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GIRLS FIRST ROUND RECAP


 

 
Today, we include summaries from two major upsets last night in our statewide playoff roundup. You can track all the results live the rest of the postseason on the scoreboard at AJC.com, the scoreboard on ScoreATL.com and the Score Atlanta High School Scoring APP. To get the APP, search ga hs scores in the Apple or Android stores.


 


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Trivia
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What No. 4 seed eliminated No. 1 Hiram from the playoffs Tuesday night?

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Tuesday's Answer:
South Forsyth beat North Forsyth for the second time in three meetings for the Region 6 title.


FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS


 

BOYS


 
Class AAAAAA


R6 #3 Johns Creek at R5 #2 Pope

R4 #4 Kennesaw Mountain at R3 #1 Pebblebrook

R2 #3 Lovejoy at R1 #2 Lowndes

R8 #4 Berkmar at R7 #1 Norcross

R5 #3 Milton  at R6 #2 Alpharetta

R3 #4 Westlake at R4 #1 McEachern

R1 #3 Valdosta at R2 #2 Rockdale County

R7 #4 Mill Creek at R8 #1 Shiloh

R3 #3 Hughes at R4 #2 Hillgrove

R5 #4 Cherokee at R6 #1 Lambert

R8 #3 Archer at R7 #2 Duluth

R1 #4 Lee County at R2 #1 Tucker

R4 #3 North Cobb at R3 #2 Douglas County

R6 #4 Centennial at R5  #1 Wheeler

R7 #3 North Gwinnett at R8 #2 Dacula

R2 #4 Newton at R1 #1 Tift County


 
Class AAAAA


R6 #3 Stephenson at R5 #2 South Paulding

R4 #4 Stockbridge at R3 #1 Brunswick

R2 #3 Jones County at R1 #2 Harris County

R8 #4 Gainesville at R7 #1 North Atlanta

R5 #3 Alexander at R6 #2 M.L. King

R3 #4 Camden County at R4 #1 McIntosh

R1 #3 Northside-Columbus at R2 #2 Northside-Warner Robins

R7 #4 Kell at R8 #1 Cedar Shoals

R3 #3 Statesboro at R4 #2 Drew

R5 #4 Chapel Hill at R6 #1 Miller Grove

R8 #3 Apalachee at R7 #2 Rome

R1 #4 Carver-Columbus at R2 #1 Warner Robins

R4 #3 Mundy's Mill at R3 #2 Coffee

R6 #4 Mays at R5 #1 Allatoona

R7 #3 Riverwood at R8 #2 Heritage-Conyers

R2 #4 Houston County at R1 #1 LaGrange


 
Class AAAA


R6 #3 Grady at R5 #2 Woodward Academy

R4 #4 Henry County at R3 #1 Liberty County

R2 #3 Mary Persons at R1 #2 Americus-Sumter

R8 #4 North Hall at R7 #1 Cartersville

R5 #3 Sandy Creek at R6 #2 St. Pius

R3 #4 Thomson at R4 #1 Jonesboro

R1 #3 Westover at R2 #2 West Laurens

R7 #4 Southeast Whitfield at  R8 #1 Johnson-Gainesville

R3 #3 New Hampstead at R4 #2 Mount Zion-Jonesboro

R5 #4 Fayette County at R6 #1 Lithonia

R8 #3 Monroe Area at R7 #2 Heritage-Catoosa

R1 #4 Cairo at R2 #1 Perry

R4 #3 Griffin at R3 #2 Burke County

R6 #4 Columbia at R5 #1 Carrollton

R7 #3 Northwest Whiffield at R8 #2 Buford

R2 #4 Upson-Lee at R1 #1 Albany


 
Class AAA

 

