UPDATED: Miller Grove boys back in the semifinals

Jada Walton connects for Southwest DeKalb (Photo -- Mark Brock)

Jada Walton connects for Southwest DeKalb (Photo — Mark Brock)

The Miller Grove boys used a 14-0 run in the second half and beat Riverwood 69-42 in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals. The win means the defending state champions are in the Final Four for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

Miller Grove (21-8) got 23 points from Nequante Hardy. Kevin Paige added 10 points and 18 rebounds and Jermon Clark had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Riverwood (23-6) was led by Elijah Jenkins with 15 points on five 3-point baskets.

Cedar Shoals 59, Lithonia 52: The Jaguars (26-4) spotted unranked Lithonia, the only No. 4 seed left in the tournament, a 17-3, but took over with their own 17-0 run.

Cedar Shoals got 26 points from Phlandrous Fleming and will make its third straight trip to the Final Four. Stavion Stevenson added 14 points for the Jags.

Sydarius Stinson led Lithonia (13-17) with 15 points.

Buford 94, Warner Robins 72:  The No. 1-ranked Wolves raced to a 56-23 halftime lead and survived a second-half push to defeat No. 4 Warner Robins 94-72 on Wednesday at the Buford Civic Center.

Buford closed the first quarter with a 16-4 run to take a 21-9 lead, then used a 16-0 stretch in the second quarter to take a commanding lead. The Wolves led 56-23 at the half.

Buford (27-2) was led by Marcus Watson with 24 points and Tobi Obasanya scored 23. David Viti added 18 and Donell Nixon scored 16.

Warner Robins (26-4) got 19 from Nelson Phillips, 14 from Jaydon Norman and 10 from Jaron Zanders.

Buford (27-2) was led by Marcus Watson with 24 points and Tobi Obasanya scored 23. David Viti added 18 and Donell Nixon scored 16.

Warner Robins (26-4) got 19 from Nelson Phillips, 14 from Jaydon Norman and 10 from Jaron Zanders.

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Fayette County 65, Carver-Atlanta 52: The Tigers won their fifth straight game to earn a spot in the Final Four.

 

 

In the girls quarterfinals:

Southwest DeKalb 71, Eagle’s Landing 56: Defending state champion and No. 3-ranked Southwest DeKalb advanced to the Final Four for the eighth time in 10 years with a 71-56 win over No. 9 Eagle’s Landing.

The Panthers (26-4) were led by Jada Walton, a Texas A&M signee, with 27 points, even though she missed much of the fourth quarter with a lower leg problem. Lanee Edwards scored 16 and Ruona Uwusiaba had 12 rebounds.

Eagle’s Landing (26-4) got 21 points from Ashley Foster, 15 of them in the second half, and Kiela Howard scored 16.

Buford 77, Warner Robins 56: The No. 2-ranked Wolves overcame a slow start and used a couple of seven-point runs before halftime to take control of the game. Buford coach Gene Durden said his girls were “overhyped” to begin the game, but quickly settled down and began to execute.

Buford (27-2) was led by 22 points from Tory Ozment. The Wolves made 10 3-point baskets.

No. 4-ranked Warner Robins (27-2) was led by Le’Terria Mathis with 18 points, with Kezia Holmes and Shynia Jackson each scoring 12.

Flowery Branch 61, Carrollton 46: No. 6-ranked Falcons went on the road to hand No. 5 Carrollton its second loss of the season. Flowery Branch finished the first half with a 9-3 run that gave it a 31-23 lead and stretched the advantage to 189 points a third quarters.

Flowery Branch (24-6) got 19 points and 13 rebounds Taniyah Worth, 11 points from Caroline Wysocki and 10 from Janoah Williams.

Carrollton (29-2) was led by Taylor Brown with 17 points and Elexus Bell with 11.

Griffin 66, Maynard Jackson 47: The No. 1-ranked Bears (28-1) used a pair of huge quarters to advance to the Final Four. Griffin won the first quarter 15-5 and put it away with a 22-4 advantage I n the third quarter. Daisya Reid scored 20 points and Andeija Puckett scored 18 for the Bears, who are in the semifinals for the first time since 1998.

No. 7 Jackson (24-3) fell short of its goal to reach the state title game for the second straight year.

Saturday’s semifinals

At Columbus State

Girls

Southwest DeKalb vs. Flowery Branch, 2 p.m.

Buford vs. Griffin, 6 p.m.

Boys

Miller Grove vs. Cedar Shoals, 4 p.m.

Buford vs. Fayette County, 8 p.m.

 

 


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