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Pope 70, Johns Creek 57

Pebblebrook 81, Kennesaw Mountain 52

Lowndes 83, Lovejoy 72

Norcross 62, Berkmar 49

Hillgrove 62, Hughes 52

Archer 51, Duluth 46

Tucker 77, Lee County 51

Alpharetta 71, Milton 52

McEachern 67, Westlake 58

Rockdale County 60, Valdosta 56

Shiloh 55, Mill Creek 37

Douglas County 60, North Cobb 39

Wheeler 64, Centennial 37

Dacula 73, North Gwinnett 62

Newton 52, Tift County 49


Valdosta 52, Alcovy 43

Osborne 61, Campbell 52

South Forsyth 46, Cherokee 35

Colquitt County 48, Newton 44

McEachern 82, Douglas County 60

North Forsyth 61, Etowah 33

Harrison 58, Hughes 55

Lambert 54, Pope 36

Tift County 33, Lovejoy 29

Tucker 63, Lowndes 39

Woodstock 60, West Forsyth 57



South Paulding 66, Stephenson 37

Brunswick 91, Stockbridge 71

Jones County 75, Harris County 73

Statesboro 77, Drew 68

Miller Grove 49, Chapel Hill 46

Apalachee 72, Rome 58

Warner Robins 68, Carver-Columbus 47

M.L. King 64, Alexander 58

McIntosh 74, Camden County 47

Northside-Warner Robins 68, Northside-Columbus 47

Cedar Shoals 72, Kell 50

Coffee County 70, Mundy's Mill 60

Allatoona 65, Mays 49

Heritage-Conyers 53, Riverwood 48

LaGrange 60, Houston County 41


Forest Park 38, Coffee County 34

Sequoyah 62, Flowery Branch 60

Gainesville 54, Kell 34

Brunswick 49, McIntosh 37

Class AAAA


Woodward Academy 58, Grady 48

Liberty County 74, Henry County 72

Americus-Sumter 81, Mary Persons 49

Cartersville 56, North Hall 33

Mt. Zion-Jonesboro 72, New Hampstead 55

Lithonia 66, Fayette County 46

Monroe Area 60, Heritage-Catoosa 59

Cairo 56, Perry 50

St. Pius 63, Sandy Creek 47

Jonesboro 80, Thomson 52

West Laurens 72, Westover 60

Burke County 76, Griffin 43

Carrollton 54, Columbia 43

Buford 87, Northwest Whitfield 54

Upson-Lee 66, Albany 54


Henry County 57, Burke County 52

Jonesboro 59, New Hampstead 19

North Hall 66, Northwest Whitfield 55

Carrollton 63, Redan 52

Americus-Sumter 59, West Laurens 51

St. Pius 72, Woodward Academy 63

Class AAA


Ringgold vs. Rockmart, late

Laney 85, North Clayton 61

Peach County 49, Tattnall County 34

East Hall 53, Jefferson 34

Josey vs. Cedar Grove, late

Calhoun 81, Pepperell 48

Rutland 72, Johnson-Savannah 62

Central-Carroll 59, North Murray 55

South Atlanta 78, Butler 67

Central-Macon 59, Savannah 53

Blessed Trinity 32, Washington County 30

Callaway 96, Sonoraville 70

Hart County 54, Franklin County 33

Jenkins 75, Westside-Macon 55


Banks County 52, Jefferson 44

Hephzibah 62, Douglass 53

Franklin County 40, Morgan County 32

Mt. Zion-Jonesboro 43, Wayne County 39

East Hall 68, Oconee County 55

Class AA


Holy Innocents' 76, Chattahoochee County 24

Swainsboro 64, Northeast-Macon 47

Early County 84, Bryan County 70

Model 72, Washington-Wilkes 52

Lamar County 77, East Laurens 71

Pace Academy 62, Temple 35

Vidalia 46, Pelham 45

Greater Atlanta Christian 69, Bowden 42

Crawford County 96, Dublin 89

Thomasville 53, McIntosh County 47

Greene County 83, Armuchee 72

Harlem 63, Monticello 40

Manchester 75, Lovett 58

Seminole County 76, Benedictine 57


Brooks County 65, McIntosh County 58

Macon County 44, Swainsboro 37


Following games were postponed and will be played on Thursday



Cherokee at Lambert (7:30 p.m.)



