David Emanuel Academy has a new trophy to add to its case. The 2022 girls basketball team finished the season as region runner-up, going 3–1 in the region tournament last week.
Tournament action started last Tuesday as the Lady Eagles traveled to Nathanael Greene Academy in Siloam for a play-in game against Heritage.
David Emanuel won 48–31 to move on to the semifinals two days later. Scoring broke down as follows for DEA’s region tournament opener: Kyli Bell, 13 points; Emma Proctor, 10; Addalyn Terwilliger, Sarah Jo Perkins, Aubrey Williams, and Alana Tant, 6 all; and Christen McCoy, 1.
Thursday saw David Emanuel matched up against host Nat Greene for a spot in the championship, and the Lady Eagles produced 49 points to the Lady Patriots’ 37 for the win. Perkins led the way with 14 points. Molly Hammock dropped in 11, as did Proctor. Kaleigh Scarboro added 4, Bell and Tant added 3 apiece, and Williams scored the remaining 1 to round out the offensive effort.
Although the Lady Eagles were well poised to go undefeated in route to a championship win on Friday, that would not be the case. Habersham found a way to best David Emanuel, winning 63–22. Nonetheless, the Lady Eagles had played well enough to earn the No. 2 spot in Region 3-AA. Perkins was the top scorer with 7 points. Proctor had 5, Bell had 3, and Williams and Scarboro both had 2 each.
The boys from David Emanuel Academy also got in on region tournament action, going straight into the semifinals as their play this season to date circumvented the need for a play-in game like the girls’.
The opening round for David Emanuel on Thursday, February 10, was a match-up against Habersham, and the Eagles fell 67–36.
Randon Williams was the Eagles’ highest-scoring player with 8 points in this contest. Four other Eagles would combine for the majority of David Emanuel’s points that day; Racyn Faircloth, Billy Martin, Peyton Lee, and Jesse Moore came together for 24 points, 6 apiece. The remaining 4 points were split evenly between Brody Fleming, 2, and Tony Sutton, 2.
The following day brought a consolation game for the boys as they took on and defeated Heritage 53–33. Moore was the most productive player offensively for this contest with 12 points. Williams followed closely behind with 10 points of his own. Martin poured in 9 more, Fleming added 8, and Faircloth posted 7. Sutton scored 3 points, and Lee and Richard Braddy went up for 2 points each.
The state playoffs began for the boys Tuesday, February 15, against Colquitt Christian at 6 p.m. in Stillmore. The girls will begin playoff action Friday, February 18, against Lyndon Academy in Woodstock at 6 p.m.Look for results in a future edition of The Crossroads.