Friday basketball playoff roundup

By Score Atlanta

Girls

Class AAAAAA

Cherokee 65, North Forsyth 53: Kiana Howell scored with less than a second left in regulation to force overtime for Cherokee. Nisha Williams took over from there, scoring 15 pints in the two overtime periods for the host Warriors. Howell finished with 18 points and Williams led all scorers with 29. Caroline Bowns had 23 for North Forsyth, while first-round hero Lochlain Corliss was held to seven points.

North Gwinnett 66, Archer 42: The host Bulldogs used a 9-0 run late in the second quarter to put a relatively close game out of reach at intermission. North Gwinnett drilled eight 3-pointers in the first half. Lexie Brown finished with 23 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals to pace North Gwinnett. Joshlyn Belcher scored 17 points with four rebounds and Peyton Whitted filled the stat sheet with 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Class AAAAA

Southwest DeKalb 68, Villa Rica 37: The Panthers outscored visiting Villa Rica 17-7 in the second quarter to help take a 33-17 halftime lead. Sophomore forward Nicole Martin led the Panthers with 29 points and 15 rebounds, while senior guard Miaya Crowder scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Senior Britany Wright scored 19 points and had nine rebounds for Villa Rica, which struggled with Southwest DeKalb’s pressure defense.

Stephenson 59, Lithia Springs 55: Stephenson picked up a second straight road victory to open the playoffs, knocking off Region 5-AAAAA No. 3 Lithia Springs 59-55. Senior co-captain Kaliyah Mitchell scored 21 points for Stephenson, while Lithia Springs was paced by Tashara Jones’ 22 points.

Tucker 53, Salem 42: Visiting Tucker earned its second straight road win of the playoffs. Junior Nuba Jackson had 16 points and Erykah Davenport had 14. The Tigers built their lead early by claiming a 15-5 lead after the first quarter, but Salem got back in it and trailed just 23-20 at the half. Tucker then outscored Salem 12-6 in the third. Ayanna Mitchell led Salem with 19 points.

Class AAAA

Woodland-Henry 60, Cross Creek 55: Woodland-Henry went on the road to hand Cross Creek its first loss of the season. Morgan Jones scored 10 in the first half for Woodland-Henry, which saw a 16-9 first quarter lead disappear before intermission. Cross Creek could not hold the 25-24 lead as Woodland-Henry took a 42-39 lead into the fourth before Lindsey Reed helped finish off Cross Creek. Reed finished with 18 points while Cross Creek’s Naomi Wilds led all scorers with 19 points.

Class AAA

Buford 59, Elbert County 25: It took an 8-7 lead from visiting Elbert County before the Wolves exploded. They closed out the first quarter on a 15-0 run which was part of a 22-1 explosion. MacKenzie Darrah and Maya Dillard combined for 12 steals in the first half which helped Buford go into the half with a comfortable 37-14 lead. Darrah had 13 points and Buford teammate Kristina Nelson added 10 points in the victory.

Decatur 57, Sonoraville 50: Senior forward Jordan Dillard scored 34 points, nearly double her 18.1 points per game average, while freshman forward Kayla Thomas chipped in 11 points to help visiting Decatur knock off the Region 5-AAA tournament champions.

St. Pius 55, Oconee County 35: A 14-4 run in the second quarter that was keyed by three consecutive 3-pointers helped host St. Pius gain a decisive 36-19 halftime edge. The Golden Lions led by seven after one period. Sophomore guard Asia Durr led St. Pius with 25 and junior guard Jasmine Carter added 17. The teams combined to shoot just three free throws.

Southwest-Macon 63, Douglass 49: Southwest-Macon led Douglass 36-23 at halftime before pulling away at home in the fourth quarter. Southwest-Macon’s SheKenya Peters was 7-for-11 from the field in the first half for 14 points while the defense limited Douglass to just 7-for-25 from the field. Aubria Gresham scored 11 points to keep Douglass in the game.

Class AA

Kendrick 61, Greater Atlanta Christian 59: In a back-and-forth game, the teams traded leads throughout as each took turns leading at the end of each quarter. Junior Brianna Cummings led the visiting Spartans with 26 points and 16 rebounds, while Cosette Mahre added 12 points and six rebounds for Greater Atlanta Christian. The Spartans were hampered by 21 turnovers.

Lovett 55, Rabun County 37: The Lovett Lions only received six points from standout senior Sydney Umeri, but the rest of the team picked up the slack to knock off Rabun County. Te’erica Eason led visiting Lovett with 22 points while junior Julia Selman connected on four of six from 3-point range and finished with 14 points. Lovett led 30-16 at the half.

Wesleyan 75, Bremen 27: Host Wesleyan jumped out to a 51-8 halftime lead over Bremen then cruised to the victory behind 31 points, eight rebounds and four assists from senior Katie Frerking. The future Auburn Tiger notched career point No. 1,000 in the victory in just her third season of basketball. Fellow senior Kendra Talley finished with 10 points while Paige Mosley finished with nine points. Brittany Stevens filled the stat sheet with four points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

Class A

Holy Innocents’ 64, Hebron Christian 40: Host Holy Innocents’ did not trail all game and was ahead 18-8 after one period. Senior Reshaundra Owens scored 23 points to lead the Golden Bears. Sophomore phenom Amber Skldael scored a game-high 25 points for Hebron Christian.

