Upsets spark first night of hoops playoffs

Ty Freeman

Any coach looking for motivation to get his or her team to take a lower seed seriously may just need to pop in Creekside’s win over Mt. Zion-Jonesboro. Creekside needed to win a play-in game Saturday just to earn the right to face Mt. Zion-Jonesboro, but Creekside, led by all-region standout Chris Sanders-McCollum, took down the No. 1 seed out of Region 1A-AAAAA 62-57 last night. Creekside punched its ticket to the state playoffs while the Bulldogs’ season ends with an 18-5 mark. … Phil Cofer, one of the state’s top juniors, notched a double-double in Whitewater’s win over Drew. Cofer scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the 73-48 victory. … The Lanier Longhorn girls thought they had pulled off a comeback that would put them into the state playoffs, but Eastside rebounded to steal a 61-51 win. Eastside jumped out to a 15-2 advantage and took a lead into the second quarter before Lanier rallied. Eastside used a 22-12 third quarter to move back in front. Lanier fought back but the tough Eastside defense forced 30 turnovers and iced the game from the free throw line. … Chestatee punched its ticket to the state playoffs for the third straight season thanks to a 51-26 win over Walnut Grove in the Region 8-AAAA girls playoffs. The War Eagles managed to hold Walnut Grove to just one point in the first half. Maegan Kenimer scored 20 points in the victory. … Alecia North scored 14 points to pace Carrollton to a 57-9 win over Shaw in the Region 5-AAAA tournament. Carrollton emptied the bench at the end as 13 players saw action. … Finally, games aren’t played on paper, otherwise Temple probably wouldn’t have been able to knock off Jordan 42-34. Temple was 0-23 entering the game against Jordan but notched victory No. 1 to earn the right to face Manchester.

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