The quarterfinal schedule was set after the AAA class made its way through the second round of the GHSA high school basketball tournament on Wednesday and Thursday.
As for the kids, five regional champions – Pace Academy (5-AAA), Long County (2-AAA), Jefferson (8-AAA), Monroe (1-AAA) and Windsor Forest (3-AAA) – will play for a berth in the semifinal. Monroe will have to go to Jefferson.
For the girls, four regional champions – North Hall (7-AAA), Jefferson (8-AAA), Johnson-Savannah (3-AAA) and Sonoraville (6-AAA) – are still alive. The most famous Johnson-Savannah will have to travel to Sonoraville.
Here is a look at what happened in the second round:
– The most voted Pace Academy advanced after a 61-32 victory over Beach at home. Cole Middleton led the Knights with 20 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. Four-star shooting guard Matthew Cleveland, a 6-foot-6 junior, and recruit no. 2 in the state for the 2021 class, he scored 19 points with nine rebounds.
– Other notable boys results: On the left side of the sash, Pace will play at home against Monroe Area in the quarterfinals after the hurricanes defeated Westside-Macon 71-66, ending the 13-game winning streak at Westside. Since losing to Jefferson in the 8-AAA region tournament on February 7, Monroe Area has had wins against Hart County 74-72, North Murray 49-47 (OT) and Westside. … Johnson-Savannah survived a four-seeded Cedar Grove 71-57 with an upset mind after the Saints beat County 7 Dawson No. 7 of Region 7 in the first round 72-69. … On the right side of the wing, Jefferson defeated Pierce County 65-57 and will host Monroe in the neighborhoods after Monroe defeated Greater Atlanta Christian 59-52. … Windsor Forest beat Cherokee Bluff 80-55 and will play at home against Central-Macon in the quarterfinals. Windsor Forest’s Dante Bass led all the markers with 17 points. The riders drove 38-27 half-time and 52-37 at the end of the third quarter before passing Cherokee Bluff 28-18 in the last quarter.
High-level Johnson-Savannah continued its bid for a third consecutive AAA-class championship, advancing to the quarterfinals with a convincing 47-point win against Fannin County. Five Johnson players scored in double digits, including senior captains Antalazia Baker (18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 points) and Jaida Burgess (15 points, four rebounds and five assists). Sophomore Amani Hamilton scored 15 points with 15 rebounds and 15 blocks. Sophomore K’yla Hankerson scored 11 points with eight rebounds and two blocks, and junior Tiana Williams scored 10 points.
Other achievements of notable girls: On the left side of the band, Ringgold defeated Rutland 64-40 and will play at home against Beach in the quarterfinals. Bulldogs beat Cedar Grove 50-43 to advance. … North Hall will host Region 8 n. 2 of Morgan County after the Trojans beat Savannah 55-33. Morgan County advanced after a 57-51 win against Tattnall County in the second round. … On the right side of the bracket, Region 8 no. 1 Jefferson defeated Pierce County 64-33 and will host GAC in neighborhoods. GAC beat Monroe 50-42 to advance.
Men’s quarter-final pairings (25-26 February)
R8 # 3 Monroe Area at R5 # 1 Pace Academy
R3 # 3 Johnson-Savannah to R2 # 1 Long County
R1 # 1 Monroe to R8 # 1 Jefferson
R4 # 2 Central-Macon to R3 # 1 Windsor Forest
Women’s quarter-final pairings (25-26 February)
Beach R3 # 2 at Ringgold R6 # 2
R8 # 2 Morgan County to R7 # 1 North Hall
R7 # 2 Greater Atlanta Christian to R8 # 1 Jefferson
R3 # 1 Johnson-Savannah to R6 # 1 Sonoraville
Scores of the second round of the boys
R8 # 3 Monroe Area 71, R4 # 1 Westside-Macon 67
R5 # 1 Pace Academy 61, R3 # 2 Beach 32
R2 # 1 Long County 66, R8 # 2 Franklin County 57
R3 # 3 Johnson-Savannah 71, R5 # 4 Cedar Grove 57
R8 # 1 Jefferson 65, R2 # 2 Pierce County 57
R1 # 1 Monroe 59, R7 # 2 Greater Atlanta Christian 52
R4 # 2 Central-Macon 55, R8 # 4 Hart County 43
R3 # 1 Windsor Forest 80, R7 # 3 Cherokee Bluff 55
Scores of the second round of the girls
R6 # 2 Ringgold 64, R4 # 1 Rutland 40
R3 # 2 Beach 50, R5 # 1 Cedar Grove 43
R8 # 2 Morgan County 57, R2 # 1 Tattnall County 51
R7 # 1 North Hall 55, R3 # 3 Savannah 33
R8 # 1 Jefferson 64, R2 # 2 Pierce County 33
R7 # 2 GAC 50, R1 # 1 Monroe 42
R6 # 1 Sonoraville 81, R4 # 2 Jackson 63
R3 # 1 Johnson-Savannah 92, R7 # 3 Fannin County 45
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