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MACON CENTREPLEX | MARCH 6-9, 2019

2019 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

FEATURES

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

Letter from the Executive Director ..................................................................................4

C L AS S A- P R I VAT E GI R L S 2:00 PM -Holy Innocents’ vs. Wesleyan CL AS S A- P RI VAT E B OY S 4:00 PM - St. Francis vs. ELCA

CLAS S A-PU BLIC GIRLS 6:00 PM - Marion Co. vs. Calhoun Co CLAS S A-PU BLIC BOYS 8:00 PM - Calhoun Co. vs. Treutlen

THURSDAY, MARCH 7 CL AS S 2 A GI R L S 2:00 PM - Early Co. vs. Douglass-Atl. CL AS S 2 A B OY S 4:00 PM - Therrell vs. Vidalia

CLAS S 3A GIRLS 6:00 PM - Hart Co. vs. Johnson-Sav. CLAS S 3A BOYS 8:00 PM - Morgan Co. vs. Hart Co.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 CL AS S 4 A GI R L S 11:00 AM - Spalding vs. Carver-Col. CL AS S 4 A B OY S 1:00 PM - Americus-Sum. vs. Carver-Col. AAAS P WH EELCH A I R 3:00 PM - Gwinnett Heat vs. Houston Co. Sharks

CLAS S 5A GIRLS 6:00 PM - Buford vs. Villa Rica CLAS S 5A BOYS 8:00 PM - Buford vs. Fayette Co.

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TEAM INFORMATION AAASP Bracket & Team Information ................................................................................8 Class A-Public & A-Private Brackets..................................................................................9 Class A-Public & A-Private Team Information........................................................... 10-13 Class AA & AAA Brackets................................................................................................16 Class AA & AAA Team Information............................................................................ 17-20 Class AAAA & AAAAA Brackets........................................................................................21 Class AAAA & AAAAA Team Information................................................................... 22-25 Class AAAAAA & AAAAAAA Brackets...............................................................................30

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CLAS S 7A GIRLS 5:00 PM - Westlake vs. Collins Hill CLAS S 7A BOYS 7:00 PM - McEachern vs. Meadowcreek

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40th Anniversary of Southwest Macon’s 1979 Team.......................................................7

Class AAAAAA & AAAAAAA Team Information.......................................................... 31-34

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 CL AS S 6 A GI R L S 1:00 PM - Lanier vs. Lovejoy CL AS S 6 A B OYS 3:00 PM - Tri-Cities vs. Tucker

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GHSA 2019 STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS WORD FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GHSA

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elcome to the 2019 GHSA Basketball championships! The games are sure to be exciting as all of the schools represented are looking forward to their team achieving the title of “Champion”. However we all know that all of our teams are outstanding and are definitely winners. This has been an outstanding season and this year’s championship games will include familiar faces as well as teams that have worked hard and peaked at just the right time. Our congratulations are in order for all of the teams, coaches, administrators, cheerleaders and parents who have supported the athletes through this year’s journey to the final games. I know you will enjoy and appreciate the games and all of the work leading up to this exciting event. I would also like to thank you for your support of high school basketball throughout the season. Your attendance and support is integral to the success of high school athletics and for the team you are here to cheer on. Good sportsmanship is expected from our athletes and I urge you to be positive in your support of all of our teams. Let’s work TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

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he 2019 GHSA/Dr. Ralph Swearngin Basketball State Championships return all 17 finals to the Macon Centreplex, and each classification is chock full of storylines worth following. Here’s what the four days of championship basketball have to offer.

WESLEYAN-HOLY INNOCENTS’ BATTLE CONTINUES On Wednesday, March 6, four games featuring Class A-Private and Class A-Public kick off championship week, and the first matchup is a heavyweight fight. The Holy Innocents’ and Wesleyan girls, the two preeminent programs in Class A-Private, will meet for an amazing fifth state championship game in a row, with Wesleyan having taken three of the four. The St. Francis boys are looking to cement their powerhouse status with a third title (back-to-back in 2014-15), meeting aspiring first-time champion ELCA. For Class A-Public, Wilkinson County was denied by Calhoun County a chance to win its 11th title; Calhoun County, which meets Treutlen, is the only team other than Wilkinson County to win an A-Public title since the division was started in 2013. The Calhoun County’s girls team makes it to Macon as well, meeting Marion County in A-Public. Day 2 begins with Class AA championship games featuring two Atlanta Public Schools programs meeting South Georgia squads. The Douglass girls are in their first state title game in program history against Early County, and Therrell also seeks its first ring against Vidalia, a Class AA finalist last season. In Class AAA, Hart County also has a shot at a state sweep. The girls team came back to best Beach in Savannah for a shot at defending champion Johnson-Savannah, and the Hart County boys will try

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together to make today’s games a great experience for all involved. To put on an event of this magnitude takes many volunteers who have worked tirelessly to provide a “first class” event. Many hours of work from this group will enhance the experience of our players, cheerleaders and fans. The GHSA staff has been working for weeks as well to ensure a special event for all involved. Finally I would like to thank our corporate sponsors who make it possible to put on these championships. Their advertisements can be seen throughout this venue and I encourage you to support them whenever possible. The GHSA wants to thank these exemplary companies for their involvement, we appreciate their support. Thank you for your attendance and I know you are going to enjoy the best high school basketball anywhere!

James R. Hines, Jr. Executive Director

to upend favorite—and Region 8 rival—Morgan County, one of the most exciting teams in the state. The third day in Macon brings yet two more schools with a chance at both the boys and girls trophies. Carver-Columbus brings both of its programs over from Muscogee County to take on opponents in Spalding and AmericusSumter. The Lady Tigers go for their first state title against defending champion Spalding, which won its first championship last season and won its semifinal game in dominating fashion. The Carver boys won their first and only state championship in 1971; the old Americus High was state champ a decade before that, but Americus-Sumter seeks its first title. At 3 p.m., the Gwinnett Heat take on the Houston County Sharks in the wheelchair championship. In Class AAAAA, Buford’s two teams sport identical records as well as legendary head coaches walking the sidelines. The two programs have combined for seven state titles; the boys look for their second banner after breaking through for the first time two seasons ago. Both Wolves’ teams face stiff competition in the form of the Villa Rica girls and Fayette County boys; Villa Rica has been a juggernaut this year with a 32-0 record, and Fayette County is hungry for its first title.

MEADOWCREEK-MCEACHERN CLOSES IT DOWN The week concludes with the Class AAAAAA and AAAAAAA title games on Saturday. In Class AAAAAA, the Lovejoy girls have been electric on their march to defend their 2018 title, the program’s first, and will clash with Lanier, a young school (opened in 2010) with a first-year head coach in its first state final. Tucker eyes its first ‘ship since 2007, which was the program’s second-ever championship, and South Fulton’s Tri-Cities has dreams of becoming a first-time state winner. On the girls side of the largest classification, Collins Hill will try to win its sixth all-time title but first since the program won five from 2001-07, when Maya Moore dominated the court (2003-07). The Meadowcreek boys were one of the best stories of the 2017-18 basketball season, as Curtis Gilleylen led the Mustangs to the school’s first basketball title. But No. 1 and undefeated McEachern is looking to complete its quest for the program’s first title against the second-ranked Mustangs. The Indians are stacked, with players like junior 5-star guard Sharife Cooper leading the way.


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MACON CENTREPLEX | MARCH 6-9, 2019 SPECIAL PRESENTATION

SOUTHWEST MACON’S 1979 TEAM CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY BY CRAIG SAGER II

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here was something very special about to take place in the Heart of Georgia. Don “Duck” Richardson had transformed the Southwest Macon basketball program into a powerhouse since stepping in as head coach. He led the program to its first state title during the 1972-73 season and saw the Patriots collect their second championship following the 1974-75 campaign. The program had grown into a winning machine and it was also producing college-ready prospects at an exceptional rate.

Southwest opened its season against Tennessee High School and was a narrow 58-54 winner after going ahead 34-21 at the half. Murphy High School was pummeled 78-38 in the Patriots’ next outing and then the team got set to play its cross-town rival Northeast Macon at the Macon Coliseum. Northeast gave Southwest its only two losses during the 1978 season and the atmosphere at these games was unequalled. Southwest took the game 78-73, but would have to defeat the Raiders three more times before the season was finished.

Coach Richardson had a passion for excellence and his demand for discipline and hard work was extremely high. His methods were known to be intense, but they were also known for the results they were producing on the court. Fundamentals and team play were indicative of the Patriots’ brand of basketball and their relentless training in the offseason made it second nature by the time the season rolled around. The program went on to reach the state semifinals in 1976, and then fell short in the finals to conclude the 1977 season. It wasn’t until the 1978 season, that the signs of something even greater than expected had begun to show. Led by a trio of outstanding juniors, the Patriots went on to finish the 1978 season with a 26-2 overall record and captured the Class AAAA title.

After picking up several instate victories, Southwest got set to take on Oak Hill Academy and St. John’s Prep in the Tom Porter Classic. Fair posted 26 points and 20 rebounds as the Patriots toppled Oak Hill 80-59 and they’d go on to defeat St. John’s 55-48 to return home with even more clout.

The hype, expectations and the excitement surrounding the 1979 season were at an all-time high. Terry Fair, Michael Hunt and Jeff Malone were the trio of returning seniors that the 1979 team would be built around. Fair was a 6-foot-8 McDonald’s All-American that was a man amongst boys in the paint. He’d go on to reach with 1983 Final Four with the University of Georgia and was drafted by the Indiana Pacers. Hunt was a fierce defender that also served as student body president during the 1979 school year, and he picked up coaching after earning a scholarship to play at Furman. As for Malone, his deadly jump shot was feared throughout the Patriots’ 1979 season, as well as Mississippi State where he went on to set the all-time scoring record, and later in the NBA where he averaged 19 ppg game during a 13-year playing career.

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Southwest’s performances against Atlanta’s top schools added to this ever-growing spotlight. The Patriots also met with Baylor Prep (TN) for a showdown at the old Omni in downtown Atlanta. Southwest led Baylor 43-35 at the half and then dominated the next two quarters to leave with a 94-57 win. At this point, the team was not just entering the national polls, they were aggressively climbing them.

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A crowd of 9,000 packed the Coliseum to see Southwest hand Northeast a 71-57 defeat and improve to 19-0 on the year. By the time the Region Tournament arrived, it was clear that Southwest was in reach of its goal of a national title. The pressure was immense, but a 63-54 win over Northeast gave the Patriots a top seed heading into the state tournament. Southwest defeated Columbus (82-46), Thompkins (104-57) and Heritage (75-58) to reach the finals and set up a state championship showdown with Northeast. The Patriots entered the game with a 27-0 record and were the No. 1 team in the nation. Northeast was 24-4 with three of the losses coming to the Patriots and the other coming to St. John’s. The Coliseum was packed with more than 10,000 fans to witness the historic showdown. Northeast pulled ahead 48-38 early in the second half and led Southwest 53-51 with six minutes left. But in true Patriots’ fashion, Southwest answered with an overwhelming run and closed out a 69-60 victory, perfect season and 1979’s No. 1 National Ranking.

Seeing what was at stake, coach Richardson and the team went all-in preparing to take on a schedule that would keep the Patriots in the spotlight all season long. Georgia High School The GHSA is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Basketball had never been considered in the top Southwest Macon’s 1979 season during half-time of tier nationally, but that did not stop the Patriots this year’s Boys Class AAAAAAA Finals to honor the from setting their sights on achieving the mythic Patriots remarkable achievement. ride home were extended — he just chose to run. I loved Hook’s spirit and positive attitude on how he chose to handle life. goal of a national title. Photos courtesy of Duck’s Boys

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he Gwinnett Heat won their first and only AAASP basketball state title in 2012 and the Houston County Shark’s have been crowned champions in each of the six years since. At last year’s finals, however, the Sharks were outmatched early on by West Georgia. Houston County had to answer an early 8-1 deficit before its 36-27 win could be celebrated. Jordan Kozloski has been a key player in the Shark’s success, and she’s back after netting a game-high 24 points to fuel last year’s rally. “It means a whole lot,” said Kozloski after the win. “We worked our butts off to get here and we wanted to show out. The game plan was to have fun, make our shots and play as a team. You cannot win the game individually. You have to play as a team. We work hard to together and compete together. We are a big family.” As for the Heat, they were able to push the Shark’s to the brink this January in the opening game of the Peachtree Corners Invitational at Norcross High School. Gwinnett led Houston County by 11 points (30-19) in regulation before Houston County’s improbable comeback. The Sharks answered with a 13-2 run that forced overtime 32-32 and then defeated the Heat 39-32 after a 7-0 advantage in the extra period. Kozloski once again came up clutch, fueling the comeback with her game-high 19 points. Will Millikan paced Gwinnett with 12 points, but fouled out in overtime.

