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FRIDAY’S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Lady Hornets make statement in Region 1-AA with win vs. Thomasville

Briunna Freeman

Briunna Freeman

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Brandi Buie

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Tyree Crump

PELHAM — The Herald No. 1 Lady Hornets improved to 11-0 overall and 3-0 in Region 1-AA with another easy victory Friday night, beating Thomasville 51-37.

Pelham, the lone undefeated girls team left in Southwest Georgia, went into halftime tied 23-23 but pulled away in the fourth quarter — where the Lady Hornets outscored Thomasville 15-7 — to beat the Lady Bulldogs.

Thomasville, which advanced to the Class AA Final Four last season, was the lone Region 1-AA team to beat Pelham last season.

On Friday, Herald Super 6er Briunna Freeman scored 18 points to lead Pelham, while point guard Hillary Williams added 13 points.

Pelham plays again today at Fitzgerald, which is winless in Region 1-AA play.

PELHAM BOYS 62, THOMASVILLE 55: The Hornets improved to 3-0 in Region 1-AA and 8-3 overall with the victory.

Darius Spence led the way with 15 points, while Jaquan Green and Shaquille Crimley scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Pelham, which plays again today at Fitzgerald.

SEMINOLE COUNTY BOYS 88, MITCHELL COUNTY 60: Visiting Seminole County took control early and never looked back to improve to 10-1 and 3-0 Region 1-A South play.

Herald Super 6er Jordan Harris led the way with a game with 27 points. Jamarkus Gray and Anfernee King finished with 16 points each, while Jamal Martin added 11 and Jahmyka Pearson finished with 10 points.

Mitchell County was led by Quentin Thomas’ 19 points, while Bruce Bryant finished with 16.

Herald No. 3 Seminole County plays Quitman County tonight.

R-C SWEEPS STEWART: The Herald No. 5 Randolph-Clay girls dominated Stewart County on Friday with a 94-33 victory behind 33 points from Brandi Buie and 32 points from Super 6er Kobi Thornton. Brianna Thornton added 10 points for the Lady Red Devils, who are now 10-1 overall.

The Randolph-Clay boys improved to 10-3 with a 58-53 win against Stewart County. Super 6er Gary McCrae scored a game-high 22 points, and Cornelius Bennett added nine points.

Both Randolph-Clay teams play again today at home against Early County.

LEE COUNTY GIRLS 50, HARDAWAY 38: The Lady Trojans won their Region 1-AAAAA opener behind 17 points and eight rebounds from Kayla Cooper, while Desja Johnson added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Maggie O’Conner chipped in 12 points.

Lee County (9-4, 1-0) plays again Tuesday at Thomas County Central.

CALHOUN COUNTY STAYS UNDEFEATED: DaJohn Williams led the way for the Cougars with 17 points to help Calhoun County win 67-55 against Terrell County.

The Herald No. 4 Cougars remain Southwest Georgia’s lone undefeated team at 12-0 and play next today at Lanier County.

Also scoring in double figures for the Cougars were Sherrod Williams (16 points) and Quenton Taylor (15).

MITCHELL GIRLS 68, SEMINOLE 44: The Lady Eagles stayed perfect in their subregion of Region 1-A with a convincing win against the Lady Indians.

Mitchell County (10-4, 2-0) was led by A’Mircale Jones’ 21 points, while Shonbreka Holton added 10 points.

Seminole County, which trailed 35-13 at halftime, was led by Kerra Shirley, who scored 21 points.

Mitchell County plays again today at home against Webster County, while Seminole County hosts Stewart County tonight.

BAINBRIDGE BOYS 74, HARRIS COUNTY 69: The Bearcats overcame a 37-30 halftime deficit to win their Region 1-AAAAA opener and get their third straight victory.

Bainbridge (8-5) was led by Super 6er Tyree Crump’s 26 points, while Mike Jones (16 points) and Travon Shaw (15 points, 10 rebounds) also had big games.

Bainbridge overcame a 37-30 halftime deficit to take the lead in the third quarter and never look back. The Bearcats play again today at home against Northside Columbus.

EARLY COUNTY GIRLS 72, BROOKS COUNTY 67: Early County (6-6, 2-2 Region 1-AA) pulled out a key region victory over Brooks County Friday night. But they needed two overtime periods to do it.

Behind 31 points from Tynicia McCoy, the Lady Bobcats won a thriller. McCoy also finished with seven rebounds.

LaToya Eaford added 14 points and five rebounds, Aubrey Brackins finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while Shakerria Wade didn’t finish in double figures but her eight points were key.

“The girls’ defense won the ball game,” Early County girls coach Kimmie Graham said. “They fought to the end to come up with the win. That was a big win for us. The Lady Bobcats realized that defense is what it is going to take them through this region.”

DEERFIELD-WINDSOR BOYS 79, DOMINION CHRISTIAN 43: Deerfield-Windsor won its fifth straight game behind 21 points from Christian Wallace. Dee Barber added 16, Chap Ivey tossed in 12 and Jay Barber finished with 10 to lead the Knights.

The Knights (8-3) travel to Newnan today to play Heritage in a nonregion game.

DEERFIELD GIRLS 46, DOMINION CHRISTIAN 9: The Lady Knights held host Dominion Christian scoreless in the second quarter and to just two points in the first half en route to an easy 37-point win.

Kelsey King was Deerfield’s lone player in double figures with 14 points. The Lady Knights (5-8) play again today at Heritage Christian.

CRISP ACADEMY GIRLS 46, TERRELL ACADEMY 36: Herald Super 6er Madi Mitchell scored 17 points to lead the Lady Wildcats to a 10-point non-region victory.

Also leading the way for Crisp (13-2) was Kayla Childers (10 points), Parker Krause (9) and Mary Margaret McGarr (7). The Lady Wildcats play again Monday at Tiftarea.

WESTWOOD GIRLS 56, GEORGIA CHRISTIAN 29: Rachel Harrell scored 23 points to lead the Lady Wildcats, who also saw the return of senior leader Morgan Singleton, who saw action for the first time since an early season knee injury sidelined her.

Perra Harrell added 15 points and Lexie Davis scored eight points for Westwood, which is 9-1 and plays again Tuesday at home against Terrell Academy.

Herald sports editor John Millikan and preps reporter Tim Morse contributed to this report