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Girls Final 4 Recaps

Class 7A

(Feb 29 at  Buford City Arena)

R2 #1 Westlake 62, R4 #1 Cherokee 33: Ta’Niya Latson scored 17 points and Raven Johnson had 16 as the Lions broke open the game after leading 10-9 after the first quarter. Furman-commit Kate Johnson led Cherokee with 9 points.

R6 #1 Collins Hill 54, R2 #2 Campbell 37: Northview transfers Eden Sample (18) and Asjah Inniss (11) led Collins Hill. Parkview transfer Purdue-commit Sacha Washington had 9. Sarah Taub, Nia Bozeman and Laila Battle all scored 9 points for Campbell.

Class 6A

(Feb 28 at  Buford City Arena)

R2 #1 Glynn Academy 59, R5 #1 Langston Hughes 38: UGA-signee Zoesha Smith dominated with 35 points and 18 rebounds. Francis Marion-signee La’Trinity Best added 12 points.

R4 #2 Forest Park 54, R1 #1 Valdosta 38: Sania Feagin finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 3 steals while Western Carolina-signee Joi Reid had 10 points and Janya Jones scored 7. Valdosta was led by Mikeria Carter’s 10 points. Jayla Cody had 11 points and Ja’Mya Johnson netted 8.

Class 5A

(Feb 29 at  Fort Valley State)

R8 #1 Buford 52, R4 #2 Woodland-Stockbridge 30: Furman-signee Tate Walters broke out with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Blair Wallis netted 11 points. Ashyia Willis tallied 5 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals.

R7 #1 Kell 60, R4 #1 Eagle’s Landing 55: Kell kept its dream season alive, surviving a veteran Eagle’s Landing team. Freshman Crystal Henderson poured in 25 points to lead the Longhorns. The Eagles were led by Mariah Fletcher (15), Jasmine Atkins (12) and Jaleah Storr (9).

Class 4A

(Feb 28 at  Fort Valley State)

R5 #2 Troup County 56, R1 #1 Carver-Columbus 47: Without All-American Louisville-signee Olivia Cochran, Carver couldn’t handle burgeoning star, 6-foot sophomore Aniya Palmer. The high-motor athletic wing posted 13 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 9 blocks. 5-foot-9 freshman Alexcia Murphy added 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steals and 1 blocks. Jada Green chipped in 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists while Samarria Weldon scored 6 points. Carver was led by Kionna Gaines’ 14 points and 5 rebounds. Khamya Edmonds and Enyshuan Jones hurt the Tigers in the first quarter but couldn’t sustain their production. Edmonds finished with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks while Jones collected 8 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.

R1 #2 Americus-Sumter 56, R4 #1 Luella 51 OT: Trailing 26-16 at the half after a 20-5 second quarter put Americus-Sumter in front, the Lions stormed back to tie the game at 36 heading into the fourth quarter after Fresno State-signee Keely Brown scored 12 of her game-high 24 points in the third. In the fourth the Panthers held a 49-47 lead before Paris Miller hit a runner in the lane with 7 seconds left after sitting on the bench the vast majority of the second half, sending the Lions to overtime on her first points of the game. In overtime, the Panthers made it a point to keep the ball out of Brown’s hands as Troy-signee Jelissa Reese face guarded her and kept the star scoreless in the extra period. Reese finished with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals and 1 block. Trinity Jones had 15 points before fouling out in overtime. Tiffani Goodman added 12 points. In the loss, Tajinique Williams had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Class 3A

(Feb 29 at  Valdosta State)

R3 #2 Beach 52, R7 #1 North Hall 31: Kaila Rougier went for 14 points while Madison Evans and Ameyah Dantzler scored 13 apiece in the rout.

R7 #2 GAC 52, R3 #1 Johnson-Savannah 50: GAC came back by down as many as nine points to dethrone the two-time defending state champs. Kaleigh Addie led GAC with 22 points and 3 steals, while Irvin had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Jaci Bolden added 13 points and Molly Pritchard gabbed 12 rebounds.

