A trio of local teams all saw their great seasons come to an end in the Sweet 16, with Banks County falling to the defending state champions at home, and Dawson and Stephens falling on the road.
#1 Cedar Grove 64, #2 Dawson Co Tigers 52
Dawson County’s great season came to a close in a close 64-52 loss to #1-seed Cedar Grove. The game was a top-ten matchup in the #10 Tigers and #4 Saints. Cullen Reed dropped in 18 points for the Tigers, while Jeremiah Crumley and Ryan Gallenkamp finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Dawson County (19-10) were the Region 7-AAA runner-up team this season.
#2 South Atlanta 72, #1 Banks Co Leopards 60
The Leopards saw their season end on the home court, 72-60 at the hands of the defending Class 2A State Champions. Carl Cleveland made his return to the lineup, scoring 17 points. Dylan Orr notched his fourth triple-double of the season, dropping 14 points and 17 rebounds while adding 10 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists in his last game at Banks County.
Gabe Martin (14 pts, 3 ast) and Darius Bonds (8 pts, 7 reb, 8 ast, 2 blk) also closed their career. Bosko Norman, a sophomore, finished with 7 points and 2 rebounds. The Leopards trailed just 15-14 after one, but the visiting Hornets spread the gap at the break with a 34-26 lead. That margin held even after three quarters, as the Leopards trailed 48-40 going into the fourth, where South Atlanta pulled away until the final buzzer.
Banks County (25-5) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season.
#1 Sandy Creek 72, #3 Stephens Co Indians 53
The Indians (21-9) saw their season end at powerhouse Sandy Creek, 72-53. Stephens County made the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row, with nearly an identical record as it posted a year ago.