CUTHBERT — The Randolph-Clay and Mitchell County girls basketball teams stayed on track to meet in the Region 1-A championship game with a pair of quarterfinal wins on Tuesday.
The No. 1 seed and Herald No. 5 Lady Red Devils blew out Calhoun County, 68-12, while No. 2 seed Mitchell County cruised to a 73-46 win against Seminole County.
Mitchell County will face off against Webster County in Friday’s semifinals at 4 p.m., while Randolph-Clay will play Quitman County at 7 p.m. The winner of the two semifinals will earn automatic bids to the Class A state tournament and will play in Saturday night’s region championship game.
Randolph-Clay’s victory was never in doubt as the Lady Red Devils (21-4) jumped out to a 19-3 lead after the first quarter, held Calhoun County scoreless in the second quarter and led 45-3 at halftime.
Randolph-Clay star guard Brandi Buie, a former Calhoun County player, led all scorers with 18 points, while Shanice Jackson added 13 points. Calhoun County’s Destiny McIntyre led the Lady Cougars with six points.
The Mitchell County Lady Eagles (22-5) also jumped out to a quick start and led Seminole County 26-8 after the first quarter and 52-20 at halftime. Mitchell’s leading scorers were Shonbreka Holton (14), A’Miracle Jones (14) and Myesha Williams (11), while Zibiah Arline scored a game-high 19 points to lead Seminole County, which also got 10 points from Shy’meshia Hopkins.
In Region 1-A’s other two girls quarterfinals, No. 6 Webster County upset No. 3 Terrell County, 53-45, and No. 4 Quitman County beat No. 5 Miller County, 47-40.
Alicia Parham led Webster with 31 points, and Mallory Diamond scored 21 points to lead Miller County. Top scorers for Terrell County and Quitman County were not available.
EARLY COUNTY ADVANCES: The No. 3 seed Lady Bobcats kept their season alive with a 64-58 overtime victory against Brooks County on Tuesday.
Brooks County’s Carrie Grisson hit a game-tying layup in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime, where Early County outscored Brooks 14-8 to advance to Thursday’s Region 1-AA semifinal game against No. 2 seed Thomasville. The victory also clinched a berth in the Class AA state tournament for the Lady Bobcats.
Tynicia McCoy led Early County with 27 points, followed by teammates Latoya Eaford (13) and Shakerria Wade (9).
DEERFIELD SWEEPS BROOKWOOD: In regular season GISA action, the Deerfield-Windsor boys and girls picked up a pair of Region 3-AAA victories on Tuesday.
The DWS boys avenged a loss last weekend to Brookwood with a 66-35 victory on the road, while the Lady Knights won, 43-34, for their fourth victory in a row.
In the boys game, Dee Barber (14 points), Justin Eady (10 points, 12 rebounds) and Chandler Matthews (10 points) led Deerfield, which jumped on Brookwood early and took a 40-20 lead into halftime.
“We came out and played with a lot of energy,” DWS coach Gordy Gruhl said. “It was nice to see them rebound (from Saturday’s loss) the way they did.”
The Knights (15-6, 3-2) can clinch the second seed in next week’s region tournament with a victory in Friday’s regular-season finale at home against Tiftarea.
In the girls game, Nyla Perry led the way with 16 points, five steals and eight assists and helped the Lady Knights move back to .500.
Deerfield (11-11, 3-2) also got seven points each from Gabby Burt and Jordan Lane.