Semifinals playoff roundup

By Stephen Black

Score Atlanta

All of these games were played at Armstrong State University in Savannah.


Class AAA

Johnson-Savannah 56, North Hall 34: Johnson-Savannah used runs in the second and third quarters to distance itself from No. 7 North Hall and romp into finals.

Eight points by LSU-signee Tim Quarterman keyed a 15-4 second-quarter run that helped give the No. 3 Atom Smashers a 22-17 half-time advantage. To start the third quarter, Johnson-Savannah went on a 10-2 run to take a commanding 32-17 lead with 5:25 left in the period.

Senior guard Greg Mortimer led the Atom Smashers with 20 points, while Quarterman finished with 18. Johnson-Savannah advances to the finals with a chance to win its first state championship in basketball since 1992.

Savannah 54, Buford 50: The Savannah Blue Jackets advanced to the state finals for the second consecutive season.

Jamal Norman scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Savannah, which led almost the entire game including a 13-point edge in the first half. Buford cut the lead to two at 44-42 after a 6-0 run midway through the fourth, but could come no closer.

Javonte Spivey added 14 for Savannah, while A.J. Davis led all scorers with 21 for Buford. Kyle Doyle had 13 for the Wolves. Savannah starting forward Chris Cokley was out with a concussion.

Savannah will attempt to win its 13th state championship Saturday in Macon against cross-town rival Johnson. Last season, the Blue Jackets lost to Milton in the Class AAAAA finals after a surprising run through the playoffs.


Class AAA

Dawson County 66, Southwest-Macon 50: Dawson County started the second half on an 11-2 run and attained a commanding 41-31 lead midway through the third quarter. No. 9 Dawson County led 19-12 lead after one period and 30-29 at the half. The Tigers expanded their lead in the third by outscoring Southwest-Macon 19-11 in the quarter.

Sophomore post Sheyenne Seabolt led the Tigers with 27 points and 14 rebounds, while senior guard Carly Gilreath, a USC-Aiken signee, scored 24.

No. 9 Dawson County, in its first state playoff appearance in 11 seasons, advances to the finals looking for the first basketball state championship – regardless of gender – in school history. The Tigers are in their first final four since 1992 and clinched their first championship game appearance since 1991.

St. Pius 59, Chapel Hill 51: St. Pius battled back from a 22-12 deficit at the end of the first quarter and pulled away from Chapel Hill in the final period. Sophomore guard Asia Durr, who has offers from more than 30 colleges already, made a 3-pointer early in the final period to give the Golden Lions their first lead of the game at 36-35. St. Pius led the remainder of the game.

Durr led all scorers with 27 points while junior guard Jasmine Carter added 17. Chapel Hill received 14 points from Kaneisha Mixon, 12 points and 10 rebounds from Earnicia Washington, a Stillman College signee, and nine points, seven rebounds from Jazmine Lawrence.

Coach Kyle Snipes’ team clinched its first championship game appearance since 2007, the last year of a 4-year stretch in which the Golden Lions won three state titles.

18 comments Add your comment

St Pius Fan

March 2nd, 2013
9:25 pm

Way to go girls……. We are SPX


March 2nd, 2013
11:43 pm

How did Savannah go from AAAAA to AAA?

The Dawg

March 3rd, 2013
12:05 am

Congrats Lady Tigers! You are a class act and always play your hearts out. Take it to Pius

Steve Daniels

March 3rd, 2013
12:09 am

It was almost perfect the way things played out. Wheeler lost (The worst of all in regards to recruiting)……Avery Patterson-who by the way was enrolled at Milton as late as October of this year. Tift Co lost…….B. Greene’s mom gets job at Tift Co. Westlake lost ….K.Johnson is 20 years old. Shiloh lost…..their whole team. But Norcross won tonight. Oh well. At least Norcross doesn’t call others team’s players………Speaking of calling other people’s players…..How did Buford do? Oh they lost. For someone who thinks and speaks as if he sits among Dean Smith and John Wooden, he doesn’t have much to show……Well, recruiting season starts next week for Allen. He has to replace all five seniors. Rest assured he will and the GHSA will sit back and look the other way. Thanks Ralph.


