A three-pointer from Walker Sloan with seven seconds to play secured the No. 2 seed in the region tournament for Georgia Christian. The Generals will host the tournament, which starts Tuesday.
Sloan's bucket allowed the Generals (12-8, 6-2) to squeeze out a one-point win, 47-46, at Crisp Academy on Friday. He finished with 10 points and Derek Broome, who came in averaging 3.3 points a game, ended up with a team-high 15. Sophomore Dustin Jeffords added 12 in a game that was an uphill struggle all night.
Georgia Christian trailed all of the way, by as many as 12, before taking the lead on a Sloan three with 3:14 to go in the third. That put the Generals up 33-32, but Crisp led 36-35 to start the fourth. The lead changed hands four more times, including a three that put Wildcats up 46-44 with 1:10 remaining, before Sloan's dramatics.
The Georgia Christian girls got the better of Crisp at home a month ago, but didn't fair as well in Cordele on Friday. The Wildcats thumped the Generals, 50-35, although Georgia Christian should retain the No. 2 seed entering the region tournament. Carley Hamilton scored 26 for the Wildcats, while Chaeli Nelson and Nicole Renfro each had 12 for the Generals (12-8, 7-3).
The previous meeting went to Georgia Christian, 53-51, in overtime in Dasher.
Eight isn't enough for Clinch
The Panthers pummeled Miller County, the No. 10 in Class A, by 30 points on Friday to earn their eighth straight victory, 79-49. As has been the case throughout the run, Clinch managed to turn offense into defense. The Panthers also had Boris Lee, who couldn't be contained inside.
It's been a fantastic week for Lee, who signed a football scholarship with Troy on Wednesday then scored a season-high 27 points on Friday.
"He did a tremendous job on the boards and got a lot of offensive rebounds and putbacks," Clinch coach Nick Gast said. "We were going in to him a lot, and he finished everything."
The Panthers, who had a single turnover in the first half, improved to 11-4 in the region and 14-7 overall. Miller, which beat Clinch by nine at home in the first meeting, dropped just its sixth game of the season. A Clinch win vs. Seminole and a Miller loss to Echols County today would tie the two teams for second in Region 1-A, necessitating a tiebreaker before next week's region tournament.
Bulldogs bitten in region play
In Lakeland, Lanier High's boys lost to Seminole County, 78-50, Friday in Region 1-A play.
Seminole was led by Travis Williams' 21 points, while Baccairi Rambo scored 14.
T.J. Brown scored 15 to lead Lanier and Greg Sealey and Sylvester West added 12 each.
Lanier's varsity ends the regular season today at Turner County.
Valiants can't take champs
The Valwood girls basketball team couldn't overthrow region champion Fullington, losing 58-25 to close the Valiants regular season. Logan Marshall led Valwood with nine points.
The Valiants (2-18) begin the region tournament Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Brookwood, which swept the two regular-season meetings. The boys face host Fullington after the girls at 7:30 p.m.
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