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Region tourneys held after weather delay
by Greg Oshust
February 20, 2014 11:41 AM | 2485 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray / St. Francis player Abby Grant is defended by teammate Jade Davis during practice.
Staff / Erin Gray / St. Francis player Abby Grant is defended by teammate Jade Davis during practice.
Mother Nature played havoc on the basketball postseason schedule as last week’s winter storm that hit the Atlanta forced the postponement of region tournament action as well as the beginning of the state tournament.

Region tournaments got underway last Friday and Saturday and concluded Tuesday, with the start of the state competition pushed back to Friday.

Alpharetta won the Region 6AAAAAA boys' tournament at West Forsyth with a 75-65 overtime victory over Lambert in the championship game Tuesday. Chattahoochee claimed third place after beating north Fulton rival Johns Creek 64-51 in the consolation game Tuesday.

In the 6AAAAAA girls’ tournament at West Forsyth, Centennial clinched third place with a 69-62 win over South Forsyth Tuesday.

The Roswell girls fell short of a region title as it lost to Woodstock 44-37 in the championship game Tuesday.

The Lady Hornets advanced to the finals with a 57-46 win over Walton in the semifinals Monday and actually got their quarterfinal game in before the winter storm struck last Monday — beating north Fulton rival Milton 53-27.

“We were in the unusual situation of being allowed to play our first-round region game at home, because of travel concerns,” Roswell girls’ coach Lisa Kennedy said. “This was nice in terms of home court advantage to advance to the state tournament.”

Milton fell just short of making to the championship game of the 5AAAAAA boys’ tournament at Etowah after a 67-66 semifinal loss to Walton Monday, but came back to beat Etowah 60-46 in the third-place game Tuesday.

The Eagles advanced to the semifinals with a 70-39 win over Roswell last Saturday.

Blessed Trinity finished runner-up in the 6AAA boys' tournament at St. Pius after losing to Cedar Grove 36-33 in the finals Tuesday.

Maintaining his team’s strong momentum going into the region tournament was a big concern for Blessed Trinity boys’ coach Brian Marks.

“I do know that when you have won 17 of your last 20 games [going into the tournament], you want to keep the momentum going and not take multiple days off from practices and games,” Marks said.

The Blessed Trinity girls lost to Woodward 69-64 in the consolation game of the 6AAA girls' tournament at St. Pius Tuesday.

St. Francis won both the boys’ and girls’ championship games in the 6A tournament Monday, beating North Cobb Christian 53-45 in the boys’ finals and Southwest Atlanta Christian 67-52 in the girls’ title contest.

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