Posted: 7:55 pm Monday, February 24th, 2014

Monday basketball playoff roundup 

By AJC Sports

By Score Atlanta

GIRLS

AAAAAA

Archer 62, Roswell 45: Visiting Roswell trailed Archer 17-15 after the first quarter, but the host Tigers outscored the Hornets 17-0 in the second period to take control of the game. Madison Newby led the Tigers with 17 points while Autumn Newby added 14 points and eight rebounds. Andreona Keys led the Hornets with 24 points.

Douglas County 69, North Cobb 52: Douglas County cruised in the second half as juniors Santasia Faust and Maya Benham set the pace with a combined 49 points. Faust finished with a game-high 29 points and Benham added 20.

Lowndes 78, Hillgrove 77 (OT): Tashia Brown scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Lowndes win an overtime thriller over visiting Hillgrove. Taffany Smith added 24 points and Faith Starling chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds for the Vikings. Starling hit one of two free throws with 0.9 seconds left in regulation to force the extra period. For Hillgrove, Tene Thompson had 29 points and seven rebounds, while Mackenzie Engram recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards.

McEachern 94, Brunswick 75: The host Indians exploded offensively, outscoring Brunswick 54-33 in the second half. Te’a Cooper finished with 21 points and seven assists and Caliya Robinson tallied a triple-double. Robinson finished with 16 points, 15 boards and 17 blocked shots. The junior also added five assists. Sophomore Jada Lewis finished with 15 points and seven assists and Taylor Gordon notched 12 points. Declaria Daniels was the fifth Indian to finish in double-figures and scored 11 points. The teams combined for 75 total free throw attempts and McEachern shot 23-of-36 from the charity stripe.

North Forsyth 64, Duluth 49: Caroline Bowns went six for six from three-point range and scored 29 points to lead host North Forsyth past Duluth. The Raiders led 26-17 at halftime and by just seven points heading into the fourth quarter, but Bowns’ timely shooting prevented Duluth from getting any closer.

South Forsyth 62, Norcross 50 (OT): South Forsyth drained 15 of 19 free throws in overtime to complete a comeback victory over host Norcross. The War Eagles watched Norcross score the first eight points of the game and they also trailed by nine midway through the fourth quarter. South Forsyth was led by Sarah Myers, who scored 22 points–10 in overtime–and went 13 for 14 from the free-throw line. Ally Welch added 14 points for South Forsyth and Shelby Threlkeld chipped in 12. Threlkeld forced overtime thanks to a 3-point play with 24 seconds remaining.

AAAAA

Southwest DeKalb 80, Sequoyah 66: Daisa Alexander poured in 27 points and Tynice Martin scored 20 to lead host Southwest DeKalb past Sequoyah. Kelley Hartman recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Chiefs, who trailed by just four at halftime and were as close as five points in the fourth quarter.

AAAA

Columbus 50, Marist 37: Dominique Odom scored a game-high 14 points, but it wasn’t enough for visiting Marist. The War Eagles led 14-10 after a period and 21-10 in the second, but eventually fell behind 31-30 at the end of the third quarter. Tatyanna Wyatt scored eight points in the final quarter and led the Blue Devils with 12 points.

South Effingham 52, Rutland 49: South Effingham erased a 28-19 halftime deficit to overcome visiting Rutland. Tianna Germain poured in 24 points for the Mustangs, who held off Rutland with clutch free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter before the Hurricanes drained a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final margin.

Woodland-Henry 50, Westover 41: Host Woodland was led in scoring for the second consecutive round by freshman Vanessa Blagmon. The point guard finished with a game-high 14 points after posting an 18-point performance in her playoff debut on Friday. Woodland senior Mecca Sneed reached double-figures with 12 points.

AAA

Beach 52, Southwest-Macon 45: Jada Young scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Beach hold off visiting Southwest-Macon. DyManee Royal contributed 13 points and five blocks to the Bulldogs’ effort. Beach led 32-24 at the intermission and the final 7-point margin was the closest Southwest-Macon came to Beach in the second half.

Johnson-Savannah 54, Central-Carroll 50 (2OT): The visiting Atomsmashers outscored Central-Carroll 16-10 in the fourth quarter to force the first of two overtimes. After trading baskets in the first overtime, Johnson’s Ashontianna Williams and Alexandria Brooks knocked down shots while Alexis Pierce iced the game with a pair of free throws to outscore the Lions 6-2 in the second overtime. Williams finished with 16 points and Brooks scored 11. Sherae Bonner led the Lions 16 points and 22 rebounds. Lions teammate Jasmine Thrash scored a game-high 21 points.

Morgan County 67, Dawson County 55: Morgan County dominated the third quarter by a 20-9 margin to pull away from visiting Dawson County. The Bulldogs got 20 points from Alexis Brown, 15 from Carvetta Williams and 11 from Jateriea Bryant. Ashley Parker led Dawson County with 21 points.

St. Pius 55, East Hall 39: The host Golden Lions took a commanding 17-5 after the first period. Junior guard Asia Durr led St. Pius with 24 points while senior guard Jasmine Carter added 16. Adriana Daves led the Lions with 11 rebounds.

Washington County 81, Peach County 44: The host Golden Hawks exploded for a 25-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, then led 46-21 at the half. Washington County was led by Shonterria Kitchens’ 23 points and Daknequa White’s 21. Senior point guard Jasmine Knight led both teams with 10 assists and junior Tiarra Wicker led Washington County with seven rebounds. Peach County’s Nausia Wilfork, who came in averaging 27.4 points per game, was held to just 16.

