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How many of Lakiaya Sims' game-high 32 points came from the foul line in the fourth quarter of Drew's 72-59 win over Greenbrier? 
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1. Archer

2. Camden County

3. Collins Hill

4. Chattahoochee

5. North Forsyth

6. Parkview

7. McEachern

8. Lowndes

9. Marietta

10. Mountain View



1. Cambridge

2. Allatoona

3. Pope

4. Woodland-Bartow

5. Creekview

6. South Paulding

7. Rome

8. Ware County

9. Ola

10. Effingham County



1. Gilmer

2. Alexander

3. Cass

4. Lumpkin County

5. Carrollton

6. Glenn Hills

7. Locust Grove

8. West Laurens

9. Heritage-Catoosa

10. Lithonia



1. Buford

2. Banks County

3. Woodward Academy

4. Elbert County

5. North Hall

6. Rockmart

7. East Hall

8. Blessed Trinity

9. Sonoraville

10. Oconee County



1. Jefferson

2. Bremen

3. Social Circle

4. Toombs County

5. GAC

6. Lovett

7. Spencer

8. Vidalia

9. Monticello

10. Westminster



1. Commerce

2. Gordon Lee

3. Athens Christian

4. Turner County

5. Holy Innocents'

6. Mt. Zion-Carroll

7. Darlington

8. Trion

9. St. Francis

10. ELCA

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Girls semifinals matchups mostly set






Lowndes 53, Marietta 44: Senior guard Tashia Brown scored 18 points to lead host Lowndes over Marietta in overtime. Marietta led throughout the entire game until Brown was fouled shooting a 3-point shot and made all three free-throw attempts to tie the game at 40 at the end of regulation. From there, the Vikings scored the first six points in overtime to secure the win. Of the 18 points Brown scored, 13 came in the fourth quarter and overtime. For the Blue Devils, senior guard Kayla Wilson scored 13 points while junior forward Chandler Warren added nine.


McEachern 81, Douglas County 52: The host Indians set the tone early and jumped to a 24-13 lead after the opening quarter that was extended to a lopsided 45-19 halftime advantage. Junior point guard Te'a Cooper led McEachern with 28 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals and junior power forward Caliya Robinson controlled the paint with 18 points, 11 rebounds, nine blocks and four steals. The Indians also got double-figure scoring from senior guard Taylor Gordon (13) and sophomore guard Jada Lewis (10), who also dished out eight assists. Juniors Maya Benham and Santasia Faust led Douglas County in scoring with 17 and 12 points, respectively.


South Forsyth 53, Parkview 50: Host South Forsyth received a 3-pointer from Sarah Myers with less than two minutes to go to take a 1-point lead, then got a blocked shot from Ashley Hammond with less than 20 seconds to go to advance to its first semifinals appearance in program history. South Forsyth finished the game 20-of-22 from the free throw line. Myers, a sophomore guard, led the War Eagles with 19 points. Sophomore guard Kenyatta Storms added 12 and Shelby Threlkeld had 11. The War Eagles led 25-20 at the half, and led by one heading into the final period of a see-saw game.



Drew 72, Greenbrier 59: Visiting Drew trailed 20-17 after the first quarter, but outscored Greenbrier 18-11 in the second quarter to grab a 35-31 halftime lead. Senior center Lakiaya Sims netted a game-high 32 points to go with 16 rebounds. Sims hit all 11 of her fourth quarter free-throw attempts to ice the game and finished 14-of-17 from the line. Junior guard Shaun Gayden added 15 points for Drew and Greenbrier junior Morgan Taylor paced the Wolfpack with a team-high 19 points.


Forest Park 44, Effingham County 37: Host Forest Park led 25-20 at the half and spoiled the Rebels' attempt at a fourth quarter comeback by holding them scoreless the final six minutes of the game. Sophomore point guard Tamecia Blue led the Panthers with a team-high 15 points. Only three Rebels found the scoring column, but junior forward Kyesha Lewis netted 23 points in a losing effort.



Columbus 61, Columbia 52: A massive second-half comeback by visiting Columbus earned the Blue Devils their first trip to the final four since the 2003-04 season. Columbia opened the game on a 13-4 run and extended its lead to 22-9 early in the second quarter and Columbus trailed 30-21 at the half. Senior guard Yaktavia Hickson, who netted a game-high 28 points finished the half with 17 points including an 11-point opening quarter to give Columbia its early lead. In the third quarter, Columbus went on a 17-8 run to tie it at 38-38, but Hickson sunk a 3-pointer at the buzzer to reclaim the lead (41-38) heading into the fourth quarter. With three minutes left the Blue Devils took their first lead at 46-43 and outscored the Eagles 23-11 in the period. Senior point guard Jacqueria Gunter scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half to pace the Blue Devils and sealed the win by sinking all six of her free-throw attempts in the final minute. Senior guard Alexia Manning and freshman forward Anyah Copeland each finished with 14 points for the semifinal-bound Blue Devils.