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GHSA 2019 STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLASS A-PRIVATE GIRLS

3.06.19 2 PM

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019

HOLY INNOCENTS’

WESLEYAN

DID YOU KNOW? WESLEYAN’S CALLIE WEAVER HOLDS THE SCHOOL ALL-TIME RECORD FOR CHARGES TAKEN WITH 49.

HOLY INNOCENTS’

GOLDEN BEARS • 25-6 • REGION 5

T

he Golden Bears served semifinals opponent Calvary Day a severe 70-30 loss to extend their search for the school’s third girls basketball state title. Holy Innocents’ season features two players averaging double-digit points per game with sophomore Jillian Hollingshead averaging 12.9 and freshman Marya Hudgins averaging 13.3. Standing at 6-4, Hollingshead is the tallest member of this Golden Bears team. Through physical play and utilization of her size, the forward can go up strong and come down with the rebound. With her eight rebounds against Calvary Day, she is averaging 7.4 rebounds per game on the season while Hugdins and junior Jada Farrell are averaging 7.1 and 6.7 respectively. Farrell also averages 9.8 points a game and does a great job of shaking a defender to open up a shot from the field. Sophomore Cierra Foster averages 5.7 points per game but makes her biggest contribution through her vision on the floor. Her ability to find the open player for an open shot lets her boast a team-high 4.8 assists per game. Sophomore Rachel Suttle is the fourth player behind Hollingshead, Hudgins and Farrell to hit the 200-point mark on the season and leads the team in steals per game. This young team started the season off with back-to-back losses, but since went undefeated in their region and are riding a 15game win streak. Even with no seniors on the roster, the Golden Bears are playing with the caliber of a championship team. Whether they walk away with a title or not, their season shows that this season is just the beginning of what may be a long run of playoff pushes filled with talented players.

WESLEYAN

T

WOLVES

28-3

REGION

5

he always dominant Wolves find themselves matched up against familiar opponent Holy Innocents’ in the state finals for the fifth year in a row. Wesleyan claimed three of the four titles played against the Golden Bears, losing in 2015-16 by just two points to serve Holy Innocents’ their second title in school history. This season, the Wolves have looked as dominant as ever and aim for the school’s third three-peat in 16 years. Helping Wesleyan do so will be junior A.C. Carter who is averaging 17.9 points per game. Carter showcased her ability to crash the boards in the semifinals, snagging 19 rebounds against St. Francis in the semifinals to bring her season average to 9.1 per game. Senior Callie Weaver broke the school single-season record for charges taken with 35, and has been a great all-around player for Wesleyan. Her average of 4.4 assists per game is second on the team, and her outside shooting abilities make her a constant threat from deep. Sophomore Paige Lyons acts as floor general for the team, dishing out a team high 4.7 assists per game while averaging 11.5 points. Defensively, Weaver and junior Izzy Larsen hold down the fort. As the team’s top defenders, they’ll be tasked with hampering Holy Innocents’ best scorers. In the backcourt, sophomore Nicole Azar leads the team in three-point shooting and sits at second on the team with 12.5 points per game. The Wolves have held all playoff opponents to 52 points or less, including a 75-23 win over Savannah Christian in the second round. They’ll look to diminish offensive opportunities as much as they can against a Holy Innocents’ team that’s averaging 71.7 points per game this postseason.

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Head Coach: Nichole Dixon No. Name Pos.

Gr.

1

Rachel Suttle

G/F

10

3

Caroline Berkey

G

10

4

Ellie Crosswell

F

11

5

Cierra Foster

PG

10

10

Ansley Diaz

F

11

13

Kate Reddy

G

10

14

Logan Jackson

F

10

22

Charlsie Birkel

PG/G

10

23

Marya Hudgins

G

9

24

Renee Davis

F

10

25

Jada Farrell

F

11

32

Naja Reeves

PG/G

9

35

Jillian Hollingshead

F

10

Head Coach: Jan Azar No. Name

Pos.

Gr.

1

Paige Lyons

PG

10

3

Nicole Azar

G

10

5

Teagan Wilkenloh

G

9

14

Jessie Parish

F

9

15

Kaylynn Kirklen

G/F

9

20

Alyssa Phillip

F

10

22

Izzy Larsen

G/F

11

23

Sade Ojanuga

G/F

9

32

Callie Weaver

G

12

33

Avyonce Carter

G/F

11

44

Imani Washington

F

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019

ST. FRANCIS

CLASS A-PRIVATE BOYS

3.06.19 4 PM

EAGLE’S LANDING CHR.

DID YOU KNOW? 2018 CLASS A PLAYER OF THE YEAR DWON ODOM, CHASE ELLIS AND CJ RILEY EACH HAVE ACCUMULATED OVER 1,000 POINTS FOR ST. FRANCIS.

ST. FRANCIS

KNIGHTS

27-4

REGION

6

A

narrow two-point victory over Mt. Bethel puts the St. Francis Knights in position to claim the school’s third basketball title in school history. With a trio of 1,000-point scorers on the team in juniors Dwon Odom and Chase Ellis and senior CJ Riley, the Knights have a prolific offense that will be firing on all cylinders in the finals. Odom has accumulated over 1,600 points, over 600 assists, over 500 rebounds and over 200 steals throughout his career. This season Odom is averaging 21.6 points a game, the highest on the team and the only player with an average over 20 points. Ellis sits at second on the team with 14.6 points per game, while Riley is averaging 12.4. While this trio of all-stars gives the Knights plenty of reliable scoring options, they also can find success through the shooting of sophomore Jusaun Holt and freshman Jordan Brown who are averaging 10.5 and 8.4 points per game, respectively. This pair of shooters can hit the three-ball with open space or while contested. Defensively, the Knights held their first two playoff opponents Savannah Country Day and Pinecrest Academy to under 45 points and will continue to play teams close and physical to limit offensive success. Standing at 6-5, Holt gives St. Francis a huge presence on defense and leads the team in blocks and defensive rebounds. The Knights almost claimed their third state title last season but fell short by five points to Aquinas. To avoid a repeat disastrous end to their 27-4 season, the Knights will continue to play hard ball in the finals to avoid being sent home without the title for a second year in a row.

ELCA

T

CHARGERS

22-8

REGION

5

he Chargers failed to make the 2018 finals after falling to future champs Aquinas, but now find themselves at the final stages of their campaign for the school’s first basketball state title in school history. ELCA dropped eight games in the regular season, including one region loss, but have been nothing short of stellar throughout their postseason run. The duo of seniors Mekhi Cameron and Kelvin Jones have been electric for ELCA, though Cameron’s status for the finals game is questionable following a right shoulder injury suffered in the semifinals. When on the court, Cameron has averaged 14.3 points a game and is a crucial component to the explosive nature of the Chargers’ offense. Jones sits at second on the team with an average of 12.8 points and will have to see an increased workload if Cameron is forced out due to injury. Feeding the ball to these prolific scorers will be senior Trevon Reddish, who leads the team with 5.1 assists per game while averaging 12.3 points per game. The 6-4 guard can also attack the basket and weave through defenders to sneak in a layup. Senior Kamari Smith’s 20-point performance in the semifinals showcased the 6-1 guard’s ability to score from anywhere. Smith averages 8.2 points per game, and will look to keep firing from all over the court. Defensively, senior Felix Uadiale leads the team with 6.2 defensive rebounds per game while snagging 3.2 offensive rebounds per game. The Chargers had issues with turnovers and missed shots in the semifinals, scoring their fewest points throughout their postseason run. ELCA will look to sharpen their game and leave no room for mistakes against a more than capable St. Francis team that has won two state titles in the past five years.

Head Coach: Drew Catlett No. Name Pos.

Gr.

0

Drew Robinson

W

9

1

Dwon Odom

G

11

3

CJ Riley

G

12

4

Jusaun Holt

W

10

10

Dominic Briggs

G

10

11

Sam Salama

W

12

12

Matthew Southern

G

10

14

Seth Hubbard

G

9

20

Grey Schiwitz

F

11

21

Kai Simmons

F

10

23

Jordan Brown

G

9

24

Chase Ellis

W

11

33

Sean Paradise

W

12

Head Coach: Derrick Mason No. Name

Pos.

Gr.

1

Kamari Smith

G

12

2

Kelvin Jones II (KJ)

G

12

5

Daylin Coleman

PG

12

10

Chris Tutt

G

11

11

Felix Uadiale

F

12

12

Jordan Smalls

SF

11

13

Mekhi Cameron

G

12

15

Bryson Neal

G

11

22

Kaleb Anthony

G

10

23

Trevon Reddish

G

12

24

Ajai Flagg

G

9

33

Connor Fisher

PF

11

35

Israel Momodu

PF

11

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GHSA 2019 STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019

MARION CO. 3.06.19 6 PM CALHOUN CO.

CLASS A-PUBLIC GIRLS

DID YOU KNOW? TWIN SISTERS ANSLEY AND ASHLEY WHITLEY WERE BOTH FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN SELECTIONS LAST SEASON FOR MARION COUNTY.

MARION COUNTY

EAGLES

27-1

REGION

4

T

he Lady Eagles’ search for the school’s first basketball state title continues as they move into the finals after a sound 57-49 win over Clinch County in the semifinals. There, coach Fran McPherson and the girls will continue to play with a combination of patience and speed on both ends of the court. Through quick ball movement around the top of the court, the Lady Eagles do a great job of creating space between defenders while waiting to find the best scoring option. The tactic of holding the ball at the top of the court was heavily utilized in the semifinals and helped drain the clock down while the Eagles were up, a tactic coach McPherson may use again if necessary. Acting as the anchor to this squad is the senior duo of twins Ansley and Ashley Whitley. Ashley stands at 6-1, and averages 13 points and nine rebounds per game. Ansley stands at 6’1 as well and is a threatening center whose dominant presence allows her to block five shots per game. Her average of 21 points and 17 rebounds per game make her an all-out force on offense, a reliable option for junior Jameisha Williams to look to. Williams is second in scoring on the team with 19 points per game and can use her quick hands to create pressure and snag a steal. The point guard can always look to the Whitley twins to put up points but can also take it upon herself to step back and drain the long three or post up a defender down low. Defensively the Whitley twins make it hard for anyone to score within the paint, forcing opposing offenses away from the basket and blocking them off. This combined with the explosive nature of their offense makes the Lady Eagles as intimidating as any opponent could be.

CALHOUN COUNTY

A

COUGARS • 29-2 • REGION 1

fter failing to advance past Telfair County in the second round last year, Calhoun County got its revenge over the Trojans with a 46-42 win in the semifinals. The Lady Cougars’ trip to the state finals gives the team a chance to take home the school’s first girls basketball state title. Since their second-round matchup against Towns County, the Calhoun County offense has yet to surpass the 50-point mark but the team has also played great defensive ball to help hamper the opposing offenses’ efforts. Leading the Lady Cougars in scoring is senior Kanashus Enocher. The shooting guard is averaging 15 points, three assists and four rebounds a game and can add in a few steals with her quick hands. Enocher sank three three-point shots in the semifinals and will continue to use her range to capitalize on open space around the court. Sophomore Takia Davis gives the Cougars another strong scoring threat. The sophomore center was a huge factor in Calhoun County’s advancement into the finals. With the clock winding down, her two consecutive baskets gave the Cougars a lead that would send them to the finals. Her average of 16 rebounds and eight blocks a game leads the team, making Davis an all-out defensive force for opposing teams to go against. Sophomore Ayani Mansfield has come alive in the postseason, scoring all 12 of her points in the semifinals from three-point range. With Mansfield shooting the way she is, expect to see her continue to take shots from the outside when dished the ball. The Lady Cougars’ felt overlooked during their rise to the finals, giving this team that boasted a perfect region record and only dropped two losses a massive chip on its shoulder as the Lady Cougars move one step closer to making school history.

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Head Coach: Fran McPherson No. Name Pos. 0 2 3 4 5 10 11 11 12 13 14 15 21 22 23

Febbie King Molly Daniels Tanisha Jordan Katelyn Boutin Jameisha Williams (C) Ansley Whitley (C) Alexis Crimes Diamond Franklin Ashley Whitley (C) Lexi Exum Nakia Tymes Eboni Franklin Jillian Walton Terri Crawford Taylor Green

G C PG, SG F PG F PG, SG PG F SG G SG, PG C W PG, SG

Gr. 11 10 9 11 11 12 11 10 12 10 11 11 12 10 11

Head Coach: Cornellius Walker No. Name

Pos.

