AMERICUS — Everybody in Americus-Sumter’s gymnasium thought that D.J. Harris had tied Friday night’s game against Herald No. 4 Worth County with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Even the scoreboard was saying the Region 1-AAAA thriller was going into overtime at 60-60.
But after a discussion by the officials with the gym in a frenzy, it was ruled that Harris’ foot was on the line for the last-second shot, which sent Worth County home with a 60-59 victory.
The victory kept Worth County (15-4, 8-2) in first place in the region standings, while Americus-Sumter’s four-game winning streak was snapped.
Herald Super 6er Anfernee McLemore finished with his second triple-double of the season with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks for Worth County. Brandon Moore also scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Rams.
Worth County’s Quan Collier scored five points in the last minute to give the Rams a four-point lead, but with a few seconds left on the clock, Americus-Sumter went to the free-throw line, where the Panthers hit the first shot to cut Worth County’s lead to three points but intentionally missed the second shot.
Harris grabbed the rebound and stepped back for the game-tying 3-pointer as time expired — but his foot ultimately didn’t make it behind the arc.
WESTOVER BOYS 66, ALBANY 47: The Herald No. 2 Patriots easily beat Albany behind 14 points from Jordan Floyd and 11 from Timothy White.
Malik Dungee-Ali (19) and Tyler Cheese (13) led Albany High.
EARLY COUNTY BOYS 58, THOMASVILLE 57: Early County’s Malik Thornton hit a step-back floater with eight seconds left to win the game for the Bobcats, who improved to 5-3 in Region 1-AA.
Thornton led the way with 16 points, followed by Javarious Thornton (13) and Qubilah Hall (13).
TURNER COUNTY BOYS 74, CRISP COUNTY 63: Herald Super 6er Javoris Cooks scored 17 points for the Cougars, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped.
Also scoring in double figures for Herald No. 3 Crisp County were Davion Harvey (14) and Rashad Buckholts (12).
PELHAM BOYS 49, COOK 34: Pelham won its 10th straight game with a convincing Region 1-AA victory over Cook.
The Hornets were led by Shaquille Crimley’s 11 points, while Joshua Russell added 10 as Pelham improved to 14-3 and 7-0 in Region 1-AA play.
They host Mitchell County tonight at 7:30 p.m.
RANDOLPH-CLAY BOYS 58, QUITMAN COUNTY 44: The Herald No. 5 Red Devils stayed hot with their sixth straight win and their 11th victory in their last 12 games.
Super 6er Gary McCrae led all scorers with 22 points, while teammate Cornelius Bennett scored 16.
The Red Devils (15-3) play again tonight against Miller County.
LEE COUNTY BOYS 63, THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL 52: Lee County moved back to .500 with a key Region 1-AAAAA victory over Thomas County Central.
Herald Super 6er Aaron May finished with a game-high 26 points to lead the Trojans. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Derek Jones added 12 points and five rebounds.
Lee (9-9, 3-2 region) plays host to Harris County in its final home game tonight at 8:30 p.m.
CALHOUN COUNTY BOYS 71, WEBSTER COUNTY 51: Calhoun County ran its record to 17-1 by defeating Webster County.
Deante Scott led the way for the Cougars with 17 points, while DaJohn Williams added 14.
Calhoun County plays host to Seminole County in a key Region 1-A contest tonight at 7:30 p.m.
SEMINOLE COUNTY 79, BAKER COUNTY 35: Seminole County won its ninth straight game by downing Baker County on the road.
The Indians (14-1) had four players finish in double figures. Jordan Harris led the way with a game-high 20 points. Alex Fudge added 14, while Jahmyka Pearson finished with 12. Justin Hopkins tossed in 11 points.
Baker County was led by Jaleel Freeman’s 14 points.
BAINBRIDGE BOYS 70, HARRIS COUNTY 57: The Bearcats improved to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in Region 1-AAAAA play with a big win over Harris County.
Herald Super 6er Tyree Crump led the way with a game-high 22 points for Bainbridge. Stephen Johnson added 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Devontae Jones finished with 10 points.