Redan 52, Fayette County 45: Visiting Fayette County led 12-6 after the first quarter, but Redan went on a 19-6 run in the second quarter to take the lead and hold on for the win. Senior guard Destini McClary led the Raiders with 19 points and senior forward Jada Byrd added 12. Sophomore forward Taylor Tucker pulled down 14 rebounds for Redan and was 3-for-4 from the free-throw line.


South Effingham 45, Monroe 31: The visiting Mustangs broke a halftime tie (17-17) and outscored Monroe 28-14 in the second half to earn their first trip to the final four in school history. Sophomore Shae Leverett had 10 points, 23 rebounds and nine blocks and senior guard Machala Raymonville led the Mustangs with a game-high 18 points. Tianna Germain ran the point and finished with 12 points, four steals and six assists.



Beach 53, Washington County 52: Junior guard Ilin Spann hit a 3-pointer with less than 20 seconds left to give Beach a 1-point lead it would not relinquish. Sophomore center DyManee Royal led Beach with 14 points and junior guard Jacqueline Anderson added 13 for the host Bulldogs. Washington County was led by senior Shonterria Kitchens' 17 points. Sophomore Nia Johnson and junior Dakequa White each added 15 for the Golden Hawks. Jasmine Knight led Washington County with 10 assists. The loss is Washington County's first of the season.


St. Pius 51, Morgan County 38: St. Pius' man-to-man half-court defense

Photo by Ty Freeman

rattled Morgan County as the visiting Golden Lions roared to an 8-0 lead to start the game. Senior guard Jasmine Carter led St. Pius with 26 points (10-for-10 from the free-throw line) and junior guard Asia Durr added 23, as the pair scored all but two of the Lions' points. Durr led coach Kyle Snipes' team with 10 rebounds. St. Pius led 11-4 after one period, 20-12 at the half and 35-26 after three.



Putnam County 54, Dublin 52: The visiting Eagles led 17-9 after the first quarter, but the Irish got their bearings in the second quarter and tied it at 21 before claiming the lead at 23-21 with a Jasmine Hollis bucket. Putnam County reclaimed the lead and extended its 3-point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter with an early 6-0 run that extended the margin to 48-41. Dublin battled back with a 9-3 run to cut the deficit to 51-50, but Putnam County's Kianna Reid scored to give the Eagles a 53-50 edge and then Wykessia Butts hit one of two free throws to make it a 4-point game (54-50). La'Shayla Pittman earned a trip to the foul line with 13 second left and got Dublin within two points (54-52). On the ensuing possession, Putnam County turned it over and Pittman drove the court only to see the potential game-tying shot hit the front of the iron.


Kendrick 65, Greater Atlanta Christian 62 (OT): The game's best two players fouled out in the fourth quarter, as GAC's Briana Cummings (35 points) and Kendrick's Kahlia Lawrence (12 points) each watched the end of regulation and overtime from the bench. Senior Donivan Dyson scored 10 of her 12 points in the fourth quarter and overtime for Kendrick. Kendrick was down seven at the half, but rallied to win the third quarter 19-12 and tie the game by the end of the period. Lawrence's 12 points was her season-low. Sydni Means added 14 for GAC.


Wesleyan 64, Jefferson 33: Visiting Wesleyan outscored Jefferson 15-6 in the first quarter and went on to lead 31-20 going into halftime. The Wolves were led by freshman guard Mikayla Coombs who scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds. Junior forward Nikki McDonald added 12 points and 14 rebounds while senior guard Landyn Duley scored 11 points and seven rebounds. The Wolves broke the game open when they scored eight consecutive points at the start of the third quarter. Wesleyan outscored the Dragons 15-5 in the fourth quarter.



Claxton 55, Emanuel County Institute 54: Claxton rallied in the fourth quarter and junior point guard Nyeisha Kirkland hit a game-winning basket on a baseline drive with 4.7 seconds left. The visiting Bulldogs led Claxton 24-21 at the half and increased the lead to 42-36 heading into the final quarter. Claxton surged in the final quarter and outscored ECI 19-12 in the fourth quarter. Sophomore forward Keri Brown fueled the Tigers' comeback and finished with a game-high 21 points and 14 rebounds. With the win, Claxton clinched its first semifinals appearance in program history.


