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Snow, ice delay start of region basketball tourneys
by Greg Oshust
February 20, 2014 09:42 AM | 1450 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / Mount Vernon Presbyterian’s Jared Harper drives to the basket during a game earlier in the season.
Special Photo / Mount Vernon Presbyterian’s Jared Harper drives to the basket during a game earlier in the season.
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Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the basketball postseason schedule as last week’s winter storm that hit metro Atlanta forced the postponement of region tournament action as well as the beginning of the state tournament.

Region tournaments were scheduled to start last Monday and be finished by last Friday, with state tournament play to begin Wednesday.

Instead, region play got underway last Friday and Saturday and concluded Tuesday and Wednesday, with the start of the state competition pushed back to Friday. Scores from games Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were not available at press time.

“Obviously, it’s not ideal, but it’s something we can’t get hung up on,” Holy Innocents’ girls’ coach Tony Watkins said. “All of us are in the same boat and we all need to plan. We can’t complain about – it is what it is. We’ll just do the best we can.”

The Region 7AAAAA tournament actually started Feb. 8, with North Springs defeating Riverwood 61-60 in a boys’ game and North Springs losing to Pope 73-21 in girls’ action.

The 7AAAAA competition resumed last Saturday with quarterfinal action. North Springs lost to Sprayberry 68-39 in a boys’ game and Riverwood fell to Osborne 81-34 in a girls’ contest.

North Atlanta was eliminated in the quarterfinals of both the 6AAAAA boys' and girls' tournaments Monday. The Warriors lost to Miller Grove 76-42 in the boys' game and Southwest DeKalb 52-17 in the girls' contest.

Marist finished runner-up in the 6AAAA boys' tournament, losing to Columbia 46-42 in the finals Wednesday.

The Marist girls' placed third in the 6AAAA girls' tournament after defeating Grady 54-50 in the consolation game Wednesday.

St. Pius X won the 6AAA girls' tournament, defeating Decatur 49-29, while Woodward beat Blessed Trinity 69-64 in the third-place contest Tuesday.

St. Pius placed third in the 6AAA boys' tournament with a 67-38 win over Woodward Tuesday.

Westminster finished runner-up in the 6AA boys' tournament, losing to Greater Atlanta Christian 60-34 in the championship game, while Lovett lost to Hapeville 51-49 in the third-place contest Tuesday.

In the 6AA girls' tournament, Westminster defeated Buckhead archrival Lovett 46-40 in the third-place game.

Holy Innocents' won the 5A girls' tournament and remained undefeated as the 26-0 Lady Bears crushed Paideia 61-38 in the finals Tuesday.

The Holy Innocents' boys fell short of reaching the finals of the 5A boys' tournament, losing to Greenforest 71-56 in the semifinals Monday.

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