Favorites dominate Tuesday hoops action

Ty Freeman

While Monday featured several upsets that sent shockwaves through the state, Tuesday saw many region favorites flex their muscles and rack up easy victories. St. Pius X dominated the Cross Keys girls 60-3. Norcross defeated Collins Hill 48-17. Parkview was equally impressive, dismissing Shiloh 63-19. … Shiloh wouldn’t be deterred however, putting up a 38-9 halftime lead over Grayson en route to a 71-35 victory. Nate Mason had 21 points in the victory. … The Mountain View girls punched their ticket to the state playoffs for the first time in the four-year history of the program. Mountain View defeated Mill Creek in the Region 7-AAAAAA tournament, ending the Hawks’ season and snapping a streak of seven-straight years of reaching at least the Sweet 16. … The wildest story happened in Columbus when the LaGrange-Carrollton girls game had to be moved after the roof started to leak. LaGrange would end up winning 45-39 but Carollton held a small lead towards the end of the second quarter when the game was halted and moved to Jordan. … Elsewhere, Savannah Christian earned a pair of victories Tuesday, as the girls took down ECI 45-27 and the boys defeated Montgomery County 57-51. Beach knocked off Islands 68-34 while Tattnall County defeated Pierce County 71-44. The news was good and bad for Haralson County as the girls moved on with a win over Coretta S. King while the boys fell to Jackson-Atlanta. Kennesaw Mountain took apart Harrison 74-59 in the boys Region 4-AAAAAA tournament. … … Finally, the magical run of the Temple girls team has come to an end. Just 24 hours after notching the team’s first win of the season, Manchester handled Temple 45-20, but let up off the gas after the third quarter. Manchester held a 36-8 lead after three in Region 5-AA play.

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