Darlington 57, Calvary Day 38: The visiting Tigers expanded their 22-16 halftime lead by outscoring Calvary Day 21-9 in the third quarter to take a comfortable 43-25 lead into the fourth. Senior captain Maggie Beth Atha led Darlington with a game-high 21 points and finished 8-for-8 from the foul line. As a team, the Tigers shot 14-of-19 from the line and freshman wing Anna Claire Atha, junior forward Rachel Simon and senior forward and captain Sarah Manning each finished with eight points.


Holy Innocents' 72, Mt. Paran 51: Sophomore forward Erika Cassell scored

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20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead host Holy Innocents'. The Golden Bears led 46-30 at halftime and went on a 15-7 run in the third quarter. Sophomore guard Sydney Long tallied 13 points and five rebounds for Holy Innocents' while freshman point guard Khayla Pointer added 12 points and four assists.


Randolph-Clay 62, Towns County 48: Host Randolph-Clay led Towns County 34-19 at the half and held on despite being outscored 17-15 in the third quarter. Senior Guard Brandie Buie led the Red Devils with 30 points while sophomore forward Kobi Thornton added 22. For Towns County, senior guard Eryn Cochran scored 16 points. The Red Devils were 17-of-31 from the free-throw line while the Indians were 9-of-15.


Southwest Atlanta Chr. 48, George Walton Aca. 37: Southwest Atlanta Christian went on a 13-0 run to end the first quarter after host GWA jumped out to an 8-1 lead. The Warriors' full-court press caused 16 turnovers and held GWA to a season-low 37 points. Senior point guard Marquita Daniels led SACA with 20 points and freshman guard Tiamya Butler added 13 points and led the team with five assists. Senior center Ivy Atkism led GWA with 17 points and nine rebounds while senior guard Cynara Pitt scored 11 points had 10 rebounds and three steals. Freshman center Dominique Banks led SACA with six rebounds.


Stephen Black, Brian Jones and Craig Sager II contributed to this report.


Traditional meet dictates movement


The traditional championships have been decided at long last and the

Photo by Rob Saye

wrestling season has come to an end. Archer, Gilmer and Jefferson repeated traditional state crowns, while Cambridge won its first state championship of any kind in school history. Buford swept the traditional and dual meets for the first time as did Commerce.


Each state champion topped its respective classifications. Parkview, McEachern and Lowndes made big jumps into the Class AAAAAA poll while South Paulding and Rome made headway in AAAAA. Alexander and Cass moved up behind Gilmer in Class AAAA and West Laurens and Heritage-Catoosa each debuted.


In Class AAA, Woodward made a big leap into the top three and Blessed Trinity moved back into the top 10 at No. 8. Vidalia and Monticello each finished the year in the Class AA top 10 while Athens Christian shot up to the top three in Class A with Trion and St. Francis debuting just a bit lower.






XL212 Kicks Off Inaugural North Metro Senior All-Star Basketball Experience


Alpharetta, Georgia - February 21, 2014 - XL212, a sports event management and marketing company based in Alpharetta, Georgia, launches the premier North Metro Senior All-Star Basketball Experience in March 2014. Events include an awards banquet, skills night, and boys and girls Senior All-Star Games.


The Year-End Awards and All-Star Player Recognition Banquet begins the All-Star Experience on March 10th at 7:30 pm at the Metropolitan Club. A high energy Skills Competition Night, March 14th at 7 pm at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, will showcase high school players chosen to represent their schools. Skills Competition Night includes a Slam Dunk Contest, a Three-Point Contest, a Skills Course for guards, a Co-Ed Team Challenge, and a Girls' Scoring Contest.


Girls and Boys Senior All-Star Games are on March 15th, 2014 at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, respectively, at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. For the All-Star games, Senior Student-Athletes from North Fulton and Forsyth will compete on North and South teams. Boys head coaches are Scott Bracco, Head Coach Lambert High School (North Team) and Brian Marks, Head Coach from Blessed Trinity Catholic High School (South Team). Girls head coaches are Eric Herrick, Head Coach North Forsyth High School (North Team) and Natalie Vuoriaho, Head Coach Alpharetta High School (South Team).


Scott Bracco, Head Boys' Coach Lambert High School, North All-Star Coach

Coach Scott Bracco is entering his second year as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Lambert High School. In 2013, he guided the Longhorns to their first state playoff appearance in school history. The Longhorns were also honored as the Team of the Year by the Forsyth County Tip-off Club. Coach Bracco guided his Dunwoody High School basketball teams to four Final Fours, four Region Championships and captured back to back State Championships in 2005 and 2006. Coach Bracco has helped place over 50 players to the collegiate level and coached a McDonald's All-American in Chris Singleton (Florida State, Washington Wizards). Scott and Kara have three beautiful children. Bryce (9), Blake (6), and Braden (4).