March 3rd, 2013
5:25 am

@Mr. GA, Savannah High went from AAAAA to AAA b/c their enrollment has been at that level for years. They have about 8 or 900 students. For years savannah schools played up in classification in order for all of our schools to be in the same region. This year they went by enrollment numbers, so 3 of the 6 high schools are AAA, and the other 3 are AAAAA. I think I read it on one of the other threads about Savannah basketball being back on the scene, but that playing up thing definitely cost some kids scholarships, more so on the football side though b/c the basketball teams here always had a decent showing even playing out of classification.


March 3rd, 2013
6:38 am

Congratulations to Kyle Snipes and his St Pius X Golden Lions for a gutty win in the AAA state semi finals over a very good Chapel Hill team.


March 3rd, 2013
9:58 am

Congrats to the St. Pius X. girls. Dr. Steve would be very proud.

Trojan Horse

March 3rd, 2013
10:38 am

No wonder why N Hall lost no one scored for them. Was the game as one sided as the article?


March 3rd, 2013
10:39 am

Congrats to the Chapel Hill Lady Panthers on a historic 2012-2013 Final Four season. These girls played hard every night and left everything on the floor. Great Job ladies!

north ga granny

March 3rd, 2013
10:55 am

Congratulations Lady Tigers.I remember when your parents and some of your grandparents played ball for Dawson.


March 3rd, 2013
12:14 pm

DCHS: Ford Phillips would be very proud..Team and Coach are class acts……DCHS have had some very good teams over the years, hope the Girls can rise up one more time.


March 3rd, 2013
12:17 pm

North Ga Granny: I am talking about some of those teams from the 60’s when Coach Phillips was at his best and coached both the boys and girls when we looked forward to going up 19 to visit the Tigers….


March 3rd, 2013
1:15 pm

Trojan horse…yes the game was that lopsided….I personally think Buford would have lost by double figures if savannah 6′7″ center would have played….north hall must not have seen an athletic team like Johnson…they seemed overwhelm


March 3rd, 2013
1:18 pm

I know the ghsa only thinks basketball is played in the Atlanta metro area…can somebody explain..maybe i’m wrong…is it true that Milton had an ineligible player last year…if so, why didn’t they get stripped of their title last year..

johnny too good

March 3rd, 2013
4:49 pm

Yes Milton’s team of allstar transfer recruits struggled to beat a AAA Savannah team last year in the championship game. The coach got fired this year before the season started.

Roundball 1

March 3rd, 2013
10:09 pm

@Steve Daniels you left out Marist.

R Jeremy

March 3rd, 2013
11:58 pm

Buford started 5 SR’s and had 8 SR’s on the team. This was Bufords year to win it and they came up short against a Savannah team who was playing without their best player. Whitehart talks a BIG game but has yet to back it up. Without the addition of Kyle Doyle (who lives with AJ Davis) this year they wouldnt have made it this far. I wonder if Doyle will move back home to Augusta and finish the year living with his parents? Whens the 1st AAU tournament? You better believe the Buford staff will be on the prowl.

Goal Tending

March 4th, 2013
9:12 am

@e, NHall was only in it because they played at home in quarterfinals and heard they shot 80% from the field. Away from home they were cannon fodder for Johnson-Savannah.
Hated driving to Gwin Center and Catersville back in the day but to give teams home court in quarterfinals is worse. Nuetral sites at least after the 1st round. Doesnt make sense to drive all the way to Savannah tp play 1 game ! Play back to back Friday and Saturday games. Teams play that way during the season. This is not football it is basketball 2 games in 24 hoours is nothing kids play 3 games a day during AAU season.