Elite 8 Recaps: Rabun, Lumpkin advance to Final 4

With 20 local teams making the playoffs, 13 were alive for the Sweet 16. Then just 7 for the Elite 8. Here are the results from this round. Lumpkin and Rabun’s girls both advanced, while Tallulah Falls girls and Jefferson boys fell.

FULL BRACKETS

GIRLS

#1 Lumpkin County Lady Indians 49, #1 Cross Creek 37

The Lady Indians are back in the Final Four for a second straight season after a convincing 49-37 win over Cross Creek on the road. Averie Jones had 11 points (3 3-pointers) in the third quarter to push Lumpkin out in front after they trailed by 2 at the break. This was the revenge win as Lumpkin fell to Cross Creek in the Final Four at home last year on a buzzer-beater. This was a #1-versus-#2. Jones had over 25 points in the win, as Lumpkin moves on.

#1 Jefferson Lady Dragons vs #2 Pickens (WEDNESDAY)

#1 Rabun County Lady Wildcats 73, #2 Chattooga 34

Rabun County moves on to the Final Four with a big 73-34 win over Chattooga. Sophie Woodard had 25 points, Gracie Deetz added 22, and Carley Haban had 10. The game was never close, as it was 26-11 after one, 36-20 at the break, and 61-30 after the third.

#3 Galloway 55, #1 Tallulah Falls Lady Indians 43

The Lady Indians dropped a 55-43 game against #5-ranked Galloway. TFS led throughout most of the first half, going up by as many as 8 points before a 19-2 run in the third proved to be too much to overcome. Denika Lightbourne had 21 points and Veronaye Charlton had 13 in the loss, which ends Tallulah Falls’ season.

#2 Commerce Lady Tigers vs #3 Pelham (WEDNESDAY)

BOYS

#1 Westover 63, #1 Jefferson Dragons 55

Jefferson dropped a 63-55 final against Westover to end their season in the quarterfinals, as they trailed 21-10 after one and 37-19 at the break. A big third quarter pulled them back into the game, and the Dragons did outscore Westover 36-26 in the second half. Kadin Bailey had 12 points, while Riley Holliman, Dalen Gales, and JT Fulkrod all had 11 points each.

#2 Towns County Indians @ #1 Manchester (WEDNESDAY)

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