North Gwinnett girls claim region crown

Ty Freeman

Saturday night marked the final night of the region showdowns that would crown champions while setting the stage for this week’s state playoffs. The highlight of the weekend came out of Region 4-AAAAAA as North Cobb edged past McEachern 53-52 in a game featuring two state title contenders.

In Region 5-AAAAAA, Cherokee beat rival Woodstock 56-55 to take the championship and Alpharetta beat North Forsyth 35-27 for the Region 6-AAAAAA title.

In a game that had many eyes across the country watching, North Gwinnett topped Norcross in the Region 7-AAAAAA title game.

Allatoona remained red hot and eased past Villa Rica in the 5-AAAAA championship game 53-40. Kell topped Osborne 53-44 for the region title.

Region 8-AAAAAA had the most adversity in their final seedings. Salem was the No. 4 seed heading into the region tournament but ended up beating Clarke Central 59-41 to claim the top seed for the state tournament. The region tournament’s No. 1 seed Flowery Branch took another slide and lost 54-38 to Cedar Shoals in the game for third place.

St. Francis was another big winner this weekend claiming Region 6-A titles in both girls and guys.

Other noteworthy champions included Jonesboro (4-AAAA), Fayette County (5-AAAA), Columbia (6-AAAA), Chapel Hill (4-AAA), Buford (7-AAA) and Calvary Day (3-A).

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