CORDELE — The Crisp County girls held on to their No. 2 spot in the Region 1-AAAA standings with a come-from-behind win against Dougherty on Tuesday.
It was the Lady Cougars’ defense that made the difference down the stretch.
Facing a double-digit deficit early in the third quarter, Crisp County charged back to win 45-40. The Lady Cougars improved to 10-8 overall and 8-2 in the region, while the Lady Trojans (12-6, 4-5) stayed in fourth place in the region, falling even farther behind front runners Monroe, Crisp and Westover.
Crisp County adjusted on the defensive side in the third quarter and tied it at 31-31 heading into the fourth quarter, where the Lady Panthers outscored Dougherty 14-9.
“We kind of saw what they were trying to do with our zone and where they were trying to attack it,” Crisp coach Barrett Wilkes said. “We took that away from them and forced them to take a lot of outside shots. We took away the inside stuff.”
Kayla Green scored 15 points to lead Crisp, while Herald Super 6er Nasheema Oliver added 12 points. Dougherty was led by Super 6er Ra’Keta Shelton and Amber Ward, who scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.
CRISP BOYS 70, DOUGHERTY 65: With Crisp’s win on Tuesday and Westover’s stunning loss, the two teams are now tied for second in the Region 1-AAAA standings, one game behind Worth County.
Herald No. 3 Crisp (10-7, 7-3) was led by Super 6er Javoris Cooks and Davion Harvey, who each scored 19 points, while four players scored in double figures for the Trojans: Charles Porter (19), Montrell Sisroe (16), Shunwhaski Wheeler (12) and David Quimby (10).
Crisp coach Terry Smith was disappointed with his team’s defense after the game, but news of Westover’s controversial loss to Americus-Sumter quickly changed his tone.
“I was feeling bad because we didn’t play good defense, but that’s great news,” he said. “(The Region 1-AAAA race) still boils down to us controlling our own destiny. We just need to win and let the other chips fall where they lay.”
WORTH COUNTY BOYS 59, CAIRO 42: The Herald No. 4 Rams are now alone on top of the Region 1-AAAA standings after taking control of Tuesday’s game in the second half.
Leading by just five points at halftime after Super 6er Anfernee McLemore got into early foul trouble, Worth County outscored Cairo 35-23 in the second half to ice the victory.
Brandon Moore led the Rams with 16 points.
PELHAM GIRLS 80, BAKER COUNTY 20: The Lady Hornets were simply dominant Tuesday against Baker County, running out to a 41-2 halftime lead and cruising to a 60-point victory.
It was the third time this season that Herald No. 1 Pelham (16-0) has won by at least 60 points.
Super 6er Briunna Freeman led the Lady Hornets with 19 points, followed by Mahogany Brown (11) and Hillary Williams (10). Aneesiah Owens led Baker County with nine points.
PELHAM BOYS 65, BAKER COUNTY 18: The Hornets (13-3) won their ninth straight game in dominating fashion, holding Baker to just three second-half points.
Shaquille Crimley led Pelham with eight points in a balanced night offensively, while Dre Crimley and Duntrez Moore added seven and six points, respectively.
SHERWOOD BOYS 54, VALWOOD 48: The Eagles led throughout in Tuesday’s game to move to 2-1 in GISA Region 3-AA.
Larrece Kelley (16 points) and TJ Johnson (13) led Sherwood, which is now 12-5 overall and plays again Saturday at Southland.
SHERWOOD GIRLS 71, VALWOOD 51: The Lady Eagles picked up a region victory on the road thanks to big nights from Madison Walker, Key’yada Thomas and Michaela Hudson.
Walker led the way with 21 points and eight rebounds; Thomas added 16 points and six rebounds; and Hudson had 16 points and four rebounds.
Sherwood is now 12-5 overall and 2-1 in the region and will play again Saturday at Southland.
BAINBRIDGE BOYS 79, THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL 55: The Bearcats defended their homecourt and picked up a key Region 1-AAAAA victory on Tuesday.
Herald Super 6er Tyree Crump led the way with 24 points, and Mike Jones finished with 19 points for Bainbridge. Travon Shaw nearly had a double-double for the Bearcats, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Bainbridge (11-7, 3-2) plays again Friday at home against Harris County.