Gr.

1

Ja’Niyah Wimberley

F

10

5

Jateriah Winbush

PG

9

10

Carmen Cannon

SG

9

11

Kanashus Enocher

SG

12

15

Shantrivia Spann

PG

12

20

Tyesha Curry

F

10

22

Maya Wims

PF/SG

10

23

Ayani Mansfield

SG

10

32

Destiny Hightower

SG

10

35

Takia Davis

C

10

40

Atasia Wallace

SG

12

42

Elizabeth Cody

C

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MACON CENTREPLEX | MARCH 6-9, 2019

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019

CALHOUN CO. 3.06.19 8 PM TREUTLEN CO. CLASS A-PUBLIC BOYS

DID YOU KNOW?

ON TOP OF WINNING THE REGION CHAMPIONSHIP THREE YEARS IN A ROW, THE COUGARS HAVE APPEARED IN THE SEMIFINALS 5 OF THE LAST 6 YEARS, WINNING THE TITLE IN 2015.

CALHOUN COUNTY

COUGARS • 31-0 • REGION 1

T

he Cougars denied Wilkinson County a fourth consecutive state title in their fifth semifinals appearance in the past six years to advance into the Class A-Pubic finals. Now just one win away from Calhoun County’s fourth title in school history, the Cougars still boast an undefeated record and have no intentions of breaking rhythm now in the finals. Following a week 1 bye, the Cougars have averaged 76 points per game in the postseason. Senior Bryan Smith has been a spark for the offense, a 5-7 guard who has no issue driving hard to the basket to throw up a shot. His overtime performance consisting of 17 points against Wilkinson County helped fuel the come-from-behind victory over the defending champs. Smith can also hit from long range and missed only one free throw in the semifinals, making him a sure bet to create offensive production. Junior Jahmad Wiley and sophomore Tykevious Curry represent other reliable options for the offense to look to. Curry can hit from outside or attack the glass and Wiley can take on defenders close to the basket. The Cougars play an all-out physical style of ball, leaving little room for opposing teams to get an easy break on a possession. The Cougars faced off against finals opponent Treutlen during the regular season, beating the Vikings 79-72. This time around, Calhoun County will continue to apply pressure early to Treutlen by attacking the hoop and playing each man tight with no letting up. A finals victory would grant the Calhoun County senior squad an overall record of 106-15, and give the team its first undefeated season during Marcus Shaw’s 10-year career at Calhoun County.

TREUTLEN

T

VIKINGS

30-1

REGION

3

he Vikings narrowly defeated Irwin County 74-72 to give Treutlen a shot at claiming the school’s first-ever basketball state title in Tyree Coney’s seventh year as head coach. This semifinal win saw Treutlen’s lowest points in a game this postseason with previous scores of 78 and 88, a testimony to how electric the Vikings have been while attacking the basket. This fast-paced offense hits hard and early with multiple players who can really control a game. Junior Kamron Jordan plays physical ball, using his power to drive through defenders to make a shot or force a foul. His five trips to the foul line in the semifinals were the most on the team. Arkavias Lovett provides the Vikings with an intimidating big man who not only snags rebounds but follows through with a shot. Lovett’s presence in the paint helped the senior rise above defenders to snag a rebound and make the gamewinning last-second shot to send Irwin County packing in the semifinals. Junior KaSabian Mitchell is everywhere on the court. Whether it’s weaving through defenders with eyes on the rim or posting up outside and taking a long shot, Mitchell can hit from anywhere. He led the Vikings with 20 points in the semifinals and will continue to be a reliable go-to option for the offense. Two seasons ago, this team went 27-0 during the regular season, only to lose in the quarterfinals of the playoffs in a thrilling overtime game against Macon County. The Vikings followed up with an underwhelming 19-9 season but are now back with an undefeated region record and only one loss during the regular season, and are not looking to add another.

Head Coach: Marcus Shaw No. Name Pos. 1 3 4 5 10 11 12 20 21 22 23 24 25 32 33

Tykevious Curry Roney Moore Bryan Smith Dejuan Enocher Ameer Suber Montez Smith D’Travion Scott Lamartrie Robinson Quanderious Powell Edwin Wims Jahmad Wiley Tellies Wiley Juwaun Wiley Malik Moore Calvin Wilson

G G G G G G G F F C G G G F C

Gr. 10 12 12 9 10 11 11 12 12 12 11 9 12 10 12

Head Coach: Tyree Coney No. Name

Pos.

Gr.

2

Kamron Jordan

G/PG

11

4

Quentez Jordan

G

9

5

KaSabian Mitchell

G/PG

11

10

Arkavias Lovett

F/C

12

11

Dorian Burns

F

11

12

Da’ Mariun Thomas

SG

10

13

P.J. Smiley

G

9

14

Cartavious Terry

F/C

10

21

James Byrd

G

11

22

Tafarjae Jordan

G

12

23

Chris Stone

F

12

24

DaKobin Thomas

G

12

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GHSA 2019 STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOYS PAST STATE CHAMPIONS (SINCE 1970) Year AAAAA 1970 - 1971 - 1972 - 1973 - 1974 - 1975 - 1976 - 1977 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 Berkmar 2002 Wheeler 2003 Wheeler 2004 S. Gwinnett 2005 Wheeler 2006 Norcross 2007 Norcross 2008 Norcross 2009 Wheeler 2010 Milton 2011 Norcross 2012 Milton

AAAA - - - - - - - - - SW, Macon Tompkins Baldwin Campbell Marietta Douglass, Atl. SW, Macon Wills Washington Griffin SW, Macon Southside Statesboro Johnson, Sav. Griffin Wheeler Dunwoody Tift Co. Roswell Savannah Marietta Berkmar Dougherty Westlake Griffin Mays Mays Columbia Tucker Columbia Miller Grove Miller Grove Miller Grove Miller Grove

AAA Decatur Carver, Col. Savannah SW, Macon Savannah SW, Macon Savannah LaGrange SW, Macon SW, Atlanta Decatur West Laurens Decatur Gainesville Gainesville Lee Co. Hart Co. (Forfeited) Madison Co. Marist Westover Westover Westover Westover Marist Westside Tucker Dougherty Westover Westlake Marist Westover Cross Keys East Hall West Laurens Dunwoody Dunwoody Jordan Glenn Hills South Atlanta Columbia Columbia Columbia

AA A East Rome Early Co. Berrien Roswell Russell Calhoun Co. SW, Atlanta Bacon Co. SW, Atlanta College Park West Fulton College Park West Fulton College Park Brown Arnold Peach Co. Josey Arnold Dacula Lakeshore Hoganville Crawford Co. Woodbury Crawford Co. Central, Tal. Randolph-Clay Woodbury Terrell Co. Woodbury Central, Car. Woodbury Randolph-Clay Bible Baptist Lakeshore Clinch Co. Claxton Richmond Hill East Rome Clinch Co. Mitch.-Baker Central, Tal. Mitch.-Baker East Rome Wash. Co. Greenville North Clayton Richmond Hill Wash. Co. Richmond Hill Dodge Co. Atkinson Co. Swainsboro Hogansville Cedar Grove Calhoun Co. Mitch.-Baker Seminole Co. Mitch.-Baker Wilkinson Co. Mitch.-Baker Wilkinson Co. East Hall Taylor Co. Wilkinson Co. Taylor Co. Mitch.-Baker Whitefield Acad. Randolph-Clay SW Atl. Christian East Hall Randolph-Clay Dublin SW Atl. Christian Manchester Wilkinson Co. Wesleyan Hancock Cent. Dublin Whitefield Academy GAC Wesleyan GAC Wilkinson Co. Laney Whitefield Academy

B Hogansville Hogansville Hogansville West Point Hogansville Monticello Woodbury GAC Clay Co. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

C Arlington GAC GAC -

YEAR 2013 2014 2015 2016

AAAAAA Norcross Tift County Wheeler Westlake

AAAAA Miller Grove Miller Grove Brunswick Miller Grove

AAAA Eagle’s Landing Jonesboro Jonesboro Liberty Co.

AAA Johnson, Savannah Morgan County Jenkins Morgan Co.

A-Public Wilkinson County Wilkinson County Calhoun County Wilkinson County

A-Private Greenforest St. Francis St. Francis Greenforest

YEAR 2017 2018

AAAAAAA Tift County Meadowcreek

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AAAAAA Langston Hughes Hughes

AAAAA Buford Warner Robins

AAAA Upson-Lee Upson-Lee

AA GAC GAC Seminole County Pace Academy

AAA Pace Academy GACS

AA South Atlanta Thomasville

A-Public Wilkinson County Wilkinson County

A-Private Greenforest Aquinas


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GIRLS PAST STATE CHAMPIONS (SINCE 1970) Year AAAAA 1970 - 1971 - 1972 - 1973 - 1974 - 1975 - 1976 - 1977 - 1978 - 1979 - 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 Collins Hill 2002 Collins Hill 2003 Parkview 2004 Stephenson 2005 Collins Hill 2006 Collins Hill 2007 Collins Hill 2008 Stephenson 2009 Redan 2010 Norcross 2011 Norcross 2012 McEachern

AAAA - - - - - - - - - Lowndes Lowndes NE, Macon NE, Macon LaGrange LaGrange NE, Macon Baldwin Baldwin Baldwin Morrow Morrow Morrow Cedar Shoals Morrow Sequoyah S. Gwinnett Sequoyah Stone Mtn. Wheeler Pope Beach C. Gwinnett Glenn Hills Mays St. Pius X Etowah St. Pius X St. Pius X SW DeKalb SW DeKalb SW DeKalb Fayette Co. Miller Grove

AAA Forest Park Sequoyah Decatur Cherokee Waycross NE, Macon Cherokee Lowndes Lowndes Berrien Co. Coffee Madison Co. Cairo Berrien Rockdale Co. Dodge Co. Rossville Dodge Co. Chattooga Hart Co. Hart Co. Hart Co. Hart Co. Hart Co. Hart Co. Woodward Woodward Richmond Acad. Josey Woodward North Atlanta Gainesville NE, Macon Gainesville Gainesville Hephzibah Avondale East Hall Kendrick Carrollton Columbia Washington Co. Columbia

AA A Berrien Monroe Area Sprayberry Taylor Co. Berrien Taylor Co. Monroe Area Haralson Co. Cairo Pickens Berrien Haralson Co. Franklin Co. Brooks Co. Brooks Co. Irwin Co. Waycross Bowdon East Hall Miller Co. East Hall Miller Co. White Co. Warren Co. Putnam Co. GAC Morgan Co. GAC Seminole Co. Central, Tal. Terrell Co. Central, Tal. Terrell Co. Central, Tal. Seminole Co. Clinch Co. Upson Taylor Co. Seminole Co. Hawkinsville Berrien Co. Broxton-M. Hayes Wash. Co. Clinch Co. Tri-County Taylor Co. Fannin Co. Clinch Co. Gainesville Taylor Co. Haralson Co. Taylor Co. Randolph-Clay Manchester Thomasville Pelham Thomasville Putnam Co. Fannin Co. Holy Innocents’ Randolph-Clay Sav. Ctry. Day GAC Jefferson GAC Wesleyan Early Co. Taylor Co. Wesleyan Hawkinsville Wesleyan Terrell Co. Wesleyan SW Atl. Christian GAC Hawkinsville Wesleyan Calvary Day Buford Wesleyan Buford Wesleyan Buford Wesleyan Lovett Wesleyan

B Mitchell Co. Montgomery Co. Montgomery Co. Loganville GAC GAC Clinch Co. Miller Co. Temple - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

C Taylor Co. Norman Park GAC -

YEAR 2013 2014 2015 2016

AAAAAA Norcross McEachern McEachern McEachern

AAAAA SW DeKalb Tucker Stephenson SW DeKalb

AAAA Columbia Redan Buford Americus-Sumter

AAA St. Pius X St. Pius X Laney Morgan Co.

A-Public Gordon Lee Randolph-Clay Taylor County Turner County

A-Private St. Francis SACA St. Francis St. Francis

YEAR 2017 2018

AAAAAAA McEachern Westlake

AAAAAA Mays Lovejoy

AAAAA Buford Buford

AAAA Columbus Spalding

AA Wesleyan Kendrick Wesleyan Holy Innocents’

AAA Beach Johnson-Sav.

AA Laney Laney

A-Public Pelham Greenville

A-Private Wesleyan Wesleyan

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GHSA 2019 STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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n 2 - Team 4

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n 6 - Team 2

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n 8 - Team 4

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n 2 - Team 1

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n 6 - Team 3

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Swainsboro

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56

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74

46

Washington Co.

