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PREP ROUNDUP: Smith reaches pair of milestones as Denmark tops Central
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Denmark's Sutton Smith celebrates after hitting a buzzer-beater to win the Danes' game against North Hall on Dec. 20, 2018 at Denmark High School. - photo by Ian Frazer

Denmark senior Sutton Smith surpassed 1,500 career points and 500 career assists Tuesday with the Danes' 69-39 win against Forsyth Central.

Smith, a University of Alabama in Huntsville signee, reached 1,000 career points a little over a year ago against Chestatee on Jan. 10, 2020.

Denmark (12-7, 5-2 Region 6-7A) completes the regular-season sweep of Central and will travel to Gainesville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Central (5-9, 3-4 Region 6-7A) will host Gainesville at 7:30 p.m. Friday. 

Gainesville 59, West Forsyth 52

West Forsyth fell in a close battle with Gainesville on Tuesday, 59-52.

West led 15-10 after the first quarter, and managed to cut Gainesville's lead to 52-50 late in the fourth quarter, but the Red Elephants pulled away behind 25 points from Robert Riesman. 

Joe Wortman and Russell Miller each had 12 points for West, while Caleb Lesch scored nine and Jake Mooney finished with five. Mooney also had eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks. 

West played Gainesville close in their first matchup, too, falling 66-64 on Dec. 3.

West (8-10, 2-5 Region 6-7A) will try to get back into the win column at 7:30 p.m. Friday at South Forsyth. 


West Forsyth 63, Gainesville 25

West Forsyth's defense turned in an impressive performance Tuesday as the Wolverines smothered Gainesville 63-25.

Cayla Cowart led a balanced Wolverines attack with 19 points. Calie Thrower had 11 points, while Molly Quincy scored eight, Riley Pepin chipped in six and Lillian Seitz added five. Katherine Bottoms, Lindsey Pirkle and Kalie Thrower each had four points.

West raced out to a 28-4 lead after one quarter.

West (11-6, 6-1 Region 6-7A) will carry a five-game winning streak into Friday's title at South Forsyth, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.