The #2-ranked Rabun County Lady Wildcats (27-1) made it 25 straight wins with an easy 83-43 win over Heard County (11-13) on Friday night in the opening round of the GHSA 2A State Playoffs.
It was senior Brooke Henricks and junior Laken Stiles who led the way for the Lady Cats, as the former tallied a game-high 20 points in a game that saw Rabun lead wire to wire, including a commanding 44-21 lead going into the break.
Rabun got off a quick 5-0 start, and finished the first quarter up 22-8. Heard County was pressed all night by the Lady Cats, and turned the ball over throughout. The Lady Wildcats went on a blistering 16-0 run in the second quarter to put the game far out of reach. Henricks drained back-to-back triples before Ali Ramey sent one in to cap the 16-0 run.
Rabun didn’t slow up after the break, as it opened the third on an 8-0 run. Henricks, who had 14 in the first half alone, and the rest of the starters played sporadically in the third and came out with 4:15 left in the game. Rabun outscored Heard County 28-16 in the third.
Stiles had 11 in the second half and 18 overall, while Georgia Stockton added 10 to give three Lady Cats in double figures. Destiny Deetz and Kaitlin Coleman both had 8 points and Gracie Deetz added 7.
The Lady Braves were led in scoring by Hermonie Garza, who had 17 points. Sophia Long added 12, including 10 in the second half. The only other pair of Heard County players to score were Tori Caldwell (8 points) and Haley Bennett (6).
With the win, DeeDee Dillard and Rabun move to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season and ninth time since the 2008-09 campaign. The 26 wins is now three shy of the program’s record of 29 set in the ’16-17 State Title game team. The sole loss came on December 1, meaning the girls haven’t lost a game in 76 days. The Lady Cats advance to take on Chattooga at home next week.