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AA CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
 

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Trivia
Question: 
How many points did Crawford County's William Jarrell score against Dublin in the first round?

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Monday's Answer:
St. Francis and Carrollton are the two schools with the chance to sweep boys and girls titles this weekend.


FINALS SCHEDULE


 
Finals (all in Macon)


 
Boys

AAAAAA

Pebblebrook vs. Wheeler, 8:45 p.m. Saturday


AAAAA

Brunswick vs. Allatoona, 8:45 p.m. Friday


AAAA

Jonesboro vs. Carrollton, 8:45 p.m. Thursday


AAA

Morgan Co. vs. Jenkins, 4:45 p.m. Saturday


AA

Crawford County vs. Seminole County, 4:45 p.m. Friday


A-Private

St. Francis vs. Greenforest Christian, 12:45 p.m. Saturday


A-Public

Calhoun Co. vs. Greenville, 4:45 p.m. Thursday


Girls

AAAAAA

Norcross vs. McEachern, 7 p.m. Saturday


AAAAA

Stephenson vs. Mays, 7 p.m. 

Friday


AAAA

Buford vs. Carrollton, 7 p.m. 

Thursday

 

AAA

Laney vs. Beach, 3 p.m. 

Saturday


AA

Holy Innocents' vs. Wesleyan, 3 p.m. Friday


A-Private

SW Atlanta Christian vs. St. Francis, 11 a.m. Saturday


A-Public

Taylor Co. vs. Turner County, 3 p.m. Thursday


 

GHSA PLAYOFF SCORES


SEMIFINALS

 

Saturday, February 28


AAAAAA (at Georgia Tech)


Boys

Pebblebrook 57, Shiloh 47

Wheeler 74, Tucker 64


Girls

Norcross 53, Parkview 35

McEachern 59, Archer 57


AAAAA (at Fort Valley State)


Boys

Brunswick 44, Cedar Shoals 43

Allatoona 62, Warner Robins 39


Girls

Stephenson 55, Forest Park 44 (OT)

Mays 56, Dutchtown 38


AAAA (at West Georgia)


Boys

Jonesboro 71, Liberty Co. 43

Carrollton 48, Cairo 45


Girls

Buford 51, Fayette Co. 39

Carrollton 43, Veterans 42


AAA (at Columbus State)


Boys

Morgan Co. 68, Laney 62

Jenkins 77, Rutland 74


Girls

Laney 63, Decatur 37

Beach 47, East Hall 38


A-Private (at Kennesaw State)


 

Boys

St. Francis 63, Whitefield Academy 40

Greenforest Christian 57, Athens Christian 56


Girls

SW Atlanta Christian 77, Calvary Day 50

St. Francis 61, Stratford Academy 41


A-Public (at Armstrong State)


Boys

Calhoun County 87, Treutlen 67

Greenville 75, Hancock Central 69


Girls

Taylor Co. 59, Terrell Co. 43

Turner County 52, Randolph-Clay 44 


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015





CLASS AA BOYS PREVIEW
#1 Crawford County vs. #1 Seminole County
 

  

Crawford County

Region 4, 27-3


 
Crawford County finds itself in the state finals for the first time since 1982, the year the Eagles captured the program's third state title. During this year's playoff run, it's been Crawford County's offense that has heated up and the team is averaging more than 10 points per game higher than it did during the regular season at 83.75 points per game. Junior William Jarrell's ability is well-known after he averaged 21.1 points per game last season and earned a spot on the Class AA Georgia Sports Writers Association Second team. Jarrell has been the Eagles' top scorer

Photo by Ashley Gordon
throughout the season and the 6-foot-4 junior's productive offseason has boosted his season averages to 25.8 points per game, 6.3 assists per game and 14 rebounds. Jarrell opened the playoffs with a season-high 48 points in Crawford County's 96-89 win over Dublin, while corralling 16 rebounds and dishing out nine assists. Jarrell followed it with 27 points in the Eagles' 88-81 win over Greater Atlanta Christian, all the while stuffing the stat sheet with 14 rebounds, seven assists and six blocks. Marcal Knolton is another double-double per night player and his postseason began with 27 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Dublin. In the 71-58 semifinals victory on Friday, Jarrell (28) and Knolton (23) combined for 51 of the team's points. Free-throw shooting has been an area that the Eagles would like to improve but they do not hesitate to get to the foul line and an 11-of-13 stretch in the quarterfinals fueled a 33-point fourth quarter in a 80-65 win over Thomasville. Guard Monkeize Moore netted 16 points in the quarterfinals and is averaging four assists per game and Quay Wiggins has averaged double-figure scoring, including a 12-point performance in the semis.


