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TUESDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Pelham girls stay perfect, improve to 21-0

Briunna Freeman

Briunna Freeman

Lee County alone in first place after win at Hardaway

COLUMBUS — With Bainbridge’s overtime loss to Thomas County Central on Tuesday, the Lee County boys claimed sole possession of first place in the Region 1-AAAAA standings with a 37-34 victory against Hardaway.

Tuesday’s Region 1-AAAAA verdicts mean that the Trojans can clinch the regular-season region title and a No. 1 seed in the region tournament with a win tonight against Bainbridge. A Bearcats’ win will put Bainbridge, Lee County and Northside-Columbus in a three-way tie on top of the region standings.

In Tuesday’s game, the Trojans jumped out to an 11-2 lead after the first quarter and never trailed after that — however, Hardaway did make a late charge in the fourth quarter to make things interesting.

Herald Super 6er Aaron May scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Trojans in the low-scoring game.

THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL BOYS 68, BAINBRIDGE 65 (OT): The Bearcats needed a game-tying 3-pointer from Supre 6er Tyree Crump with 12 seconds left to force overtime, but Bainbridge’s comeback fell short in the extra session after another game-tying trey missed as time expired in OT.

Crump scored 19 points and Stephen Johnson added 13 points for the Bearcats, who fell out of first place in the Region 1-AAAAA standings and will need a win tonight in Leesburg to force a three-way tie for the No. 1 seed in next week’s region tournament.

PELHAM — The perfect season continued Tuesday in Pelham, where The Herald No. 1 Lady Hornets improved to 21-0 with an 83-38 victory against Fitzgerald.

Pelham, which clinched the No. 1 seed in the Region 1-AA tournament with a win Saturday against Early County, is also 10-0 in region play.

Super 6er Briunna Freeman controlled the game with 21 points, while Hillary Williams added 16 points and Mahogany Brown scored 14 points.

The Lady Hornets, who outscored Fitzgerald 40-15 in the second half to pull away, play Berrien tonight at home during Senior Night.

MONROE GIRLS 78, RANDOLPH-CLAY 69 (OT): It was a thriller Tuesday night in Cuthbert between two of Southwest Georgia’s top girls teams.

But in the end, Monroe’s Key Key Price stole the show.

Herald Super 6er Price scored 22 of her game-high 41 points in the fourth quarter to help The Herald No. 2 Lady Tornadoes overcome a nine-point deficit and force overtime, where they ran away from No. 4 Randolph-Clay for a nine-point victory.

Monroe’s Shanice Jackson hit a shot with six seconds left in regulation to tie the game, sending it into OT. Lynsey Washington scored 13 points for Monroe, and Treasure Frazier added 11 points. Herald Super 6er Kobie Thornton led Randolph-Clay with 26 points, while Brandi Buie scored 20 points.

PELHAM BOYS 71, FITZGERALD 18: The Herald No. 5 Hornets extended their winning streak to 14 with another dominating win.

Twelve players scored for Pelham, including Shaquille Crimley, who nearly outscored Fitzgerald himself with 17 points

HARDAWAY GIRLS 51, LEE COUNTY 46: Lee County’s Kayla Cooper scored 18 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Lady Trojans, who fell to 13-9 overall and 5-4 in Region 1-AAAAA.

Desja Johnson added 10 points and seven rebounds for Lee County, which is in action again today at home against rival Bainbridge.

SOUTHLAND GIRLS 64, BYNE CHRISTIAN 46: The Lady Raiders easily defeated Byne Christian on Tuesday, but Byne’s Heather Horne was still able to cement her legacy as the program’s all-time leading scorer in both boys and girls basketball.

Horne, a senior, scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to finish her career with 1,348 total points. The previous record at Byne was 1,303 career points from Andy Bass.

Also scoring in double digits Tuesday for Byne (5-12) was Grace Hanniford with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Stats for Southland were not provided.

TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 53, FULLINGTON ACADEMY 40: The visiting Lady Eagles improved to 13-6 overall with Tuesday’s non-region victory.

Marilauren Farr led Terrell Academy with 22 points, and Tessa Jordan added 10 points. The Eagles play again Friday at home against Westwood.

ALBANY SPLITS WITH AMERICUS: Tyler Cheese and Jordan Young both scored 13 points to lead the Indians to a 65-55 Region 1-AAAA victory Tuesday against Americus-Sumter, while the host Americus girls routed the Squaws, 57-21.

In the boys game, Dezmond Newberry also scored 12 for Albany, while Americus was led by Mekall Yancie (13), DJ Harris (12) and Ja’Mier Crumbley (10).

Timia Swanson led the Americus-Sumter girls with 21 points.

DOUGHERTY GIRLS 70, CAIRO 58: Takiya Davis (22 points), Ra'Keta Shelton (18) and Amber Ward (13) had big nights for the Lady Trojans, who picked up a key Region 1-AAAA victory on Tuesday.