North Atlanta at Gainesville (6 p.m.)

Class AAAA


Southeast Whitfield at Johnson-Gainesville (7 p.m.)


Pickens at Chestatee (4 p.m.)

Class AAA


East Jackson at Banks County (6 p.m.)

Lumpkin County at Morgan County (5 p.m.)

Class AA


Darlington vs. Rabun County (TBD.)

Union County vs. Coosa (TBD.)



Elbert County at Dawson County (6 p.m.)

Dade County vs. Rabun County (TBD.)

Darlington vs. Union County (TBD.)





1. Wheeler

2. Pebblebrook

3. Norcross

4. Tift County

5. Shiloh

6. Tucker

7. Pope

8. Douglas County

9. McEachern

10. Hillgrove



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




1. Osborne

2. Parkview

3. South Forsyth

4. North Forsyth

5. Norcross

6. Mountain View

7. Archer

8. Westlake

9. West Forsyth

10. Woodstock


1. Brunswick

2. Mays

3. Effingham County

4. Sequoyah

5. Stephenson

6. Greenbrier

7. Forest Park

8. Southwest DeKalb

9. South Effingham

10. Hiram


1. Jonesboro

2. Buford

3. Veterans

4. Americus-Sumter

5. Marist

6. St. Pius

7. Mary Persons

8. Thomson

9. Griffin

10. Bainbridge


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


1. Holy Innocents'

2. Pelham

3. Wesleyan

4. Model

5. Vidalia

6. Putnam County

7. Manchester

8. Thomasville

9. Metter

10. Darlington


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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By Craig Sager II, Kyle Sandy & Seth Ellerbee
Newton upsets defending champion Tift County

Class AAAAAA fourth-seeded Newton pulled off a stunning upset Wednesday night, beating Tift County 52-49 in the first round of the GHSA State Playoffs. Newton led 24-18 at half and was cruising in the second half before Tift went on a 20-15 run in the final quarter.

Photo by Ty Freeman

Tift, the second-ranked team in the state, trailed 50-48 when Newton turned it over with 23.8 second left, stepping out of bounds after an inbounds pass. Preston Horne was then fouled but hit only one of two free throws. D.J. Hill would then hit both free throws for Newton and Tyrie Jackson's three-point shot as time expired for Tift bounced off the rim. Newton was led by J.D. Notae with 22 points. Four Newton players added six points: D.J. Hill, Jaquan Simms, Malik Wilson and Donovan Grubb. Tift finishes the season at 26-2.  Newton came into the game at 20-7 but had finished 6-7 in Region 2 and will visit No. 2 seed Dacula out of Region 8 in Saturday's second round.




Tucker 77, Lee County 51: Bryce Brown and Ayinde Russell both scored 21 points to lift No. 1 seed Tucker (27-2) over visiting No. 4 Lee County (10-17). The Trojans were led by Jalin Wimberly's 19 points and Otis Reece's 14.


Pebblebrook 81, Kennesaw Mountain 52: The No. 1 seeded Falcons (24-5) controlled the game the entire way as they downed the No. 4 Mustangs (18-11). Ty Hudson scored 19 points, Jared Harper pitched in 16, and Chris Nelson added 12 in the win. The Mustangs were led by Nigel Hayes who scored 15.


Hillgrove 62, Langston Hughes 52: No. 3 Langston Hughes (21-8) did everything it could on the road to clip the Hawks (22-5), but the absence of second leading scorer Khalil Cuffee was too much. Chuma Okeke shouldered the load scoring 35 points, but Hillgrove's balanced attack was too much. Antonio Wade led the Hawks with 22 while Jourdan Julian chipped in 17 and Collin Sexton netted 12. Hillgrove will now face the winner of Lambert-Cherokee in round two of the AAAAAA playoffs.


