THOMASVILLE — Four quarters wasn’t enough to decide Friday night’s Americus-Sumter-Thomas County Central girls game — not even an extra four minutes.

The Panthers outscored the Jackets 10-1 in the second overtime to propel them to a 56-47 Region 1-AAAA victory.

Like their girls squad, the Americus-Sumter Panthers stifled the Yellow Jackets’ offense and cruised to a 54-40 victory.

Central’s girls (13-12, 4-2) fought back from a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to send the game into overtime on a bucket by Akoshua Williams with five seconds remaining.

She also had a key assist to Iesha Dunbar who drained a 3-pointer in the first overtime that tied the game 46-46 heading into the second overtime.

“Akoshua Williams played her heart out,” Central girls coach Jenny Johnson said.

The senior finished with 12 points and 18 rebounds.

“Anytime you get a double-double, it’s pretty big,” Johnson added.

Central’s offense struggled throughout the game, committing 36 turnovers and missing 12 of 16 free throws.

“You’ve got to make free throws at the end in close games,” Johnson said.

Central will play against either Americus-Sumter or Bainbridge in the first round of the region tournament, which begins Friday.

Central has beaten Bainbridge twice this year, but has lost to Americus-Sumter twice.

“They just match up better with us,” Johnson added. “I think we’re getting better every time we play.”

Central finished the regular season winners of seven of nine games.

Central’s boys team, on the other hand, has struggled down the stretch, losing its final three games. The Yellow Jackets couldn’t sustain much offense to keep pace with the bigger and more athletic Panthers team.

Central (9-16, 1-5) scored just seven points in the opening period and just two in the third quarter.

“We’ve got to learn to stop jacking them when they ain’t falling,” coach Reginald Knight said. “We got a lot of contact and ain’t getting any calls when we take it inside.”

Demetrius Mickens led Central with nine points, while Dominic Grant added seven.

Central will play Friday as the No. 4 seed in the region tournament.

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