Class 2A

(Feb 29 at  Georgia College & State)

R3 #2 Southwest-Macon 54, R7 #1 Rockmart 52: Southwest-Macon pressed throughout the game and got burnt throughout by Keyarah Berry but somehow the Patriots closed on a 19-6 run to stun the Yellow Jackets as Stangious Alford hit a runner at the buzzer to advance Southwest to the state championship. The Patriots led 12-11 after one but trailed 24-18 at the half and 43-35 after three before falling behind 46-35 with 6:58 remaining. Before fouling out, Ja’Khyla Johnson hit Shygeria Williams on a behind the back pass to ignite the unforeseen comeback. With :26 seconds left, Alford, who mauled the Yellow Jackets on the glass with 23 points, 19 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks, scored to give the Patriots their first lead of the second half at 52-51. Berry, who finished with 27 points, 19 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block, was fouled and split a pair of free throws to tie the game. The Yellow Jackets failed to keep the ball in her hands throughout the fourth quarter as they became careless slinging the ball against the press. On the other side, Avrie Grayer pounded the boards alongside Alford finishing with 15 points, 19 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 6 blocks.  In the win, Shygeria Williams had 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals.  In the loss, Megan Little tallied 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 6 steals.

R6 #1 Douglass 53, R1 #1 Early County 49: The defending state champion Astros won their rematch of last year’s title game behind 7 threes, one of their best shooting nights of the season. Kayla Sesberry hit 4 threes and finished with 18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Ashley McKee netted 15 points and grabbed 3 steals. Ashuntee Weems posted 12 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Makayla Timpson piled in a triple-double for Early County with 18 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 11 blocks. Jordan Eafford finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals while Ta’Ziaya Jones added 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Class A-Private

(Feb 28 at  Georgia College & State)

#1 St. Francis 75, #5 Wesleyan 61: Mia Moore scored 30 points while Oregon State-signee Savannah Samuel posted 22 points and 11 rebounds. Notre Dame-bound forward Amirah Abdur-Rahim added 14 points. Wesleyan was led by Lauren Hill’s 21. Georgia Tech-signee AC Carter finished wit 16 points and 10 rebounds. Paige Lyons had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

#2 Holy Innocents’ 52, #3 Hebron Christian 48: Jillian Hollingshead had 20 points in the win while Jessie Parish scored 13 in the loss. A controversial travel was called on Carly Fahey right before she hit a late game-tying three.

Class A-Public

(Feb 28 at  Valdosta State)

#1 Central-Talbotton 63, #4 Calhoun County 44: Central-Talbotton trailed 18-9 after the first quarter but stepped on the accelerator in the second half and closed out the game with a 27-9 fourth quarter to capture a 63-44 win. Sparks went for 28 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Shakemia Marshall had 4 points, 20 rebounds and 8 assists while Renijua Johnson (14) and Ty’Shemia Bunkley (12) lifted the offense.

#3 Wheeler County 81, #10 Turner County 66: Wheeler County put away Turner County 81-66 behind their trademark balanced scoring. Keyona Mincey had 21 points and 8 assists. Sameria Bryant tallied 17 points, 8 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 steals and 1 block while Lela Wright contributed 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Keleiyah Harris pitched in 16 points and 8 rebounds.

Boys Final 4 Recaps

Class 7A

(Feb 29 at  Buford City Arena)

R2 #1 Wheeler 59, R5 #1 Milton 47: Bruce Thornton scored 28 points but Denver-signee Sam Hines scored 19 points as the Wildcats advanced to the state finals.

R8 #1 Grayson 82, R3 #1 McEachern 76: McEachern led 29-27 at the half, but USF-signee Caleb Murphy came to life in the second half, finishing with 17 points. Mississippi State-signee Deivon Smith had 21 points and Winthrop-signee Toneari Lane netted 15. McEachern was led by Auburn-signee Sharife Cooper’s 21 points. Israel Palmer netted 20 and Cam McDowell had 15.

Class 6A

(Feb 28 at  Buford City Arena)

R8 #1 Lanier 63, R6 #1 South Cobb 57 OT: South Cobb blew a 45-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter to fall in stunning fashion. Lanier’s first lead came at 51-49 with :7 seconds left before South Cobb got a Robert Dix tip-in at the buzzer to force overtime. Tulane-signee Sion James led Lanier with 25 points.

R7 #1 Chattahoochee 78, R5 #1 Tri-Cities 72: AJ White dropped in 29 points including 10 in the fourth quarter to ice out the defending state champs. David McDaniel came up big 19 points. Tri-Cities was led by Demetrius Rives (21), Simeon Cottle (19) and Peyton Daniels (14).

Class 5A

(Feb 29 at  Fort Valley State)

R4 #2 Dutchtown 62, R7 #2 Kell 56 OT: Gardner-Webb-signee Jamaine Mann scored 16 points before fouling out and Cam Bryant posted 15 as the Bulldogs came back to force overtime and win in the extra period. Xavier Presley (12) and Najhae Colon (11) paced the Longhorns.

