First round state basketball roundups from Tuesday

The first round of the GHSA basketball tournament is split between Tuesday and Wednesday nights and we will have recap coverage in each of the rounds leading up to the finals.

On Tuesday, Adam Krohn covered Banks County’s 44-26 victory over Pace Academy and Stan Awtrey covered Berkmar’s 61-39 victory over Etowah. Follow the links to the boys and girls brackets or the boys and girls scoreboard powered by Score Atlanta.

See the Tuesday night recaps below. 

7A Boys

North Gwinnett 52, South Forsyth 24

R.J. Godrey scored 13 points and had eight rebounds for host North Gwinnett. Dylan Gary scored 10 points and had four assists for the Bulldogs, and Amaru Grosvenor and Thomas Allard each scored nine points.

Grayson 84, Campbell 44

Host Grayson got a game-high 16 points from Tyrese Elliott, and his teammate Chauncey Wiggins scored 14 points to go with eight rebounds. Also for the Rams, Kylan Fox had 11 points and six rebounds, Corey Gatlin had 11 points, Caleb Blackwell scored 10 points to go with six assists and Gicarri Harris scored 10 points.

7A Girls

Campbell 44, Parkview 24

Campbell led 34-24 after the third quarter and held Parkview scoreless in the fourth quarter in its home win. Nia Bozeman and Laila Battle each scored 11 points for Campbell.

West Forsyth 59, Mountain View 30

Visiting West Forsyth led 32-13 at halftime and got a game-high 19 points from Molly Quincy. Also for West Forsyth, Zaria Smith scored 12 points, Katherine Bottoms had 11 points and Cayla Cowart had nine points.

Brookwood 59, East Coweta 52

Host Brookwood led 36-22 at halftime and survived a late run that brought East Coweta to within a point early in the fourth quarter. Brookwood was led by 16 points from Diana Collins, and Nedisha Ford had 11 points and five rebounds for the Lady Broncos. NeKaya Williams and Ciera Hall each scored eight points for Brookwood.

6A Boys 

Wheeler 88, Winder Barrow 59

Wheeler’s Kyle Burns scored 26 points, hitting five three-pointers, in the Wildcats’ home win. Also for Wheeler, Isaiah Collier had 22 points and 11 assists and Arrinten Page had 17 points and 11 rebounds. For Winder-Barrow, Jeremiah Holloway and Tim Loud each scored 26 points.

Grovetown 93, Northside-Warner Robins 37

Grovetown cruised to a home win led by 23 points from Derrion Reid, who also had nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Frankquon Sherman had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, and Malik Ferguson had 11 points and five assists.

Kell 81, Habersham Central 66

P.J. Johnson and Jaylen Colon each scored 16 points for host Kell, and Peyton Marshall and Aaron Smith each contributed 14 points for the Longhorns. Osmar Garcia Araujo and Bryce Pittman each scored 17 points for Habersham Central.

Sequoyah 135, Paulding County 112

Sequoyah set a school record for points scored in a boys game as Dylan Wolle led the Chiefs with 36 points and Kyle Keener scored 34 points. Also for Sequoyah, Preston Parker scored 20 points, Fisher Mitchell contributed 15 points and Conner Harris had 11 points. Sequoyah led 59-49 at halftime and 98-84 at the end of the third quarter.

6A Girls

Kell 62, Winder-Barrow 36

Amaya Moss scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had five steals in Kell’s home win. Also for Kell, Jada Green had 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks; Jamiah Gregory had 13 points, four rebounds and three steals; and Crystal Henderson had 10 points, five assists and five steals.

Brunswick 70, Lakeside-DeKalb 33

Three players scored in double-figures for host Brunswick, with Shané Jackson leading the way with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Also for the Lady Pirates, Ja’Mya West scored 12 points and Shania Jones had 10 points. Shamya Flanders had a double-double as well for Brunswick with nine points and 11 rebounds.

Buford 57, Osborn 49

Tatum Ozment led Buford with 16 points in its home win, and Mackenzie Pickens (12 points) and Tamori Plantin (10 points) also scored in double-figures for the Lady Wolves. Osborne trailed 43-29 in the third quarter but cut the deficit to as little as three points in the fourth quarter.

River Ridge 60, Dalton 31

Simone Goins led River Ridge with 18 points in the Lady Knights’ home win over Dalton. Mataya Gayle and Kayla Cleaveland each scored 13 points for River Ridge, and Sophia Pearl scored 11 points.

Bradwell Institute 72, Westlake 64 (OT)

Bradwell Institute defeated defending champion Westlake at home in overtime after the teams ended regulation tied at 58-58. Taniyah Bowman led Bradwell with 21 points, Parris Parham scored 17 and Bailey Gilmore scored 15. Bowman made a free throw with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game.

5A Boys

Veterans 57, Mundy’s Mill 51

Top-seed Veterans held off a strong performance by Mundy’s Mill’s Bryson Ogletree (14 points), Ja’son Kemp (13), Eric Cousin (11) and Antonio Johnson (9). Tajh Williams and Aaron Jones each scored 14 points to lead the Warhawks.

5A Girls

Harris County 54, Eagle’s Landing 38

No. 3 seed Harris County cruised past host Eagle’s Landing. The Tigers were led by Brooke Bass’ game-high 16 points and also got double-figure scoring from Ja’Niya Broome (14) and Ayanna Johnson (10).

