Albany boys coming on after win vs. Americus
ALBANY – Albany High’s de facto rallying cry is slowly becoming “Charge!”
The Indians drew six charges Tuesday in their return to Region 1-AAAA play and forced another opponent to tap out with suffocating defense, this time Americus-Sumter, in a 42-35 Albany win.
Indians head coach Archie Chatmon may love the charge call more than he loves cute babies and he’s not shy to admit it. He got plenty of them Tuesday, three nights after the Indians downed Mitchell County by forcing a charge on a last-second shot that was whipped off by a drawn charge.
“I thought we left about seven (charges) out there,” said Chatmon, always wanting more defense from a team that has no scorers averaging double figures this season. “I was trying to get 15. I told the guys that they won the game because they hung in there and kept taking charges.”
Americus-Sumter, though, brought its own style of physical play and showed it off in the third quarter, rallying from a 21-16 halftime deficit to take a 29-28 lead on Mike Russell’s fast-break layup off a steal and assist from Mike Volley. That capped an 8-0 run for the Panthers with 55 seconds left in the third, but it was short lived.
The Indians (8-5, 3-3 Region 1-AAAA) took the lead back on two free throws from Tyler Cheese and started their own 8-0 run that stretched into the fourth quarter. Cheese’s jumper with 4:47 left in the game gave Albany a 36-29 lead, an advantage its defense couldn’t relinquish.
“We knew it was going to be a war,” Chatmon said. “I was just glad we didn’t back down from it. They’re a strong, physical team.”
Dezmand Newberry, the Indians’ junior captain who drew the charge Saturday to beat Mitchell County, led Albany with 11 points. Americus-Sumter never got any closer in the final four minutes and when Emmanuel Byrd fouled out with eight seconds left, he rested on the most impressive stat line of the night, especially for Chatmon – five points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two steals.
“It’s not often you can say your best player averages about three points a game,” Chatmon said of Byrd, who missed Saturday’s game with a tooth ailment.
The Panthers (5-6, 2-4 Region 1-AAAA) had no players in double-figures and were led by Juwan High’s nine points. Volley scored just six but added five rebounds and five steals in the loss.
Cheese had eight points and eight rebounds for the Indians, which can get themselves back in the Region 1-AAAA race with a strong finish to the week after starting 0-3 in region – at Cairo Friday and then home against Dougherty Saturday.
“This is the week we can make up for it a little bit,” Chatmon said.
Americus plays host to Crisp County Friday.
CUTHBERT — The top girls basketball team in Southwest Georgia played that way Tuesday night.
Playing in their first game since becoming the new No. 1 team in The Herald Fab 5 Poll, Randolph-Clay cruised to a 73-23 win against Quitman for the Lady Red Devils’ 12th win in their past 13 games.
Freshman Kobi Thornton finished with a game-high 18 points, while Adriana Blackmon had 15 points and Kanekia Washington added 14 points.
“They came out and played excited (after being ranked No. 1),” Randolph-Clay coach Jennifer Acree said. “They were ready to play. Hopefully, we can maintain this the rest of the year. I tell them that the ranking is nice, but it’s most important that we finish the year No. 1.”
Randolph-Clay (12-2, 5-0 Region 1-A), led, 43-13, at halftime and outscored Quitman, 30-10, in the second half. The Lady Red Devils play again Friday at Stewart County.
DEERFIELD BOYS 80, STRATFORD 34: Deerfield boys basketball coach Gordy Gruhl wasn’t sure what the school record for 3-pointers in a game was.
But he was pretty sure his Knights shattered it on Tuesday night.
Deerfield rained down 13 treys in the victory and was led in scoring by Herald Super 6er Ramello Carter (15 points), Pete Langstaff (15), Jay Barber (14) and Dee Barber (11).
“I am 99.9 percent sure that (13 3-pointers) is a school record,” Gruhl said. “We not only shot it well, but we just played well all the way around. By far this was the best game we have played all year. We were outstanding defensively and did a great job on the glass. And, obviously, we shot lights-out. Anytime you can play like this — it was pretty scary (Tuesday night).”
Deerfield, which led, 22-6, at the end of the first quarter and 43-14 at halftime, improved to 8-3 overall and plays again Friday at rival Southland.
STRATFORD GIRLS 53, DEERFIELD 40: Nyla Perry finished with 21 points but was the only Lady Knight to score more than six points in Tuesday night’s loss.
Deerfield fell to 3-9 overall and will play again Friday at GISA Region 2-AAA rival Southland.
MITCHELL COUNTY GIRLS 55, MILLER COUNTY 41: The Lady Eagles overcame 25 turnovers to win their second game in a row since Friday’s tough overtime loss to Class AAAAAA Valdosta.
Breeka Holton led Mitchell (9-6) with 13 points, while Deundra Hill added 10 points. Miller County was led by Mallory Diamond’s 33 points.