Brian Marks, Head Boys' Coach Blessed High Trinity, South All-Star Coach

Brian Marks just completed his twelfth season as the head varsity boys' basketball coach at Blessed Trinity. Over the past eight years, Coach Marks' teams have accumulated 161 victories, averaging 20 wins per season during that span. In 2009, he led his Titans team to their first appearance in the State Championship Game.The team finished with a 26-7 record and was ranked #2 in the state in the final coaches' poll.  In the 2007-08 season, he guided the team to a 27 - 4 record and it's first Sweet Sixteen appearance. That team also reached the #1 state ranking in the Georgia Coaches Poll during the season. The 27 wins was the most in school history and the 22 consecutive wins the longest win streak in the program's history. Coach Marks was named the North Fulton Neighbor and the Roswell Beacon Coach of the Year in 2009.  In 2008, he was named AJC Northside Coach of the Year, Score Fulton County Coach of the Year, and Roswell Beacon Coach of the Year.  He has served on the Atlanta Tip-Off Club Selection Committee for the past seven years.


Eric Herrick, Head Girls' Coach North Forsyth High School, North All-Star Coach

Coach Herrick is in his 3rd year at North Forsyth High School as the Girls' Varsity Head Coach. He has been coaching for a total 13 years with 10 of those as a head coach including 4 years at Chattahoochee high school where his team reach the final four in 2010. Have coached more than 20 players who have went on to play college basketball including 4 at the Division 1 level. Career record of 187-70 as a varsity girl's head coach He served in the United States Air Force before attending Berry University and playing basketball there all four years. He is married to Faith Herrick and has two children, Cameron, age 9, and Kylee, age 3.


Natalie Vuoriaho, Head Girls' Coach Alpharetta High School, South All-Star Coach

Coach Vuoriaho has over 28 years of playing/coaching experience. She is the current Women's Basketball Head Coach at Alpharetta HS. Her prior coaching experience was in NC where she was the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Independence High School, Charlotte, N.C. from 2008-2012. In 2006-2008 she was the Head JV Basketball Coach at Monroe HS, Monroe, N.C.In 2010, Coach Vuoriaho was the head coach of an All-Star Basketball team that competed in France. Coach Vuoriaho is an active member of many professional basketball association's such as the Women's Basketball Coaches Associations (WBCA), Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA), BCA (Black Coaches Association), North Carolina Coaches Association (NCCA) and she served on the Charlotte Senior Pro-Am selection committee. She teaches Business classes at Alpharetta HS where she is also a FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) advisor. Coach Vuoriaho is a proud parent of 2 sons, Nicholas, 16, and Christopher, 11. One of her proudest accomplishments is a 100% graduation rate of her players and all of her players went on to attend post-secondary education.




Margaret Billingsley

202 South Main Street, Suite 104

Alpharetta, GA  30009



The public is invited to attend all events. To find out more about the Senior All-Star Experience and to purchase tickets, visit,, and Twitter:@XL212.






In an effort to aid Student-Athletes with their dream to play college football, XL212 is hosting an Unsigned Senior Expo in Metro-Atlanta. Unsigned Seniors and Underclassmen are invited to showcase their skills for college coaches and scouts from across the country. The expo will be held on Saturday March 8th at McEachern High School from 1:00-4:00pm. Student-Athletes will be measured with Fully Automated Timing Systems (F.A.T.S) so the data received will be accurate. Testing will consist of: 40-yard dash, height, weight, broad jump, vertical jump, 5-10-5 drill, L-Drill, and powerball toss. Participants will also receive an XL212 Certified player-profile sheet that can be sent to any college coach the player desires, and online exposure in the XL212 database.


Every year, thousands of talented High School football players get overlooked by college scouts based on lack of exposure. Many Student-Athletes attend expos to gain more exposure and increase their opportunity to play at the next level. In fact, Student-Athletes that participated in similar football combines in Texas and California have earned millions of dollars in scholarship money and grants to play college football.



McEachern HS:

2400 New Macland Road
Powder Springs, GA 30127

Date: Saturday March 8th, 2014

Register online:

Cost: $49


For more info and questions please call XL212 at 678-509-5212 or email Nate Peterson at:




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We wanted to provide an update regarding the 2014 Atlanta Falcons Coaches Clinic hosted by Head Coach Mike Smith. Due to the NFL Draft which is now in May and required commitments, the next Coaches Clinic will be held in March 2015. Please save the date for the Atlanta Falcons Salute to High School Football reception for Georgia high school football head coaches on Saturday, December 13 at the Georgia Dome. 


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