Pace Academy 35, Paideia 28: In the fourth game between the two Atlanta private schools this season, Pace Academy put the clamps on Paideia. The visiting Knights led 16-6 at the half after Paideia senior center Lucy Coxe left injured early in the first quarter. The Pythons were held to 5-for-41 shooting for the game. Hannah Ferry led Pace with 13 points and Ellery Koelker-Wolfe led Paideia with 13 as well.

St. Francis 67, Strong Rock Christian 13: St. Francis raced to a 47-9 halftime lead then allowed just four points in the second half. Host St. Francis outscored Strong Rock 14-2 in the third quarter before cruising to a 6-2 advantage in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Abby Grant led St. Francis with 18 points while senior Netty Brown chipped in 14.

32 comments Add your comment

Laney girls defeat Taylor 60 - 48

February 22nd, 2013
8:16 pm

Congrats Ladies

happime2

February 22nd, 2013
8:51 pm

Washington County Lady Hawks defeat Tattnall Co. 62-43. Congratulations Ladies! Elite Eight here we come!

Chris

February 22nd, 2013
8:57 pm

Kendrick girls beat GAC 61-59 in a classic down to the wire finish.

Wildhawg2012

February 22nd, 2013
8:59 pm

Kendrick girls over GAC 61-59!!! The best girls game i have ever seen live.GAC very talented team as expected but Kendrick Jr guard scored at least 30 to 35 points to keep kendrick in the game.Outstanding game.The biggest lead was 5.These teams thru punch after punch,just a real treat to watch!!!!

SWD Lady Panther

February 22nd, 2013
9:11 pm

It is going to be on and popping Tuesday at SWD. The Stephenson Jaquars are coming cross town. That should be a good one.

Allatoona Basketball

February 22nd, 2013
9:23 pm

Great effort tonight by the Lady Bucs. Up 20-14 against Miller Grove at the half. MG did a great job of making it up tempo to start the third quarter to go up ten. Got back to 4 at the end of the third but just ran out of gas. Miller Grove has some really good athletes and passed the ball very well. Thanks for the all the memories. Alyssa Dobson, Miranda Arnold, Jessica Finch, Alexis Ezell, and Elise Spann. You guys started Allatoona Basketball. We love you!!!

Bleed Red

February 22nd, 2013
9:41 pm

Way to go Cherokee girls beat North Forsyth 65-53 on to the elite eight

Region 6 - AAAAA

February 22nd, 2013
10:19 pm

4 teams from the same Region playing each other in the Elite Eight. Cmon GHSA!!!!!

SW Dekalb vs Stephenson
Miller Grove vs Tucker

Makes no sense at least until the Final Four or Finals.

EddieT

February 22nd, 2013
10:20 pm

The Parkview coach really played a big role in costing his team the game. They played very differently from their regular season style, different substitution patterns, and overplaying his two best playersin foul trouble all came back to bite them. And, playing that hurt girl in the OT gave Norcross an easy place to attack and build their final lead.

Region 7aa

February 22nd, 2013
10:41 pm

A dynasty run could come to an end tues when Wesylan travels to Calhoun Tuesday! I have seen both teams play and I just think Calhoun is determined not to be denied this year and calhoun defense is just a notch better and their post game is better but I give the nod to Wesylan when it comes to the guard play ………63-59 Calhoun in the early championship game!

Bmax

February 22nd, 2013
10:41 pm

Can Kendrick win it all?

Region 7aa

February 22nd, 2013
10:59 pm

Kendrick beat the fourth best girls team in the state in aa, however I think the Calhoun/Wesylan winner is just a notch better than Kendrick, so Kendrick would have a hard time beating them

Coaching

February 22nd, 2013
11:01 pm

Parkview coach just can’t coach. Crazy subing & let key players foul out. He is blessed with talent to bad he does develop them. Quit screaming all time & develop more & encourage them more.

Hubert Green

February 22nd, 2013
11:10 pm

Weslyan’s girls will beat Calhoun’s girls handidly. GAC beat Lovett four times this year, yet Lovett advances. GAC vs Kendrick was a Final Four type game. GAC had great looks to win it; just didn’t fall. Give Kendrick credit though; unlike some teams who stack up big records during the season and play nobody, Kendrick executed very well down the stretch.

ShilohsFinest

February 22nd, 2013
11:17 pm

Parkviews coach was horrible at Shiloh coaching the boys team in the 90’s. He panics in close games and goes away from what got him their. He rolls the balls out and does no coaching just screams at the players. Good season by the Parkview girls. Should have beaten Norcross tonight.

Chris

February 22nd, 2013
11:26 pm

Not that it really matters, but Holy Innocents’ actually did trail in the game. They were down 6-2 early in the first quarter.