Mitchell plays again Friday at Herald No. 5 Seminole County in a huge Region 1-A showdown, while Miller County hosts Baker County on Friday.
SEMINOLE COUNTY GIRLS 56, BAKER COUNTY 39: Shymeshia Hopkins led the way with 17 points for the Lady Indians, who have now won two games in a row after dropping three of their previous four.
Herald No. 5 Seminole (7-4), which plays again Friday against reigning Region 1-A champ Mitchell County, also got 14 points from Katrese Brown in the 17-point win.
Cierra Hawkins led Baker County with 19 points.
AMERICUS-SUMTER GIRLS 49, ALBANY GIRLS 25: Americus-Sumter improved to .500 in the Region 1-AAAA race with a 24-point win against Albany on Tuesday after getting 11 points and 13 rebounds from senior A’Dasjah Mercer.
The Lady Panthers (8-4, 3-3 region) jumped out to a 17-3 lead after one quarter and never trailed. Americus also got 11 points and eight boards from Tanyetta Hill, while Kahler Fletcher added 10 in the win. Kayla Bowens added seven points and five steals.
Albany (3-10, 2-4 region) got a game-high 13 points from Briana Williams, the only Squaw to score in double-figures.
SHERWOOD GIRLS 36, SGA 31: The Lady Eagles opened region play Tuesday with a win thanks to 10 points from Madison Walker and a game-high 10 rebounds from Markeria Smith. SGA was led by Allison Warren’s 11 points.
SCA (5-7, 1-0) next plays Friday at home against Westwood, while SGA hosts Valwood on Thursday.
MITCHELL COUNTY BOYS 63, MILLER COUNTY 43: The Eagles outscored Miller County, 22-3, in the second quarter to cruise to an easy win Tuesday night in Camilla.
Mitchell County held Miller to just a trio of free throws in the second period to improve to 13-3 overall heading into Friday’s huge matchup against Region 1-A rival Seminole County.
Daron Hodges led the Eagles with 11 points and Bruce Bryant scored 10 in a game where Mitchell County went deep into its bench and didn’t play any starters in the final quarter.
Marcus Hawkins (11 points) and Jacolby Jones (10 points) led Miller County, which plays again Friday at Baker.
WESTWOOD GIRLS 60, TERRELL ACADEMY 47: Rachel Harrell scored 25 points to lead the Lady Wildcats past Terrell Academy on Tuesday.
Callie Smith added 15 for Westwood, while Terrell Academy (10-6) was led by Marilauren Farr (21 points) and Lauren Barfield (17).
TAE plays again Tuesday at home against Southwest Georgia Academy, while Westwood is in action Friday at Sherwood.
TAE BOYS 68, WESTWOOD 52: Led by four players in double figures, Terrell Academy won its first region game in over two years Tuesday against Westwood.
Alan Stewart led the way with 21 points, while Raleigh Carlson (18 points), Caleb Borders (17) and Conner Walsh (10) were also key for the Eagles, who improved to 6-6 overall and 1-0 in GISA Region 2-A.
Brody Collins scored 21 points for Westwood, which plays again Friday at Sherwood. Terrell Academy is at home Tuesday against Southwest Georgia Academy.
PELHAM GIRLS 49, BERRIEN COUNTY 19: The Herald No. 3 Pelham girls held Berrien County to just 10 points in the final three quarters for their fourth victory in a row.
The Lady Hornets (11-2) were led by Herald Super 6er Briunna Freeman (20 points), while Hillary Williams and Harmony Smith each added eight points.
Pelham, which outscored Berrien 27-8 in the second half, plays again Friday in Thomasville.
SEMINOLE BOYS 96, BAKER COUNTY 23: The Herald No. 5 Indians bounced back from its first loss in nearly a month with a 73-point win against Baker County.
Seminole County, which saw a five-game winning streak snapped Friday by Herald No. 3 Bainbridge, was in control of Tuesday night’s game from the opening tip.
All 14 players on the Seminole County roster scored, including Jordan Harris (16 points), Anfernee King (14) and Robert Speights (12).
Seminole County (10-2) plays again Friday night in a huge showdown with Region 1-A rival Mitchell County.
RANDOLPH-CLAY BOYS 75, QUITMAN 49: Led by a quartet of double-figure scorers --- Qualin Jones (15 points), Herald Super 6er Gary McCrae (14), Ryan Wiggins (13) and Kwymente Parker (11) --- the Red Devils rolled to a win Tuesday to even their region record at 1-1.
Randolph next faces Stewart County on the road Friday.
WESTOVER BOYS, GIRLS SWEEP WORTH COUNTY: The Westover boys basketball team topped Worth on Tuesday, 86-62, behind a huge night from Herald Super 6er Kel Miller, who poured in a season-high 32 points. Worth was led by Timothy Gaint's 10 points.
The Westover girls also won by a final of 53-23. No final stats from the game were available at press time.