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Dawson girls latest to punch playoff ticket; Lumpkin girls drop thriller in region tourney opener

Wednesday saw the Dawson girls punch a playoff ticket for the 8th straight year, while teams like Lumpkin (girls) were denied in a close thriller. Things really pick up tonight and Friday for local region tournaments. Those who have secured a state berth include: Banks County boys & girls, Dawson County boys & girls, Jefferson boys & girls, Rabun County girls, Union County boys & girls, and White County girls.

Master schedule by Sandy’s Spiel.

REGION 8-AAAAAA

HABERSHAM CENTRAL

GIRLS

Thursday, February 6 (@ Gainesville)
#4 Habersham Central vs #5 Gainesville, 3 PM

Friday, February 7 (@ Gainesville)
#1 Lanier vs. #4 Habersham Central/#5 Gainesville, 6 PM

Saturday, February 8 (@ Gainesville)
Consolation: 3 PM
Championship: 6 PM

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BOYS

Thursday, February 6
#3 Winder-Barrow vs #6 Habersham Central, 7:30 PM

Friday, February 7
#2 Gainesville vs #3 Winder-Barrow/#6 Habersham Central, 4:30 PM

Saturday, February 8
Consolation: 4:30 PM
Championship: 7:30 PM

REGION 7-AAAA

WHITE COUNTY

GIRLS

Tuesday, February 4 (@ White Co)

#2 White County vs #7 West Hall
The Lady Warriors punched a playoff ticket with a win over West Hall.

Thursday, February 6 (@ Flowery Branch)
#2 White County vs #3 Flowery Branch, 4 PM

Saturday, February 8
Consolation: 3 PM
Championship: 6 PM

BOYS

Monday, February 3 (@ Blessed Trinity)

#4 Chestatee 74, #5 White County 72 (2 OT)
The Warriors’ season came to a close, but they fought down to the very end in a 2-point loss in double overtime, thus ending White County’s season.

REGION 8-AAAA

STEPHENS COUNTY

GIRLS

Thursday, February 6 (@ Oconee County)
#1 Stephens County vs #4 St. Pius X, 7 PM

Friday, February 7 (@ Oconee County)
Consolation: 4 PM
Championship: 7 PM

BOYS

Tuesday, February 4 (@ St. Pius X)

#4 Oconee County 61, #5 Stephens County 50
The Indians saw their season come to a close ina 61-50 loss to Oconee.

REGION 7-AAA

DAWSON & LUMPKIN COUNTY

GIRLS

Wednesday, February 5 (@ North Hall)

#5 Fannin County 55, #4 Lumpkin County 45
The Lady Indians for the second straight season were upset in a tournament game that could have produced a playoff berth. Kate Jackson had 13 to lead Lumpkin in the effort. The girls’ season has come to a close.

#3 Dawson County 52, #6 East Hall 46
The Lady Tigers punched a playoff ticket for an 8th straight season after a 52-46 win over East Hall. Marlie Townley led with 22 points and 15 boards, adding 5 blocks and 2 steals. Maddie Anglin had 11 points, and Sophia D’Oliveira had 8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

Friday, February 7 (@ East Hall)
#2 North Hall vs #3 Dawson County, 4 PM

Saturday, February 8 (@ East Hall)
Consolation: 3 PM
Championship: 6 PM

BOYS

Tuesday, February 4 (@ GAC)

#4 Cherokee Bluff 72, #5 Lumpkin County 50
The Indians’ season came to a close in a 72-50 loss to Cherokee Bluff. Peyton Polk and Jacob Cumbie combined for 35 points in the loss.

Friday, February 7 (@ East Hall)
#1 Dawson County vs #4 Cherokee Bluff, 8:30 PM

Saturday, February 8 (@ East Hall)
Consolation: 4:30 PM
Championship: 7:30 PM

REGION 8-AAA

JEFFERSON

GIRLS

Thursday, February 6 (@ Emmanuel College)
#1 Jefferson vs #4 Jackson County/#5 Monroe Area, 7 PM

Saturday, February 8 (@ Emmanuel College)
Consolation: 4 PM
Championship: 7 PM

BOYS

Thursday, February 6 (@ Emmanuel College)
#1 Jefferson vs. #4 Monroe Area/#5 East Jackson, 8:30 PM

Saturday, February 8 (@ Emmanuel College)
Consolation: 5:30 PM
Championship: 8:30 PM

REGION 8-AA

BANKS, RABUN & UNION COUNTY

GIRLS

Monday, February 3 (@ Banks County)

#5 Banks County 71, #8 Oglethorpe County 14
The Lady Leopards went on a tear, and claimed a playoff spot with a win over Oglethorpe.

Tuesday, February 4 (@ Union County)

#5 Banks County 61, #4 Elbert County 59
Banks County hit a buzzer-beater, as Pollie Simpson’s 21 points led the way. Jenna Reeves had 15.

#3 Union County 53, #6 Social Circle 23
The Lady Panthers secured a playoff spot with a 53-23 blowout win over Social Circle. Ava Hunter’s 13 led the way.

Friday, February 7 (@ Rabun County)
#2 Putnam County vs #3 Union County, 4 PM
#1 Rabun County vs #5 Banks County, 7 PM

Saturday, February 8 (@ Rabun County)
Consolation: 4 PM
Championship: 7 PM

BOYS

Tuesday, February 4 (@ Union County)

#5 Putnam 47, #4 Rabun 46
Rabun had a double-digit lead dissipate in the fourth, falling by one point. That ends Rabun’s season.

#3 Union County 66, #6 Elbert County 49
The Panthers punched a playoff ticket with a good win over Elbert. Pierson Allison had 25, and Sawyer Drake 18.

Friday, February 7 (@ Rabun County)
#2 Social Circle vs #3 Union County, 5:30 PM
#1 Banks County vs #5 Putnam County, 8:30 PM

Saturday, February 8 (@ Rabun County)
Consolation: 5:30 PM
Championship: 8:30 PM

REGION 8-A

COMMERCE, TOWNS & TALLULAH FALLS

GIRLS

Monday, February 3

#7 Commerce 47, #10 Athens Christian 19
Commerce won easily, 47-19 to advance in the tournament.

Tuesday, February 4

#3 Tallulah Falls 44, #6 Towns County 21
The Lady Indians won 44-21 as Denika Lightbourne had 14, and Katy Corbett 12. This likely ends Towns County’s season.

Wednesday, February 5

#2 Lakeview 79, #7 Commerce 49
The Lady Tigers fell by 30 to Lakeview. The girls now await the end-of-season power ratings to determine if they qualify for a postseason spot.

Friday, February 7
#3 Tallulah Falls vs #2 Lakeview, 4 PM

Saturday, February 8
Championship, 6 PM

BOYS

Monday, February 3 (@ Commerce)

#7 Athens Academy 59, #11 Commerce 55
The Tigers’ season likely ends with a tough 59-55 loss to Athens Academy.

Tuesday, February 4 (@ Commerce)

#4 Riverside Military 64, #5 Tallulah Falls 60
The Indians fell in a heart-breaker to RMA by 4 points. They’ll now await the GHSA Power Ratings to determine if they qualify for the state playoffs.

Wednesday, February 5 (@ Commerce)
#2 Towns County 56, #7 Athens Academy 45
The Indians cruised to a win over Athens Academy, leading them to the region semis on Friday.

Friday, February 7 (@ Commerce)
#2 Towns County vs #6 Lakeview Academy, 5:30 PM

Saturday, February 8 (@ Commerce)
Championship: 7:30 PM

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