R6 #3 Ringgold at R5 #2 Rockmart

R4 #4 North Clayton at R3 #1 Laney

R2 #3 Peach County at R1 #2 Tattnall County

R8 #4 Jefferson at R7 #1 East Hall

R5 #3 Central-Carroll at R6 #2 North Murray

R3 #4 Butler at R4 #1 South Atlanta

R1 #3 Savannah at R2 #2 Central-Macon

R7 #4 Lumpkin County at R8 #1 Morgan County

R3 #3 Josey at R4 #2 Cedar Grove

R5 #4 Pepperell at R6 #1 Calhoun

R8 #3 East Jackson at R7 #2 Banks County

R1 #4 Johnson-Savannah at R2 #1 Rutland

R4 #3 Blessed Trinity at R3 #2 Washington County

R6 #4 Sonoraville at R5 #1 Callaway

R7 #3 Franklin County at R8 #2 Hart County

R2 #4 Westside-Macon at R1 #1 Jenkins


 
Class AA


R6 #3 Holy Innocents'  at R5 #2 Chattahoochee County

R4 #4 Northeast-Macon at R3 #1 Swainsboro

R2 #3 Bryan County at R1 #2 Early County

R8 #4 Washington-Wilkes at R7 #1 Model

R5 #3 Bowdon at R6 #2 Greater Atlanta Christian

R3 #4 Dublin at R4 #1 Crawford County

R1 #3 Thomasville at R2 #2 McIntosh County Academy

R7 #4 Armuchee at R8 #1 Greene County

R3 #3 East Laurens at R4 #2 Lamar County

R5 #4 Temple at R6 #1 Pace Academy

R8 #3 Union County at R7 #2 Coosa

R1 #4 Pelham at R2 #1 Vidalia

R4 #3 Monticello at R3 #2 Harlem

R6 #4 Lovett at R5 #1 Manchester

R7 #3 Darlington at R8 #2 Rabun County

R2 #4 Benedictine at R1 #1 Seminole County 

 
BOYS PRE-PLAYOFF RANKINGS


 

Class AAAAAA

1. Wheeler

2. Tift County

3. Pebblebrook

4. Norcross

5. Shiloh

6. Tucker

7. Pope

8. Douglas County

9. McEachern

10. Hillgrove


 

Class AAAAA

1. Miller Grove

2. McIntosh

3. Allatoona

4. Brunswick

5. M.L. King

6. Warner Robins

7. LaGrange

8. Cedar Shoals

9. South Paulding

10. Stockbridge


 

Class AAAA

1. Jonesboro

2. Johnson-Gainesville

3. Lithonia

4. St. Pius

5. Carrollton

6. Albany

7. Burke County

8. Liberty County

9. Americus-Sumter

10. Mt. Zion-Jonesboro


 

Class AAA

1. Laney

2. Jenkins

3. Morgan County

4. South Atlanta

5. Cedar Grove

6. Blessed Trinity

7. Butler

8. Rutland

9. East Hall

10. Calhoun


 

Class AA

1. Pace Academy

2. Seminole County

3. Vidalia

4. Crawford County

5. Holy Innocents'

6. Greater Atlanta Christian

7. Model

8. Swainsboro

9. Thomasville

10. Greene County


 

Class A

1. St. Francis

2. Greenforest Christian

3. Athens Christian

4. Hancock Central

5. Wilkinson County

6. Whitfield Academy

7. Calhoun County

8. Treutlen

9. Greenville

10. Turner County

GIRLS PRE-PLAYOFF RANKINGS


 

AAAAAA

1. Osborne

2. Parkview

3. South Forsyth

4. North Forsyth

5. Norcross

6. Mountain View

7. Archer

8. Westlake

9. West Forsyth

10. Woodstock


AAAAA

1. Brunswick

2. Mays

3. Effingham County

4. Sequoyah

5. Stephenson

6. Greenbrier

7. Forest Park

8. Southwest DeKalb

9. South Effingham

10. Hiram


AAAA

1. Jonesboro

2. Buford

3. Veterans

4. Americus-Sumter

5. Marist

6. St. Pius

7. Mary Persons

8. Thomson

9. Griffin

10. Bainbridge


AAA

1. Dawson County

2. Decatur

3. South Atlanta

4. Kendrick

5. Laney

6. Beach

7. Peach County

8. Washington County

9. Morgan County

10. Central-Carroll


AA

1. Holy Innocents'

2. Pelham

3. Wesleyan

4. Model

5. Vidalia

6. Putnam County

7. Manchester

8. Thomasville

9. Metter

10. Darlington


A

1. St. Francis

2. Southwest Atlanta Christian

3. Taylor County

4. Tattnall Square

5. Savannah Country Day

6. Turner County

7. Stratford County

8. Claxton

9. Calvary Day

10. Mitchell County


 


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015





TUESDAY FIRST ROUND RECAP
By Craig Sager II & Kyle Sandy
Washington County, Miller Grove pull off opening round upsets

Second-seeded South Atlanta (27-2) entered the night hungry to get back on track after dropping their first game of the season in the Region 4-AAA championship, but Washington County (23-6) had plans of its own to continue dancing and did so after going on the road to upset the Hornets 57-54. The Golden Hawks controlled the game from the opening tip and never trailed.

 

Coach Sug Parker said that the team focused on defense primarily in the days leading up to the game. Washington County managed to keep the Hornets off balance all night by switching up its defense moving from man to zone to full court pressure, disrupting the high-powered South Atlanta offense that had carried the team to 27 consecutive victories at one point this season.

 

Washington County held a 15-8 lead after one and was the aggressor on offense. The Golden Hawks managed

Photo by Ty Freeman

to get into the bonus early and baited South Atlanta into foul trouble while they connected from the line. Nia Johnson led the way for WACO with 19 points. Entering halftime, the Hornets trailed 36-21.

