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State basketball tournament action begins for local teams
by Greg Oshust
February 27, 2014 10:07 AM | 2485 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray / Blessed Trinity's Reece Ryals throws a pass during practice.
Staff / Erin Gray / Blessed Trinity's Reece Ryals throws a pass during practice.
North Fulton teams began the final stage of their quest for a state title as the state boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments got underway last weekend.

First-round action in the Class AA through AAAAA tournaments were played last Friday and Saturday, with AA through AAAAA second-round games and Class A first-round action held Monday and Tuesday. Results from the Tuesday games were not available at press time.

Roswell got off to a good start in the Class AAAAAA girls’ tournament with a 66-54 victory over Mill Creek last Friday.

However, the Lady Hornets’ state tournament run ended with a 62-45 loss to Archer in a second-round game Monday. Andreona Keys scored 24 points for Roswell.

The Centennial girls fell short of joining Roswell in the second round as it lost to Parkview 59-50 last Friday.

Jada Triplett scored 19 points and Brianna Perry added 12 for the Lady Knights.

There are no local teams left in the AAAAAA boys’ tournament after Alpharetta, Milton, Chattahoochee and Johns Creek each lost their first-round games last Saturday.

Alpharetta lost to Dacula 60-52, with Demetrius Cacok scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the Raiders.

Milton fell to Norcross 49-36 as Shawn O’Connell led the Eagles with eight points.

Chattahoochee was eliminated by Shiloh 80-54, with Marcus Sheffield scoring 25 points and Avery Ward 15 for the Cougars.

Johns Creek also saw its season come to an end with a 49-40 loss to Berkmar in its first-round contest.

Blessed Trinity defeated Hart County 56-41 in the first round of the AAA boys’ tournament last Saturday to advance to a second-round contest at Buford Tuesday.

Patrick Lamar scored 23 points – including his 1,000th career point in the first quarter – while Connor O’Neal added 16 points for the Titans in the win over Hart County.

Blessed Trinity’s girls’ weren’t able to advance in the AAA girls’ tournament after losing to Morgan County 68-51 in a first-round contest last Friday.

St. Francis began the defense of its Class A private school girls’ championship with a first-round game at home against Pace Academy Tuesday.

The St. Francis boys’ look to claim the Class A private school title and improve on runner-up finish of a year ago as it hosted Hebron Christian Tuesday.

Two other north Fulton teams began Class A private school boys’ tournament action Tuesday, with Fellowship playing at North Cobb Christian and Mount Pisgah Christian going on the road to take on Holy Innocents’.

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