Class AAAAAA boys: Wheeler 74, Tucker 64

10:07 pm Feb. 28, 2015

No. 1-ranked Wheeler got a game-high 29 points from Jaylen Brown to beat Tucker 74-64 in the Class AAAAAA semifinal at McCamish Pavilion on Saturday.

Wheeler (29-2) will play Pebblebrook in the state final next weekend in Macon.

One of the main catalysts for Wheeler taking over in the second half was Brown. The 6-foot-7, 217-pound forward who’s arguably the state’s top senior prospect, is a load for any opponent to deal

Class A Private Boys – Greenforest 57, Athens Christian 56

9:51 pm Feb. 28, 2015

Guard John Ogwuche’s free throw with 3.8 seconds left gave Greenforest the winning margin.

With the game tied at 56-56, Greenforest called timeout and decided to play for one shot. Ogwuche dribbled out the clock and powered into the lane, drawing a foul. He missed the first free throw, but made the second.

A last-second 3-pointer by Athens Christian’s Turtle Thomas bounced off the glass.

No. 2-ranked Greenforest (27-1) got 18 points

Class AAAA boys: Carrollton 48, Cairo 45

9:46 pm Feb. 28, 2015

Desmond Webb’s free throw with 16.4 seconds remaining broke a 45-45 tie, and Cooper Criswell made two more with 6.5 seconds left to give Carrollton a 48-45 victory over Cairo in the Class AAAA boys basketball semifinals Saturday at West Georgia. Masten’s 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer gave Cairo a lead, 20-19, that it did not surrender until the final two minutes of the game. Masten finished with four 3-pointers

Class A-Public girls: Turner County 52, Randolph-Clay 44

9:24 pm Feb. 28, 2015

Turner County 52, Randolph-Clay 44: No. 2 seed Turner County took a 34-25 halftime lead over 11 seed Randolph-Clay and Mylashia Yancey kept the Rebels in front with a game-high 30 points. Taylor Daniels chipped in with six points. Randolph-Clay got 22 points from Kaderia Parham and Shaaliyah Lewis and Kobi Thorton finished with five points apiece. 

Class AAAA girls: Carrollton 43, Veterans 42

8:53 pm Feb. 28, 2015

Alecia North scored the game-winning basket with an off-balance flip in the lane with 11 seconds remaining, giving Carrollton a 43-42 victory over Veterans in the Class AAAA girls semifinals Saturday. Veterans’ 3-pointer at the buzzer was short. It was the only lead of the game for ninth-ranked Carrollton, which fell behind 10-0 in the first five minutes and did not get back to within five points until the fourth

Class AAAAA girls: Mays 56, Dutchtown 38

8:42 pm Feb. 28, 2015

Mays 56, Dutchtown 38: No. 1 seed Mays put together a 30-19 scoring advantage in the second half to close out third-seeded Dutchtown. Kennya Simms led Mays with 19 points and teammates Kamiyah Street (11) and Harlyn Wyatt (10) also reached double-figures. who scored 11 points.  Janessa Murphy, Tiara Scott, and Kamera Harris each scored 10 points for Dutchtown.

Class AAAA boys: Jonesboro 71, Liberty County 43

8:31 pm Feb. 28, 2015

Carrollton – James “M.J.” Walker Jr. scored 30 points and Tracy Hector Jr. added 21 as defending champion Jonesboro rolled to a 71-43 victory over Liberty County in the Class AAAA boys basketball semifinals Saturday at the University of West Georgia.

The top-ranked Cardinals (31-1) will play for the second state title in school history at 8:45 p.m. Thursday at the Macon Coliseum.

Seventh-ranked Liberty County (24-5) stayed close early and even

Class A Private Girls: St. Francis 61, Stratford Academy 41

8:09 pm Feb. 28, 2015

Sophomore Nichel Tampa scored 17 points, all in the second half, to lead the No. 1-ranked Knights into the final.

St. Francis used a 13-2 run at the end of the first quarter to take control. Despite falling behind by as many as 15, Stratford was behind only 10 points at the half.

St. Francis put any comeback hopes to rest by scoring the first eight points of the third period and

Class AAAAAA girls: McEachern 59, Archer 57

8:04 pm Feb. 28, 2015

Senior Te’a Cooper made a running scoop shot as the buzzer sounded to send McEachern to the Class AAAAAA girls final with a 59-57 win over Archer.

The Tigers (26-6) led by 10 with 5:35 left in the game, but McEachern charged back with tenacious defense and a solid inside game. After trailing 52-42, the Indians (24-6) went on a 10-0 run that notched the game at 52. When they took

Class A-Public girls: Taylor County 59, Terrell County 43

8:01 pm Feb. 28, 2015

Taylor County 59, Terrell County 43: Terrell County (20-9) led 4-3 with five seconds left in the opening quarter before Taylor County (30-0) used a 23-3 run to grow a 26-7 lead. Taylor County’s Rasheka Simmons finished with a game-high 19 points and teammate Kelsie Towns knocked down four threes and finished with 18.