The Valdosta Daily Times
Valwood parlayed solid defense and a huge night from senior DeAndre Lambert into a 51-43 win over No. 1 seed and host Terrell Academy Thursday night in the semifinals of the GISA Region 3-AA tournament.
Lambert scored a season-high 26 points and hauled in 12 rebounds for a double-double to pace the Valiants.
Senior Carter Elliott chipped in ten points and six rebounds.
The defensive effort was also a key factor in the win. Along with strong team defense overall, sophomore Terry Carter and senior Jordan Winston put the clamps on Terrell's Connor Walsh, who was averaging 24 points per game on the season, holding him to only ten points on the night.
"Defense is what won us the ballgame tonight," said head coach Carlos Jones.
Valwood, the No. 5 seed, advances to play No. 2 seed Sherwood Christian in the championship game.
Tip off is slated for 8:30.