DAWSON — After going 0-2 in last season’s GISA Region 3-AA tournament and falling to Southwest Georgia Academy in last year’s third-place game, the Sherwood boys basketball team started the 2014 postseason off on a better foot.
The No. 2 seed Eagles held off SGA and star forward McKinley Chambless in Thursday’s semifinals for a 63-57 victory to advance to today’s region championship game against Valwood.
Chambless finished with 29 points to lead all scorers and the Warriors pulled to within three points in the final minutes, but Sherwood made free throws down the stretch to secure at least a No. 2 seed in next week’s GISA state tournament opening round.
TJ Johnson and Larrece Kelly scored 18 and 16 points, respectively, to lead Sherwood, while Tristan Moulton added 14 for the Warriors, who will play in today’s consolation game.
TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 53, SHERWOOD 35: Host Terrell Academy led by just one point at the end of the first quarter but pulled away in the second and third quarters to advance to today’s GISA Region 3-AA championship game against Westwood.
TAE’s Marilauren Farr led the way with 27 points, while teammate Olivia Rogers added 12 points. Madison Walker scored 23 points and was the lone Sherwood player in double figures.
WESTWOOD GIRLS 63, VALWOOD 19: The Region 3-AA No. 1 seed Lady Wildcats improved to 18-1 with their second win against Valwood in as many games.
Defending state champ Westwood will play Terrell Academy in today’s region championship — a rematch of last year’s region title game, which Westwood won, 70-36.
On Thursday, sisters Perra and Rachel Harrell led Westwood with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Valwood’s Hollis Waldron scored a team-high eight points.
VALWOOD BOYS 51, TERRELL ACADEMY 43: In Thursday’s late game, Valwood pulled away late to advance to today’s region title game against Sherwood thanks to 22 points from Deandre Lambert.
Terrell Academy, which was led by Raleigh Carlson’s 12 points, stayed close for much of the night and only trailed by two points at halftime, but Valwood finished strong for the eight-point victory.