Indians, Lady Indians Both Finish Third

The Stephens County Indian and Lady Indian basketball teams will both enter this week’s state playoffs as the third seed out of Region 8-AAAA.

Both teams won third place games at Johnson High School Friday to conclude the Region 8-AAAA tournament.

In the third place girls’ game, Stephens County fought from behind for much of the game before outscoring Eastside 17-8 in the final quarter to pull out a 58-53 win.

Charity Major led the Lady Indians with 13 points, while Keocia Walker had nine points and Shay Gaines added eight. Jazzmine Cook of Eastside led all scorers with 17 points, while Jymara Smith added nine.

Meanwhile in the boys’ third place game, Stephens County and Madison County exchanged the lead multiple times before the Indians prevailed in the end over the Red Raiders, 67-61. The Indians led by only one point after three quarters, but scored 20 points in the final eight minutes to put away Madison County.

Cody Helgeland led Stephens County with 21 points, while Tavoris Davis added 16 points and Kamichi Fleming scored nine points. The Red Raiders were led by Malik Freeman with 16 points and Kirkland Moon with 12 points.

The Lady Indians are now 12-16 on the year, while the Indian boys are 17-11.

Both teams are headed to state tournament play this week and will travel for first-round games.

The Lady Indians will play LaGrange, the second seed out of Region 5-AAAA. The Indian boys will play Fayette County, also a second seed out of Region 5-AAAA.