Dougherty’s Takiya Davis dribbles down the court in Friday’s game against Terrell County. Davis, who finished with 12 points, and the Lady Trojans built an early lead and then hung on for a 12-point win. (Staff Photo: John Millikan)
ALBANY — What looked to be an indisputable drubbing by Dougherty suddenly turned into a contest.
Trailing the Lady Trojans by double digits for much of the game, the Terrell County Lady Greenwave came alive during crunch time and appeared to be line for an early-season comeback.
Trailing by two points with three and a half minutes in regulation, Terrell County pushed the ball up the court where Timarius Whiting pulled up for the go-ahead 3-pointer. But her shot brushed left, and the Lady Greenwave failed to get any closer, losing 51-39 in the opening day of the DOCO Thanksgiving Shootout at Westover High School.
“I’m proud of my team for how (they) fought back,” Terrell County head coach Tammy Ware said. “Our defense picked up, and we were a little more focused in the second half. We settled into our offense and got a few more open shots.”
Marred by inexcusable turnovers and overall lethargic play, the Lady Greenwave did not look ready to play at the onset of the game. Led by Amber Ward, who scored seven of the Lady Trojans’ first nine points and finished with 12, Dougherty quickly pulled away and seemed well on its way to a rout.
But, as Dougherty head coach Charlene Jackson explained, the narrative of the game changed after the first quarter.
“Second quarter we did not play up to par,” she said. “It was until the last three minutes of the game when Terrell County was down by two … that got their attention. Terrell County has been working hard to get better, but we did not play the kind of basketball that I expected us to play.
“Granted we won the game, but my challenge to my players is to always do your best and work harder to get better every game.”
Takiya Davis also had 12 points for the Lady Trojans, while reigning Herald Player of the Year Ra’Keta Shelton led the team in scoring with 15 points. But her performance did not come without some sharp criticism from her coach.
“Everyone knows I can do better,” Shelton said. “Missing layups — I miss free throws every now and then, but I should not miss layups so that’s why she got on my case.”
Shelton was not the only one who dealt with in-game reproach. Much like Dougherty, Terrell County’s leading scorer was admonished by her coach.
“I commend her for her efforts, but as a (player) she has to get more mentally tough,” Ware said of Whiting, who finished with 12 points. “She is a returning starter, so my expectations for her are a little higher.”
Brittany Williams added 10 points, while Takandris Jordan and Takerian Jordan had nine and six points, respectively.
EARLY COUNTY 61, ALBANY HIGH 38: It was too little, too late for the Albany Lady Indians who fell to the Lady Bobcats of Early County at the DOCO Thanksgiving Shootout at Westover High School.
Doomed by an early run from the Lady Bobcats and a slew of turnovers, the Lady Indians never cranked it up until the fourth quarter. Attempts at making a run themselves were quickly halted by Early County’s Tynicia McCoy, who had a game-high 24 points.
Dorian White chipped in eight points, and Destiny Reed scored six points.
Alondra Calhoun led Albany with 16 points, Julyssa Brown dropped in nine points, and China Marcus added seven points.
MONROE 74, BAINBRIDGE 51: Key Key Price scored a season-high 30 points and knocked down 15 of 20 free throws to lead the Lady Tornadoes to an easy win Friday in the DOCO Thanksgiving Shootout.
Monroe, which improved to 3-0, pulled ahead 22-6 after the first quarter and never looked back.
Jomekia Morine added 14 points and Cedrianna Waters chipped in 10 points for the Lady Tornadoes, while Alex Carter (20 points) and Patra Parris (11 points) paced the Lady Bearcats.
Monroe plays Lee County at 5:30 p.m. today in Day 2 of the tournament, and Bainbridge plays host Westover at 7 p.m.