Archer 51, Duluth 46: No. 2 seed Duluth was upset by third-seeded Archer. The game was close at half with Archer leading 27-24. Kwei Larty paced Archer with 14 points with six rebounds. Aleem Ford added 11 points and nine rebounds and Darrion Taylor scored eight. Duluth stayed close until Archer went on an 18-8 run in the final quarter. Duluth was led by Joseph Gordon with 11 points and Anthony Showell with 10.


Douglas County 62, North Cobb 39: No. 2 seed Douglas County was led by K.J. Johnson, who finished with 16 points while Corey Tillery added 10 points and Brandon Robinson had nine. North Cobb was led by D.J. Render with 12 points and Kenny Ume added nine.




McIntosh 74, Camden County 47: Class AAAAA's lone undefeated team, No. 1 seeded McIntosh (29-0) cruised at home against 19-9 Camden County. Jordan Lyons did his usual damage for the Chiefs scoring 27 points. Chase Walter pitched in 17 in the win.


LaGrange 60, Houston County 41: The Cinderella story in AAAAA fell short as the visiting No. 4 seeded Bears (9-16) fell at the hands of No. 1 LaGrange (21-7). Laperion Perry led the Grangers with 17 and Rico Smith added 16. Houston County received nine points from Quinton Childs in the loss.


Apalachee 72, Rome 58: Kamar Baldwin scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 3 Apalachee (20-8) pulled away in the fourth quarter against host No. 2 Rome (17-10). Baldwin, the Region 8-AAAAA Player of the Year along with Kent Knowles helped the Wildcats race past Wolves after leading by just four heading into the fourth. Knowles finished with 23 points including four 3-pointers in the second half. Rome was led by Desmond Johnson and Jaylen Griffin who scored 16 and 15 respectively.


M.L. King 64, Alexander 58: Third-seeded Alexander trailed 58-50 entering the fourth quarter before M.L. King slowed the pace down to ice the game. Senior Jordan Martin stuffed the stat sheet and led the No. 2 seeded Lions with a game-high 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.


South Paulding 66, Stephenson 37: Kane Williams scored 19 and Kinsey Burgess added 17 as No. 2 seed South Paulding (21-7) took care of No. 3 Stephenson (12-14) at home. Joe Williams and Taquan Evans both pitched in nine points for the Spartans. South Paulding will now travel to face Brunswick in round two of the AAAAA playoffs.


Allatoona 65, Mays 49: The No. 1 seeded Buccaneers (26-2) took out No. 4 Mays (12-13) at home. Rodney Brown finished with 13 points while Trey Doomes added 12 and Ephraim Tshimanga netted 11. The Raiders were led by Tobias Little's 14 points and Charles Arnold's 10.


Class AAAA


Buford 87, Northwest Whitfield 54: The No. 2 seeded Wolves (16-12) rolled at home against the visiting No. 3 Bruins (16-11) out of Region 7-AAAA. Buford held a 51-29 lead at the half and never looked back. Tre Hansborough led the charge with 23 points and seven assists. Taylor Mills pitched in 17 while Will Springer netted 11.


Class AAA


Blessed Trinity 32, Washington County 30: The visiting No. 3 seeded Titans (24-5) held on late in first round play as Jackson Svete led the way with eight points. Cameron Johnson and Cody Pelitera both chipped in seven. No. 2 Washington County (18-11) received 11 points from AJ Gray in the loss.


Carrollton 54, Columbia 43: No. 1 seed Carrollton had three players in double figures in the win over No. 3 seed Columbia. Dez Webb led with 16 points, Jarel Rowe added 12 points and Dontae Bonner had 10. Carrollton outscored Columbia 22-12 in the final quarter of play to put away the game. Justin Longstreet paced Columbia with 12 points and Rodriguez Dennis added 10. 

