HOMER – If there's a winning formula for the second-seed Banks County Leopards in the Class AAA state playoffs, it is get it to the big men.
Behind smothering defense and Ty Cockfield's game-high 31 points, Johnson's victory over Southeast Whitfield was never in question.
Gainesville junior D'Marcus Simonds scored 33 points and knocked down a game-winning shot at the buzzer in overtime for a 56-54 win against North Atlanta in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state tournament on Thursday.
Chestatee allowed five quick points by Pickens' Haley Kalson in the final minute of the first half Thursday to open the postseason in Gainesville. It didn't appear to be too much to overcome at the time, trailing by only three at intermission.
In some ways, it took East Hall an entire season to hold off and ultimately defeat Oconee County in Wednesday's first-round state playoff game.
JEFFERSON - The Banks County Lady Leopards' tough region served them well in the opening round of the Class AAA state basketball tournament.
Shikiya Brown tallied 13 points to lead Gainesville's girls to a 54-34 win over Kell in the first round of the Class AAAAA tournament on Wednesday in Marietta.
For the second straight day, icy conditions are taking a toll on the basketball state playoffs in Northeast Georgia.
With his team missing each of its opening eight field goal attempts, Buford Lady Wolves coach Gene Durden yanked his starters and hoped the move would send a message.
The Lakeview Academy basketball teams have qualified for the Class A Private playoffs, according to GHSA power ratings released Tuesday, with the Lions boys the 16th and final team to make their bracket.
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory has tried to help his players keep faith that the season is not lost.
The ice storm has led to the postponement of tonight's scheduled state basketball playoff game between the East Hall High School girls and Oconee County.
Johnson's boys are enjoying two big benefits for winning the Region 8-AAAA basketball tournament Saturday night. First, the fifth-ranked Knights will be able to hang another championship banner in the gym as back-to-back champ.
Kyvon Davenport scored 37 points with 17 rebounds for East Hall's boys in an 83-62 victory against Banks County to claim the Region 7-AAA championship Saturday at Franklin County High in Carnesville. The Vikings (22-5) led 12-4 early in the game to claim its first region title since 2011.
Again and again, coach Jeff Steele credits the Johnson boys basketball team's success to a close-knit family dynamic.
BUFORD - Buford coach Gene Durden had to get the Lady Wolves back to their "bread and butter" to finally gain the separation they needed against Westover.
EVANS - The ball was in the right hands for Gainesville in the final seconds of Friday's second-round playoff game against Greenbrier. Sophomore Taylor Hawks took the pass from Shikiya Brown, looked both ways and just before time expired drained a finger-roll shot in the lane to secure the upset win of the second-ranked Lady Wolfpack in Evans.
COMMERCE - Freshmen normally aren't the go-to players for any team, especially during the playoffs.