Underdogs looking to continue playoff runs

Sonny Kennedy

The Hillgrove Hawks are in the second round of the AAAAAA tournament for the first time since the 2009-10 season but will take a 25-4 record on the road to face a 13-13 Tri-Cities team that won the Region 3-AAAAAA title. Hillgrove defeated Valdosta in the first round of the playoffs. … Will the incredible ride continue for Meadowcreek? The Cinderella Mustangs keep pulling out victories and slaying ranked opponents and will now target Region 5-AAAAAA champion Wheeler. Austin Robinson has been nothing short of sensational since that upset over North Gwinnett. Robinson finished with 22 points and eight rebounds while closing the game out in overtime against Chattahoochee from the free throw line. Coach Billy Davis will need all hands on deck against Wheeler if the run is to continue. … Nate Mason and Trayvon Reed offer the state’s best inside-outside junior duo and it will be up to Peachtree Ridge to try and slow down the two who helped Shiloh rally past Walton in the first round Wednesday. Peachtree Ridge received plenty of scoring from a variety of options, but Keith Arrington will need to find an answer for the 7-foot size of Reed. … Class A No. 1 seed Seminole County is led by a pair of freshman in Jordan Harris and Jamal Martin, who each average 14.5 points per game. Seminole County opens up the playoffs at home against Stewart County. … Windsor Forest is 10-17 on the season but 1-0 in the “second season” and that is all that matters right now for head coach Joel Lecoeuvre. Windsor Forest surprised Northside-Warner Robins with a 69-60 win in Round 1 and now travels to face Creekside, also an upset winner in the first round. Tremayne Trawick scored 14 points, as did Xavier Kelly, who also grabbed 10 rebounds in the win over Northside. … Beach will have another road trip after beating Callaway in overtime Wednesday, traveling to face Washington County. Beach will lean on Rashad Cummings, Juadeem Banks and Shawn Brooks against Washington County.

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