The Union Recorder

Local Sports

February 26, 2014

JMA basketball teams off to state playoffs

MILLEDGEVILLE — John Milledge Academy varsity basketball teams both open the GISA State Playoffs against Deerfield-Windsor this week.

The Trojan boys’ and girls’ sides traveled different routes through the recent 4-AAA Region Tournament held in August last week. The boys went 2-1 overall, while the girls were 1-2 in the region tourney games.

The boys defeated Bulloch in the opening game before facing the top-seeded Westminster team Thursday.

Trojan boys’ head coach Thomas Craig said the 51-45 victory got the kids excited.

JMA trailed by six points at half.

After a 15-point third quarter, the Trojans cut the deficit to one point.

“We were just giving ourselves a chance,” Craig said. “It was a back and forth thing until we got a couple of breaks at the end.”

A defensive switch paid off. JMA played man-to-man and made three consecutive stops.

“That was the deciding factor,” the coach said.

Freshman Andrew Prestwood and junior Amos Prestwood both scored 11 points. Junior Chase Register had 10 points, and senior Brandon Panfil scored nine points.

JMA entered the region final for the second year running.

Augusta Prep overpowered the Trojan’s dash for the region crown.

“We just ran into a buzz saw to be honest with you,” Craig said.

The JMA boys went “flat” after a tied first quarter, losing 63-46.

“In the second half, we scored a total of 22 points,” he said. “Hats off to Augusta Prep. We won’t make any excuses.”

Panfil led JMA with 14 points, while Andrew Prestwood scored 10 points.

Craig is confident the team will regroup prior to the opening state playoff matchup with Deerfield.

JMA is hot at the right time.

“(Deerfield) is known for making runs and winning state championships, so it’s going to be an interesting matchup Thursday,” the Trojan boys’ coach said. “It’s going to be a battle for four quarters.”

JMA girls’ head coach Natasha Gainous said the Bulloch semifinal game was close at the half.

“We probably played our best defensive half that we’ve played all year,” she said.

Bulloch ran away in the third quarter eventually winning 51-34.

“We did some good things down the stretch but could never really recover,” Gainous said.

Juniors Kelsey Chambers scored 15 points and Hannah Miller added seven in the loss. Freshman Olivia Clements grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Trojan girls played Westminster in the region third place game.

JMA was frustrated by the Westminster post player and lost 50-33.

“They played hard. We just had some silly mistakes,” Gainous said.

Chambers and Miller scored eight points a piece in the Westminster game. Miller also collected nine rebounds.

With a disappointing season not yet over, Gainous thinks the Trojans can upset Deerfield.

“It’s just getting the girls to believe we can get a win here,” she said. “This is a winnable game for us if we play well.”

JMA’s girls open the state tournament at Tattnall tonight at 7 p.m. The Trojan boys follow at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • State amputee golf tournament this week

    The Milledgeville Country Club will host the Georgia State Amputee Golf Tournament beginning Friday with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. for the four-person scramble prior to the individual stroke play portion the following two days.

    July 10, 2014

  • Kalie Todd.jpg Elite Gymnastics posts strong showing at nationals

    Competing on the national stage at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla. June 11-15, Elite Gymnastics posted some of its best results in program history at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Gymnastics National Championship.

    July 9, 2014 5 Photos

  • 06-26 Jayla Waller.jpg Former Bravette to play for Georgia College

    One of the most decorated players in Baldwin High School girls’ basketball history, Jayla Waller advanced to the collegiate level competing for Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. this past season as a freshman.

    June 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 06-21 Ramsey.JPG Amateur golf talent turns pro

    Professional golf is unforgiving and expensive.

    June 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 06-14 GMC summer basketball.jpg Bulldog basketball busy this summer

    Georgia Military Prep School boys’ basketball coach James Lunsford is notorious for working his players year-round to become better athletes and better students.

    June 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_2312.JPG Ross a future star

    The numbers speak loudly for David Ross Jr.

    June 11, 2014 5 Photos

  • 06-06 Blackbelt.jpg Mother-daughter combo make history at local karate studio

    History was made on Thursday, May 22 at Drouillard’s Karate Studio, as the school’s first mother-daughter combination in Mary Beth and Lindsey Atkinson tested and achieved the pinnacle black belt status on the same night.

    June 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_1061.JPG Youth explore tennis during GC camp

    Georgia College's tennis courts appeared to be a busy place on Wednesday afternoon.

    June 5, 2014 3 Photos

  • coach k camp.JPG Coach K's Soccer Camp kicks off with sweat

    Kids attending Coach K's Soccer Camp get their cleats dirty day one.

    June 3, 2014 3 Photos

  • 05-31 Cody Miller 3.JPG Miller’s versatility boosted Trojans this season

    Representing the John Milledge Academy baseball team well this spring, junior Cody Miller proved versatility is a key ingredient at the high school level as he led his team offensively and in pitching, earning him 2014 All-County Player of the Year honors.

    June 1, 2014 1 Photo