AA basketball blog: Dade girls knocked from ranks of unbeaten

The Sonoraville girls made one field goal in the second half, but the Phoenix were accurate at the free throw line and handed No. 8 Dade County its first loss of the season 43-38  on Friday night.

Sonoraville made 18 free throws in the final period and were able to withstand a late rally by Dade.

Sonoraville, one game behind Dade County in Region 7-AA Division A, was led by Carrie Cheeks with nine points. Eight different players scored for the Phoenix (14-5, 7-2).

Dade County (16-1, 8-1) got 14 from Holly Gross.

East Hall girls win showdown with Rabun

In a much-anticipated game, the East Hall girls scored a relatively easy 56-45 victory by blitzing No. 7 Rabun County23-8 in the fourth quarter in Gainesville. The win kept the Vikings in first place in Region 8-AA North.

East Hall’s Morgan Jackson scored 20 points and Jasmine Jenkins scored 19, 13 of them in the final quarter, Rabun got 12 points from Krista Dixon and 10 from Grace Rogers.

East Hall improved to 15-2 and remained undefeated (4-0) in the subregion. Rabun County (16-3) has dropped three of its past four games. The Vikings can’t rest. On Tuesday, they meet Union County (16-3), currently second in the subregion.

East Hall boys in first, too

Don’t forget the East Hall boys. The Vikings whipped Rabun County 92-69 on Friday and have won eight in a row. East Hall (12-4, 4-0) posted its highest point total since ringing up 101 against Chestatee in December in the Lanierland Tournament.

East Hall got 23 points from J.C. Hampton and 22 from Brian Edwards. Rabun’s Dillon Bleckley led the Wildcats with 24 points.

Last week, East Hall traveled to play three games in Alaska and came away with a sweep. The Vikings beat Kodiak, West Anchorage and Bartlett.

Seven straight for North Oconee girls

Make it seven in a row for the No. 10 North Oconee girls. The Titans took care of Jackson County 46-31 on Friday night.

North Oconee (16-3) was led by Brooke Hubbard with 16 points and Ginny Channell with 13. The Titans remain unbeaten in Region 8-AA South.

Laney boys take over first place

The Laney boys took sole possession of first place in Region 3 Subregion A by beating Swainsboro 62-24 Friday. Shaquille Cook scored 16 and Jammie West scored 15, including three 3-pointers, to lead Laney.

The Wildcats (15-3) have won six in a row, a stretch that includes a non-region victory against No. 10 Morgan County.

In other girls games: No. 4 Model won its 18th game by outlasting River Ridge 46-43. … No. 5 Laney improved to 17-1 by beating Swainsboro 83-26. Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Jermeka Gibson with 20 and Dekoya Mack with 16. … No. 6 Decatur (16-3) won its fourth straight, beating South Atlanta 54-32. … Brooks County retained possession of first place in Region 1-AA by beating Albany 55-50. … No. 9 Greater Atlanta Christian took no pity on Blessed Trinity 66-36. Brianna Cummings scored 16 for the Spartans (15-5). … Northeast Macon (13-5) beat Greene County 60-52 behind Jerryshia Williams’ 17 points. … Mykeshia Darden scored 25 as Greenville (15-2) beat Brookstone 45-38.

In other boys games: No. 2 Greater Atlanta Christian got 17 points each from Collin Swinton and Cole Hobbs and handled Blessed Trinity 60-45. … No. 8 Albany blasted Brooks County 69-52 and remained tied with Early County for first place in Region 1. Tim Pierce led Albany (12-2) with 20 points. … No. 4 Early County (15-2) escaped with a 64-59 victory against Fitzgerald. … No. 6 Jordan had a 12-game winning broken on Friday. The Red Jackets lost 60-59 to Northside Columbus, a Class AAAA team. Justin Lawrence made a free throw with three-tenths of a second remaining to provide the winning margin. Jamar Sheppard scored a team-high 18 for Jordan. … No. 9 South Atlanta (12-5) escaped with a 46-44 victory against Decatur. The Hornets have won seven in a row.

– Stan Awtrey for the AJC

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