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State basketball playoffs: Johnson, East Hall boys fall in quarterfinals

February 26th, 2015 07:36 p.m.


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Jonesboro shuts down Johnson, 50-35, in Class AAAA quarterfinals

Jonesboro shuts down Johnson, 50-35, in Class AAAA quarterfinals

Jeff Steele could only tip his hat to a performance unlike anything the Johnson boys basketball coach had ever seen — one good enough to end the previously unbeaten Knights’ historic season.

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Top-ranked Laney knocks out East Hall, 92-67, in Class AAA quarterfinals

Top-ranked Laney knocks out East Hall, 92-67, in Class AAA quarterfinals

The Laney Wildcats were relentless on both ends of the court and East Hall couldn’t find an answer.

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Braves shortstop Simmons slowed by oblique strain

Braves shortstop Simmons slowed by oblique strain

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a slight left oblique strain.

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Johnson boys basketball game moved up to 6 p.m. tonight; East Hall girls game rescheduled for Friday

The Johnson boys basketball game against Jonesboro in the Class AAAA state quarterfinal round has been moved up 90 minutes and will begin at 6 p.m tonight.

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North Georgia Christian boys top Trinity Christian Academy 73-50

The North Georgia Christian boys defeated Trinity Christian Academy-Statesboro 73-50 in the GICAA state playoffs on Tuesday in Macon.

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Anderson leads Buford girls to thrilling quarterfinal win over St. Pius X, 59-55

Anderson leads Buford girls to thrilling quarterfinal win over St. Pius X, 59-55

BUFORD — Camille Anderson wore a smile from ear to ear after the best game of her career Tuesday night, a battle between two elite high school players.

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Dawson County girls fall to Laney in AAA quarterfinals

The top-ranked Dawson County girls basketball team saw their perfect season come to an end with a 70-64 loss to second-ranked Laney in the Class AAA state quarterfinals on Tuesday in Augusta.

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Gainesville girls fall to top-ranked Mays, 47-25, in state quarterfinals

ATLANTA — Gainesville coach Brenda Hill-Gilmore said her team would need a “perfect” game to knock off top-ranked Mays High School in Tuesday’s Class AAAAA quarterfinal.

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High school scoreboard: Feb. 23

Bailey Whtlock had two hits and drove in a run for Lakeview Academy in an 11-1 win against Johnson on Monday in Gainesville. Rob Hamby, Rob Collison and J.D. Roark also drove in runs with a hit for the Lions. On Wednesday, Lakeview Academy hosts West Hall at 4:30 p.m.

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State basketball quarterfinals pit local programs against No. 1 schools

State basketball quarterfinals pit local programs against No. 1 schools

Two words quickly roll off the tongue of Johnson coach Jeff Steele when talking about state quarterfinal opponent Jonesboro. It’s certainly a flattering assessment of the top-ranked Cardinals (29-1).

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Johnson boys beat West Laurens, 75-60, to reach Class AAAA quarterfinals

Johnson boys beat West Laurens, 75-60, to reach Class AAAA quarterfinals

If the Johnson boys have any remaining doubters this season, they’ll need to find a new knock against the Knights. There will be no second-round exit for the team this season.

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High School Scoreboard: Feb. 21

With a 10-point lead after one quarter of play, the Dawson County girls cruised to a 71-40 win in the second round of the Class AAA state tournament on Saturday in Dawsonville. With the win, the top-ranked Lady Tigers (29-0) advance to the state quarterfinals to face Laney this week. Game time and location will be determined by a coin flip.

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East Hall cruises past Peach County into quarterfinals

East Hall cruises past Peach County into quarterfinals

Everything started on the perimeter for East Hall. By game’s end, the Vikings made plays all over the court in a 95-62 second-round Class AAA playoff victory against visiting Peach County on Saturday night.

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Saturday's high school basketball playoffs schedule

Saturday’s games

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East Hall girls crush Peach County, 71-53, to earn quarterfinals berth

FORT VALLEY — All season long, East Hall's girls have thrived on responding from adversity in their run to the Class AAA state playoffs. 

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High school scoreboard: Feb. 20

Hanna Grogan scored 17 points for the Lady Lions, but Lakeview Academy fell 51-43 to Calvary Day in the first round of the Class A Private basketball state tournament on Friday in Savannah.

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Buford girls ride defense, free throws to 46-34 win over Westover

Buford girls ride defense, free throws to 46-34 win over Westover

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.

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Gainesville girls reach quarterfinals on Hawks' buzzer-beater

Gainesville girls reach quarterfinals on Hawks' buzzer-beater

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.

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Jones sisters lead Commerce girls to first-round win

COMMERCE — Freshmen normally aren’t the go-to players for any team, especially during the playoffs.

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Banks County boys top East Jackson in first round of Class AAA playoffs

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.