St. Pius 55, Cass 52

No. 3 seed St. Pius connected on 26-of-30 free throws compared to Cass’ 8-of-14 night at the foul line and held off the Colonels. St. Pius led by 19 points early in the second half before Cass cut the deficit to 53-52 with 16.5 seconds left.

Southwest DeKalb 33, Blessed Trinity 21 

Top seed Southwest DeKalb and Blessed Trinity were tied 2-2 at the end of the first quarter and the Panthers were able to use a 4-0 run late in the second quarter to grab a 10-8 halftime lead. Alex Jackson led Southwest DeKalb with a game-high 17 points and the Panthers outscored Blessed Trinity 22-4 over the final 11 minutes to get the 33-21 victory. In the process, the Panthers became the first school in DeKalb County history to reach the 1,000 wins milestone.

4A Boys

North Oconee 49, Mays 44

Host North Oconee used a 21-point third quarter to hold off No. 3 seed Mays. The Titans were led by Jake Chandler’s game-high 16 points and a 14-point effort by Brodie Scott. Mays got 13 points from Daron Lindsey and 10 points from Mykell Williams.

Fayette County 77, Southeast Whitfield 62

Top-seed Fayette County was led by five-star Indiana-signee Kaleb Banks’ 30 points. Banks also notched seven blocks and 11 rebounds. Teammate Tariq Mumphrey scored 16 points and RJ Kennedy, Donovan Hand and Sean Van Dorn each finished with eight points.

4A Girls

Bainbridge 73, Jenkins 25

Host Bainbridge had 12 different scorers to fuel its 48-point victory over Jenkins. Marquita Jakes posted a game-high 12 points and Detavia Salter notched 10 points to lead the Bearcats.

Baldwin 69, Shaw 30

Top-seed Baldwin was led by  point guard Madison Ruff’s game-high 16 points and four assists. Kassidy Neal chipped in with 11 points, six rebounds and three steals and Janaye Walker had six points to go with her game-high 19 rebounds.

3A Boys

Sandy Creek 75, Gilmer 35

Top-ranked Sandy Creek had little trouble moving past Gilmer and will face Windsor Forest in the second round.

Redan 72, North Hall 69

After leading 25-24 at the half, No. 4 seeded Redan completed the upset of top-seeded North Hall in overtime. Redan trailed 48-40 entering the fourth quarter and tied the game on a 22-14 effort to force overtime. Redan outscored North Hall 10-7 in the extra time to secure the win.

Windsor Forest 69, Pierce County 39

Windsor Forest led 19-10 after the first quarter and 37-17 at the half. The Knights expanded the lead with an 18-10 advantage in the third quarter. Windsor Forest will travel to Sandy Creek in the second round.

2A Boys

Pace Academy 88, Elbert County 37

Top-ranked Pace Academy jumped out to a 42-17 halftime lead that was fueled by Kendall Evans (11) and Josh Reed’s (10) double-figure scoring. Evans finished the night with 18 points and seven rebounds and Reed had 13 points and eight rebounds. Eric Chatfield was 3-of-3 on his three-point attempts and finished with 11 points. Additionally, Kyle Greene Jr. and LJ Moore both chipped in with 10 points. The Knights’ extended their win-streak to 18 games with the victory.

2A Girls

Washington County 78, Early County 27

No. 3 seed Washington County opened the playoffs with a 51-point road victory. Junior Mikaili Parker and senior De’Asia Canty each finished with 18 points and six assists. Senior Ashley Gray added 14 points, seven rebounds and six steals and Mikayla Parker finished with eight points and two rebounds.

A Public Boys

Commerce 68, Fulton Leadership Academy 67

No. 3 seed Commerce took a 13-10 lead after the first quarter and a 36-28 lead into the half. The Gryphons rallied with a 26-15 advantage in the third quarter to grab a 54-51 lead, but Commerce outscored Fulton Leadership 17-13 in the final frame to clinch the victory.

A Public Girls

Bryan County 57, Terrell County 42

Head coach Mario Mincey celebrated his 250th career victory with a road win over No. 2 seed Terrell County. Niyah Shuman finished with a game-high 17 points and teammates Anderia Jackson and Kenzie Stucker each finished with 15 points.

Lake Oconee Academy 66, Gordon Lee 37

Top-seeded Lake Oconee Academy picked up its 18th-straight victory and improved to 22-1 and had five players finish with double-figure scoring. Jada Williams finished with a game-high 15 points, Hannah Heinen and Jana Monachello each finished with 13, Georgia Bosart scored 12 and Kensi Stevens scored 11 points.

Trion 55, Social Circle 42

No. 2 seed Trion held off visiting Social Circle to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. I’ziah McCutchins led the Bulldogs with 19 points, Jenna Mosley added 13 and Ransley Lawrence also notched double-figures with 11 points.

A Private Boys 

Galloway 59, Walker 57

Top-seed Galloway held off No. 4 seed Walker with a phenomenal performance by senior Anthony Arrington Jr. The 6-foot-3 guard finished with 40 points—marking his second-straight 40-point performance. Teammate Quentin Alterman added 11 points and nine assists in the victory.

A Private Girls

Heritage-Newnan 40, ELCA 35

No. 3 seed Heritage-Newnan opened up an 8-4 lead at the end of the first quarter before trailing host ELCA 29-27 at the end of the third quarter. The Hawks outscored the Chargers 13-6 in the final frame to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.


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