 


Seminole County

Region 1, 27-3


Seminole County is one win away from returning to the podium for the first time since the program's 1998 Class A state title. William Jarrell of Crawford County put together a 48-point performance this postseason but the Indians have their own explosive junior in 6-foot-5 shooting guard Jordan Harris to match him. Harris is committed to the University of Georgia and put on one of the best performances of the postseason in the quarterfinals. In the first half, Harris suffered a deep cut above his left eye that would require stitches after the game. He went into the locker room with 10 points but exploded in the second half for 32 points of his game-high 42 points to lift Seminole County to an 89-81 victory over Manchester. Anfernee King added 18 points and Jahmyka Pearson chipped in an efficient 14-point night while Harris took over and demanded extra defensive attention. In the semifinals, this formula prevailed again as the Indians battled past Vidalia 59-56. Harris scored 22 points and made 7-of-8 free throws in the final three minutes and King finished with 15. Pearson was limited with foul trouble and got whistled for his game-ending fifth foul in the third quarter but finished with 12 points. Harris does much more than just score points and heads into the championship game averaging 11 rebounds per game and a team-high 7.2 assists. Harris puts up nearly 18 shot attempts per game but shoots nearly 55 percent from the field and is 43 percent from beyond the arc. The Indians attack the basket with Harris, who showcased his ability to change the game at the foul line during the team's 85-70 win over Miller County on Jan. 17. Harris went to the charity strip 22 times got to the foul line an ridiculous 22 times and made 16 attempts en route to a season-high 45 points.


CLASS AA GIRLS PREVIEW
#2 Wesleyan vs. #1 Holy Innocents'
 

Wesleyan

Region 6, 24-7


 

The storied Wolves are back in the finals for an unprecedented 12 consecutive times, but this year's journey ranks as one of the program's most impressive runs to the finals yet. Sophomore Noni Thompkins is a key piece to the Wolves success but was sidelined for the first part of the season as she recovered from an ACL surgery last season. Freshman Amaya Register was hit with an MCL sprain the second game of the season and Mikayla Coombs went down for the entire season after tearing her ACL in the season opener.

Photo by Ty Freeman

Coombs is one of the top sophomore's in the nation and at 5-foot-11 was set to be one of the engines that drove this year's team. As the season progressed, Wesleyan has continued to get better and its three narrow losses to Holy Innocents' show that the Wolves are yet to peak. Their first meeting with the Golden Bears resulted in a 59-49 defeat on Jan. 10, but on Feb. 3, Wesleyan made it much more competitive and fell by six points (52-46). In their last meeting on Feb. 13 in the Region Championship game, Holy Innocents' escaped with a 43-41 victory. In the postseason, Wesleyan has hit a new gear, crushing its first four opponents by an average 28.75 points per game and showcasing the defense that has made them Georgia's most consistent powerhouse since the turn of the century. In the Wolves' 60-39 win over Lovett in the semis, Wesleyan led 35-13 at halftime after holding the Lions to just three made field goals and forcing 12 turnovers. Offensively, balance and quick ball movement is the formula for success and these ingredients were shown as Cairo Booker netted 15 points and teammates Jameson Kavel (12), Nikki McDonald (10) Natalie Armstrong (9) and Lauren Frerking (8) all shared the load against Lovett.


 

Holy Innocents'

Region 6, 31-0


 

The Golden Bears have reached the finals with an undefeated record for the second straight season, but after falling in a 57-52 heartbreaker to Southwest Atlanta Christian in last year's Class A-Private finals, Holy Innocents' must beat Wesleyan for the fourth time this season to take home the Class AA trophy. Holy Innocents' last state title came back in 1999 but the Golden Bears' have arguably been the most dominant team regardless of  classification the last two seasons. Holy Innocents' has not lost a region game since the 2011-12 season and this year's 'March to Macon' includes the trio of wins over Wesleyan, a 63-58 revenge victory over Southwest Atlanta Christian and a 58-53 win over Class AAAAAA defending state champion and 2015 finalist McEachern.

Photo by Ty Freeman

The Golden Bears' opened the first round with a 55-point blowout over Bremen (79-25) and followed it with a 48-point win over Bleckley County (68-20) in the second round. The next two rounds were played away from home and Holy Innocents' survived the task with an 80-65 win at Vidalia followed by a 78-70 victory over red-hot Pelham at Columbus State in the semifinals. Holy Innocents' led the Hornets 36-35 at the half after an Erika Cassell buzzer-beater and the 6-foot-2 junior kept the momentum in Holy Innocents' favor as the Golden Bears outscored Pelham 25-17 in the third quarter. All five starters finished in double-figures with Cassell turning in 19 points. Khayla Pointer netted a game-high 24 points and Sydney Long finished with 11 while Shai Blanding and Kaila Hubbard finished with 10 apiece. Holy Innocents' 31 wins this season are a school record that topped the 30-4 finish that resulted in the school's 1988-99 state title.


 


 


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