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Miller's Diamond drops 48, Sherwood's Stanford scores 43 in wins Friday

COLQUITT — Mallory Diamond scored a career-high 48 points — and added 18 rebounds and four steals in the process — to lead Miller County to a 70-63 win against Baker County on Friday.

The Lady Pirates improved to 3-9 overall and 3-9 in Region 1-A and play again Tuesday vs. Bainbridge.

Cierra Hawkins scored 28 points for Baker in the loss.

STANFORD LEADS SHERWOOD PAST WESTWOOD: Patrick Stanford broke the school scoring record Friday night during an 83-69 rout of Westwood.

Stanford scored a career-high 43 points, followed by 17 from T.J. Clay. Westwood was led by Jamie Davis’ 24 points and also got 16 from Mitch Good and 13 from Brody Collins.

The win puts Sherwood (8-5 overall) at 1-1 in region play with a game Monday against Emmanuel Christian up next, while Westwood hosts Georgia Christian on Monday.

DEERFIELD BOYS 62, SOUTHLAND 27: The Knights won their fourth game in a row Friday and also started region 1-0.

Jason Battle led DWS with 12 points, while Herald Super 6er Ramello Carter added 10 and Justin Eady chipped in 11.

DWS (9-5) goes for five in a row today at home against Furtah Prep.

BAINBRIDGE BOYS 81, HARRIS COUNTY 50: The Bearcats (8-3, 1-0) open region play with a win behind 24 points from Dontavius Marshall, 21 from Tyree Crump and 10 from Steven Johnson.

Bainbridge will next travel to face Northside, Columbus today.

ALBANY SWEEPS CAIRO: Malik Dung (16 points) and Emanuel Byrd (11) lead the Indians past Cairo, 64-34, on Friday, while the Albany High girls held on for a 40-37 win against the Lady Syrupmakers behind 13 points from Briana Williams and 10 from Nakerishay Jackson. Both Albany teams playa again today at Dougherty.

STEWART BOYS 58, RANDOLPH-CLAY 56: Randolph-Clay’s Kwamente Parker led the way with 18 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop Stewart County, which continued the Red Devils’ slide.

Randolph-Clay, which plays again today against Early County, also got 13 points from Cornelius Bennett and 10 points from Ryan Wiggins.

BAINBRIDGE BOYS 81, HARRIS 50: The Herald No. 3 Bearcats got 20-plus scoring nights from Dontavius Marshall and Tyree Crump to cruise past Harris County.

Marshall led the way with 24 points, Crump added 21 and Steven Johnson chipped in 10 for Bainbridge, which improved to 8-3 overall and 1-0 in Region 1-AAAAA. The Bearcats play again today on the road against Northside Columbus.

MITCHELL COUNTY GIRLS 51, SEMINOLE COUNTY 37: Mitchell County’s girls came south to make a statement, and did just that Friday night, beating Herald No. 5 Seminole County, 51-37, in a game that might ultimately decide the top seed in the Region 1-A South.

Mitchell is the defending region champ and will have to play Seminole again before the final seeding is decided, but a win on the road against an improving Seminole team means a lot to the Lady Eagles, who led early and finished strong.

“They were pumped for this game,’’ Mitchell County interim coach Wendy Whitlock said. “We know in this region the teams to beat are Randolph-Clay, Calhoun County and Seminole. We beat Calhoun County and beat Seminole, and we’re looking to beat Randolph-Clay at the end (in the region title game next month).’’

Randolph-Clay, which is the No. 1 team in The Herald‘s Fab 5 Poll, beat Mitchell — which just got knocked out of the Fab 5 last week — earlier but had trouble getting by Seminole and beat the Lady Indians by just two points last month.

“We knew it would be a hard game because Randolph-Clay told us they were tough to beat,” Whitlock said. “This was big, because in the south we know the team to beat is Seminole, and we beat them impressively.’’

Herald Super 6er A’Miracle Jones led the way again for the Lady Eagles. She poured in 16 points in the first half and finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Mitchell (10-7) also got six points from Shonbreka Holton and Myesha Williams, but it was Jones and a tough Mitchell defense, that was the difference.

“We were expecting a real close game,’’ Whitlock said. “But we started out in a man-to-man defense and got on their shooters. If their shooters get hot, they can easily beat you.’’

Katrese Brown led Seminole (8-5) with 13 points and Patrice Brown scored eight points for the Lady Indians.

RANDOLPH-CLAY GIRLS 61, STEWART COUNTY 15: The Herald’s No. 1-ranked girls team took care of business easily Friday night with a 46-point rout of yet another region rival.

Led by Wenekia Washington’s game-high 20 points, the Lady Red Devils raced out to a huge lead and never looked back. R-C’s Kobi Thornton added 14, and Adrianna Blackmon chipped in 10.

Randolph, which improved to 6-0 in region play and is now 13-2 overall, steps out of conference tonight when it travels to face neighboring rival Early County.

WESTWOOD GIRLS 54, SHERWOOD 26: The Lady Wildcats improved to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in region after Friday’s road win. Callie Smith led Westwood with 17 points, while Madison Walker led Sherwood with 13.

Westwood next hosts Georgia Christian on Monday, while Sherwood hosts Emmanuel Christian on Monday.

DEERFIELD GIRLS 31, SOUTHLAND 20: It’s been a rough start to the season for the Lady Knights (4-10 overall), but Friday made up for that somewhat when Deerfield began its region slate 1-0 thanks to a win against its rivals.

Kelsey King and Gabby Burt each led with seven points, while Ella Hawkins from Southland was the game’s high-scorer with 11.

DWS returns to action today at home at 3 p.m. against Furtah Prep, while Southland next plays Tuesday at Calvary.

RANDOLPH SOUTHERN BOYS, GIRLS SPLIT: The Lady Patriots (4-13, 1-1) got on the board in region play behind a career-high 25 points from Parker Rigsby and 13 points from Alana McCook. Fullington was led by Rachel McClesky’s 17 points.

Rhett Ragan scored 17 points and Jared Sauls had 11, but it wasn’t enough to get the Patriots (0-11, 0-2) their first win. Fullington’s Levi McKinney scored a game-high 20 points.

Randolph next plays Tuesday at Grace Christian in Bainbridge.

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