Calhoun County's Devorris Haynes (12) and Quenton Taylor (3) defend Seminole County's Jamarkus Gray (3) Saturday night in the first half at Calhoun County High School. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
EDISON — The capacity, sellout crowd at Calhoun County High School made a statement Saturday night.
Calhoun County wants the rest of Region 1-A and Southwest Georgia to know they can play a little basketball, too.
The home-standing Cougars took command during the second quarter, then stunned Herald No. 1 Seminole County 79-66 in a key region game that really wasn’t close.
Calhoun County (17-1) snapped Seminole County’s nine-game winning streak and established themselves as the team to beat with just two weeks left in the regular season.
“We just believe in each other and what we have,” Calhoun County coach Marcus Shaw said.
The Cougars built an eight-point lead in the second quarter, then with the exception of a couple of short runs by Seminole to cut the deficit to a point, they ran away with the victory.
Calhoun was sizzling from the floor as Seminole had no answer for the Cougars’ perimeter game.
Calhoun used a box-and-one defense on Seminole County and Herald Super 6er Jordan Harris and Indians coach Kevin Godwin said his team did not do a good job of responding.
“No other players stepped up and we didn’t do a good job of countering it,” Godwin said. “In the middle of third after we made a little run, they made a little run and once they got the lead to eight and 12 points, we didn’t have an answer.”
Calhoun won the game with four players leading the way in double figures. DaJohn Williams led with 17 points, while Quenton Taylor added 16. Sherrod Williams and Reginald Ross finished with 15 points each.
The Cougars finished off Seminole to start the fourth quarter. Leading 51-46, Ross converted a three-point play to open the quarter, then he added a putback to extend Calhoun’s lead to double figures at 56-46 with 7:28 left.
Then they turned things over to their defense.
With Harris held in check, Calhoun didn’t allow Seminole to score a basket from the floor until Jamarkus Gray’s putback at the 3:48 mark. His basket snapped a streak of 12 straight missed attempts.
Seminole finished the final quarter shooting a paltry 20 percent (4-of-20) from the field. Godwin credited Calhoun’s defense with his team’s shooting woes.
“We didn’t shoot well enough from the floor or the free throw line to win the game,” he said. “Give Calhoun and coach Shaw a lot of credit. We knew it was going to be tough to come in here and win.”
Anfernee King led Seminole County (14-2) with 19 points, while Harris tossed in 17. Jahmyka Pearson added 15 while Gray had 11 points.
It was a huge win for the Cougars, who are sure to move up in the Class A public school power rankings. The highest ranked boys team in the final power rankings will play host to the Region 1-A Tournament.
SEMINOLE COUNTY GIRLS 58, CALHOUN COUNTY 47: Four players finished in double figures to lead Seminole County to a Region 1-A victory over Calhoun County.
Chelsia Adams and Kerra Shirley led the way for the Lady Indians with 13 points apiece, while Dejah Martin and Shymeshia Hopkins added 11 points each. Seminole trailed by a point at halftime, then gradually pulled away in the final quarter for the win.
The loss spoiled Calhoun’s Destiny McIntyre’s 18-point performance. JaQuela Bradley added 16 for the Lady Cougars.