Banks shocks Rabun to advance to region title game; Union girls, Dawson boys, White girls, Jefferson boys/girls all to play for championship [region results]

Friday night was epic, as Banks County handed the Rabun County girls just their second loss of the season to advance to the title game. Union girls will face them after also winning. Jefferson’s teams swept into the finals, while White’s girls (on Thursday) and Dawson’s boys (Friday) will also play for a region title.

The updated list of teams who have secured a playoff spot:

  • BANKS (B&G)
  • DAWSON (B&G)
  • HABERSHAM (G)
  • JEFFERSON (B&G)
  • RABUN (G)
  • STEPHENS (G)
  • TALLULAH FALLS (G)*
  • TOWNS (B)*
  • UNION (B&G)
  • WHITE (G)

*awaiting Power Ratings by GHSA, but all current indicators are that they’ve earned a spot

Master schedule by Sandy’s Spiel.

REGION 8-AAAAAA

HABERSHAM CENTRAL

GIRLS

Thursday, February 6 (@ Gainesville)
#4 Habersham Central 47, #5 Gainesville 29
The Lady Raiders are heading to the state playoffs for the first time in 3 years. One of the biggest one-year turnarounds we’ve seen in quite some time, going from 5-18 a year ago to 13-12 and making state this season. The girls beat Gainesville 47-29, and the game was really never in question.

Friday, February 7 (@ Gainesville)
#1 Lanier 45 #4 Habersham Central 20
The Lady Raiders fell 45-20 to be pushed to the Consolation game to determine the 3 or 4 seed.

Monday, February 10 (@ Gainesville)
Consolation: #4 Habersham Central vs TBD

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BOYS

Thursday, February 6
#3 Winder-Barrow 77, #6 Habersham Central 68
The Raiders fell in an overtime thriller despite carrying a 9-point lead into the fourth quarter. They were outscored 13-4 in the overtime period, thus ending their season moments away from a state berth.

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 54, #3 Flowery Branch 50
The Lady Warriors came back from down 5 at the break to win an exciting 54-50 game against Flowery Branch. This gets White County to the region title game, AND means they’re guaranteed a first round playoff game at home.

Monday, February 10
Championship; #2 White County vs #1 Marist : 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)
#4 St. Pius X 52, #1 Stephens County 41
The Lady Indians were upset in their first region tournament game, despite being the #1 seed. Perhaps the worst part here is that it means they’ll be forced on the road to start the state playoffs, and on Friday will play in the Consolation game to determine the 3 or 4 seed. It will be imperative for the girls to win this game.

Friday, February 7 (@ Oconee County)
Consolation: #1 Stephens County 65, vs #2 Madison County 57
The Lady Indians claimed the 3rd seed out of 8-AAAA with a 65-57 win.

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 72, #3 Dawson County 51
The Lady Tigers fell 72-51 to North Hall and will play in the consolation game against Fannin County.

Monday, February 10 (@ East Hall)
Consolation: #3 Dawson County vs #5 Fannin County, 3 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 70 #4 Cherokee Bluff 62
The Tigers edged Cherokee Bluff 70-62. Jasper Gibson had 24 points in the win, while Mason Barnes had 18 for Dawson as well.

Monday, February 10 (@ East Hall)
Championship: #1 Dawson County vs #2 GAC, 7:30 PM

REGION 8-AAA

JEFFERSON

GIRLS

Friday, February 7 (@ Emmanuel College)
#1 Jefferson 64, #4 Jackson County 33
The Lady Dragons cruise into the region title game with a big win over Jackson County.

Monday, February 10 (@ Emmanuel College)
Championship: #1 Jefferson vs #2 TBA, 7 PM

BOYS

Friday, February 7 (@ Emmanuel College)
#1 Jefferson 86, #4 Monroe Area 59
The Dragons were led by Jacob Radaker’s 23 points, while Malaki Starks had 19 in the 86-59 blowout win.

Monday, February 10 (@ Emmanuel College)
Championship: #1 Jefferson vs #2 TBA, 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)
#3 Union County 59, #2 Putnam County 51
The Lady Panthers were led by Ava Hunter’s 25 points as they advanced to the region title game with a thrilling 59-51 win over Putnam.

#5 Banks County 74, #1 Rabun County 71
In a shocker, Banks County upended Rabun County, 74-71, as the Lady Cats are faced with now having to play on the road to open the state playoffs. Banks County will be guaranteed a home game, but also have a shot to play for a region title.

Monday, February 10 (@ Rabun County)
Consolation: #1 Rabun County vs #2 Putnam County, 4 PM
Championship: #3 Union County vs #5 Banks County, 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 62, #3 Union County 58
The Panthers came up just short despite Pierson Allison scoring 21, all while missing the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

#1 Banks County 66, #5 Putnam County 53
The Leopards rolled into the Region Championship with a 66-53 win over Putnam. Carl Cleveland had 20 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. Dakota Orr had a double-double also of 18 points and 10 boards, along with 8 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals.

Monday, February 10 (@ Rabun County)
Consolation: #3 Union County vs #5 Putnam County, 5:30 PM
Championship: #1 Banks County vs #2 Social Circle, 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
#2 Lakeview 47, #3 Tallulah Falls 45
The Lady Indians fell 47-45 in a very tight battle against Lakeview.

Monday, February 10
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 51,#6 Lakeview Academy 41
The Indians advanced to the title game for the first time in history after a 51-41 win over Lakeview.

Monday, February 10 (@ Commerce)
Championship: #2 Towns County vs Riverside Military Academy, 7:30 PM

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