R8 #2 Cedar Shoals 73, R5 #1 Southwest DeKalb 72 4OT: USC-Aiken-commit Tyler Johnson hit a three at the buzzer to lift Cedar Shoals after trailing by as many as 11. USC-Aiken-commit Quincy Canty posted 27 points while Jerdavian Colbert added 12. Ohio State-signee Eugene Brown III led Southwest DeKalb with 26 points.

Class 4A

(Feb 28 at  Fort Valley State)

R4 #1 Woodward Academy 64, R7 #1 Denmark 43: After trailing 25-23 at the half, the War Eagles blew past Denmark. UNC-signee All-American Walker Kessler struggled mightily but still finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks. Jacorrei Turner had 12 points and 7 rebounds while Will Richard chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Davidson-signee Emory Lanier had 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Michael Whitmore tallied 8 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Denmark was led by Sutton Smith’s 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Robert Cowherd had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

R3 #1 Cross Creek 51, R8 #1 St. Pius X 36: Cross Creek’s momentum from the second half of their Elite Eight victory over LaFayette carried over into the Final Four as the Razorbacks led nearly wire-to-wire over St. Pius. Presbyterian-signee Kobe Stewart posted 20 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block while Corey Trotter had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 5 blocks as the Razorbacks were too big inside and limited any opportunities for the Golden Lions to get to the rim. Makhi Climons added 8 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Dayvion Simms scored 4 points to go with his 2 assists and 2 steals but his presence was felt predominately on defense as he chased Brookes Kahlert the entire game and held the point guard to 5 points. Devin Portee led the Golden Lions with 11 points.

Class 3A

(Feb 29 at  Valdosta State)

R5 #1 Pace Academy 75, R3 #3 Johnson-Savannah 46: The Knights blitzed the smaller Atomsmashers behind Matthew Cleveland’s 26 points and Cole Middleton’s 18. Emondre Bowles led Johnson with 18 points. Derek Edwards netted 11.

R8 #1 Jefferson 66, R4 #2 Central-Macon 58: Jefferson’s fantastic run continued as Navy-signee Jacob Radaker scored 16 points followed by Kam Robinson’s 13 and Owen Parker’s 12. Central-Macon was paced by Quay Primas (26) and Antonio Card (11).

Class 2A

(Feb 29 at  Georgia College & State)

R2 #1 Swainsboro 79, R4 #1 Glenn Hills 62: In a chippy game, Swainsboro pulled away late to earn their 30th win of the season. The Tigers led 29-27 at the half and 44-35 after three before tempers got the best of Glenn Hills. The quarter began with a long delay which resulted in a bookkeeping technical on the Spartans which would be a sign for things to come. Coach William Cunningham lost his cool at the 4:45 mark with the score 53-40 and it would only get uglier as two Spartans would get ejected later on. Swainsboro was powered by Fred Seabrough’s 21 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 4 blocks. AJ Kingsbury scored 14 of his 21 in the fourth quarter including hitting 7-8 free throws. Immanuel Hackett had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals while Derrick Jones set the tone early with his defense, blocking five shots to go with his 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Emmanuel Jones scored 10 points in the second quarter for Glenn Hills but was quiet until the score got out of reach in the fourth. He poured in 28 points, 15 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 blocks. Tre Whitehead had 10 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Octavious Walton had 9 points and 4 rebounds and was the first casualty of ejection.

R6 #1 Therrell 54, R7 #2 Chattooga 37: Outside of a brief 6-5 lead, the Indians never threatened the defending state champs who overpowered the Cinderella story. Ra’Sean Frederick finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Roman Son added 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals . Cameron Fortson provided 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Chattooga was led by  Malachi Jackson’s 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.  Damien Smith, Cash Allen and Jatorrian Williams each scored 7 points.

Class A-Private

(Feb 28 at  Georgia College & State)

#1 St. Francis 63, #5 Mt. Pisgah 58: Xavier-signee Dwon Odom had 23 points and 7 rebounds as the Knights held off a late rally from the Patriots. Seth Hubbard scored 14 points and Jusuan Holt had 13 points and 6 rebounds. The Knights went 11-14 from the line in the fourth. Mt. Pisgah got 17 points off 4 threes from Chase Tucker.

#2 Greenforest 52, #11 Trinity Christian 47: Jalen Forrest led Greenforest with 17 points In the loss, Isaac Brito scored 18 points and Raul Arias had 11. North Georgia-signee Brady Burnett netted 8.