Chattooga

55

60

Rabun Co.

82

Feb. 26-27

Rockmart

Elbert Co.

48 52 Washington Region 5 - Team 4 Region 6 - Team 4

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Rockmart

Elbert Co. 74 62 Rockmart Region 8 - Team 1 H H Region 7 - Team 1

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Elbert Co.

47

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Laney

44

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65

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48 H

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44 Dodge Co.

March 7 - 2:00 PM Macon Centreplex

47

66

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60

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51

62

Douglas, Atl.

68 H

Champion Lamar Co.

57

52 59 Banks Co. Region 7 - Team 3 Region 8 - Team 3

Therrell

Banks Co.

2018-2019 GHSA Class AAA Girls StateBRACKET Basketball Championship CLASS AAA GIRLS

51 47 Gordon Cent. Region 8 - Team 4 Region 7 - Team 4

Bremen

Douglas, Atl.

Bremen 61 50 Douglas, Atl. Region 5 - Team 1 H H Region 6 - Team 1

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Tattnall Co.

51

48

Johnson, Sav.

24 Tattnall Co. 60

57

44

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Worth Co.

Hart Co.

62

64

84

45 59

Region 6 - Team 3

Jefferson

21 Hart Co. 75

73 H

Redan 68 H

Hart Co.

March 2 - 2:00 PM GA Southern Univ. - Savannah

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Jefferson

32 H

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Feb. 20-21

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March 2

Feb. 26-27

Johnson, Sav. H

49 H

Beach

23 Beach 60

March 7 - 6:00 PM Macon Centreplex

64 H

51

35 Region 1 - Team 3

71

58

62 H

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Sonoraville

Rutland

East Hall 47

60 Dawson Co.

51

46

Champion Lovett

58

Region 2 - Team 4

Region 3 - TeamH1

62

55 Runner-Up

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Region 7 - Team 3

Pace Acad.

Calhoun

42

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Cedar Grove

Cherokee Bluff 56

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Morgan Co.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019

CLASS AA GIRLS

EARLY CO.

3.07.19 2 PM DOUGLASS, ATL. DID YOU KNOW?

DOUGLASS WILL LOOK TO BECOME JUST THE SECOND APS GIRLS PROGRAM (MAYS 2003, 2017) SINCE 2000 TO WIN A STATE TITLE.

EARLY COUNTY

BOBCATS

27-4

REGION

1

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he Early County Lady Bobcats are looking for their second state title, having won the Class AA championship in 2003. The team’s four losses only came to two teams, with the Lady Bobcats falling to Class AAAAA Bainbridge and three times to Region 1 opponent Fitzgerald, twice by two points including the league championship game. But despite settling for the region’s No. 2 seed, Early County won two road playoff games by double-digit margins on its way to the state championship game. The Lady Bobcats took care of Woodville-Tompkins 62-41 and Rabun County 73-60 in the second round and quarterfinals, respectively. In Early County’s 74-60 semifinals win over Model, the team’s star player, Makayla Timpson, stepped up big. Timpson, a sophomore power forward standing 6-foot-2 who already has offers from powerhouse schools such as Georgia, led all scorers with 30 points and also pulled down 22 rebounds. “Makayla stepped up during the region playoffs and she has continued to step up in the state playoffs,” Early County head coach Kimmie Graham told Score Atlanta’s Craig Sager after the game. “She has stepped up and become the type of player that she was today today. She’s everywhere on the court and everywhere where we need her to be.” Early County kept a somewhat comfortable lead over Model throughout most of the game and also relied on hot shooting from Janya Williams, who finished with 21 points and five three-pointers made. Williams’s final three, with 3:11 remaining, put Early County up 15 points, 66-51, after Model had cut the lead to six points earlier in the fourth quarter. Ta’Ziaya Jones also had 13 points and nine rebounds for Early County.

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ASTROS

26-6

REGION

Head Coach: Kimmie Graham No. Name Pos.

Gr.

0

Keonna Jackson

PG

10

1

Jordan Eafford

PG/SG

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4

Brandi Mincey

SG/PG

12

5

My’Kia Wright

PG

11

10

Ny’Asia Marshall

SF/G

9

11

Tekenia McClendon

SG

10

14

Ashontay Henderson

SF/G

11

15

Ta’Ziaya Jones

PF/C

11

20

Erin Timpson

PG/SG

11

21

Makayla Timpson

C/PF

10

23

Janya Williams

SG/G

12

24

Taliah Wesley

PG/SG/SF

12

35

Takeisha Jones

C/PF

11

6

ith its 66-60 semifinals win over two-time defending Class AA champion Laney, Douglass is making its first state finals appearance in program history. The trip to the semifinals was also the program’s first since 2007. The Lady Astros played a very difficult schedule early on, falling five times out of region play and losing just once in Region 6 action. Douglass fell to Class AAAAAAA Marietta and North Forsyth by one point each and 7A Hillgrove by three points over just the first five days of its season, and the team’s two other non-region losses are to teams from Class AAAAA. The Lady Astros’ only region stumble was a seven-point loss to South Atlanta on Jan. 29, but head coach Alana Allen’s team has gone unbeaten since, going 8-0 after that defeat. Douglass made the Final Four thanks to wins over Gordon Central (63-51), Banks County (55-45) and Fitzgerald (68-52). Fitzgerald was undefeated at 27-0 before the game. In the win against Laney, Douglass got 27 points from Jacksonville State signee Nekiyah Thompson, a 5-foot-7 guard. Thompson is the two-time Region 6-AA Player of the Year. Her teammates Ashuntez Weems (15 points, nine rebounds) and 6-foot-3 center Ikenya King (17 rebounds, nine points) also stepped up in the win. Douglass trailed 34-28 at the half before finally taking its first lead of the game, 41-40, at the 1:11 mark in the third quarter. “We were a little nervous,” Allen told Score Atlanta’s Craig Sager. “But I told the girls we are in good shape. We were only down six points. That’s just two baskets. I told the girls if we can win the third quarter, we are going to win the game.”

Head Coach: Alana Allen No. Name

Pos.

Gr.

2

Ashuntee Weems

G

10

3

Nekiyah Thompson (C)

PG/SG

12

4

Ashley McKee

SG/SF

11

5

Kayla Sesberry

G

11

10

Kayla Pruitt

C/PF/C

12

12

Zhaniya Moreland

G

11

14

Michelle Payne

G

10

30

Ikenya King

C/F

11

33

Elise Griffin

SF/PF

12

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GHSA 2019 STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLASS AA BOYS

3.07.19 4 PM

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019

THERRELL

VIDALIA

DID YOU KNOW?

THERRELL HAS MADE THE STATE PLAYOFFS THREE TIMES IN A ROW, MAKING THE TOURNAMENT IN 2017 FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1982.

THERRELL T

PANTHERS

23-7

REGION

6

herrell is in the hunt for the school’s first-ever state title, going on a strong playoff run after entering the tournament as the No. 2 seed out of Region 6. The Panthers lost a close 61-58 game to miss out on a top seed but have won each of their four playoff games by double-digit differences. Therrell dispatched Model 74-59 in the opening round before handling Bremen 68-48 on the road in Round 2. The team was once again on the road in Macon in the quarterfinals, outlasting Northeast 68-47. The semifinals win over Elbert County, however, was the team’s toughest test yet, as the Panthers had to overcome a sizable deficit. Elbert County led 12-6 after the first quarter and were ahead 34-20 at halftime. But Therrell turned it on in the third quarter, starting it on a 17-2 run to take the lead and leading 39-38 at the end of the period. Then, with the game tied at 45-45 with 2:31 remaining, Therrell’s killer instinct kicked in as the Panthers ended the game on a 12-2 run. Robbie Armbrester led Therrell with 17 points to go with 10 rebounds, and Cameron Fortson had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Zyquan Morton delivered 11 points and Ra’Sean Frederick contributed 10. “Our boys are battle tested, they have been in situations like this before,” Therrell head coach told Score Atlanta’s Craig Sager. “They didn’t get nervous, they didn’t get shook and they fought back and did exactly what we are supposed to do. I’m so proud of their mental toughness.” In the team’s quarters victory over Northeast, Morton showed his hot shooting hand with 20 points and six-three-pointers. Armbrester had 18 and Frederick scored 15 as well.

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INDIANS

26-4

REGION

2

ike Therrell, the Vidalia Indians are seeking their first state championship. But the Indians have a recent trip to the state finals to draw on for experience, an appearance last year that unfortunately resulted in a lopsided loss to Thomasville. But Vidalia head coach Tommy Dalley and squad have survived several close games in the playoffs after falling in the Region 2 championship to Woodville-Tompkins. The Indians have held off Early County in the second round 49-46 and South Atlanta in the quarterfinals 46-43 on their way to the Final Four, where they defeated Laney 53-44. Vidalia had an early back-andforth game with Laney but used several runs to stay ahead from the late first half on. The Indians, who started the game on a 9-0 run, used a 7-1 spurt before the half to take a 24-20 lead at the break. Vidalia led by as many as 11 points in the second half before seeing their lead shrink to four points, 45-41, with 2:25 remaining. But an 8-3 run to end the game handed Vidalia the victory. Xavier McClendon notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while teammates Antrel Williams (nine points) and Johnathon Moody and Anthony Jones (seven points each) also chipped in. “Our guys are just so relentless with their defensive effort and they understand that defense is going to win you a lot of games and that attitude is something you can always bring to the game,” Dalley told Score Atlanta’s Craig Sager. Vidalia’s 16-0 run in the second half against South Atlanta in the quarters helped it to the three-point win, and Jones was the Indians’ leading scorer in that game with 16 points.

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Head Coach: Eddie Johnson No. Name Pos. 1 2 3 4 10 13 14 22 24 25 30 30 33 34 42

Robbie Armbrester Ra’Sean Frederick Roman Son Cameron Fortson (C) Corey Donerlson Tyrese Ransom Calvin Miller Djibril Barry Branden Culpatrick Kevin Williams Khamar Carlisle Justin Worrell Deontre Morris Cole Sorina Caden Tukes

PF/SF SG/PG/SF PG/SG SF/PF PG/SG PG/SG PG/SG SF PG SF PF SF SF C SF/SG

Head Coach: Tommy Dalley No. Name Pos. 0 1 2 3 4 5 10 11 13 14 15 20 23 24 25 34

Shawn Edwards Anthony Jones Johnathon Moody Antrell Williams Galen White Reggie Gay Mark Wardlaw Ty Dalley Anthony Murphy Adam McCloud Spencer Ruff Xavier McClendon Trevion Jordan Josh Davis Matthew Hill Toriun Mull

PG SG, PG PG SG, PG F SF PG SG, PG PF SG SG F W SF C, F F

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MACON CENTREPLEX | MARCH 6-9, 2019

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019

CLASS AAA GIRLS

HART CO.

3.07.19 6 PM JOHNSON, SAV. DID YOU KNOW?

JOHNSON WAS ORIGINALLY NAMED POWELL LABORATORY SCHOOL BUT IN 1960, IT WAS RENAMED FOR SOL C. JOHNSON, A PROMINENT LOCAL JOURNALIST, PHILANTHROPIST, EDUCATOR AND SAVANNAH TRIBUNE FOUNDER.

HART COUNTY

BULLDOGS

25-6

REGION

8

H

art County’s girls enter the finals with a chance to reawaken a tradition of excellence that persisted throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s as the girls team brought six straight AAA titles from 19891994 to the banks of Lake Hartwell. This year’s visit, however, marks the first finals appearance since 1994’s title run. In total, the Bulldogs have won eight titles with Class AA crowns in 1963 and 1969. Through the bracket, Hart is averaging 67.3 points per game with victories over Redan (75-21), North Hall (73-66), Tattnall County (59-51) and Beach in the semifinals (62-58). When it upended local favorite Beach at Savannah’s Georgia Southern campus (formerly Armstrong Atlantic) in the semis, Hart was facing what was basically an away game in a “neutral” site. This year’s team is led by Western Kentucky signee Torrion Starks, who helped erase a second-half deficit in the semis against Beach and willed Hart to win, according to coach Mike Edwards. Starks scored 26 points in the second half on the way to a game-high 34 points to erase what became a 12-point second-half deficit. Starks, a 5-8 guard, was 11-of-14 from the line in the final frame and 15-of-21 for the game and her seven free throws in the final 1:04 proved the difference. Shakendra Grove, a 5-7 junior shooting guard, can make defenders pay with her sharp-shooting abilities from beyond the arc. In the semis, Grove scored 15 points, all on three-pointers. Starks leads a group of four seniors – Nene Burch, a 5-9 shooting forward, Tanyiah Merritt, a 5-6 shooting guard and A’cira Teasley, a 5-9 shooting guard. Hart entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed from Region 8 after defeating Jefferson 68-64 in the region championship game on Feb. 9.

