Worth County Middle School’s #14 N. Toomer scored on a putback shot underneath the basket with 23 seconds left to beat the Merry Acres Middle School Braves 29-27 Thursday evening at Westover. The game was played as part of the Deep South Middle School basketball tournament which began earlier this week. Worth County had won their opening game in the tournament by beating Fitzgerald on Tuesday.

Worth County opened the game with a 4-0 lead when A. Dixon nailed two opening free throws then hit a basket on the next trip down the court. Both teams had trouble getting the ball inside and neither team could hit the long shots in the first half. The Rams held an 11-8 half time lead.

To open the second half, the Braves started with full-court pressure that created problems for the Worth County ball handlers. That press gave Merry Acres several layups which the Braves put in and they picked up a 19-15 lead after three quarters. They stretched that lead to 23-16, but then Worth County came roaring back and scored the next eight points to take a 24-23 lead. Merry Acres’ Christian Brown put in two points for the Braves to take the lead back 25-24. As the clock was nearing its end, the two teams were tied 27-27 when Toomer scored to give the Rams the winning basket. The Braves had two other chances to score because of turnovers, but neither shot hit the net.

T. Williams led Merry Acres with nine points and Brown added seven. Dixon led Worth County with nine points and Toomer added six for the Rams.

In the earlier game, Radium Springs Middle School had no problem with Crisp County Middle School, winning their game easily 47-29. Radium Springs jumped out to a 16-3 lead in the first quarter and never were threatened. Steve Weaver and Justin Burns each scored nine points to lead Radium Springs. J. Johnson led Crisp County and all scorers with 18 points.

Worth County advances to play Americus, the number two seed, Saturday morning at 11:15 at Monroe High School. Radium Springs advances to play the top seed, Albany Middle School, at 1:45 p.m. at Monroe.

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