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Paulding County teams begin region tournaments
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
February 19, 2014 11:23 AM | 864 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>East Paulding senior Andrea Villena tries to get the ball around a defender during practice earlier this season.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
East Paulding senior Andrea Villena tries to get the ball around a defender during practice earlier this season.
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The Region 5-AAAAA boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments, which were set to end this past weekend, had a schedule adjustment due to the inclement weather caused by the winter storm that hampered the entire state of Georgia.

As a result, the region event will conclude this week with the state tournament slated to begin this upcoming weekend.

On the boys’ side, North Paulding earned a 57-53 home victory over East Paulding on Feb. 8 in the first round of the region tournament. The victory advanced the Wolfpack into the next round but saw its season conclude on Feb. 15 with a 68-59 road loss to New Manchester on Feb. 15. Coming into this season, North Paulding had only won nine games in the previous two seasons combined. However, the Wolfpack finished this year with a program-record 12 victories.

The boys’ region tournament resumed Monday with the quarterfinals including matchups held at South Paulding with the Spartans hosting Lithia Springs and Paulding County squaring off against Hiram at the same location. The Spartans came into the matchup with 21 victories, the most in program history. The other side of the bracket has Villa Rica facing Rome and New Manchester battling host Allatoona.

The girls’ region tournament also began on Feb. 8 with East Paulding gaining a 57-41 win over North Paulding. The Raiders’ next contest came in Douglasville against South Paulding with the Spartans emerging with a 49-41 victory on Feb. 15.

The quarterfinals of the girls’ tournament began on Monday with Hiram serving as host for a matchup against Allatoona and a contest between Paulding County and Lithia Springs. The Hornets have had the best season in program history, winning a school-record 21 contests and finished the regular season undefeated in region play. They are ranked within the top-five of multiple state polls. South Paulding travels to Woodland (Bartow) for its quarterfinal contest.

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