JOHNSON-SAV. J

ATOM SMASHERS • 21-8 • REGION 3

ohnson-Savannah might not have the best record and it might not have the top-seed from its region after losing to Beach in the 3-AAA title game, but its still alive and, as the defending champions, it’s the team to beat. Johnson won its first-ever state title with a 62-50 victory over Greater Atlanta Christian in the title game last year. This year, the Atomsmashers have averaged 65.5 points per game through the bracket with victories over Liberty County (84-28), Morgan County (66-44), Jefferson (48-32) in the quarterfinals and Sonoraville (64-52) in the semifinals. Johnson is led by senior J’Mya Cutter. The 5-8 guard led Johnson through the semifinals with 17 points, a bit above her season average of 15.3 points per game. She adds 5.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and four steals per game. Antalazia Baker, who’s averaging 15.1 points per game, scored 11 points in the semifinals alongside 5-9 freshman Zoriah Mobley. Senior guard Jasmine Thompson, who’s averaging 13.2 points per game, added nine points in the semifinals. Thompson leads Johnson in rebounding with 9.1 per game, 5.1 of which come on the offensive side of the floor. Checobia Hugie, a 5-7 senior guard, added nine points against Sonoraville to best her season average of 6.6 points per game. In its semifinal victory, Johnson enjoyed an early 21-8 lead before miscommunications on defense allowed Sonoraville back to within five points in the second quarter. Several adjustments expanded the lead back to nine points at the break and the Atom Smashers held the margin for the rest of the game. It is adjustments like those that make Johnson hard to guard, and with a floor leader like Cutter, coach Brandon Lindsey’s job becomes that much easier.

Head Coach: Mike Edwards No. Name Pos. 2 3 4 10 11 12 13 14 15 20 21 22 24 33 34

Zoe Brock A’cira Teasley Torrion Starks Pashay Saddler Tanyiah Merritt Shakendra Grove Nakia Hailey Sydney Ertzberger Taniya Alexander Nene Burch Breanna Worley Lamaya Sessoms Abbygail McLane Tanyzia Teasley Kiyasia Montgomery

PG SG PG SF SG SG SF SG PF SF SG C SG PF SF

Gr. 10 12 12 9 12 11 11 11 10 12 10 10 9 11 9

Head Coach: Brandon Lindsey No. Name

Pos.

Gr.

1

Zoriah Mobley

G/F

9

2

Antalazia Baker

G

11

3

J’Mya Cutter

G

12

5

Tiana Williams

G

10

10

E. Turner

C

12

11

Jasmine Thompson

F

12

12

Marlee Burner

G

9

14

Checobia Hugie

G

12

15

Jakiah Muhammad

G

9

22

Demondria Hendrix

F

11

23

Amani Hamilton

F/G

9

35

K’yla Hankerson

G/F

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GHSA 2019 STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLASS AAA BOYS

3.07.19 8 PM

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019

MORGAN CO.

HART CO.

DID YOU KNOW?

COACH HARRY MARSH HAS OVER 600 WINS WITH 21 STATE TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES, SEVEN REGION TITLES AND A STATE TITLE WITH HART CO. IN 1986.

MORGAN COUNTY

PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE SCHAEFER/AJC

BULLDOGS • 29-2 • REGION 8

M

organ County is in very familiar territory and, with a trio of senior guards (Lethal Weapon 3 II, if you will) that could rival any in the state, the Bulldogs are comfortable and calm. The All-Region 8 final pits Morgan County, which won titles in 2014 and 2016, both in Class AAA, against Hart County, a team Morgan has beaten twice this year -- 70-53 on Jan. 15 and 66-55 on Jan. 26. The Bulldogs have been a championship caliber program for half a decade and this year’s team, making its fifth finals appearance in six years, could arguably be one of the best that coach Jamond Sims has put on the floor. In 2014, Morgan defeated Buford 69-45 for the AAA crown. In 2014-15, the Bulldogs lost to Jenkins in the title game, 62-60. In 2015-16, Morgan County got its revenge on Jenkins with a 66-56 victory for its second title. In 2016-17, Morgan County fell to Pace Academy in the title game the year the Knights were led by Duke and current Chicago Bulls center/power forward Wendell Carter Jr. Last year, Morgan County lost to eventual-champion GAC in the semifinals 73-71, a score that some of the Bulldogs players have as their background on their phone as a reminder. Morgan County, which is averaging 70 points throughout the tournament, is led by seniors Tyrin Lawrence, Stevin Greene and Alec Woodard. Lawrence, at 6-4, is the tallest of the bunch. Woodard, an Austin Peay commit, comes in at 6-3 and Greene, at 5-8, is the glue that holds the trio together. But don’t let Greene’s size fool you; he went viral earlier in the year for an alley-oop dunk against, you guessed it, Hart County. In the semifinals, Woodard led the group with 23 points. Lawrence scored 21 points and Greene finished with 18 points.

HART COUNTY

D

BULLDOGS • 24-7 • REGION 8

espite falling to its finals opponent, Morgan County, twice this season – 70-53 on Jan. 15 and 66-55 on Jan. 26 -- the experience it gained in those two games could prove valuable in the championship game. Hart County is trying for its third title in school history and its first since 1986 in Class AAA. The Bulldogs’ first-ever boys title came in 1963 when it won the AA crown. Coach Harry Marsh was at the helm during the 1986 championship season before embarking on an 18-year stint at Franklin County and a bit of retirement. This year is his first season back in Hart County after the hardwood came calling again. The Bulldogs have averaged 62 points per game throughout the tournament. In the first three rounds, Hart won by a combined 10 points after victories over Pace Academy 54-50, North Murray 56-54 and JohnsonSavannah 67-63. In the semifinals against Dawson County, Hart cruised to a 71-56 victory after the Tigers climbed to within three points, 38-35, with five minutes left in the third quarter. Hart calmly expanded the lead back to double-digits utilizing stifling, physical defense. Rex McCord, a 6-1 senior shooting forward, provided much of the offensive production against Dawson County as he led 28 points. McCord paced Hart County through the quarterfinal victory over Johnson-Savannah with 33 points. Jordan Langston, a 5-10 guard, scored 19 points in the semis. Shone Webb, a 6-3 sophomore guard/forward, added 12 points against Dawson County. Aside from Langston and McCord, Hart features three other seniors on its roster – Elijah Robinson, a 5-11 guard, Tyrese Morrison, a 6-foot guard and Trevin Curry, a 6-1 shooting forward. Its two juniors, Quay Randolph, a 6-4 forward, and Preston Mewborn, a 5-11 guard, also provide experience.

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Head Coach: Jamond Sims No. Name Pos.

Gr.

2

Tyrin Lawrence

G

12

3

Desmond White

G

10

5

Stevin Greene

G

12

10

Phillip Crawford

F

12

12

AJ Brown

G

11

14

Nolan Causwell

F

12

15

Trent Folds

F

11

22

Alec Woodard

G

12

23

Jordan Huff

G

12

24

Malachi Hardy

F

9

25

Aaron Mullins

F

10

30

KJ Wyatt

F

12

34

Ar’Mond Wright

G

11

Head Coach: Harry Marsh No. Name

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Gr.

2

Trevin Curry

G

12

3

Preston Mewborn

G

11

4

Rex McCord

SF

12

5

Tyrese Morrison

G

12

10

Jordan Langston

G

12

11

Ben Edwards

G

10

12

Elijah Robinson

PG

12

15

Trae Teasley

G

10

20

Quay Randolph

F

11

21

Shone Webb

G/F

10

22

JC Curry

G

9

23

Claude Gaines

G

10

24

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G

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50

70

Flowery Branch

41

Region 3 - Team 4

Henry Co.

51

19

51 Marist

30

57 H

51 Madison Co.

44

67 H

Woodward

Westover

Region 1 - Team 4

Upson-Lee

78 66 Henry Co. 4 - Team 1 Region 2 - Team H 1 Region H

Upson-Lee

35 43 C. Carrollton Region 6 - Team 3 Region 5 - Team 3

65

53

Woodward

71 H

H

Americus-Sumter 63

St. Pius X

Marist

50

72 H

Woodward

59

50

42 48 St. Pius X 8 - Team 2 Region 7 - Team H 2 Region H

Flowery Branch

58

H

Feb. 20-21

Feb. 26-27

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March 8

March 2

43 40 Pickens Co. Region 5 - Team 4 Region 6 - Team 4

St. Pius X

Cedartown 67 H

Spalding

March 2 - 2:00 PM Ft. Valley State Univ.

H

64

Feb. 26-27

Flowery Branch

St. Pius X

70 81 Flowery Branch 7 - Team 1 Region 8 - Team H 1 Region H

St. Pius X

Feb. 20-21 Feb. 15-16

45

Stephens Co.

50 H

H

63

Feb. 26-27

March 2

62 H

Denmark

46

Denmark

63 H

Americus-Sumter

March 2 - 4:00 PM Ft. Valley State Univ.

H

Feb. 15-16 Feb. 20-21

56 85 Cross Creek Region 1 - Team 3 Region 3 - Team 3

48

March 8

March 2

Feb. 26-27

70 H

Feb. 20-21

62

Carver, Col. H

48 H

Luella

March 8 - 11:00 AM Macon Centreplex

63

49 Baldwin

36

March 2 - 6:00 PM Ft. Valley State Univ.

West Laurens 35 40

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Luella

54 NW Whitfield

28

74 H

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Carver, Col. 42

63

Region 2 - Team 4

Carver, Col.

Thomson

76 75 Carver, Col. 1 - Team 1 Region 3 - Team H 1 Region H

Thomson

Region 7 - Team 3

Oconee Co.

34 Sandy Creek

52 H

43 H

Champion

Region 8 - Team 3

Blessed Trinity

53 H

64

Sandy Creek

Carver-Col.

76 H

Sandy Creek

56

58 H

H

79 H

Carver-Col.

57

53

Cartersville

83 H

Troup Co.

51 42 Chestatee Region 8 - Team 4 Region 7 - Team 4

69 H

Carver-Col.

H

Region 5 - Team 2 H

Heritage, Cat.

72 H

73

Sandy Creek

N. Oconee

65 H

Region 6 - Team H 2

Heritage, Cat.

March 8 - 1:00 PM Macon Centreplex

43

Howard

49

March 2 - 8:00 PM Ft. Valley State Univ.

H Thomson

Druid Hills

Region 4 - Team 4

Heritage-Cat. 28 50

Sandy Creek

Carver-Col.

Blessed Trinity41 78 Oconee Co.

61

H

66

65

49 64 West Laurens 2 - Team 2 Region 4 - Team H 2 Region H

Carver, Col. 76 H

H

Dougherty

Henry Co. 71

60

51

Cross Creek

69

47

H

59 H

Cartersville

76

Champion

69

West Hall

55

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68 H 65

CLASS AAAAA GIRLS BRACKET

Region 4 - Team 3

In the first three rounds, the higher-seeded team will host.

In the first three rounds, the higher-seeded team will host. 68 51 Fayette Co. In any round where both teams are the same seed, a “universal― GHSA coin flip will determine the host school (or the designated home team when playing at a neutral site). Minimum seating capacity: 7A, 6A & 5A - 1,200; 4A - 1,000; 3A & 2A - 700; A - 500 (with bleachers on both sides & 50% of seating offered to visiting team’s spectators).

Dutchtown

38 at a neutral Veterans 49 teams are the same seed, a “universal― GHSA coin flip will determine the host school (or the designated home team when playing Starr's Mill In any round where both site). Minimum seating capacity: 7A, 6A & 5A - 1,200; 4A - 1,000; 3A & 2A - 700; A - 500 (with bleachers on both sides & 50% of seating offered to visiting team’s spectators).

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Veterans

44

47

Veterans 58 49 Starr's Mill Region 1 - Team 2H H Region 3 - Team 2

Eagles Landing

Whitewater

39 Statesboro 51

47

41

H

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Buford

51

57

Region 3 - Team 4

Eagles Landing

Jackson-Atl.

36 Carrollton

32

52

Buford

26 Buford 72

59

67 H

H

62 H

Villa Rica

H

Feb. 20-21

Feb. 26-27

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March 8

March 2

Region 6 - Team 3

Arabia Mtn.

