Round 1 sees number of upsets [Tuesday results]
Plenty of action was found on Tuesday’s Round One action, with a number of teams pulling off big upsets to advance to the Sweet 16. Still others cruised to the finish line, and some saw their season come to a close.
#2 Kell, 81,#3 Habersham Central Radiers 66 #2 Kell
It was an upset in the worst kind of way, as the Raiders saw their dream season come to a crashing halt. In what marks the final high school game for both Malachi Dooley and Mekhi Mawdesley, the Raiders fell 81-66. Bryce Pittman and Osmar Garcia both ended with 17 points, Dooley had 13, and Mawdesley had 12. Brannon Gaines added 7 points, and Garcia closed shop with 13 rebounds. This ends Habersham Central’s season
#3 Habersham Central Lady Raiders @ #2 Sprayberry (WEDNESDAY)
#1 Jefferson Lady Dragons vs #4 Mays (WEDNESDAY)
#1 Jefferson Dragons vs #4 Hapeville Charter (WEDNESDAY)
#1 Lumpkin County Lady Indians vs #4 Redan (WEDNESDAY)
#2 White County Warriors vs #3 Salem (WEDNESDAY)
#2 GAC 61, #3 White County Lady Warriors 42
The Lady Warriors saw their season come to an end against #2 GAC. Chesnee Freeman led with 10 points, and Naomi Roberts had 8 for White County. Claire Beckman also had 8, as did Aaliyah Anderson. White County was down 31-16 at the break, and GAC maintained their distance.
#1 Westminster 52, #4 Dawson County Lady Tigers 32
The Lady Tigers fell 52-32 against one of the top programs in the state. It was just 18-8 at the half, as Dawson’s defense was doing very well. They couldn’t get much offense going though, and saw their season end.
#1 Rabun County Lady Wildcats 63, #4 Lovett 32
The Lady Cats had no problems whatsoever dismantling Lovett. It’s back to the Sweet 16 for Rabun, who was led in scoring by Gracie Deetz’s 20 points and 9 rebounds. Carley Haban had 11 points, and Lucy Hood 10 in the victory.
#1 Rabun County Wildcats 67, #4 Therrell 55
It’s back into the Sweet 16 for the Cats, as they win 67-55. Connor McKay led with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 6 blocks. A near quadruple-double. Grayson Carver chipped in with 16, Cooper Welch had 14, Gus Hood added 8, Bear Old 7, and Clayton Dixon 6.
#2 Union County Panthers vs #3 Lovett (WEDNESDAY)
#3 Banks County Lady Leopards 44, #2 Pace Academy 26
Banks County wins 44-26 to advance to the Sweet 16. Kamryn Grier led the way and nearly outscored Pace Academy all on her own. Grier had 18 points, Addison Hoard 11, and Carley Segars 7 in the win.
#2 Columbia 71, #3 Banks County Leopards 40
The Leopards dropped a 71-40 game on the road, thus ending their season.
#4 Union County Lady Panthers 54, #1 Columbia 49
Talk about a mammoth upset. The Lady Panthers came up with their best game of the season arguably at the perfect time, winning 54-49. A 4-over-1 is so rare, and now Union is back in the Sweet 16. Ava Hunter made history, as she scored 27 points and became Union’s all-time leading scorer with 1,602 points.
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#2 Towns County Indians vs #3 Bowdon (WEDNESDAY)
#2 Commerce Lady Tigers 49, #3 Armuchee 34
Commerce takes a 49-34 win over Armuchee, advancing on to the Sweet 16 once again.
#3 Commerce Tigers 68, #2 Fulton Leadership 67
Commerce won in dramatic fashion, 68-67, as Jackson Morris nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer when the team was down by 2. He had 25 points, and Cayden Lord added 10. It’s the first Sweet 16 berth since 2010 for the boys team.