By Craig Sager II, Kyle Sandy & Seth Ellerbee
Asia Durr's 52 points lead St. Pius past sharp-shooting Woodward Academy

St. Pius superstar and Louisville-signee Asia Durr finished with 52 points, one-point shy of her own school record, as the second-seeded Golden Lions rallied past third-seed Woodward Academy 72-63 to advance to the Class AAAA Sweet 16. St. Pius head coach Kyle Snipes has become well-aware of the caliber of player he has in Durr, (the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation and two-time state champion), but tonight he left the court equally astonished by a hailstorm of three-pointers Woodward Academy used in the third quarter to build a 55-51 lead.


"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," explained Snipes. "They [Woodward Academy] hit 14 3-pointers tonight, including nine in that third quarter. We were not playing our best defense but they just kept shooting from farther and farther away and they kept making them."


War Eagles freshman Tyler Collins went scoreless in the first half, but led the third quarter shooting clinic with five of her six made three pointers as Woodward Academy outscored


St. Pius 30-17 in the period. Collins ended the night with a team-high 18 points and freshman Taylor Sutton (17) and junior Jade Allen (13) also finished with double-figures. Woodward Academy led 63-58 with four minutes left in the game but Durr's experience and leadership went on full display and St. Pius closed the game on a 14-0 run. The ambidextrous guard kept St. Pius in the game but was able to take over in the second half with 32 of her 52 points.


"She [Asia] works harder than she plays," explained Snipes. "We should have lost the game the way they came out and shot the ball but Asia is so prepared in every detail of the game and that gives her confidence in any situation."


Durr finished the game with five made 3-pointers and included 18-21 shooting from the foul line. Teammate Miah Allen made two big 3-pointers in the first half and finished with eight points.




Tucker 63, Lowndes 39: No. 1 seed Tucker (18-11) defeated visiting No. 4 Lowndes (11-15). Mariya Trimble scored 24 points to lead the Tigers while Najla Shamsid-Deen added 19. The Vikings were led by Akasha Williams' 10 points.


McEachern 82, Douglas County 60: The Indians (20-5) advanced to the second round of the playoffs after defeating visiting Douglas County (20-9) behind three players in double figures. Te'a Cooper posted a double-double with 22 points and 10 assists. Jada Lewis scored 17 and Tierra Lindsey chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds. The Tigers were led by Santasia Faust's 17 points and Arsula Clark's 12.


South Forsyth 46, Cherokee 35: No. 1 seed South Forsyth held fourth-seeded Cherokee to just 13 first half points and took a 34-23 lead into the fourth quarter. Maryland-signee Sarah Myers led South Forsyth with a game-high 18 points.


Woodstock 60, West Forsyth 57: Woodstock took a 39-31 lead into the fourth quarter and held off third-seeded West Forsyth despite a huge 33-point performance from Jenna Staiti. Taylor Reed scored nine points and Woodstock teammate Kennedy Montgomery led the second-seeded Wolverines with 26 points, six rebounds and three steals.




Sequoyah 62, Flowery Branch 60: A last second lay-in from Lauren Hartman secured the victory for No. 1 seed Sequoyah (26-3) as the Lady Chiefs survived visiting No. 4 Flowery Branch (21-5). Hartman finished with 10 points while her sister Kelley led the way with 23 points and nine rebounds. Megan Garcia pitched 12. Breanna Locke led the Falcons with 13.


Brunswick 49, McIntosh 37: Class AAAAA No. 1-ranked Brunswick (28-0) led fourth-seeded McIntosh (18-11) 22-18 at the half before increasing its lead to 41-25 with a 19-7 scoring advantage in the third quarter. Cassidy Williams led visiting McIntosh with 17 points and junior Jomaiya Garner netted a game-high 27 points to pace the unbeaten Pirates.


Class AAAA


Carrollton 63, Redan 52: No. 1 seed Carrollton was led by Emily Water with 14 points. She was helped by Alecia North and Malariah Ranson, both with nine points. Redan mounted a 24-12 run in the final quarter and Keyontae Jones led the way with 13 points and Taylor Jones added 10.


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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