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FRIDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Herald No. 4 Mitchell knocks off Valdosta, 67-44

CAMILLA — 90-66.

That’s what the scoreboard read last month when the Herald No. 4 Mitchell County boys left Valdosta.

And the visiting Eagles didn’t leave happy.

They were all smiles on Friday.

Just two weeks after that 24-point loss, Mitchell County pulled out a 67-44 victory against Class AAAAA Valdosta.

It took a little bit of “magic” to pull off the 47-point turnaround.

“We had a scheme for this one; It’s our magical scheme,” Mitchell County coach Kenneth Harris said. “We used it in the region championship last year. We used that same defense (Friday) night. It’s always effective if you play a team that has two designated scorers.”

Mitchell held Valdosta’s top two scorers to 15 points (they nearly scored 60 in the first matchup).

Daron Hodges led Mitchell with 21 points, Bruce Bryant added 14 and Herald Super 6er Jermaine Hartsfield finished with eight points and 15 rebounds.

The Eagles (12-2) play again tonight at Albany.

VALDOSTA GIRLS 71, MITCHELL 62 (OT): Less than two weeks after losing to Valdosta by 27 points, the Herald No. 5 Mitchell County girls nearly knocked off Class AAAAAA Valdosta on Friday.

The teams went into overtime tied at 55-55, but the Lady Eagles ran out of gas in extra time and were outscored 16-7.

"I still told them to count this as a win," Mitchell assistant coach Wendy Whitlock said. "They have really improved a lot. Everything we worked on from the last time we played them, they did well."

Super 6er A'Miracle Jones led Mitchell with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Ja'shara Burns scored 13 and Deundra Hill scored 11.

The Lady Eagles (7-7) play again today at Albany.

SHERWOOD BOYS 69, SOUTHLAND 41: Pat Stanford scored 17 points to lead the Eagles, while Greg Elder Jr., and T.J. Clay added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Southland was led by Colby Webb's 15 points.

Sherwood (7-4) plays again Tuesday at SGA.

ALBANY SWEPT: Turner County swept the Indians and Lady Indians on Friday.

The Albany boys lost, 59-57, while the Albany girls fell, 49-36.

Tyler Cheese (15 points) and Joseph Stone (10 points) led the Indians, while Kari'shae Jackson paced the Lady Indians with 13 points.

Albany plays again today at home against Mitchell.

WESTFIELD GIRLS 59, DEERFIELD 35: Gabby Burt and Nyla Perry each scored 10 points for the Lady Knights, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Westfield on Friday night.

Deerfield, which fell to 3-8 overall, plays again Tuesday at home against Stratford Academy.

BYNE CHRISTIAN BOYS 58, PEOPLE’S BAPTIST CHURCH 52: Kurt Ellis scored 29 points to lead Byne, while Breland Johnson added 17 and Quinten Sanders chipped in 10.

Byne, which is 8-8 overall and 2-1 in the region, plays again Thursday against Grace Baptist Church.

BYNE CHRISTIAN GIRLS 33, PEOPLE’S BAPTIST CHURCH 22: Heather Horne scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Byne girls, who have won three straight games after starting the season 0-12.

Elizabeth Bozeman (2 points, 11 assists) and Jenny Harris (2 points, 11 rebounds) had big games on the defense end for Byne, which plays again Friday at home against Bible Baptist.

R-C SWEEPS EUFAULA: The Herald No. 3 Red Devils and Herald No. 4 Lady Red Devils both won Friday against Eufaula, Ala.

Kanekia Washington (15 points), Wynekia Washington (12 points) and Kobi Thornton (12 points) led the Randolph-Clay girls to a 66-32 win, and Gary McCrae (24 points) and Ryan Wiggins (23 points) led the Red Devils to a 63-57 victory.

DWS BOYS 84, WESTFIELD 52: Herald Super 6er Ramello Carter scored a game-high 18 points to lead Deerfield, while Jason Battle added 15 and Justin Eady scored 10.

The Knights (6-3) play again Tuesday at home against Stratford.

SOUTHLAND GIRLS 32, SHERWOOD 28: Ella Hawkins scored nine points to lead Southland past Sherwood in a low-scoring game.

Sherwood (4-7) was led by Madison walker (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Markeria Lewis (9 points, 21 rebounds).

Sherwood plays again Tuesday at SGA.