Girls State Tournament Round 1 Results
10 local girls teams made the playoffs. On Tuesday night, Banks County, Dawson County, Habersham Central, Lumpkin County, Rabun County, and Towns County all earned Sweet 16 bids! Here are the girls results from Round One.
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#2 Habersham Central 53, #3 Lassiter 40
The 2-seeded Lady Raiders (18-8) won a 53-40 game at home against Lassiter. Kyia Barrett had a game-high 26 points to lead the Habersham Central offense and punch another Sweet 16 ticket for this Lady Raider program! The defense was stingy and stifled Lassiter.
#4 Cartersville 53, #1 Jefferson 44
The Cinderella run ends for Jefferson in a 53-44 rare 4-over-1 upset. The Lady Dragons (10-18) see their season end, but it’s nothing but heads high for a young mostly sophomore talented team that came up with an incredible run in the region tournament to get to this point. This ends Jefferson’s season.
#2 Lumpkin County 72, #3 Oconee County 47
It was never even close for Lumpkin, the #2-ranked team in the state. The Lady Indians won 72-47 behind Averie Jones’ 28 points. Mary Mullinax added 22, as Lumpkin County (23-4) moves on to the Sweet 16 in their hunt for a back-to-back state championship.
#3 Dawson County 41, #2 Hart County 34
The Lady Tigers (15-14) went on the road as the #9 team, and took down a #9-ranked Hart County (both ranked 9th in different polls). Dawson got hot in the second half after Hart held a one-point lead of 17-16 at the break. In the second half, Dawson got a huge performance from Abby Samples-Slaton with 9 points and Emma McCarron (11 points). Morgan Chester also had 8 points in the win, and the girls hit the boards and won the rebound game to secure the win.
#1 Hebron Christian 68, #4 White County 53
The Lady Warriors took a hard-fought 68-53 loss on the road against undefeated and top-overall ranked Hebron Christian. White County hung in there all the way through, trailing by 6 at the end of the first. Hebron was up 35-23 at the half, but the Lady Warriors got to within 6 points in the final minutes of the contest. Naomi Roberts scored a team-high 14 in her final game, and Kylie Watkins added 13. Claire Beckman had 8 points, Maci Shelnut 6, and Chandler Weaver 5. This ends White County’s season at 19-10 overall.
#1 Banks County 60, #4 North Murray 27
The Lady Leopards went on cruise control with a dominating 60-27 win at home over North Murray. #1-ranked Banks County (25-3) moves the win streak to now 18…ridiculous. Reese Murphy led in scoring with 21 points, as Ryleigh Murphy chipped in with 9, Addison Hoard 8, Madison Adams 6, Kamryn Grier 5, and Valentina Torres 5. Banks moves on to the Sweet 16.
#1 Murray County 59, #4 Union County 39
The Lady Panthers saw their season come to a close in a 59-39 win at 1-seeded Murray County. Union County’s final tally stands at 14-14.
CLASS 1A DI
#2 Rabun County 74, #3 Pepperell 37
The Lady Wildcats earned a big-time 74-37 win over Pepperell in a game that Lucy Hood collected her 1,000th career point in just her junior season. #3-ranked Rabun County (24-3) was able to cruise to the finish in this one. Hood had 25 points, 8 assists, and 4 steals. Ellie Southards had 13 points and 6 boards, and Trea Blalock added 12 points. Milli Watts had 12 points, 8 steals, and 6 rebounds, Mary Lovell had 4 points, and Jacie McCall chipped in with 4 points. The Lady Cats are back in the Sweet 16!
#1 Darlington 57, #4 Tallulah Falls 36
Tallulah Falls (8-17) lost 57-36 on Wednesday at Darlington, as Denika Lightbourne scored 17 points in her final game at TFS. This ends the Lady Indians’ season.
CLASS 1A DII
#2 Towns County 49, #3 Christian Heritage 38
Towns County rolls into the Sweet 16 on the heels of a 49-38 defensive battle that had the Lady Indians on the right side. Towns County (20-8) secured the home win and played well on both sides of the ball.