Class A-Public

(Feb 28 at  Valdosta State)

#1 Treutlen 68, #4 Terrell County 63:
#3 Hancock Central 83, #2 Wilcox County 59:

Girls Elite Eight Matchups

Class 7A

R4 #1 Cherokee 53, R5 #1 North Forsyth 47
R7 #1 Westlake 63, R7 #1 Norcross 34

R2 #2 Campbell 53, R7 #2 Brookwood 50
R6 #1 Collins Hill 61,  R3 #1 McEachern 40

Class 6A

R5 #1 Langston Hughes 59, R4 #1 Lovejoy 55
R2 #1 Glynn Academy 47, R7 #1 Johns Creek 36

R1 #1 Valdosta 57, R8 #1 Dacula 46
R4 #2 Forest Park 62, R5 #2 Douglas County 21

Class 5A

R4 #1 Eagle’s Landing 57, R1 #3 Veterans 43
R7 #1 Kell 64, R4 #4 Jones County 54

R8 #1 Buford 58, R7 #2 Carrollton 47
R4 #2 Woodland-Stockbridge 60, R5 #2 Arabia Mountain 53 OT

Class 4A

R4 #1 Luella 66, R5 #1 Sandy Creek 48
R1 #2 Americus-Sumter 47, R2 #1 Spalding 42

R1 #1 Carver-Columbus 70, R4 #3 Woodward Academy 63
R5 #2 Troup County 58, R4 #2 McDonough 48

Class 3A

R3 #2 Beach 47, R6 #2 Ringgold 31
R7 #1 North Hall 57, R8 #2 Morgan County 41

R7 #2 GAC 54, R8 #1 Jefferson 51
R3 #1 Johnson-Savannah 58, R6 #1 Sonoraville 49

Class 2A

R3 #2 Southwest-Macon 50, R4 #1 Laney 47
R7 #1 Rockmart 62, R2 #1 Vidalia 57

R1 #1 Early County 60, R8 #1 Union County 58
R6 #1 Douglass 56, R3 #1 Washington County 53 OT

Class A-Private

#1 St. Francis 72, #8 Mt. Paran 66
#5 Wesleyan 51, #4 Stratford Academy 38

#2 Holy Innocents’ 81, #10 ELCA 39
#3 Hebron Christian 63, #6 Greenforest 53

Class A-Public

#1 Central-Talbotton 56, #8 GMC 23
#4 Calhoun County 54, #5 Greenville 39

#10 Turner County 65, #2 Clinch County 54
#3 Wheeler County 55, #11 Wilcox County 41

Boys Elite Eight Matchups

Class 7A

R5 #1 Milton 68, R8 #3 Newton 62
R2 #1 Wheeler 53, R7 #1 Berkmar 43

R8 #1 Grayson 65, R7 #2 Norcross 27
R3 #1 McEachern 75, R6 #1 North Gwinnett 68 2OT

Class 6A

R5 #1 Tri-Cities 67, R4 #1 Tucker 65
R7 #1 Chattahoochee 82, R6 #3 Sequoyah 67

R8 #1 Lanier 58, R5 #3 Langston Hughes 55 OT
R6 #1 South Cobb 85, R3 #1 Evans 61

Class 5A

R5 #1 Southwest DeKalb 52, R8 #3 Clarke Central 50 OT
R8 #2 Cedar Shoals 50, R5 #4 Lithonia 47

R7 #2 Kell 57, R8 #1 Buford 45
R4 #2 Dutchtown 73, R5 #2 Columbia 72 OT

Class 4A

R4 #1 Woodward Academy 58, R5 #1 Sandy Creek 56
R7 #1 Denmark 71, R2 #1 Upson-Lee 68

R8 #1 St. Pius X 73, R1 #1 Americus-Sumter 70 2OT
R3 #1 Cross Creek 58, R6 #1 LaFayette 55

Class 3A

R5 #1 Pace Academy 65, R8 #3 Monroe Area 40
R3 #3 Johnson-Savannah 49, R2 #1 Long County 46

R8 #1 Jefferson 55, R1 #1 Monroe 45
R4 #2 Central-Macon 79, R3 #1 Windsor Forest 76 OT

Class 2A

R4 #1 Glenn Hills 76, R5 #1 Spencer 69
R2 #1 Swainsboro 94, R7 #1 Rockmart 55

R7 #2 Chattooga 67, R8 #1 Banks County 57
R6 #1 Therrell 57, R3 #1 Washington County 55

Class A-Private

#1 St. Francis 62, #24 Holy Innocents’ 56
#5 Mt. Pisgah 71, #4 Walker 62 OT

#2 Greenforest 68, #10 Pinecrest Academy 50
#11 Trinity Christian 59, #14 North Cobb Christian 52

Class A-Public

#1 Treutlen 78, #8 Lincoln County 77
#4 Terrell County 73, #5 Dooly County 55

#2 Wilcox County 96, #7 Wilkinson County 94 OT
#3 Hancock Central 68, #6 Calhoun County 53

