PREP ROUNDUP: Seminole County boys knock off Pelham, get set for tonight’s showdown vs. Bainbridge

DONALSONVILLE — Seminole County’s Indians got a big game from freshman Jamal Martin, who scored 25 points, Robert Speights, who chipped in 11 points, and John Hudson, who came off the bench to add 10 points, in a 77-69 win against Pelham, which was led by Shaquille Grimsley, who hit five 3-pointers and finished with 18 points.

“We got a really big game out of Jamal,’’ said Seminole boys coach Kevin Godwin, whose team is now 9-1 and avenged its only loss to Lee County by beating the Trojans a week later. “You don’t know what will happen when you schedule a game on a Thursday, but this is a game we made up from earlier in the year when our football team made a deep run in the playoffs. Now we have to get ready to play Bainbridge.”

Bainbridge, a Class AAAAA power that is ranked No. 5 in The Herald Fab 5 Poll, plays Seminole at 7:30 p.m. in Donalsonville tonight in a showdown between two of the top teams in Southwest Georgia.

Pelham travels to Lee County today for a 7:30 p.m. game, and opens Region 1-AA play at Cook on Saturday night.

PELHAM GIRLS 65, SEMINOLE COUNTY 34: Pelham’s Lady Hornets had little trouble beating Seminole County Thursday night as Herald Super 6er Briunna Freeman led the way with 23 points. Harmony Smith and Hillary Williams each scored 10 points for Pelham, which is ranked No. 2 in The Herald Fab 5 poll. Seminole was led by Katrese Brown, who scored nine points.

Pelham (7-2) plays at 6 p.m. today at Lee County before opening its Region 1-AA season Saturday night at Cook. Class A Seminole County will be at home for a 6 p.m. game against Class AAAAA Bainbridge at 6 p.m. today.

SHERWOOD BOYS 85, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 63: Sherwood Christian’s Eagles saw three players score 17 points against Randolph Southern on Thursday night as Dalton Todd, T. J. Clay and Patrick Stanford all dropped in 17 in the one-sided win to keep the Eagles unbeaten at home (3-0).

Blake Lamb and Brett Sauls led the Patriots with 12 points each, and Rhett Ragan (11) and Jared Sauls (10) also scored in double figures.

Sherwood (6-4) plays Southland at home at at 8 p.m. today.

SHERWOOD GIRLS 54, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 51: Diamond Clark scored 13 points to lead the Sherwood girls basketball team to victory Thursday night.

Markeria Lewis and Key’yada Thomas added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lady Eagles, who are now 4-7 overall and play again today at home against Southland.

Lee County wrestlers excel over holidays

LEESBURG — Lee County’s wrestlers had a productive holiday break, finishing fifth in the 28-team field in the prestigious Hardaway Invitational in Columbus, and they did well in the Fayette County Christmas Classic.

Colton Grove (220) took home the title in the Fayette County Classic and Alex Davis (132) finished second at Fayette County, where 24 teams from Alabama and Georgia competed.

Grove and Devon Yelverton (145) both finished second in the Hardaway Invitational, Chris Rapley (160) was fourth. Davis (138) and Ian Grimsley (170) finished fifth in Columbus.

The team’s finish at Hardaway was impressive and encouraging.

“Most coaches agreed that it was a more competitive tournament (at Hardaway) this year,” Lee County coach Tom Matheny said. “The most important thing is finding out more about your team, how they react to adversity, how willing are they to fight for placement. We are still trying to get kids in a weight class that helps them and the team prepare for the area and state competition. That’s what we’re trying to do here.

“Obviously, you want to perform well, but in many weights we are awfully young and that makes us very inconsistent as a team,’’ he added. “Hopefully they have enough pride in themselves and dedication to the team to work hard on getting better each practice. We have good senior leadership and they are quite “motivational” in getting the young guys to step it up. I think that’s something we gained this (tournament), and I think that’ll help us down the road.”