Morgan Jackson scored her 1,000th career point during the Lanierland Tournament and helped the No. 10 East Hall girls win the championship.
Jackson, who has signed with Georgia State, scored 34 points in the championship game, a 64-57 win over North Hall. Her clutch shooting helped the Vikings (7-0) erase a 10-point halftime lead and win the Hall County tournament for the second straight year.
Jackson had 27 points and nine rebounds against Johnson and 11 points against Gainesville, when she picked up her 1,000th point. She was an obvious choice for tournament MVP.
The No. 6 East Hall boys lost to Gainesville in the final game.
Undefeated Morgan County is the only Class AA team in the Hoops in Overdrive Shoot-Out on Friday and Saturday at Centennial High School. No. 3 Morgan plays its only game on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against Lee High School of Alabama. Other Georgia team in the field include host Centennial, Jonesboro, Luella, Rockdale County, Monroe Albany, Lovejoy, Mary Person, Osborne and Shiloh, led by Georgia Tech signee Robert Carter. The schedule can be found at http://centennialbasketball.com/news/2011/12/9/hoops-in-overdrive-shootout.html
The No. 8 Thomasville boys highlight a strong field in the annual Holiday Hoopfest at Thomasville High School, which runs through Saturday. Other teams in the mix are Thomas County Central, Bainbridge, Brooks County, Turner County, Mitchell County, Valdosta and Colquitt County.
No. 9 Laney (10-1) cruised to the Holiday Round Ball Classic championship, beating Cross Creek 67-42 in the final. Laney’s big physical presence inside with Simone Smith and Khadijah Cave and its ability to connect with 3-point shots was too much. Cave led the Wildcats with 20 points and DeKoya Mack scored 18, including four treys.
The No. 1 Buford girls went 1-3 in the Nike Tournament of Champions. Playing in the toughest division, the Wolves lost to reigning national champion Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 60-47, lost to Incarnate Word, 54-23, beat St. John’s, 64-63, and lost to Stockton St. Mary’s 65-43. . . . No. 2 Lovett (10-3) went 2-1 in the Riverdale Tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The Lions beat Hunters Lane 41-32, lost to Memphis Central 61-31, and beat Franklin County 44-29. . . . No. 6 Morgan County (5-0) will compete in the Dwight Mason Classic in Montgomery, Ala. The eight-team tournament runs through Thursday. . . . No. 5 Model will compete in the LaFayette Christmas Tournament today through Friday. . . .No. 7 Decatur (9-1) will open the Deep South Classic at Brookwood on Wednesday against North Cobb. The Bulldogs are on a four-game winning streak, most recently a 47-42 win over No. 4 Greater Atlanta Christian.
No. 4 Vidalia will play regional rivals Treutlen, Montgomery County and Turner County on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the round-robin Brewton-Park College Tournament in Soperton. The Indians had their season-opening 10-game winning streak broken in a 72-67 overtime loss to Colonial, Fla., in the Glynn County Tournament. Vidalia beat Glynn 87-55 in the opening round. Vidalia has won six games by at least 20 points. . . . No. 9 South Atlanta split a pair against larger schools in the tournament at Tucker. The Hornets lost to Lithonia, but beat Cedar Grove. . . .