Girls Sweet 16 Matchups

Class 7A

R4 #1 Cherokee 74, R8 #3 Grayson 53
R5 #1 North Forsyth 56, R3 #2 North Cobb 50 2OT

R2 #1 Westlake 71, R8 #2 Archer 30
R7 #1 Norcross 50, R3 #3 North Paulding 36

R2 #2 Campbell 50, R8 #1 Rockdale County 25
R7 #2 Brookwood 57, R1 #1 Tift County 52

R6 #1 Collins Hill 70, R2 #3 Pebblebrook 53
R3 #1 McEachern 57, R7 #3 Parkview 51

Class 6A

R4 #1 Lovejoy 44, R6 #2 Harrison 25
R5 #1 Langston Hughes 61, R3 #2 Heritage-Conyers 43

R2 #1 Glynn Academy 67, R6 #3 Sequoyah 50
R7 #1 Johns Creek 65, R1 #2 Houston County 55

R8 #1 Dacula 69, R2 #2 Brunswick 50
R1 #1 Valdosta 70, R7 #2 Cambridge 55

R4 #2 Forest Park 66, R6 #1 Sprayberry 55
R5 #2 Douglas County 41, R3 #1 Grovetown 39

Class 5A

R4 #1 Eagle’s Landing 65, R6 #2 Riverwood 50
R1 #3 Veterans 67, R7 #4 Rome 62 OT

R4 #4 Jones County 60, R6 #3 Lithia Springs 55
R7 #1 Kell 66, R1 #2  Bainbridge 40

R8 #1 Buford 76, R2 #2 Wayne County 49
R7 #2 Carrollton 57, R1 #1 Harris County 47

R4 #2 Woodland-Stockbridge 59, R6 #1 Maynard Jackson 55
R5 #2 Arabia Mountain 57, R3 #1 Starr’s Mill 56 OT

Class 4A

R4 #1 Luella 56, R6 #2 Gilmer 31
R5 #1 Sandy Creek 68, R1 #3 Dougherty 51

R2 #1 Spalding 52, R8 #2 Oconee County 38
R1 #2 Americus-Sumter 33, R7 #1 Marist 32

R4 #3 Woodward Academy 56, R8 #1 St. Pius X 46
R1 #1 Carver-Columbus 66, R7 #2 White County 49

R4 #2 McDonough 60, R6 #1 Northwest Whitfield 42
R5 #2 Troup County 45, R3 #1 Cross Creek 44

Class 3A

R6 #2 Ringgold 64, R4 #1 Rutland 40
R3 #2 Beach 50, R5 #1 Cedar Grove 43

R8 #2 Morgan County 57, R2 #1 Tattnall County 51
R7 #1 North Hall 55, R3 #3 Savannah 33

R8 #1 Jefferson 64, R2 #2 Pierce County 33
R7 #2 GAC 50, R1 #1 Monroe 42

R6 #1 Sonoraville 81, R4 #2 Jackson 63
R3 #1 Johnson-Savannah 92, R7 #3 Fannin County 45

Class 2A

R4 #1 Laney 61, R8 #3 Putnam County 53
R3 #2 Southwest-Macon 62, R5 #1 Bremen 36

R2 #1 Vidalia 55, R8 #2 Banks County 36
R7 #1 Rockmart 64, R3 #3 East Laurens 58

R8 #1 Union County 61, R4 #3 Butler 37
R1 #1 Early County 64, R7 #2 Chattooga 45

R6 #1 Douglass 53, R4 #2 Josey 43
R3 #1 Washington County 59, R5 #2 Lamar County 42

Class A-Private

#8 Mt. Paran 47, #9 Darlington 27
#1 St. Francis 76, #16 Tallulah Falls 44

#5 Wesleyan 69, #12 Trinity Christian 27
#4 Stratford Academy 44, #13 Savannah Country Day 24

#10 ELCA 60, #7 Calvary Day 48
#2 Holy Innocents’ 69, #15 Galloway 34

#6 Greenforest 69, #11 Lakeview Academy 57
#3 Hebron Christian 77, #14 Christian Heritage 43

Class A-Public

#8 GMC 47, #9 Lake Oconee Academy 43
#1 Central-Talbotton 69, #16 Dooly County 33

#5 Greenville 56, #21 Montgomery County 42
#4 Calhoun County 56, #13 ECI 37

#10 Turner County 60, #7 Pelham 55
#2 Clinch County 65, #18 Telfair County 42

#11 Wilcox County 43, #6 Bowdon 39
#3 Wheeler County 59, #19 Elite Scholars Academy 42