The favorites survived in the opening round of the Class AA girls tournament. The higher seeded team won 12 of the 15 games played on Friday night.
While no No. 4 seed was able to beat a No. 1 seed, a trio of No. 3 seeds were able to knock off No. 2s: Albany beat Jeff Davis 50-49, Greater Atlanta Christian beat Jordan 66-40, and Southwest Macon beat Screven County 64-58.
The only ranked team to lose on opening night was No. 10 Decatur, which lost on the road at No. 9 Heard County.
The girls tournament resumes on Tuesday.
Don’t count out Calhoun
The Yellow Jackets were trailing by three and down to their last possession before finding a way to tie their game with Rabun County and win it 63-51 in overtime.
Callie Pruett nailed a 3-pointer from the corner with under five seconds to tie the game. Not only did it force an overtime, it caused the Calhoun faithful to go crazy in the stands and deflated the Rabun girls, who had defended the play as well as possible and appeared to have the game won. Calhoun won the extra period 12-0.
Molly Palmer kept Calhoun close with a game-high 25 points and Carly Curtis scored nine of her 11 points in the second half. Pruett, daughter of Calhoun coach Jerry Pruett, scored eight.
No. 8 Calhoun travels to No. 9 Heard County on Tuesday.
East Hall uses Plan B
Jasmine Jenkins and Morgan Jackson didn’t have the greatest night in East Hall’s 57-47 win over Dade County. So the No 5-ranked Vikings relied on freshman Chelsea Dale, who tied the school record with seven 3-pointers and scored 26.
East Hall (26-3) also got 12 from Jenkins and 10 from Jackson. Dade (23-6) was led by Megan Brock with 17 points.
East Hall advances to host No. 6 Lovett on Tuesday.
‘Sluggish’ Laney wins by 31
No. 2 Laney rolled to a 71-40 win over Northeast Macon in the first round, but coach Otis Smart told the Augusta Chronicle that “we played a little sluggish. I didn’t see the energy we normally play with.”
Khadijah Cave scored 19 to lead the Wildcats, who led 40-12 at halftime en route to their 24th straight win. DeKoya Mack added 15 points, including four 3-pointers.
Laney hosts Thomasville in the second round.
No problems for defending champion Buford
Three-time defending champion Buford had no trouble in its 90-40 win over Kendrick. The No. 3-ranked Wolves (22-7) forced 10 first-quarter turnovers and raced to a 32-10 lead. From there it was a matter of running out the clock.
Kaela Davis scored 23 points to pace Buford, which also got 17 points from Andraya Carter. The Wolves also got MacKenzie Darrah back from a dislocated hip; she came off the bench to score 10 points.
Khalia Lawrence led Kendrick (17-11) with 20 points.