TERRELL ACADEMY BOYS 72, VALWOOD 53: Coner Walsh scored a career-high 33 points to help the Eagles stay undefeated in GISA Region 3-AA.
Walsh nailed five 3-pointers and was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line for Terrell Academy, which is 10-6 overall and 3-0 in the region.
Other top scorers for Terrell Academy were Raleigh Carlson with 15 points and Gable Freeman with 12 points.
Westover girls build big lead, rout Albany High
ALBANY — Westover’s Lady Patriots maintained their hold on third place in the Region 1-AAAA standings by dismantling Albany High 47-14 Friday night at Darton State College.
The Lady Patriots (15-4, 6-3) remained a game behind Crisp County in the standings. Crisp played a non-region game on Friday.
Westover took control early and never looked back. Achanti Layfield led the way with a game-high 14 points for The Herald No. 3 Lady Patriots.
Albany High was led by Alondra Calhoun’s 10 points.
CRISP COUNTY GIRLS 51, TURNER COUNTY 48: Avenging a loss to Turner County two weeks ago, the Lady Cougars stayed hot with a three-point win behind 17 points from Kayla Green.
After leading for the entire game, Crisp County fell behind midway through the fourth quarter, but Green reclaimed the lead with a 3-point play, and the Lady Cougars never trailed again.
Dee Dee Williams and Herald Super 6er Nasheema Oliver added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lady Cougars, who hit 17-of-24 free throws in their fourth straight win. Crisp (11-8) plays again tonight against Monroe in a battle between the top two teams in Region 1-AAAA.
AMERICUS-SUMTER GIRLS 50, WORTH COUNTY 30: Americus-Sumter, with the help of Dougherty’s loss to Monroe, moved into fourth place in the Region 1-AAAA standings with Friday’s win.
Jakayla Stevenson and Amber Stewart led Americus (9-10, 5-6) with 12 points apiece, while Timia Swanson added 11 points. Lindsey Toneygay led Worth County (4-12, 1-9) with 10 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks.
PELHAM GIRLS 60, COOK 42: Three players scored in double figures to help Herald No. 1 Pelham stay unbeaten with a key Region 1-AA victory over Cook.
Briunna Freeman led the way with 16 points, Hillary Williams added 13 and Annie Franklin finished with 12 to help the Lady Hornets improve to 17-0 on the season and 7-0 in region play.
Pelham had its way the entire game. In fact, Mahogany Brown drilled a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the contest.
LEE COUNTY GIRLS 37, THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL 35: In a tight Region 1-AAAAA battle, Lee County held on for a big win over Thomas County Central.
Kayla Cooper led the way for the Lady Trojans (13-6) with 12 points, while Desja Johnson added nine points and 10 rebounds. Maggie O’Connor finished with nine points.
Guard Katherine McConnell finished with seven assists and five steals.
Lee County plays host to Harris County today at 7 p.m.
RANDOLPH-CLAY GIRLS 66, QUITMAN COUNTY 38: The Herald No. 4 Randolph-Clay girls easily defeated Quitman County on Friday thanks to 22 points from Super 6er Kobi Thornton and 18 points from Brandi Buie.
Shanice Jackson added 13 points for the Lady Red Devils, who play again today at Miller County.
WESTWOOD GIRLS 61, SOUTHWEST GEORGIA ACADEMY 27: Westwood improved to 12-1 overall and 3-0 in region play with a road win Friday night. The Harrell sisters led the way for the Lady Wildcats. Rachel Harrell finished with a game-high 23 points, while Perra Harrell added 16.
Callie Smith tossed in 11 for Westwood.
Southwest Georgia Academy was led by Jessie Oliver’s seven points.
TERRELL ACADEMY GIRLS 61, VALWOOD 48: Alana McCook scored 20 points and Tessa Jordan added 10 for the Lady Eagles, who improved to 11-6 overall and 2-1 in GISA Region 3-AA.
Josey Brown added nine points for Terrell Academy, which plays again Tuesday at Sherwood.