Miller Grove 60 H

Buford

March 2 - 2:00 PM Columbus State Univ.

Feb. 26-27

Region 5 - Team 4

Villa Rica

Villa Rica H

47 H

Griffin

March 8 - 6:00 PM Macon Centreplex

45

45 Griffin 68

45

SW DeKalb

82

38 H

Columbia

68 31 SW DeKalb

61 H

Champion

53

49 H

Runner-Up

Jonesboro

Harris Co.

53

Banneker

61

Clarke Central 63 30 Region 8 - Team 4

Cass

Buford

69 H

64 H

Feb. 26-27

March 2

SW DeKalb

Region 5 - Team 1

In the first three rounds, the higher-seeded team will host. In any round where both teams are the same seed, a “universal― GHSA coin flip will determine the host school (or the designated home team when playing at a neutral site). Minimum seating capacity: 7A, 6A & 5A - 1,200; 4A - 1,000; 3A & 2A - 700; A - 500 (with bleachers on both sides & 50% of seating offered to visiting team’s spectators).

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Kell

March 8

March 2

Feb. 26-27

84 H

Feb. 20-21

Fayette Co. H March 8 - 8:00 PM Macon Centreplex

Woodland-Henry 65

39

March 2 - 8:00 PM Columbus State Univ. 50 H

34

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50

62 H

H

66 H

56 H 46

67 H

SW DeKalb

Warner Robins

Lithonia

51

Cass

47 H

52 H

SW DeKalb

Starr's Mill

Warner Robins

47

53

Lithonia 68 H

Lithonia

60

Champion

63

64

H

Westo

Region 1 - Tea

Woodw

Region 4 - Tea

Tr

Region 5 - Tea

Stephens

Region 8 - Tea

Ridge

Region 6 - Tea

Denm

Region 7 - Tea

Rome 55 H

Runner-Up

In the first three rounds, the higher-seeded team will host. In any round where both teams are the same seed, a “universal― GHSA coin flip will determine the host school (or the designated home team when playing at a neutral site). Minimum seating capacity: 7A, 6A & 5A - 1,200; 4A - 1,000; 3A & 2A - 700; A - 500 (with bleachers on both sides & 50% of seating offered to visiting team’s spectators).

Bald

Region 3 - Tea

How

Region 2 - Tea

Druid

Region 4 - Tea

Carver-

Region 1 - Tea

Madison

Region 8 - Tea

Carters

Region 5 - Tea

West

Region 7 - Tea

Fayette

Region 3 - Te

Bainbr

Region 1 - Te

Eagles Lan

Region 4 - Te

Colu

Region 5 - Te

Cedar Sh

Region 8 - Te

Lithia Sp

Region 6 - Te

Region 7 - Te

Feb. 15-16 48

Region 7 - Team 4

57 Riverwood 65 H Region 6 - Team 1 H

74 H

77 H

Buford

March 2 - 4:00 PM Columbus State Univ.

Cedar Shoals

Kell

73 H

Columbia

SW DeKalb

67 H 65

38 65 Loganville Region 8 - Team 3

Carrollton

38 H

Eagles Landing

Fayette Co. 62

Wayne Co.

51 92

Columbia

69

Woodland-Henry 53

Jonesboro

Region 7 - Team 3

59

38

Region 6 - Team 2H H Region 5 - Team 2

Columbia 43

H

Buford

47 63 Fayette Co. Region 3 - Team 3

47 48 Woodland, HC Region 4 - Team 4

Harris Co.

Fayette Co.

H

Cross Cr

Region 3 - Tea

75 SE Whit New Hamps H36 Region 6 - Tea Region 2 - Te

43

Feb. 15-16 Feb. 20-21

Region 2 - Team 4

Carrollton 59 H

SW DeKalb

Wayne Co.

77

54 H

Region 3 - Team 1H H Region 1 - Team 1

39

H

Region 1 - Team 3

Ware Co.

50 H

Buford

Woodland-Henry74 68

42 H

H

40 48 Lithia Springs Region 6 - Team 4

35

50

Region 4 - Team 2H H Region 2 - Team 2

Wayne Co.

69

H

Rome

46

March 2 - 6:00 PM Columbus State Univ.

Villa Rica

63 64 Villa Rica Buford Region 8 - Team 1H H Region 7 - Team 1

Harris Co. 48

47 60 Arabia Mtn. Region 5 - Team 3

Feb. 20-21 Feb. 15-16

36 Jones Co.

Wayne Co.

Dutchtown

39 65 Clarke Cent. Villa Rica Region 7 - Team 2H H Region 8 - Team 2

47 H

62 46 Warner Robins Region 1 - Team 4

Wayne Co. 79 52 Eagles Landing Region 2 - Team 1H H Region 4 - Team 1

Villa Rica

CLASS AAAAA BOYS BRACKET

Region 2 - Team 3

Mary Pers

Region 2 - Tea

Feb. 15-16

Dougherty

Luella

H

58

Marist

H

56

Americus-Sumter 63

LaFayette

Marist

68

52

Cross Creek

68

Burke Co.

Region 3 - Team 2 H

30 56 Richmond Acad.

61

57

Region 1 - Team H 2

Henry Co.

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57 72 Americus-Sumter

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Region 2 - Te

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Region 4 - Te

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Region 1 - Te

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Region 8 - Te

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Region 5 - Te

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Region 7 - Te

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GHSA 2019 STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019

SPALDING 3.08.19 11 AM CARVER-COL. CLASS AAAA GIRLS

DID YOU KNOW? CARVER-COLUMBUS FELL SHORT IN ITS LAST TRIP TO THE FINALS, A 68-67 LOSS TO COLUMBUS IN 2017.

SPALDING

JAGUARS

25-5

REGION

2

S

palding’s run to its first-ever state championship last season featured a brand of defense that has appeared to be even more effective this season as the program aims to complete its bid for back-to-back titles. The Jags limited opponents to just 49.2 points per game during last year’s title run. This year, the program has held its four playoff opponents to a combined 31.25 ppg. After defeating Thomson 57-40 in the first round, Spalding jumped out to a 20-3 lead on Hardaway and closed out a 61-27 victory in the Sweet 16. Spalding matched up with Marist in the quarterfinals and held the War Eagles to just four points in the final quarter to leave with a 36-30 victory. In the semifinals, Spalding led Luella 23-22 at the half, but outscored the Lions 27-6 in the second half to score a 50-28 victory. “I am blessed with athletic girls who are quick and fast,” said coach Tykira Gilbert. “I use that to my advantage on the defensive end teaching the defensive principles that I grew up on. The girls bought into it. I’ve been preaching defense since I’ve been there and it finally settled in. That is our M.O., defense.” Junior Corriana Evans supplies Spalding with a reliable scoring threat and she led the Jags with a game-high 17 points in the semifinals. Aniaya Jester finished with 13 points, Kierstyn Milner added seven points and Kayla Milner finished with six. Jester paced Spalding with 23 points in the first-round win over Thomson. It was Evans who came up clutch on the championship stage a year ago, leading the way with 19 points and 17 rebounds as Spalding defeated Henry County 58-46.

CARVER-COLUMBUS

C

TIGERS • 31-0 • REGION 1

arver-Columbus is 31-0 and features an offense that is averaging 74.3 points per game this season. This gives the Tigers an interesting showdown with a defensive-minded Spalding team hasn’t allowed a single opponent to eclipse the 60-point mark this year. Carver-Columbus gets the bulk of its offensive production from 4-star junior Olivia Cochran. The prized prospect is as effective scoring points as she is rebounding and defending with her 6-foot-3 frame. Cochran opened the playoffs with a 24-point performance against Druid Hills that put her over the 1,500 career point mark. Cochran led the way with 21 points in the quarterfinals as Carver-Columbus cruised past Heritage-Catoosa 71-43. Carver-Columbus next faced a dangerous Flowery Branch team in the semifinals. Flowery Branch was able to stay in striking distance for much of the game, but Carver-Columbus was too much for the Falcons and left Fort Valley with a 74-70 victory. Cochran led with 29 points, Kionna Gaines contributed 19 points, Ja’Nya Love-Hill scored 12 and Jailyn Shaw added 10. Despite the balanced offensive production shown by the undefeated Tigers in their semifinal victory, head coach Anson Hundley noticed many areas of improvement that they will look to clean up before facing Spalding in the finals. “Ultimately, we just have to continue to do what we do,” explained Hundley after the semifinals. “We have to get teams out of their element and hope they miss some shots. Flowery Branch, they didn’t miss many tonight. We missed a million free throws, we missed layups. We did everything we could possibly do to lose the game. But we found a way. That’s just a sign of a team maturing and getting better. And we will have to get better.”

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Head Coach: Tykira Gilbert No. Name Pos.

Gr.

1

Aniaya Jester

G

12

2

Kayla Milner

PG

12

3

Corriana Evans

F, C

11

4

Shleby Berry

G

9

5

Gabby Ponder

G

9

10

Kierstyn Milner

G

10

12

Jordan Davis

G

11

14

Jaylin Barkley

G

9

15

Maya Collier

G

10

21

Quaniah Relthford

G

9

23

Astoria James

G

9

24

Deerica Dewberry

G

12

33

Elicia Threatt

F, C

10

Head Coach: Anson Hundley No. Name Pos.

1 2 4 5 11 15 20 21 22 24 25 30 31 32 33 34 35 41 42 44

Sya Hall Emporess Ashford Malasia Howard Sadrea Mabry D’miya Beacham Kionna Gaines Tania Adams Jaaliyah Riley Ja’Nya Love-Hill Jordan Morgan Jailyn Shaw Marlicia Johnson Schnoria Taylor Adary Smith Mia Reese Shania Riles Khamya Edmonds Lajulia Salsberry Jaylen Tells Olivia Cochran

G G PG SG PG G, F G G PG G F C G G F F C G G C

Gr. 12 12 12 12 10 10 9 11 12 9 12 12 9 9 12 12 10 9 9 11


MACON CENTREPLEX | MARCH 6-9, 2019

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019

CLASS AAAA BOYS

3.08.19 1 PM

AMERICUS-SUM.

CARVER-COL.

DID YOU KNOW?

THIS WILL BE THE FIFTH TIME THIS SEASON THAT AMERICUS-SUMTER AND CARVER-COLUMBUS HAVE FACED.

AMERICUS-SUMTER A

PANTHERS • 26-4 • REGION 1

mericus-Sumter has left a trail of toppled Class AAAA giants to reach the state finals. The Panthers defeated Salem 72-50 in the first round and then went on the road to face two-time defending state champion Upson-Lee next. Despite trailing by double-digits on three separate occasions, AmericusSumter was able to pull away at the end and advance with a 59-53 victory. Forward Joshua Lusane’s performance against Upson-Lee big man Travon Walker marked the start of a breakout postseason for the 6-foot-7 team captain. Lusane put up 22 points and 10 rebounds against the Knights and then followed it with 21 and 13 in the quarterfinals against St. Pius. The Panthers’ 63-46 win over St. Pius featured an overwhelming defensive effort that held St. Pius to just 13 points at the half. AmericusSumter met a red-hot Sandy Creek team in the semifinals and used the same defensive intensity to score a hard-fought 63-56 win. Trae Brown posted a team-high 20 points and Lusane added 17. “We hang our hats on being a defensive-minded team,” said head coach Michael Hoffpauir. “I think that’s one of the things that has gotten us over the hump. All these teams we had to play against Salem, Upson-Lee, St. Pius and, of course, Sandy Creek. They’re big teams, strong teams, very good and very solid in what they do. But, our defense and toughness got us over the hump.” Americus-Sumter led Carver-Columbus 3325 at the half when the Region 1 rivals squared off back on Feb. 8, but were outscored 21-11 in the third quarter and eventually fell 55-54 to earn the No. 2 seed.

CARVER-COLUMBUS C

TIGERS • 25-5 • REGION 1

arver-Columbus will face a familiar Americus-Sumter opponent as the program looks to grab its first state title since 1971. The Tigers have already met the Panthers on four occasions this season and have emerged victorious in the last three head-to-heads. The same defensive intensity that has lifted Carver-Columbus past Americus-Sumter in each of the last three meetings has been seen throughout the Tigers’ impressive postseason run. After a 79-64 win over Druid Hills in the opening round, CarverColumbus has held Howard, Cartersville and Woodward Academy to an average of 48 points per game in the latest three rounds. Leading Carver-Columbus is senior guard A.J. Watts and senior forward Jalen King. This duo was outstanding in the Tigers’ 58-50 win over Woodward Academy and provided 49 of the team’s 58 points. Watts led with his game-high 28 points, which included a gym-rattling dunk over Woodward Academy’s seven-footer Walker Kessler just before the half. This swagger and fearlessness is the staple of Watts’ game and fuels the attitude that the Tigers bring to the hardwood. “It’s just a blessing to coach a group of guys that I had a chance to coach this year,” said Carver-Columbus coach Warren Beaulah after the semifinals. “Especially a guy like A.J. Watts. He is a special kid. You don’t get them many times in your coaching career. He has been our go-to man all year and he didn’t let us down tonight. We could have thrown it in a couple of times, but he said that we were going to win this game. And that’s what we did.”

