Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local Sports

February 26, 2014

Raiders take opener of Region 3 Tournament, fall in Championship

ALBANY — The number one seed Southland Raiders are probably not too disappointed to have the Region 3 Tournament in their rear view mirror. After coming from 12 points down to win their opener against No. 4 seed Brookwood, Southland was never able to get the offense going in the championship game as they fell to Tiftarea 42-37.

In their Friday night semifinal contest against Brookwood, Southland found themselves trailing 12-0 after a big three point basket by Tyler Thompson extended their Warriors game-opening run to double digits. William Oster finally put the first point on the board for the Raiders with a free throw, and Keyon Stone, Geoffrey McDonald, and Michael Volley all hit field goals to help Southland end the first period on a 6-2 run.

The Raiders finally woke up in the second period with a dominant performance on offense and defense to storm back ahead of the Warriors. After opening the frame on a 10-2 run, Volley completed a steal and transition score to tie the game at 19 late in the period. Volley then put Southland on top by stealing a Brookwood pass and dishing to Stone, whose lay-up put the Raiders ahead for the first time, 21-19, going into the halftime break.

In the third, Brookwood cut the Raiders lead to 27-26, but another 4-0 run to end the period extended their lead back to 31-26 entering the fourth period. In the final frame, Southland maintained their advantage all the way to the final buzzer and a 46-38 semifinal win.

Volley finished the game with a team-high 14 points, followed closely by Stone with 13. Taylor Weldon also pitched in eight crucial points in the win.

With a semifinal win in the books, Southland met Tiftarea in the championship game following the Panthers’ upset of Deerfield-Windsor on Friday night. Although the teams began the game going toe-to-toe, a great second half performance from the Panthers was enough to earn the region title.

Southland and Tiftarea each scored nine points in the opening period of the title game, but the Panthers were able to outscore the Raiders 10-9 in the second period to claim a 19-18 halftime advantage. Although Southland attempted to reclaim the lead in the second half, Tiftarea kept the pressure up and outscored the Raiders 8-6 in the third period and 15-13 in the fourth period to complete their miraculous championship run with a 42-37 victory.

Volley added another big performance in the championship game, scoring 18 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Stone was the only other Raider to finish in double digits with 10 points.

A lot of the Raiders’ woes in the final game came from their tough luck from the floor. Southland shot just 23 percent from the field, and it could not have come at a worse time.

“That was probably the worst offensive game we have had all year,” said Raider head coach Rundy Foster. “We did not shoot the ball well, but now every team has to win four games in the state tournament and we have to take it one game at the time. We are 20-5 this season, and any year that you have 20 wins is a good year. We just didn’t have a good shooting night and we have to put it behind us quickly and get ready for state.”

Southland’s journey toward a state title will begin on Thursday evening at Tattnall Square Academy. The Region 3 No. 2 seed Raiders take on Region 4 No. 3 seed Bathesda Academy at 4 p.m., and the Raiders will play on Saturday at a time and site to be determined if they win on Thursday.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Adkins after DWS bsb game.jpg Southland rallies from eight down to stun Deerfield in region duel

    When rival schools square off on the baseball diamond, the game is never over until the final out is recorded. On Thursday night in Americus, the Southland Raiders proved the validity of that statement by coming from eight runs down in the final two innings to stun the Deerfield-Windsor Knights in a huge Region 3-AAA match-up.

    April 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • SAR girls TRC second.jpg Southland Raiders, Lady Raiders finish second in Region 3-AAA Track Meet

    Southland Academy’s Raider and Lady Raider track teams both finished as region runner-up on Wednesday, April 16 at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. The top four individual finishers in each event and top four relay teams qualified for next week's state track meet.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lady Hurricanes softball season ends with two losses to No. 8 North Georgia

    The Georgia Southwestern softball team met in a doubleheader against No. 8 North Georgia on Sunday afternoon. The Nighthawks were able to sweep the Lady 'Canes with a 5-1 win in game one and a 5-0 decision in the nightcap. With the loss and the cancellation of their match-ups with West Georgia on Tuesday, the Lady ‘Canes season ends with GSW sporting a 26-26 overall record and a 9-13 record in Peach Belt Conference action.

    April 18, 2014

  • Kendall Crew return Brookwood.jpg Southland tennis closes out regular season against Brookwood, Westwood

    The 2014 regular tennis season ended this week with one home and one road match for the Southland Academy tennis teams. After dropping both contests against Brookwood on Monday in region action, Southland wrapped up the regular season by splitting a road doubleheader with the Westwood School in Camilla on Tuesday.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brett Usry pitch at schley.jpg Usry fires two-hitter, Schley defeats Marion 4-0

    In the midst of their first losing streak of the season, the Schley County Wildcats turned to sensational sophomore pitcher Brett Usry on Tuesday evening to put their team back on the winning track. Usry delivered for the ‘Cats, tossing a complete-game, two-hit shutout to ground the Marion County Eagles and improve Schley County’s record to 16-4 overall and 6-2 in Region 4-A competition.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • J Vickery follow thru.jpg Vickery drives in three as Panthers hammer Monroe

    The Americus-Sumter Panthers control their own playoff destiny thanks to a big win over Monroe at home last Friday night. Due in large part to junior catcher Justin Vickery’s three-hit, three-RBI performance against the Tornados, the Panthers made sure that they can claim the number four seed in Region 1-AAAA by sweeping Dougherty County at home on Tuesday and defeating Westover (or losing by less than three runs) Friday on the road.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lady_Jet_Coco_Crokett-4-14.jpg South Georgia Tech signs Shaquoia “Coco” Crockett

    Shaquoia “Coco” Crockett of Hinesville, who was labeled as Georgia’s and the South’s Top 2014 point guard by Kenny Kallina and the Florida Georgia Basketball travel group,  has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at South Georgia Technical College for the 2014-15 season, announced Lady Jets head basketball coach James Frey.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Murray_Ethridge-3-14.jpg Anthony Ethridge and Shameekia Murray selected as NJCAA All-Americans

    South Georgia Technical College’s Anthony “Duke” Ethridge and Shameekia “Polly” Murray, were both selected as National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) 2013–14 Division I second team All-American basketball players recently, announced South Georgia Technical College Athletic Director and Jets head basketball coach Steven Wright and Lady Jets head basketball coach James Frey.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Post-Charlotte 4 Wide - Star Racing - Chaz Kennedy.jpg Star Racing continues No. 1 qualifier sweep at Charlotte Four-Wide

    The Star Racing team has swept No. 1 qualifying in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) so far in the 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series following last weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. This marks the fifth career No. 1 qualifier for the team’s racer Michael Ray as he also set a new track ET record at zMAX Dragway over the weekend.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Quinn shot SHER 2014.jpg Sherwood pulls away from Lady Raiders with strong second half

    It’s been an up and down season for the Southland Academy Lady Raiders soccer team. After a strong start in the Sherwood Invitational Tournament to open the season, the Lady Raiders have had luck go against them in their recent games. That trend continued on Monday night in Americus, when a much-improved Sherwood Lady Eagle squad scored four second half goals to pull away from Southland and claim a 6-0 win.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar