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Local teams begin play in state basketball tournament
by Greg Oshust
February 27, 2014 09:26 AM | 2819 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Holy Innocents’ player Shai Blanding drives in for a layup during the Lady Bears’ 61-38 win over Paideia in the Region 5A girls’ tournament championship game last Tuesday.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Holy Innocents’ player Shai Blanding drives in for a layup during the Lady Bears’ 61-38 win over Paideia in the Region 5A girls’ tournament championship game last Tuesday.
With its undefeated record still intact after regular season and region tournament action, the Holy Innocents’ girls’ team began the final stage of its 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 Monday and Tuesday games were not available at press time.

Holy Innocents’ (26-0), ranked second in the final Class A private school girls’ power ranking, hosted 15th-ranked Savannah Country Day in a first-round Class A private school girls’ tournament game Monday.

The Lady Bears entered the state tournament with plenty of momentum after winning the Region 5A tournament, beating Paideia 61-38 in the finals last Tuesday.

Lexii Cassell scored 14 points and Erica Cassell added 11 points to lead HIES to the win over Paideia.

Pace (12-13), the 16th-ranked team in the Class A private school girls’ power ranking, went on the road to take on top-ranked St. Francis in a first-round girls’ game Tuesday.

In the Class A boys’ tournament, sixth-seeded Holy Innocents (20-5) hosted 11th-seeded Mount Pisgah Christian, while ninth-seeded Mount Vernon Presbyterian (20-5) played at eighth-seeded Calvary Day in first-round games Tuesday.

In the AA boys’ tournament, Westminster (15-12) defeated Rabun County in a first-round game last Saturday and was scheduled to play at Calhoun Tuesday, while Lovett (8-18) lost to Jefferson in the first round last Friday.

The season came to an end for both Westminster and Lovett in the AA girls’ first round last Friday, with Westminster (11-16) losing to Rabun County 69-56 and Lovett (7-19) falling to Jefferson 48-38.

St. Pius X (26-3) began its defense of its AAA girls’ championship with a 52-29 victory over North Oconee last Friday.

Asia Durr scored 30 points to lead the Golden Lions, who hosted East Hall Monday in a second-round game.

Woodward (19-10) also advanced in the AAA girls’ tournament with a 66-52 first-round win over Fannin County last Friday to move on to Monday’s second-round contest at home against North Hall.

In the AAA boys’ tournament, St. Pius (24-5) beat Elbert County 56-54 last Saturday to advance to a second-round game Monday at Cartersville. Woodward (19-9) lost to Morgan County 58-43 in a first-round game last Friday.

Marist (16-13) crushed Walnut Grove 80-34 in the first round of the AAAA boys’ tournament last Saturday.

Cam Wiley scored 24 points and Patrick Zeck added 20 to lead the War Eagles, who advanced to a second-round game at home against Carrollton Tuesday.

The Marist girls (21-8) beat Eastside 56-51 in its first-round AAAA girls’ game last Friday.

Dominique Oden scored 24 points for Marist, which played at Columbus in a second-round game Monday.

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