Class AA Semifinals Preview

Photo by Ty Freeman


Friday, Feb. 27 (At Columbus State

#1 Swainsboro vs #1 Crawford Co | 4:45PM

#1 Vidalia vs #1 Seminole Co. | 8:15PM

Seniors Steven Howard and Da’korey Somerville power the Swainsboro offense, both averaging 14 points. Last season at 15-14 the Tigers made a run to the quarterfinals before being ousted by Callaway. Swainsboro defeated Model to advance to the final four, 59-47. Crawford County upended defending state champion GAC in round two and advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 1998 after beating Thomasville. William Jarrell paces the Eagles over 25 points and 13 rebounds a game. Vidalia slipped past Pace Academy by two points to make it back to the semifinals for the second consecutive season. Jordan Black and Will Chambliss pace the Indians at the shooting guard and point guard positions. Seminole County revisits the Final Four for the first time since 2003. A trio of explosive juniors lead the way for the Indians. UGA-commit Jordan Harris averages 27 points and 11.3 rebounds to go along with 7.3 assists. Anfernee King averages over 18 points per game Jahmyka Pearson nearly 16 points and 9 rebounds. The Indians defeated Manchester 89-81 in the quarterfinals.



Friday, Feb. 27 (At Columbus State)

#3 Lovett vs #2 Wesleyan | 3PM

#1 Holy Innocents’ vs #1 Pelham | 6:30PM

The last time Lovett made a trip this deep into the playoffs they ended up winning the title in 2012. Te’Erica Eason is the catalyst for the Lion offense. Eason and Lindsey Watson control the action up top while Carrie Mutombo anchors the paint at 6-foot-1. No stranger to the state playoff picture, Wesleyan is back after romping through its side of the bracket by a 31.6 average margin of victory. Nikki McDonald and Cairo Booker attempt to help bring home the Wolves’ ninth title in 11 years after falling in the final a year ago. Holy Innocents’ makes the jump to AA after finishing second place in Private A last season. The Golden Bears have continued their success, entering the semis a perfect 30-0. Coach Tony Watkins’ team had won by an average of 37.6 points with their closest call coming in the quarterfinals to Vidalia in a 15 point win. Erika Cassell averages a double-double on a team that holds just one senior. Briunna Freeman is an Arkansas-signee and commands attention at the guard position. The Hornets had fallen in the quarterfinals three consecutive years before breaking through.

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