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McIntosh falls to Georgiana in regional final

McIntosh’s Brittney Reed tries to power inside for a basket against Georgiana in the Class 1A South Regional final Monday at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery. Reed scored 21 points but the Demons lost 74-55. (Helen Joyce/Call News)

 

 

By JIMMY WIGFIELD

MONTGOMERY — McIntosh never established its inside game Monday and the state tournament, which at one point looked so close, turned out to be as far away as a jump shot from the cheap seats.

No. 2-ranked Georgiana beat the Demons 74-55 Monday in a Class 1A South Regional final that was close only for the first few minutes.

McIntosh tied it 2-2 on Brittney Reed’s layup off an assist from Jeremiah Lang a minute into the game in a rare instance of the Demons getting anything meaningful inside.

By the end of the first period, the Panthers led 16-7. It was 34-18 at halftime, 55-36 going into the fourth period and McIntosh got no closer than 12 points in the final eight minutes.

Demons coach Roosevelt Moore pointed to 14 first-half turnovers as the unraveling of his team, which had won seven straight games coming in and finished 24-6.

“The first half, we had too many turnovers and we missed some easy baskets,” he said. “We had to finish at the basket and we didn’t and they did.”

Reed, the team’s leading scorer, finished his high school career at his average of 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds but had little help. Reed and Dristen Sullivan, McIntosh’s top two scorers, were a combined 11 of 36 from the field.

“We didn’t get the chance to go inside to him because of the turnovers,” Moore said of Reed. “Usually he dominates the game.”

Georgiana (26-3) controlled the low post, outrebounding McIntosh 45-31 and outscoring the Demons 50-32 in the paint.

“Normally, we dominate inside, we dominate the paint,” Moore said. “I think not finishing those shots around the basket affected us and caused us to not dominate the boards.”

McIntosh didn’t make consecutive baskets until late in the third period. The Demons attempted 60 shots and had just five assists while shooting only 37%.

The Panthers’ Kaveon Miles scored a game-high 25 points. Corey Williams added 10 points for the Demons.

1 Comment

  1. Marcia Johnson on February 21, 2024 at 12:32 pm

    Awesome job to both teams , I know that this means a lot to both coaches and the team members. Let’s go Panthers !!!!!

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