Josh Lay scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half including 10 in a decisive third quarter for the Wildcats. Villa Rica broke open an 18-18 game at halftime behind Lay’s strong third quarter to defeat Rome (14-11) 45-38.
Villa Rica won their 20th game of the season improving to 20-6 overall. Villa Rica owns a victory over South Atlanta however South Atlanta failed to reach the state tournament, making that win less important overall. The Wildcats will face Allatoona in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Villa Rica High School.
Marcus Miller was the only other Wildcat to finish in double-figures with 10.
Reserve Tre Driver scored 12 points for Rome and was 4-6 shooting from three-point territory. Desmond Jackson also added 12 for Rome which season concludes with seven more victories (14) than they had last season when they went 7-20 overall.
Allatoona is ranked in the Top 5 of many state polls and used a balance effort on offense and stingy team defense to coast by New Manchester (15-11) 72-43.
Daniel Fowler led Allatoona with 15 points while Rodney Brown and Trey Tshimanga added 14 each.
Allatoona improves to 25-1 overall and have yet to lose to a team from Georgia.
“We scheduled the way we did this season for two reasons, one was to get the guys out of town and to bond and two we wanted to be able to get them the experience of scouting and playing against teams they were not use to seeing and playing,” Allatoona head coach Markus Hood told Georgia Prep Sports Network after the game, in reference to his teams national scheduling. “We schedule that way to prepare for the postseason,” Hood added.
New Manchester was led in scoring by Tyler Edward (15) and Joe Boyer (11). Big men Glenn Holloway and Kyle Parker tallied eight points each while fighting foul trouble most of the game.
Allatoona was 4-1 against non-Georgia teams this season with victories over three Alabama teams and split against two Kentucky teams, losing to Iroquois (KY) by one point in their only loss of the season.