Last-minute rally from Wolverines upends Druid Hills

A 5-0 run in the final 53 seconds rallied Miller Grove High School’s Wolverines to a 41-37 Region 6-4A road victory over Druid Hills High School’s Red Devils in boys’ basketball Dec. 7.  

Keshawn Evans drove for a basket with 1:58 to play to put the Red Devils up 37-36 for the seventh lead change of the second half. Druid Hills got the ball back following a missed free throw by Miller Grove and started running the clock.  

Miller Grove (2-3, 1-0) got a rebound by Jabril Sheppard on a Red Devils’ miss and got the ball up the court to Taison Mathis who drove for a layup and was fouled on the make. Mathis hit the free throw to put Miller Grove up 39-37 with 53.1 seconds to play. 

The Red Devils (7-1, 0-1) got up the court and Nicholas Majors got around a defender on the way to the goal. His shot rolled around the rim and off into the hands of Nicholas Burton. Burton was fouled with 34.7 seconds to play and missed both free throws, forcing Druid Hills to call a timeout. 

The Red Devils got the ball back and found Evans, who was fouled while shooting with 22.1 seconds left. Both free throws rolled off the rim. Sheppard was fouled on the rebound of the second miss and went to the line with 18.9 seconds remaining. He sank both free throws to seal the 41-37 win for Miller Grove.  

Barber led Miller Grove with 10 points and seven rebounds as the Wolverines improved to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in region play. The win ended the Red Devils seven-game win streak to start the season. KaRon Strickland led all scorers with 14 points.

GIRLS: Druid Hills 55, Miller Grove 28 

Druid Hills jumped to a 9-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game on the way to a 55-28 Region 6-4A victory over the Lady Wolverines in the night’s opening game at Druid Hills. 

Kaitlyn Robinson sandwiched a three-pointer between makes from Iona Atwaters and Kyia Craft to finish off the 9-0 run with a layup. Miller Grove then got on the board with a layup with 4:55 left in the first half. 

Robinson would add a three-pointer and a pair of free throws to send Druid Hills to a 20-5 advantage heading into the second quarter. 

Craft had back-to-back baskets late in the first half to give Druid Hills a 31-10 halftime lead. 

Druid Hills answered a late run by Miller Grove with a 9-0 run keyed by four free throws from Anissa Brailsford, and the Wolverines would never get closer than 21 the rest of the way. 

Robinson finished the night with 18 points and five rebounds for Druid Hills (6-1, 1-0) and was joined in double figures by Craft with a 13-point, eight-rebound night. 

Trinity Coleman had 12 points and six rebounds to lead Miller Grove (1-7, 0-1). 

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