The round of 16 was set heading into tonight’s action and with a win a spot in the state Elite Eight would be the reward. There were some intriguing battles on the slate for the second round throughout all classifications. Here’s a quick recap…
In Class 5A (top half of bracket)… The McEachern Indians (30-0) continued their march to a championship in dominating fashion with a 93-50 win over Westlake. Freshmen and North Carolina signee Te’a Cooper had 28, Arkansas signee Dominque Wilson scored 24 while Pachiyaanna Roberts, who will attend Syracuse, dropped in 21 points for McEachern. The Lady Indians are averaging 90.5 point per game through the first two rounds while allowing only 47.5 points per game.
North Cobb went on the road and defeated Lowndes 57-50 and will play Hillgrove, who ended Stephenson’s season with a 50-48 win. Region 4-5A is 7-0 in the state tournament so far with Harrison still alive. Harrison will play at Valdosta today with the winner drawing nationally ranked McEachern (Region 4-5A) in the Elite Eight.
In Class 5A (bottom half of bracket)…It’s an All-Gwinnett showing as Mill Creek defeated Alpharetta 51-49 to advance. Alpharetta held a late lead but were ultimately done in by their failure to knock down free throws. Both teams had their struggles from the foul line as Mill Creek was only 10-24 while the Lady Raiders missed 14 free throws in the game. Nadiya Miller led Mill Creek with 16 points while Jasmine Carter tossed in 12 points hitting key free throws down the stretch. Mill Creek will face North Gwinnett who defeated Woodstock 60-55. Lexie Brown and Ariel Johnson posted 20 points a piece and got a double-double effort from Peyton Whitted (10pts 10reb). On the other side Parkview breezed by North Forsyth 48-16. Parkview only allowed 5 points in the second half. Genesis Perrymond tallied 14 points for the Lady Panthers. Norcross, with UConn head coach Geno Auriemma in attendance defeated Marietta 62-54. Diamond DeShields gave Coach Auriemma plenty to see leading Norcross with 22 points. If you got there late and missed the first quarter, DeShields put up 15 of her 22 in the opening frame. Region 4-5A (McEachern, North Cobb and Hillgrove) and Region 7-5A (North Gwinnett, Norcross and Mill Creek) have 3 teams in the Elite Eight with undefeated Parkview coming from Region 8-5A. Region 2,3 and 6 will not be represented in the Elite Eight and Valdosta has the last chance for Region 1-5A to have representation if they defeat Harrison (Region 4-5A). If Harrison wins we will have a state champion from either Gwinnett or Cobb Counties.
In Class 4A... On the top half of the bracket Fayette County defeated Northside-Warner Robins 54-43 and will face Jonesboro. Jonesboro defeated Stateboro 56-43. Alcovy bested Warner Robins 71-62 to set up their match up with Forest Park who easily defeated Bainbridge 60-32. On the bottom side, Miller Grove continues to seek respect for its program on the same level as their Boys program advaning 52-45 over Forsyth Central. Miller Grove will play Rome who got by Osborne 56-43. Chamblee is continuing to play with a chip on its shoulder as they went on the road and defeated Region 8-4A champion Habersham Central 56-54 to advance to play Dekalb County and Region 6-4A rival Southwest Dekalb. Chamblee has lost 2 games all season by a combined 6 points and defeated Southwest Dekalb in their two earlier meetings this season, most recently winning 61-43 in the Region semifinals.
In Class 3A… Washington County and Monroe advanced and will face each other on one side of the top half of the bracket. On the other side Hephzibah defeated Doughthery 61-56 and will face the winner of Crisp County and Westside (Augusta). On the bottom half Columbia sent Oconee County packing quickly via a fierce defensive attack in a 66-32 victory and will face Troup, who defeated Chestatee 50-34. On the other side North Hall escaped with a 47-45 win over Carrollton and will face the winner of Allatoona/Columbus in the round of eight.
In Class 2A… Morgan County made quick work of Albany with a 56-23 win and will face the winner of the Laney/Thomasville showdown. on the other side of the top bracket it will be Brooks County against Putnam County. On the bottom side we will be treated to The Lovett School going up against Model. On the other side it will be Buford going up against Heard County. Buford used a 10-2 run to end the game and won over North Oconee (25-5; school record) 53-45 to advance. Kaela Davis, daughter of former NBA veteran Antonio Davis, led Buford with 22 points. North Oconee was led by Ginny Channell with 15 points and got 14 points from Brooke Hubbard.
In Class 1A… Pelham will face Taylor County while Charlton County will await the winner of Mitchell County/Claxton on the top half. On the bottom you will have Wesleyan going up against Darlington on one side and Savannah Christian taking on a very game St. Francis squad.
Caught your breath yet? Well if you have you better enjoy it. The remainder of the girls action will be played today along with the entire boys brackets in all classifications. Who will keep their number one goal of being a state champion alive? Follow us on Twitter @tsportscoverage for all of the score updates that we get when we get them.