ChapelHill2013

February 22nd, 2013
11:41 pm

Chapel Hill Lady Panthers defeated Dodge County tonight 44-38. Great group of girls!

Region 7aa

February 22nd, 2013
11:50 pm

Wesylan will not beat Calhoun easily , Wesylan played model girls and won by 6 and GAC girls barely beat Lovett a cpl games and GAC nor Kendrick is good as Calhoun or Wesylan ……the GAC fans whine all the time but when they play good teams they get beat just like last year when Manchester beat their boys and they try to stack teams to win championships………they wud not do so good against only private schools in they playoffs and the state is working on that getting done now and Wesylan girls are great but Calhoun defense and post game will get the best of Wesylan! GAC girls are very average and was sec in that region bc it was horrible!

Pope UGA XXIII

February 23rd, 2013
1:29 am

Great post Region 7 AA.!!
GAC girls may have lost tonite, but you apparently have “lost”
your spelling book along with the course on how to properly
construct sentences.

Wildcat Alum

February 23rd, 2013
5:27 am

Laney Wildcats defeated Taylor Co. 60-28. Congrats Ladies!!!!!!!!

Hubert Green

February 23rd, 2013
5:34 am

@region 7aa; the region GAC in has Wesleyan in it which is far and away the best AA team in the state; Lovett is the defending state champions from last year and GAC beat then FOUR times this year. As for the boys, GAC has won two of the last three state championships and will win it this year making it three of four.

Shaunster

February 23rd, 2013
8:17 am

Region 7aa: Hubert Green wins in a blowout.

Reg

February 23rd, 2013
9:54 am

I watched two good teams last night in St Pius vs Oconee County girls. Both teams were well coached. Oconee shoots it extremely well, but St Pius guards were too good and the Golden Lions are the best coached team, at both ends of the floor, that I’ve seen in a long time. It is beyond absurd the way the Georgia High School Athletic Association makes the brackets. The fact that Pi High has to play at Buford in the Elite Eight is a slap in the face to both programs. These two teams are both championship calibur teams….this game should be the championship game.

Reg

February 23rd, 2013
10:03 am

To the parents, aunts, and uncles, that are bashing the Parkview coach for being a bad coach because your kids fouled out, Im sure you would have bashed the coach for some other reason if need be. Maybe the coach isn’t great, but that may be because no one wants that job because the parents complain so much.

ronnie turner

February 23rd, 2013
11:02 am

Hubert green gac has get by Vidalia and I don.t that happen

GwinnettHoopsCoach

February 23rd, 2013
2:29 pm

Tony Watkins at Parkview is one of the best in the business. Anyone who thinks otherwise is crazy. His track record speaks for itself. Parkview is a great team, but Norcross is better. Norcross has two players much better than anyone Parkview has. The only reason that Parkview was in the game was the players’ will to compete and coaching. The couple of folks bashing the PView coaching staff should be ashamed of themselves.

Tree

February 23rd, 2013
3:40 pm

Tony Watkins is blessed to have the talent at Parkview. What gets me about the man is his ego.
He keeps bragging about his 37 point per game win average this season.. He has teams down by 40 and still pressing in the fourth quarter. As a coach you don’t throttle your players back, but you can pack them back in a zone. I was at the game last night, and it was a really good game on both sides. The Parkview girls played with a lot of heart and emotion while the Norcross girls played in spurts. Norcross is more talented and better coached. What I did notice is that there were many non Parkview – Norcross families in the gym watching the game and everyone one of them wanted Tony Watkins to lose. That is a indication about the man’s character.

John j

February 23rd, 2013
4:10 pm

Players from Parkview’s region were at the game openly rooting against them. Players from Norcross’ region were there openly rooting for them. I think that sums up how both teams are viewed when it comes to how they conduct themselves.

Marcie1967

February 23rd, 2013
5:31 pm

Shout out to Washington County High School “Lady Hawks” for such a great season. Great Coaching Staff and team filled with humble and hard working young ladies… Love the entire team and just a Special Shout out to my niece Shonterria Kitchens Region 3AAA “2013″ Player of The Year… Elite Eight Bound and know that we are proud of you ladies and you are Winners already just because of your dedication during the entire season……

bballfan

February 24th, 2013
7:45 pm

It really is a shame St. Pius and Buford have to play in the Elite 8. This will be more like the state championship. No disrespect to Washington County and the others but in AAA, Pius and Buford clearly seem to be the best two teams.

bballfan

February 24th, 2013
7:50 pm

I predict the winner of the St. Pius vs Buford game to win it all over Washington County. But I don’t think it will be easy over WACO. I’m really impressed with what WACO did this year without Alisha Gray. Can you imagine how good they would be with her. But the games still have to be won on the court. My prediction is St. Pius will win it all. I have seen them play and they are really good and can compete with any team on any level. When North Gwinnett played them earlier, they hadn’t quite gelled like they have now. Not saying Pius would beat them now but I think they would give NG a run for their money.

LOVLION

February 25th, 2013
9:45 am

Way to go LIONS ! Love that people continue to under estimate you guys, its makes the wins so much sweeter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!