THOMASVILLE — Last season, the only Region 1-AA loss for the Pelham Lady Hornets came at the hands of rival Thomasville.
This season, Thomasville didn’t have a chance against The Herald No. 1 Lady Hornets.
Pelham swept the season series against Thomasville on Friday with a 76-37 victory to improve to 20-0 overall and move to within a game of clinching the regular-season Region 1-AA crown.
Quaelranique Franklin led all scorers with 29 points, followed by Herald Super 6er Briunna Freeman’s 12 points and Hillary Williams’ 11 points. Freshman Mahogany Brown added five points and hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the second quarter to give Pelham a 39-24 halftime lead. In the second half, Pelham outscored Thomasville, 38-13.
The Lady Hornets will have a shot to clinch the Region 1-AA title tonight at home against Early County.
PELHAM BOYS 58, THOMASVILLE 47: The Hornets (17-3, 8-0 Region 1-AA) won their 12th straight game and are now one game away from clinching the regular-season region title.
Duntrez Moore and Jaquan Green led Pelham with 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Hornets led by just three points at the end of the third quarter but outscored Thomasville 23-15 in the fourth.
SEMINOLE COUNTY BOYS 100, MITCHELL COUNTY 76: What began as one of Seminole County’s slowest games of the season turned into a special night in Donalsonville.
The Indians, who trailed 15-3 midway through the first quarter, hit the gas in the second quarter and sped away from rival Mitchell County. It was Seminole County’s first game since losing to Calhoun County last Saturday and dropping from No. 1 all the way out of The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll, and the Indians seemingly had a statement to make Friday against the Eagles.
Trailing by four after the first quarter, Seminole County outscored Mitchell County 27-11 in the second quarter and 29-14 in the third quarter to take an 82-53 lead into the fourth quarter, where the Indians were able to put it on cruise control.
Six players scored in double figures for Seminole County: Jordan Harris 24, Anfernee King 18, Jahmyka Pearson 15, Jamal Martin 14, Robert Speights 13 and Jamarkus Gray 10. Mitchell County’s leading scorers were Bruce Bryant with 23 points and Chris Wouman with 21 points.
BAINBRIDGE BOYS 62, NORTHSIDE-COLUMBUS 55: The Bearcats knocked off Region 1-AAAAA top-dog Northside-Columbus in its own gym thanks to a game-high 27 points from Herald Super 6er Tyree Crump.
With the game tied 26-26 at halftime, Bainbridge broke it open in the third quarter and jumped ahead by as many as 10 points.
Northside stormed back in the fourth quarter and eventually cut Bainbridge’s lead to three with 1:32 left, but the Bearcats held on to improve to 14-7 overall and 5-2 in the region. Bainbridge, with is now just half a game out of first place in the region standings, plays again today against Hardaway.
LEE COUNTY BOYS 56, HARRIS COUNTY 52: The Trojans also improved to 5-2 in Region 1-AAAAA play with a come-from-behind win against Harris County.
Down by six at halftime and two after the third quarter, the Trojans surged ahead in the final eight minutes to improve to 11-9 overall and 5-2 in the region.
Herald Super 6er Aaron May led the way with 21 points, while Amir Williams added 11 points for the Trojans.
DWS SPLITS WITH TIFTAREA: The Deerfield-Windsor boys picked up a 60-34 GISA Region 3-AAA victory against Tiftarea, while the Lady Knights lost, 46-42.
In the boys game, Christian Wallace and Chandler Matthews scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Knights (13-4, 2-0), who jumped ahead early and took a 19-point lead into halftime.
In the girls game, Jordan Lane scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Lady Knights (7-11, 1-1), who led by two points going into the fourth quarter but were outscored 21-15 in the final eight minutes. Deerfield, which hadn’t played in 14 days, also got 11 points from Nyla Perry.
EARLY COUNTY BOYS 77, BROOKS COUNTY 35: The Bobcats routed Brooks County to improve to 7-12 overall and 7-3 in Region 1-AA heading into tonight’s game against first-place Pelham.
Qubilah Hall and Dentavious Thornton both scored 16 points to lead Early County, while Javarious Thornton added 13.
TERRELL ACADEMY SWEEPS SGA: The Terrell Academy boys and girls picked up a pair of GISA Region 3-AA wins Friday against rival Southwest Georgia Academy.
The TAE boys (11-6, 4-0) won, 50-29, and were led by Raleigh Carlson (21 points) and Coner Walsh (12).
In the girls game, TAE (12-6, 3-1) cruised to a 54-19 victory and was led by Alana McCook (11) and Marilauren Farr (9). Jessie Oliver scored 12 points to lead the SGA Lady Warriors.
WESTWOOD SWEEPS VALWOOD: Late Thursday, the Westwood basketball teams got a pair of GISA Region 3-AA wins against Valwood.
The Lady Wildcats improved to 13-1 overall and 4-0 in the region with a 56-11 rout of Valwood after jumping ahead 40-2 at the end of the first half.
Rachel Harrell and Callie Smith led Westwood with 17 and eight points, respectively.
The Westwood boys won their second game of the season, 48-40, behind 23 points from Collier Baggett and 12 points from JT Edore.