Head Coach: Michael Hoffpauir No. Name Pos.

Gr.

Head Coach: Warren Beaulah No. Name Pos.

Gr.

1 2 3 3 4 5 10 11 12 12 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 32 33 34 40

Joshua Lusane Sam Crumbley A’jarrien Banks Melton Mccoy Trae Brown David Sumlin Leshanna Ross Jakobe Mcculler Tylan Smith Jakontist Gordon Kanova Willoughby Wallace Bradley Bryzstin Peavy Michael Flemming Tydrick Lasiter Quevoluia Willoughby Joshua Moore Darion Mitchell Melton Mccoy Jordan Wiley Eric Aldridge

SF, PF, SG SF PG PG SG, PG PG, SG SG SG, PG G SF, SG SF SF PG, SG SF PF SG C PF, C PG G, SF PF

12 12 11 11 11 12 11 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 11 12 10 11 10 11

1

Khiari Mccoy

PG

11

5

Devin Flowers

SG/PG

12

10

Devin (D.J.) Riles

PG/SG

9

12

Ja’cyais Credle

F

11

14

Anthony (A.J.) Watts

SG/PG

12

20

Ja’corey Harper

PG

11

22

Ke’von Taylor

G

12

24

Jalen King

SF/PF

12

30

Jhykeith Williams

SF

12

32

Jarius Thomas

PF/C

12

40

Astarion Riggins

SF/SG

9

42

James Wilder

F

12

44

Kenya Burns

F

12

52

Ahmari Johnson

PF/C

11

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GHSA 2019 STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLASS AAAAA GIRLS

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019

BUFORD

3.08.19 6 PM VILLA RICA DID YOU KNOW? BUFORD DEFEATED VILLA RICA 60-46 IN THE 2018 SEMIFINALS ON ITS WAY TO A SECOND-STRAIGHT STATE TITLE.

BUFORD

WOLVES

28-2

REGION

8

F

ew programs have approached the success of Buford’s girls basketball team under longtime head coach Gene Durden. The program has won all six of its state titles since 2009, including three straight in Class AA from 2009-11, a Class AAAA ring in 2015 and the last two Class AAAAA championships. Like the boys team, the Lady Wolves are 28-2 on the season and looking for one more victory for a title. And like boys coach Eddie Martin, Durden also reached the 800-win milestone earlier in the season. Buford has been dominant in the playoffs; the Lady Wolves have won every game by at least 13 points, the closest contest coming in the semifinals against Southwest DeKalb (51-38). Before that, the team enjoyed a 72-26 win over Chamblee, a 62-32 win over Carrollton and a 59-44 win over Veterans. In the semifinal matchup, Buford gritted through a tough defensive game in which it led just 22-20 at halftime. Buford pulled away in the fourth quarter, scoring seven straight points to make it a 48-33 advantage with under a minute remaining. Preston Reid scored a game-high 21 points for Buford. “I give the kids credit,” Durden told the AJC’s S. Thomas Coleman. “We have developed a good system and our kids have bought into it. We’ve had a couple of ugly games and our defense gave us a chance. You’re going to have games like this where you have to grind the whole game, and I’m proud of our kids for doing that today.” In the team’s win over Veterans in the quarters, Tate Walters scored 26 points to go with nine steals, six rebounds and four assists. Buford forced 29 turnovers in the win.

VILLA RICA T

WILDCATS

32-0

REGION

7

he Villa Rica girls find themselves in the finals and facing the team that eliminated them in last year’s Final Four, Buford. But nobody has been able to take down Villa Rica this season, as the team sports a perfect 32-0 record with some big wins along the way. The Lady Wildcats went 16-0 in Region 7 play and cruised to three double-digit wins to take the region championship. Out of region, Villa Rica sports wins over playoff teams such as Johnson-Savannah (Class AAA finalist) and Heritage-Conyers. The Lady Wildcats advanced out of Round 2 with an eight-point win over Arabia Mountain and out of the semifinals with a seven-point victory over Columbia. The star for Villa Rica is post player Deasia Merrill, one of the best players in the state and a Kentucky signee. Merrill has been dominant in the playoffs, leading her team to the 57-50 semis win over Columbia with a game-high 28 points, 18 in the fourth quarter. She went 6-of-8 from the free-throw line in the latter part of the game to help seal the win, and teammates Dekyia Cofield (12 points) and Aliyah Hindsman (nine points) also chipped in for head coach Tammy Norred’s team. “She’s done that all year for us,” Norred said to the AJC’s S. Thomas Coleman about Merrill’s ability to take over. “Her supporting cast does a great job of getting her the ball, as well.” Merrill went off in the 67-47 quarterfinals win over Eagle’s Landing as well, exploding for 27 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. Merrill and team will look to avoid turnovers against a tenacious Buford defense; the Lady Wildcats committed 27 in their semis loss to Buford last season. The program is seeking its second state title, having won its first in 1969.

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Head Coach: Gene Durden No. Name Pos. 0 3 4 5 10 11 12 14 20 21 22 23 30 32 33 44

Casey Jones Tate Walters Jordan Garrison Tatum Ozment Ashyia Willis Courtney Martin Katelyn Klein Sara Viti Blair Wallis Abbi Perkins Ryan Nelson Andi Blake Taylor Ryczek Preston Reid Mary McSwain Ebony Grant

W W W P PG W P W W W P P PG W W P

Gr. 12 11 10 9 10 10 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 10 12

Head Coach: Tammy Norred No. Name

Pos.

1

Dekyia Cofield

PG

Gr. 11

2

Tee Windom

G

12

3

Kyndal Coleman

G

11

4

Takyra Johnson

F

11

5

Sanai James

F

9

10

Niya Hindsman

G

9

11

Deasia Merrill

C

12

12

Aliyah Hindsman

F

11

14

Diana Parks

G

12

20

Hannah Goen

F

11

22

Marley Couch

G

12

23

Erin Mabry

G

11

32

Kaleah Bailey

F

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MACON CENTREPLEX | MARCH 6-9, 2019

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019

CLASS AAAAA BOYS

BUFORD

3.08.19 8 PM FAYETTE CO. DID YOU KNOW?

BUFORD HEAD COACH EDDIE MARTIN GOT HIS 800TH CAREER WIN WITH A VICTORY OVER JOHNSON-GAINESVILLE ON JAN. 22.

BUFORD

WOLVES

28-2

REGION

8

Head Coach: Eddie Martin No. Name

T

he Wolves are looking to make it two state championships in three years, having won the Class AAAAA crown in 2017. Ever since a disappointing 59-54 loss to region opponent Loganville on Jan. 24, the Wolves resumed their dominance and have won 13 straight games leading into the state final. The only other loss on Buford’s resume is to North Carolina power Carmel Christian, 67-62, back in December. Buford head coach Eddie Martin is in his fourth season at the school after successful tenures at both Norcross and Greater Atlanta Christian; in addition to his title at Buford, Martin cut down the nets three times with Norcross and four times with GAC. Martin won his 800th career game earlier this season. Buford sports a trio of senior players headed to college. Marcus Watson signed with Oklahoma State, Eric Coleman signed with High Point and Donell Nixon signed with Wingate. Watson is an explosive 6-foot-6 wing player who is complemented by Nixon, a sharpshooting guard who can fill it up from beyond the arc. Coleman is another rangy wing at 6-foot-7 and is at Buford after coming over from King’s Ridge, where he played as a junior. The Wolves played their closest game of the tournament yet in the semifinals against Southwest DeKalb, winning 59-50. Buford rolled through the first three rounds, defeating Miller Grove (64-48), Villa Rica (64-38) and Dutchtown (69-35). Against SWD, Nixon was 5-for-5 from three on his way to 20 points. Marcus Watson and Bobby Miller each scored 20 points for the Wolves, who led SWD 58-33 early in the fourth quarter and withstood a run, allowing their opponent to draw no closer than eight points in the final period.

FAYETTE COUNTY

F

TIGERS

26-5

REGION

3

ayette County entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed from Region 3, losing only to Jonesboro in the regular season and then in the region championship game, 70-52. But the Tigers moved on from that disappointment to grind through their first-round playoff game, winning 38-36 against New Hampstead. Fayette County then handled Eagle’s Landing 68-54 in the second round. The Tigers had to defeat Kell 77-73 in the quarterfinals on the road, as Greg Smith hit two free throws to ice the game with 6.1 second remaining. Jekobe Coleman scored 18 in that win, setting Fayette County up for a trip to the semifinals against Lithonia. All was looking well for Fayette County in the fourth quarter when the Tigers held a 14-point lead, but Lithonia stormed back to take a four-point lead with under two minutes to play. But Fayette County’s Ricky Knight drilled a three-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to force overtime, and the Tigers outscored their opponent by seven points in the extra period to notch the 69-62 win. Fayette County scored the first seven points of overtime to put Lithonia on its heels. “We get a lead and then we miss a couple of easy shots we should make and we turn the ball over uncharacteristically,” Fayette County head coach Andre Flynn told the AJC’s S. Thomas Coleman. “We just lose our focus. But we keep fighting and we execute down the stretch.” Knight scored a game-high 20 points for Fayette County. Coleman scored 18 points as well, and Will Richard scored 16 points for the Tigers. Fayette County has a number of strong wins over teams that have made deep playoff runs this winter, including Sandy Creek (twice), Therrell and Southwest DeKalb. The Fayette County boys are going for their first-ever state title

Pos.

Gr.

1

Caleb Williams

F

11

2

Bobby Miller

G

12

3

Alston Gill

G

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SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019

CLASS AAAAAA GIRLS

LANIER

3.09.19 1 PM LOVEJOY DID YOU KNOW? LANIER IS IN ITS NINTH SEASON SINCE THE SCHOOL OPENED IN 2010 AND ITS SEVENTH VARSITY SEASON.

LANIER

LONGHORNS

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oach Tim Slater stepped in as the third Lanier head coach in as many years during the summer and what he encountered was a group of six seniors and four juniors on a growing team. Aside from that, he didn’t know what to expect. Fast forward several months and Lanier is preparing for the first-ever state title in the first-ever championship game appearance in school history. The Longhorns are coming off a 44-38 upset of highly ranked Forest Park in the semifinals. Lanier overcame several obstacles in its semifinal victory as it rallied from down 22-13 in the third quarter. Lanier tied the game at 31 with 4:51 remaining on a steal and layup by 5-5 senior guard Mekala Fuller. With 2:32 left, Lanier captured the lead for good on a lay-in by 6-4 junior Christabel Ezumah which put the Longhorns up 36-34. Lanier was 8-for-13 from the free throw line in the final two minutes against Forest Park, helping seal the victory. Through the bracket, Lanier has averaged 53.5 points per game. In the first two rounds, Lanier wasn’t really challenged as it routed Alexander 67-35 and Sequoyah 61-37. Against Glynn Academy in the quarterfinals, Lanier advanced with a 42-31 victory. Helping Fuller, who scored 15 points in the semis, and Ezumah, who finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in the semis, is Nala Lawrence. The senior guard, at 5-5, had 10 points in the semifinals including three second-half three-pointers which helped the Longhorns overcome the deficit against Forest Park. Kalen Surles, a 5-11 senior, scored nine points with six rebounds, four assists and three steals in the quarterfinals against Glynn Academy and can provide offensive production. Mya Williams, a 5-10 forward, Olivia Leazer, a 5-10 power forward, and Taylor Stanley, a 5-8 guard, finish out the group of seniors leading the Longhorns.

