Seven local teams remain in basketball playoffs

Weather forces scheduling of three rounds this week

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 23, 2014 

This week will be a test of conditioning and depth for the seven local high school basketball teams remaining in the state tournament.

With the winter weather earlier this month forcing a delay to the start of state tournament play, GHSA officials were forced to schedule three rounds of play this week.

The second round is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, the quarterfinals on Wednesday and Thursday and the semifinals on Saturday.

Here is a look at the seven games to be played over the next two days.

Girls

Forest Park (22-8) at Northside (23-5), 6 p.m., Tuesday

Northside beat Glynn Academy 57-36, while Forest Park beat Northside-Warner Robins 54-43 in their openers.

After scoring only five points in the first quarter, the Lady Patriots outscored Glynn Academy 26-12 in the second quarter Friday to take control of that game.

"We came in with a plan, but once the game started we really didn't execute well," Northside coach Candace Turner told the Ledger-Enquirer.

"After the first quarter, I told them, all right, the jitters are out. Now let's go play ball."

Hardaway (11-18) at Greenbrier (23-6), 6 p.m., today

Hardaway upset Ware County in Waycross 45-36, while Greenbrier beat Mt.Zion-Jonesboro 65-58 in the first round.

While it has been a down season for one of the premier girls programs in the Bi-City, Hardaway coach Kendall Mills has his team playing its best basketball at the right time.

The Lady Hawks have won 6-of-its-last-7 games.

Marist (21-8) at Columbus (27-1), 6 p.m., today

Columbus rolled over Gilmer County 73-34, while Marist edged Eastside 56-51 in their first-round games.

Columbus coach Joe Cherrone wants to make sure his fourth-ranked team takes advantage when it has a height advantage.

"We have to get the ball in the post on Monday to be successful … ," Cherrone said. "We have an advantage and we have to capitalize on it."

Rabun County (18-9) at Kendrick (27-0), 6 p.m., Monday

Top-ranked Kendrick thrashed Model 71-34, while Rabun County beat Westminster 69-56.

"We didn't play well," Kendrick coach Sterling Hicks said after Friday's game. "Model came to play in the first half, and we didn't do the things we were supposed to do. We just didn't play defense very well, and our shots didn't fall most of the game. Model just came out more aggressive than us."

Brookstone (15-12) at Darlington (17-8), 6 p.m., today

Since Class A splits into public- and private-school tournaments with 16 teams each, they have one fewer round to play than the other classifications.

As a result, the first round for Class A is Monday and Tuesday.

The Brookstone girls were No. 11 in the private-school power rankings, while Darlington was No. 6.

Boys

Swainsboro (14-13) at Carver (15-9), 6.p.m., Tuesday

Carver steamrolled over Jackson-Atlanta 67-36 on Saturday after a slow start. Meanwhle, Swainsboro beat New Hampstead 53-52.

Carver coach Warren Beaulah hops his team will learn a lesson from the slow start against Jackson.

"They have to know that other teams aren't going to lay down and we've just got to be ready to play," he told the Ledger-Enquirer on Saturday. "No matter who you play at this time of year, everybody has that goal of winning the state championship. It's going to get tougher every round."

McIntosh (19-9) at Northside (17-10), 7:30 p.m., Tuesday

McIntosh beat Lakeside 69-53, while Northside beat Richmond Hill 75-63.

The Patriots led by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter before settling for the 12-point win.

Despite the win, coach Kenneth Lawrence called the performance disappointing.

"I thought we came out and played down to the competition a little bit," he told the Ledger-Enquirer. "We did a terrible job rebounding and just didn't play together like we like to."

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