Boys: A look at the quarterfinals

5:00 am Feb. 25, 2015

The top five teams in the state rankings are still alive in the Class AAA tournament, an indication that the cream has risen and fans are in store for some quality quarterfinal games tonight.

Seven of the remaining eight teams were ranked in the final regular-season poll. The exception is Callaway, which is trying to get back into the Final Four for the second straight season.

Of the remaining eight, seven won

AAA girls: Decatur 64, Kendrick 49

9:07 pm Feb. 24, 2015

For an extended time in the second quarter, it looked like the end of the line for No. 3-ranked Decatur. The Bulldogs were being overwhelmed by a Kendrick defense that was bent on destruction and they had two starters, including their best player, on the bench with three personal fouls.

No. 7-ranked Kendrick’s aggressive, pressing defense had Decatur flummoxed and flustered. But that’s when the Bulldogs reached deep, survived the assault

Girls: No. 1, No. 2 meet in Elite Eight

8:20 am Feb. 24, 2015

The brackets sometimes create some unfortunate pairings. Such is the class in the Class AAA girls quarterfinals, where No. 1-ranked Dawson County and No. 2-ranked Laney are matched in a game more fitting for the championship game.

Dawson County (29-0) is a veteran team that’s been rock solid all year. The Tigers have a great pedigree and feature some experienced girls who have focused on making this their championship season.

Coach Steve

Boys: Second-round previews

8:39 am Feb. 21, 2015

The marquee game of the second-round should be No. 5 Cedar Grove at No. 9 Calhoun, which features a pair of well-coached, athletic teams.

Cedar Grove (19-4) bounced back from its unfortunate meltdown in the Region 4 final with a 73-59 win over Josey in the first round. The Saints are led by forward Jaraca Cross (15.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3 blocks), Chris Fredrick (13.0 points) and Kenneth Lewis (11.8 points).

Calhoun

Girls: Second-round previews

9:28 am Feb. 20, 2015

Do the Franklin County girls have another upset in them?

The Lions 916-11) scored the biggest surprise win of the first round. The No. 4 seed from Region 7 rose up and eliminated Region 8 champion Morgan County, the No. 8-ranked team in Class AAA. Coach Holly Wilk’s team was the only upstart to eliminate a region champion in the opening round and helped their region score the only first-round sweep.

Unfortunately

4-AAA finals: Decatur girls roll, South Atlanta boys stun Cedar Grove

12:20 am Feb. 15, 2015

The Decatur girls ended South Atlanta’s dream of an undefeated season, while the South Atlanta boys showed why they should never be counted out of a game. The result for each team was a Region 4-AAA championship.

Decatur (26-2) avenged a regular-season loss to South Atlanta and handed the Hornets their first defeat of the season. The Bulldogs won 56-38 and their first region title in a generation.

South Atlanta (25-4) trailed

Undefeated Dawson Co., South Atlanta girls ready for challenge

11:41 pm Feb. 9, 2015

The state’s only two undefeated Class AAA teams are eager to get started in their quest for a championship. No. 1 Dawson County and No. 2 South Atlanta both open play in their respective region tournaments with a 25-0 record on the line.

South Atlanta makes its playoff debut on Thursday night at 7 p.m. against the winner of Tuesday’s game between Therrell and Towers.

South Atlanta coach Akisha Graham said, “It

Class AAA: Region 6

8:56 pm Feb. 8, 2015

BOYS

At Calhoun

Monday

#9 Gordon Central 44,  #8 Adairsville 41

Tuesday

#7 Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 56, # 6 Murray County 51

#5 Sonoraville 34, #9 Gordon Central 30

Thursday

#3 North Murray 51, #7 Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 37

#5 Sonoraville 52, #4 Coahulla Creek 39

Friday

#3 North Murray 46, # 2 Ringgold 39

#1 Calhoun 67,  #5 Sonoraville 29

Saturday

Consolation: #2 Ringgold 52 vs. #5 Sonoraville 49

Championship: #1 Calhoun 68, #3 North Murray 40

GIRLS

At Calhoun

Monday

#9 Gordon Central 44, #8 Coahulla Creek 41

Tuesday

#7 Murray County 44, #6