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ovejoy is enjoying familiar faces in familiar places as the defending champions are back in Macon. The Wildcats are looking to make their first-ever state championship into back-to-back titles after defeating Harrison 57-41 in the AAAAAA title game last year. Lovejoy has played 32 games since last year’s title victory and has lost just three games. However, none of the losses came from a team from Georgia and Lovejoy is riding a 45-game winning streak against teams from the Peach State. Lovejoy has enjoyed offensive success throughout the bracket as it’s averaging 64.5 points per game while holding its opponents to just 35 points. In its 69-46 semifinal victory over Valdosta, Lovejoy displayed resolve as it watched a 17-point lead shrink to seven points toward the end of the third quarter. The Wildcats then mounted a 7-0 run and then added a 17-2 run late in the quarter to put the game away. Lovejoy is led by junior captains Genesis Bryant and Anaya Boyd. Bryant, a 5-7 guard, scored 16 points with eight rebounds, four steals and a block in the semifinals victory over Valdosta. Boyd led all scorers with 17 points. Senior J’Auana Robinson added 10 points. The Wildcats finished the regular season with a 16-0 run through Region 4 and are riding a 17-game winning streak entering the finals. On its path to the finals, Lovejoy defeated Houston County 62-15 in the first round and Grovetown 62-26 in the second round. In the quarterfinals it beat Northview 65-53 before its semifinal matchup against Valdosta. Coach Cedric King has guided the Wildcats from a 16-12 finish in 2015-16 to a 26-5 team in 2016-17 before the title run in 2017-18, finishing 32-1. In the past two seasons, Lovejoy is 61-4.

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TRI-CITIES 3.09.19 3 PM TUCKER

CLASS AAAAAA BOYS

DID YOU KNOW? ANDRÉ 3000 AND BIG BOI OF THE RAP GROUP OUTKAST ARE NOTABLE ALUMNI OF TRI-CITIES (C/O 1993).

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BULLDOGS

25-6

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ri-Cities has produced a season to remember for its fanbase as the Bulldogs have a chance to capture the first-ever title in school history. The Bulldogs are in unfamiliar territory after advancing to the quarterfinals the past two years without breaking through. This year, it earned a semifinal berth for the first time ever and its 83-74 victory over Brunswick in the semifinals was ever sweet. Through the tournament, Tri-Cities has averaged nearly 80 points on offense (79.8). In the opening round, it defeated Lanier 84-68. In the second round against Chattahoochee, the Bulldogs won 75-64. In the quarterfinals, it enjoyed a 77-72 victory over Mundy’s Mill to punch through to the semifinals against Brunswick. TriCities is led by seniors Titus Hunter, the Region 5 player of the year, and Da’Marcus Johnson. In the semifinals, Hunter and Johnson, both team captains, combined for 48 points in a game that Tri-Cities never trailed. Hunter, a 5-10 guard, and Johnson, a 6-foot guard, alongside Alex Bean, a 6-8 power forward, are the three seniors on the roster. In the semifinals, Hunter protected the lead when Brunswick got within 10 points with 4:26 left in the third quarter by adding six points as the Bulldogs mounted an 8-0 run to keep the Pirates at arm’s length. Demetrius Rives, a 6-4 junior forward, is a force on both sides of the floor and in the semifinals he scored 15 points with 12 rebounds. According to coach Omari Forts, toughness and quality guard play have allowed this year’s run to the championship but, more importantly, the support from the cities of East Point, College Park and Hapeville have helped greatly.

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t’s been 12 years since Tucker’s most recent state championship in the Class AAAA tournament in 2007 and 23 years since its first-ever title in the AAA bracket in 1996. Following its 65-63 victory over Evans in double-overtime in the second-round, Tucker might feel its living on borrowed time, and that its narrow victory has provided valuable experience in handling postseason pressure. The Tigers earned the finals berth with a 52-46 victory over Heritage-Conyers in the semifinals. Braelon Seals, a 6-foot junior guard, led Tucker through the semifinals with a game-high 17 points and was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the game’s final 19 seconds. Seals averages 7.4 points per game. Through the quarterfinals, Jermonte Hall, a 6-7 junior forward, was the Tigers’ leading scorer with 21.3 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game. Hall has averaged 15 points per game all season, which leads the team. Nick Watson, a 6-1 senior forward, has added 11.3 points through the quarterfinals and 12.7 points per game through the year. Raylan Barrion, a 5-10 freshman guard, has been clutch with 10.3 points through the quarterfinals and 10.9 points per game through the season. Dartmouth-signee Nate Ogbu and Hall, Tucker’s 6-7 anchors, could cause trouble under the basket as they combine for four blocks and 16 rebounds per game through the season. Tucker has averaged nearly 62 points (61.75) per game through the playoffs with victories over Valdosta, Evans and Gainesville before the semifinal matchup with Heritage-Conyers.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019

WESTLAKE

CLASS AAAAAAA GIRLS

3.09.19 5 PM COLLINS HILL DID YOU KNOW? WESTLAKE DEFEATED COLLINS HILL 59-34 IN LAST YEAR’S QUARTERFINALS BEFORE GOING ON TO CAPTURE ITS FIRST STATE TITLE

WESTLAKE

LIONS

29-0

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D

efending state champion Westlake carries a 29-0 record into the finals and features a roster filled with emerging stars. Sophomore Raven Johnson shot 13-of-15 from the field during her 33-point performance in the second round and is averaging 23 points per game this postseason. Johnson was one of five Lions who netted double-figures in the quarterfinals, but it was Westlake’s superb defensive that stole the spotlight in Saturday’s semifinals. Westlake held North Forsyth to just five points in the first half and defeated the Raiders 48-26. Sophomore Brianna Turnage led all scorers with her 16 points and junior Lydia Freeman finished with nine. The Lions’ young roster is well-prepared for the championship spotlight. Not only has the team conquered an incredibly challenging schedule this year, but according to head coach Hilda Hankerson, this group was being groomed throughout last year’s run by battling with upperclassmen at practice day in and day out. “We are blessed to be here again,” Hankerson told the AJC. “This is the team that scrimmaged against those seniors last year when they were underclassmen. Their practice against those seniors was – no offense – better than anybody else in the state. It was great competition. … But because they’re so young, we weren’t sure how much they could learn and how quickly they could turn the corner.” The level of dominance that Westlake has shown this postseason is remarkable. The group has outscored its four playoff opponents by 28.8 points per game and there have been six different underclassmen register at least one double-digit scoring game during the postseason.

COLLINS HILL C

EAGLES

30-1

REGION

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ollins Hill sits a win away from taking home the program’s first state championship since 2007, when the Eagles claimed their fifth state crown in a seven-year span. This year, Collins Hill’s only loss came to Charles Henderson (Ala.) in a cross-state November game that tipped off at 9:15 a.m. The program has reeled off 27-straight victories since, and this year’s playoff run has put Collins Hill’s talent and experience on full display. The Eagles matched up with a tough Cherokee team in Saturday’s semifinals and closed out a 58-48 victory. The group jumped out to a 10-1 lead, but the Warriors eventually rallied back to go up 31-30 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter. Giving up the lead did not rattle Collins Hill and the response was immediate as the group outscored Cherokee 28-17 the rest of the way. “I’ve told them all year long that they’ve got something that’s hard to come by and that’s fortitude,” Collins Hill coach Brian Harmon said to the AJC following the win.“ They always seem to find a way to make the play they need.”Jordan Releford and Javyn Nicholson each finished with 13 points, and Purdue signee Bria Harmon netted a game-high 22 points. Nicholson is a 6-foot-3 forward who is signed to play at the University of Georgia next season. Nicholson posted 19 of her 25 points and 13 of her 16 rebounds in the first half of Collins Hill’s 76-35 win over Archer in the Sweet 16. With Nicholson controlling the paint, Harmon can maximize her role at point guard and use her reliable 3-point shot, exceptional ballhandling and precise court vision to challenge opponents. Westlake’s defense will look to disrupt the Eagles like it did in last year’s 59-34 quarterfinal victory.

Gr.

4

Brianna Turnage

F/SG

5

Carlyse Hooks

G

11

10

Olympia Chaney

G

10

15

Cynthia Walton

G

10

20

Jade Chavous

G

11

21

Kennedy Jackson

G

10

25

Raven Johnson

P/G

10

30

Ryann Woodley

G

11

31

Camerah Langston

F/G

9

33

Ta’Niya Latson

G

9

41

Rhyann Wilson

F

9

43

Kamish Denson

G

44

Nicole Robinson

C/F

12

55

Lydia Freeman

C

11

Head Coach: Brian Harmon No. Name Pos.

10

9

Gr.

0

Anya Stewart

F

11

1

Lyan Martinez

PG

12

2

Emberley Robinson

G

12

3

Delnisha Durden

G

12

4

Claire Stanjevich

G

12

5

Jordan Releford

PG

12

11

Bria Harmon

PG

12

12

Rebecca Walters

F

12

15

Simone Hatchet

C

12

23

Jailah Clark

SG

10

24

Katherine Fourie

SG

12

25

Aniecia Malone

PG

10

34

Yameah Elliott

SF

10

35

Javyn Nicholson

PF

12

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MCEACHERN M

INDIANS

31-0

REGION

3

cEachern and its star-powered roster have competed under a national spotlight throughout the season and are one win away from achieving perfection, putting a stamp on its magical run and securing the program’s first-ever state title. The Indians are led by 5-star point guard Sharife Cooper. The explosive junior was kept in check in the first half of McEachern’s 66-62 overtime win against Norcross in the semis, scoring just four points. Cooper, however, got going in the second half and poured in 22 points to finish with a game-high 26 points. The win serves as a major boost of confidence for the Indians, who were ousted by Norcross 75-55 in last year’s quarterfinals. “Knowing what happened last year, we try to take one game at a time,” Cooper told the AJC following the win. “But realistically, we’ve been waiting to play them all season. Luckily we got through it.” Isaac Okoro is a 6-foot-6 senior forward who added 18 points in this year’s semis and 6-foot-9 senior Jared Jones also contributed with his nine points that came off three made three-pointers. With the exception of their overtime win against Norcross, McEachern has overwhelmed its opponents with massive scoring runs this postseason. The Indians jumped out to a 26-10 lead in the first quarter against East Coweta and put up 32 points in the third quarter to run away with an 89-54 win. McEachern defeated Cherokee 83-51 in the second round and built a 70-39 lead heading into the final frame. Cooper’s 22 points, Quinton McElroy’s 15 points, Okoro’s 14 and Jones’ 10 fueled a solid 70-50 win over Peachtree Ridge in the quarterfinals.

MEADOWCREEK D

MUSTANGS • 26-5 • REGION 7

efending state champion Meadowcreek showed no mercy in the semifinals and trampled Tift County 7336 to return to the finals stage. The Mustangs opened the game on an 11-0 run that turned into a 24-5 first-quarter effort. A lot of the offensive production came from range and Meadowcreek tallied seven made three-pointers by the end of the first half. “We watched the film (of Tift’s quarterfinal game) and we saw they got up on Discovery and kind of slowed the tempo down,” Meadowcreek coach Curtis Gilleylen told the AJC. “We didn’t want to get in that position. So we said, even more so than Pebblebrook (Meadowcreek’s third-round opponent) we had to come out firing from the get-go and they came out and they did it.” Jalen Benjamin, who made four of the first-half three-pointers, is a UAB signee who finished the game with a teamhigh 21 points. Jamir Chaplin came up with 20 points and Damian Dunn finished with 11. Benjamin converts over 40 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc and he is especially reliable in crunch time with his outstanding free-throw shooting and 95 percent accuracy. Benjamin is set to make his GHSA championship debut on Saturday with the defending champs. The North Carolina native transferred in from Leesville Road High School this offseason. Chaplin is just as efficient scoring the ball and has shot roughly 60 percent from the field this year. Meadowcreek used a 56-43 win over Norcross in last year’s state championship game and Chaplin came up big with 13 points, despite going just 2-of-7 from the foul line. This is an area of his game that has improved drastically from a year ago and he is up from shooting 45 percent from the charity stripe a year ago to 65 percent this season.

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Pos.

1

Jerod Bush

PG

12

2

Sharife Cooper

PG

11

3

Quinton McElroy

SG

12

4

Demetrius Davis

SG

12

5

Braden Sparks

SG

9

10

Alyn Breed

SG

11

12

Israel Palmer

SF

11

15

Jared Jones

PF/C

12

22

Noah Greene

SF

12

25

John Salone

SG

11

35

Isaac Okoro

F

12

40

Stephon Julme

PG

12

Head Coach: Curtis Gilleylen No. Name Pos.

Gr.

Gr.

0

Corey Blissett

G

10

1

Damian Dunn

G

12

2

Kedric Green

G

10

3

Wilford Campbell

G

11

4

Joseph Ohanu

G

10

5

Jalen Benjamin

G

12

10

Timothy Lawrence

G

10

11

Emmanuel Collier

G

12

12

Eric Ross

G

11

13

Jammonie Watkins-Causey

F

11

20

Jabari Bailey

G

12

22

Issac Johnson

F

12

23

Nassir Merric

G

10

24

Jamir Chaplin

G

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