Woodward Academy 64, North Hall 62: Visiting North Hall missed a 3-pointer with seconds left and Woodward freshman Darryl Langford corralled the rebound and clinched the win for the War Eagles. Senior forward Alex Langford led Woodward with 28 points and 12 rebounds while junior guard Ashari Hankerson scored 13.

AA

Dublin 76, Vidalia 72: La’Shayla Pittman scored 34 points and Jasmine Hollis added 26 as visiting Dublin held off Vidalia. Pittman and Hollis combined to hit 10 free throws in the final three minutes. Vidalia was led by Chynna Hodge, who put up 26 points.

Greater Atlanta Christian 55, Bowdon 37: Greater Atlanta Christian scored 20 points in the second quarter to pull away from visiting Bowdon for a 33-17 halftime advantage. The Spartans were led by Brianna Cummings, who poured in 33 points. Both Sydni Means and Clarke Permenter scored eight points for Greater Atlanta Christian.

Jefferson 44, Manchester 33: Visiting Manchester outscored the Dragons 21-8 in the third quarter to cut its deficit to 35-30, but managed just three points in the final quarter. Deaudra Copeland led the Blue Devils with a team-high 11 points. Jefferson was led by Chandler Bragg’s game-high 14 points and Abby Franklin, who finished with 13.

Kendrick 90, Rabun County 34: Kendrick remained undefeated with a blowout win over visiting Rabun County in which it scored 18 of the game’s first 20 points and led 20-4 after the first quarter. Using their suffocating press defense, the victorious Cherokees also scored the first 20 points of the second half. Kahlia Lawrence posted 10 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter for Kendrick.

Wesleyan 84, Calhoun 48: Host Wesleyan led Calhoun 40-19 at the half. The Wolves kept the momentum in the third quarter when they went on a 22-16 run. Nikki McDonald led Wesleyan with 14 points while Mikayla Coombs added 13 and Cairo Booker scored 12.

Class A-Private

Calvary Day 64, First Presbyterian Day 60 (2OT): First Presbyterian Day jumped to a 32-20 halftime lead and host Calvary Day had to rally from a 16-point deficit midway through the third quarter to force overtime. Savannah Phillips finished with a game-high 28 points for the Vikings, but clutch foul shots in the second overtime helped the Cavaliers seal the victory. Dawona Magwood nailed both foul shots with 15 seconds left to put Calvary Day ahead 62-60. The Vikings missed a shot to tie it and Calvary Day’s Brittany Griffin was fouled after securing the rebound. Griffin went to the line and iced the game with two free throws. Magwood finished with a team-high 17 points and Griffin finished with 11.

Darlington 63, Brookstone 29: Host Darlington led 16-11 after the opening quarter and outscored the Cougars 18-6 in the second quarter and 22-4 in the third to stretch its lead to 56-21. The Tigers scored 29 points off of their 25 forced turnovers and finished with 14 steals. Maggie Beth Atha led Darlington with a game-high 22 points and shot 10-of-10 from the foul line while dishing out four assists. Darlington teammate Sarah Manning finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.

George Walton Aca. 39, Prince Avenue Chr. 21: The host Bulldogs trailed 9-3 after one period, but came back to lead 17-12 at the half and 26-16 after three quarters. Jada Williams led GWA with 10 points and senior post Ivy Atkism had eight points, eight rebounds and three assists. Senior forward Lynara Pitts grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Prince Ave. Chr. was led by Anna Machovec’s seven points.

Holy Innocents’ 83, Savannah Country Day 29: Holy Innocents’ had six players score in double-figures as it overwhelmed visiting Savannah Country Day. Sydney Long led the way for the Golden Bears with 19 points. Khayla Pointer added 16, Erika Cassell scored 15 and Shai Blanding chipped in 12.

Mt. Paran Christian 52, Lakeview Academy 49: Mt. Paran trailed 15-8 after the opening quarter and cut it to a 1-point game at the half (23-22). Guards Emily Spillane and Renee Vanhorn sat most of the first half after picking up two early fouls, but they came up huge in the second half. Vanhorn scored all nine of her points in the second half and Spillane netted all eight of hers after the intermission. Freshman Que Morrison scored eight second-half points after scoring 13 in the first half and led the way with her game-high 21 points.

Southwest Atlanta Christian 73, Greenforest Christian 43: Host Southwest Atlanta Christian led Greenforest Christian 23-10 after the first quarter and went on 17-5 run in the second quarter. Senior power forward Amy Griffin tallied 24 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors while freshman center Dominique Banks scored 16.

Class A-Public

Claxton 64, Portal 55: Junior point guard Nyeisha Kirkland led host Claxton with a game-high 21 points. The Tigers maintained a comfortable lead in the second half that was set up by a 33-22 halftime advantage. Claxton senior Kashara Moody finished with 14 points.

Towns County 64, Gordon Lee 56: Towns County slowly pulled away from host Gordon Lee, leading by two after the first quarter, by eight at halftime and by nine heading into the fourth. Eryn Cochran scored a game-high 20 points for the victorious Indians and Bailey Sutton added 14. Sarah Meadows led Gordon Lee with 17 points.

BOYS

Class A-Private

Calvary Day 67, Mount Vernon Presbyterian 54: Calvary Day took a 31-21 halftime lead and outscored Mount Vernon 20-14 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 51-35 heading into the fourth. Senior guard Khaliq Hughes paced the Cavaliers by scoring 13 of his team-high 24 points after the half. Hughes shot 8-of-9 from the foul line, 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, grabbed seven boards, dished out four assists and recorded two steals. Derek Kirkland added 15 points and five rebounds for the Cavaliers. Freshman Darius Perry, who finished with 25 points, and Keon Douglas, who scored 24 points, led Mount Vernon.

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