 

To South Atlanta's credit, it began to claw their way back into the game. Kierra Johnson-Graham finished the game with 19 points as the Hornets' second leading scorer on the season turned it on. While South Atlanta continued to inch closer, Coach Parker continued to preach playing as a team and to carry out their defensive assignments. Entering the fourth quarter, the score had tightened to 47-36, but the Golden Hawks still felt like they were in control of the game.

 

Washington County continued to switch up its defenses and forced South Atlanta to try and beat them playing one on one. The Hornets had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds. The Golden Hawks trapped the ball handler and a desperation heave was thrown to the rim but caromed off into a Washington County player's hands as the buzzer sounded to end the game. Coach Parker praised his team for playing as a unit the entire game and for staying tenacious on defense. Daknequa White pitched in 17 points for Washington County while freshman Nijeria Jordan added 12 points, seven above her season average of five per game. For South Atlanta, Lawrencia Simon netted 10. Erica Gibbons, the Hornets' leading scorer this season, who came in averaging 16.8 points per game, failed to crack double digits.

 

Class AAAAAA

 

Norcross 50, Shiloh 38: No. 1 seed Norcross (25-4) held off a game No. 4 Shiloh (14-15) to advance to round two in Class AAAAAA. Norcross led by just four points heading into the final frame, but outscored the visiting Generals 19 to 11 to put the game away. Allison Johnson led the Lady Blue Devils with 16 points while Racquel Cranston pitched in 13 to lead the Generals.

 

Archer 73, Duluth 40: No. 2 seed Archer led 42-27 at half and saw five players hit double-figures in its cross-county victory over No. 3 seed Duluth. Amber Skidgel paced Archer with 17 points and point guard Madison Newby finished with 15 points and nine assists while reaching a career milestone with her 1,500th point. The Tigers also got double-digit scoring from Linsey Marchese (14), Tatiana Wayne (12) and Autumn Newby (12)

 

Westlake 60, Hillgrove 49: The visiting fourth-seeded Hawks (15-13) held a 41-40 lead heading into the fourth, but the No. 1 Lions (27-2) managed to get to the basket and live at the foul line in the fourth quarter to avoid the upset. Westlake hounded Hillgrove into over 20 turnovers with its pressure defense. Anriel Howard led the charge for the Lions scoring a game-high 24 points. Ja'lyn Reese scored 19 and Tene Thompson added 12 in the loss for Hillgrove. Westlake advances to round two in Class AAAAAA and awaits the winner of Woodstock-West Forsyth.

 

Class AAAAA

 

Miller Grove 56, Hiram 53: No. 4-seeded Miller Grove trailed 29-23 at the half and faced a 49-41 deficit entering the fourth quarter but outscored No. 1 seed Hiram 15-4 in the fourth quarter to runaway with the opening round road victory. Junior Imani Richardson scored 13 of her game-high 20 points after halftime and her junior teammates Chrystal Ezechukwu (16) and Takeshia Williams (14) both finished in double-figures.

 

Salem 49, River Ridge 40: No. 1 seed Salem trailed visiting River Ridge 6-4 at the end of the first quarter but gained control with a 19-10 scoring edge in the second quarter that setup a 23-16 halftime lead. Salem's Ayanna Mitchell led the way with a game-high 27 points and teammates Shay Tarver (11) and Paris Scott chipped in with double-digit scoring. No. 4 seed River Ridge got a team-high 15 points from Leonor Nickell.

 

Southwest DeKalb 54, South Paulding 37: No. 2 Southwest DeKalb (22-7) rolled at home in round one play against No. 3 South Paulding (19-10). The Spartans had no answer inside for freshman Michaela Bennefield who posted a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Three other players scored in double figures for the Panthers with Daisa Alexander and Diamond Porter adding 11 apiece while Jada Walton chipped in 10. Kelsi Fizer netted 13 and Kayla Frey pitched in 11 in the loss for the Spartans.

 

Cross Creek 68, Columbus 67: No. 2 seeded Razorbacks (24-5) rallied from down seven entering the fourth to beat No. 3 Columbus (20-7) on an Alana Davis lay in as time expired. Davis dealt with foul trouble for most of the game, but Cross Creek's leading scorer and rebounder was able to finish the comeback with the last second layup off a Nya Daniels assist.

 

Class AAAA

 

Buford 70, Heritage-Catoosa 27: Host Buford built a 60-24 lead entering a shortened fourth quarter and outscored No. 4 seed Heritage-Catoosa 10-3 in the final frame. Chandler Hall paced No. 1 seed Buford with a game-high 19 points and teammates Camille Anderson (12), Katy Bisges (11) and Corey Staples also netted double-digit points.

