Final Four Previews – Lumpkin, Towns, Commerce Remain
We had 20 local teams play in the state playoffs, that stack of great teams now includes just 3 still alive as we reach the Semifinals, or the Final Four! Here we go!
COMMERCE LADY TIGERS
#2 Commerce (19-10) @ #1 Calhoun County (12-1)
Once upon a time the Lady Tigers were 2-8 just 10 games into the season. Something happened after that. The girls reeled off 13 straight wins after that to improve to 15-8. One loss interrupted that, and now the girls have taken now 3 straight in the state tournament. That includes a 48-46 win over Taylor County in the opening round on their home court. Then a 10-point win of 43-33 over a #1-seed Armuchee on the road. A 55-47 home win over Turner County was the latest thriller for Commerce. Next up is a 12-1 Calhoun County, a #1 seed who has blown past the opposition to this point.
LUMPKIN COUNTY LADY INDIANS
#1 Lumpkin County (25-4) vs #1 Cross Creek (22-2)
Friday, March 5 at 7 PM
The Lady Indians went into the season with many ambitious but realistic goals. Those have all come to fruition. Smashing records along the way, this 25-win juggernaut hopefully has 2 more wins left in them. The girls cruised through the regular season and won the regular season and region tournament championship, hanging a banner for the first time in 30 years for girls basketball at Lumpkin. But they didn’t stop there. A 58-49 win over Rockmart in the first round was followed by a 58-40 thumping of Westminster in the Sweet 16 at home. Traveling to Pierce County in the Elite 8, the Lady Indians came out on top 64-55 in a tight game. This program has been ranked in the top five throughout the season, and spent quite a bit of time at #1. Now stands Cross Creek, as Lumpkin will be home once again with a chance to make the state finals!
TOWNS COUNTY INDIANS
#1 Towns County (23-3) @ #1 Chattahoochee County (16-1)
The Indians, like the Lumpkin girls, knew they were in for a season like this. All the pieces were there, and they didn’t disappoint. Towns rolled past the region and won the regular season and region tournament championship, and have made this by far the best season in school history. That has come with a #1 state ranking throughout the season. A 78-67 win in the opening round over Manchester was followed by a 77-67 Sweet 16 win over Warren County. Both of those were at home before the Indians traveled to Irwin County in the Elite 8. Once there, the boys won 61-55 in a thriller to advance to the Final Four. Now they are forced back on the road to Chattahoochee County, with a state finals berth on the table.