year, 1 month ago

I was really disrespected after the comment the Seminole county coach made in Sunday's paper about they now can start to compare or on their way to being theTerrell Counties andRandolph-Clays of the region, REALLY thats so Disrespectful What about MB/MC who owned the state less lone the region Randolph could never win because they had to play MB. Mb beat Seminole by 70pts or better in that gym the very 1st night it opened in 96. As a Mb Alumn not a MC alumn I feel disrepected and I wish MC TEAM the best this is a very talented team the most talent on 1 team since 99. PRIDE is gonna win this Championship, but Seminole you're right Mitchell-Baker puts FEAR in Everyone's heart not Mitchell County. MB has won 6 state championships 15 final four appearences 14 region championships and a National Ranking of # 21. Mitchell County has won nothing!!!!!!!! Great point Coach this team is making their HISTORY go MCE GO step out of MB shadow cause if that was MB he wouldn't be talking he would know to stay in his PLACE cause we RAN this STATE forget a region!!!!! Better ask somebody

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dwill229 1 year, 1 month ago

M-B was the team to beat in the 90'sall the way to 2005 but Mitchell County is a good team this year they are the team to beat in 1A!!!

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