 

Class AAA

 

Peach County 65, Savannah 31: No. 1-seeded Peach County (23-3) dispatched of the visiting No. 4 Bluejackets (15-15) thanks to 29 points from guard Nausia Woolfolk. The Trojans went to a 2-2-1 defense that effectively disrupted Savannah and led to over 20 turnovers. The Bluejackets were led in scoring by NaTeari Chaney and Milenah Doswell who scored seven and six points, respectively.

 

Calhoun 65, Haralson County 52: No. 1 seeded Calhoun (24-4) disposed Haralson County (21-7) thanks to a big game from Jana Johns. Johns finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds while teammate Tamia Wade notched a double-double of her own with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Jackets will now face Washington County, who upset South Atlanta.

 

Class AA

 

Holy Innocents' 79, Bremen 25: No. 1 seeded Holy Innocents' opened up a 43-12 halftime lead over No. 4 seed Bremen cruised to victory as 10 Golden Bears finished with at least four points. Holy Innocents' junior Sydney Long scored a game-high 14 and sophomore point guard Khayla Pointer added 11. Kaila Hubbard and Aliyah Milord each scored nine points and Erika Cassell and Grace Asbury chipped in with eight apiece.

 

Lovett 45, Heard County 36: Visiting Lovett outscored Heard County 18-4 in the third quarter to grow its four-point halftime (22-18) lead to a 40-22 advantage entering the final quarter. No. 3-seeded Lovett got double-digit scoring from Te'Erica Eason (18) Jenna Brown (13) and Quinn Barry (12). No. 2 seed Heard County was led by Jordan Watson's team-high nine points and impressive 17-rebound performance.

 

Vidalia 55, Early County 42: No. 1 seed Vidalia went into the half tied 27-27 with No. 4 Early County but built a 39-35 lead entering the fourth quarter and closed the game with a 16-7 scoring advantage in the final frame. Senior Chynna Hodge led Vidalia with a game-high 26 points and senior teammate Chambria Harrison netted 13 points.

 

Wesleyan 64, Bowdon 38: Host Wesleyan clung to a 20-18 halftime lead before exploding for a 44-20 scoring advantage in the second half. Wesleyan sophomore Jameson Kavel scored a team-high 15 points and kept the No. 2 seeded Wolves in the game with No. 3 Bowdon in the first half with four made three-pointers. Wesleyan senior Nikki McDonald also came up big and finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

 

TUESDAY SCORES...

 

First Round State Playoffs

 

GIRLS

 

Class AAAAAA

Archer 73, Duluth 40

Mountain View 44, Dacula 35

Norcross 50, Shiloh 38

Parkview 58, Mill Creek 35

Westlake 60, Hillgrove 49

 

Class AAAAA

Cross Creek 68, Columbus 67

Dutchtown 63, Effingham County 57 (OT)

Greenbrier 86, Carver-Columbus 54

Grovetown 59, LaGrange 41

Loganville 44, Creekview 27

Mays 61, Alexander 37

Miller Grove 56, Hiram 53

Northside-Columbus 58, Richmond Academy 57

Salem 49, River Ridge 40

Southwest DeKalb 54, South Paulding 37

Stephenson 74, Lithia Springs 49

Woodland-Stockbridge 57, South Effingham 41

 

Class AAAA

Buford 70, Heritage-Catoosa 27

Fayette County 50, Arabia Mountain 28

Gilmer 55, Madison County 33

Griffin 72, Thomson 59

Marist 46, Whitewater 30

Monroe 57, Mary Persons 46

Veterans 62, Bainsbridge 58

Westover 37, Perry 30

 

Class AAA

Calhoun 65, Haralson County 52

Decatur 53, Josey 36

Dodge County 51, Rutland 50

Beach 54, Central-Macon 35

Central-Carroll 43, North Murray 25

Kendrick 71, Johnson-Savannah 47

Laney 64, Westminster 43

Peach County 65, Savannah 31

Pepperell 63, Sonoraville 51

Putnam County 62, Dublin 50

Ringgold 54, Callaway 39

Washington County 57, South Atlanta 54

 

Class AA

Armuchee 63, Oglethorpe County 49

Bleckley County 42, East Laurens 26

Manchester 59, Hapeville Charter 26

Holy Innocents' 79, Bremen 25

Jeff Davis 75, Thomasville 52

Lovett 45, Heard County 36

Metter 43, Monticello 42

Model 70, Greene County 29

Pelham 71, St. Vincent's 38

Vidalia 55, Early County 42

Wesleyan 64, Bowdon 38

 

 



STATE PLAYOFF PAIRINGS
Playoff field gears up for busy first round slate


 

Photo by Ty Freeman

The 2014-15 GHSA state basketball playoff fields are set in Class AA-AAAAA and first-round action for the 32-team boys and girls brackets will take place this Tuesday and Wednesday. Class A-Public and A-Private power rankings will be finalized early this week before the playoff field is set and its first round will take place Friday and Saturday.


 


 
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