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Cockfield's 31 points lead Johnson boys to 72-44 win over Southeast Whitfield

Cockfield's 31 points lead Johnson boys to 72-44 win over Southeast Whitfield

Behind smothering defense and Ty Cockfield’s game-high 31 points, Johnson’s victory over Southeast Whitfield was never in question.

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Gainesville boys pull off upset over No. 1 seed North Atlanta

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.

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Chestatee girls fall to Pickens 42-37 in first round of state

Chestatee girls fall to Pickens 42-37 in first round of state

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.

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East Hall girls, boys win in first-round state playoff games

East Hall girls, boys win in first-round state playoff games

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.

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Banks County girls knock off Jefferson in 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.

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High school scoreboard: Feb. 18

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.

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Many of tonight's basketball playoff games postponed

For the second straight day, icy conditions are taking a toll on the basketball state playoffs in Northeast Georgia.

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Buford girls roll past Heritage in first round of Class AAAA playoffs

Buford girls roll past Heritage in first round of Class AAAA playoffs

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.

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Lakeview basketball teams make playoffs

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.

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Heath, Cox aid Georgia Tech in rare basketball win against Clemson

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory has tried to help his players keep faith that the season is not lost.

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Basketball playoff games postponed

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.

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State basketball playoffs set to tip off

State basketball playoffs set to tip off

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.

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High school scoreboard: Davenport dominates in East Hall boys' region title win

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.

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Johnson boys top Buford for 3rd straight Region 8-AAAA title; Buford girls dethrone Chestatee

Johnson boys top Buford for 3rd straight Region 8-AAAA title; Buford girls dethrone Chestatee

Again and again, coach Jeff Steele credits the Johnson boys basketball team’s success to a close-knit family dynamic.

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Raiford, Carew among state wrestling champs; Commerce, Jefferson roll to team titles

MACON — Elliott Raiford and Michael Carew completed a satisfying culmination Saturday at the traditional state wrestling championships at the Macon Centreplex.

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Local golf: Chattahoochee Men's Group plays in Stableford points event

Tom Sexton, Denny Momper, Roy Lyle and Dave Griffin won the Chattahoochee Men’s Golf Association’s Stableford points event last Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

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High school basketball: All-Region 7-AAA girls

Region 7 AAA Girls basketball

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East Hall girls, boys advance to 7-AAA championship games

There was no special play, no drawn-up attack plan when Jatasia Bailey knocked home the most important 3-pointer of her four years at East Hall High.

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Johnson boys remain perfect, move into Region 8-AAAA championship

Johnson boys remain perfect, move into Region 8-AAAA championship

Perfect record still intact, the Johnson boys will go for the Region 8-AAAA championship tonight in Oakwood.

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Gainesville boys and girls, Flowery Branch girls fall in 8-AAAAA semifinals

CONYERS — Hall County rivals Flowery Branch and Gainesville’s girls basketball teams are getting the fourth matchup of the season they anticipated could be coming.

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High school scoreboard: Feb. 13

Alyssa Turner recorded a hat trick and an assist to power Gainesville’s girls soccer team to an 8-1 victory over Berkmar on Friday in Lilburn.

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Jefferson leads list of area wrestlers advancing to traditional state semifinals

Northeast Georgia will be well-represented at Friday’s traditional wrestling state semifinals.

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High school scoreboard: Feb. 12

The North Georgia Christian boys defeated Heritage Christian Academy 85-65 in the first round of the GICAA basketball state playoffs in Flowery Branch on Thursday. Norris Rettiger scored 24 points to lead the Chargers. Chris Palmer added 21 points and Justin Law chipped in 15 for North Georgia Christian.

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Thackham: Playoff-bound basketball programs led by unsung heroes

Thackham: Playoff-bound basketball programs led by unsung heroes

For Flowery Branch to start an imperfect comeback, Lexie Sengkhammee needed to execute a perfect pass.

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Gainesville High point guard Luke Maddox dismissed from team after marijuana arrest

Gainesville High point guard Luke Maddox has been dismissed from the boys basketball program following an arrest on campus for possession of marijuana.

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Region basketball tournament semifinals pairings

Boys semifinals

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Gainesville's title dreams dashed, 24-17 at Allatoona

Gainesville's title dreams dashed, 24-17 at Allatoona

ACWORTH — Gainesville was in it to the very end.

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Jefferson's perfect season ended by OT loss

JEFFERSON — The Jefferson Dragons’ run at a second state championship in three seasons ended Friday night at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.

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Buford marches to semifinal, tops Marist 30-6

Buford marches to semifinal, tops Marist 30-6

BUFORD — Determination helped Joshua Thomas and Buford take control Friday night and punch the Wolves’ ticket into the state semifinals for an eighth consecutive season.

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Commerce heads to semifinals with 10-0 win

COMMERCE — It wasn’t a win for the highlight reel, but Commerce coach Michael Brown will take it. 

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Backup sparks Wolves past Mary Persons, 35-14

Backup sparks Wolves past Mary Persons, 35-14

BUFORD — For Evyn Cooper, it was all about being the next man up.

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