Region 7-AAA girls
Flowery Branch vs. Chestatee, 6 p.m., at Gainesville
East Hall vs. Pickens, 6 p.m. at Gilmer
West Hall girls at Gainesville, 7:30 p.m.
West Forsyth at Gilmer, 7:30 p.m.
Athens Academy girls at Lakeview Academy, 7 p.m.
Region 8-AA boys
Banks County vs. Dawson County, 5:30 p.m. at North Oconee
OAKWOOD – One scoring spurt was the difference in West Forsyth’s 58-48 win against Chestatee in the first round of the Region 7-AAA tournament Tuesday at West Hall.A Lamar Brooks 3-pointer with four-minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter gave the War Eagles a 26-25 lead, their first of the game.
The Wolverines responded with a 12-0 run to start a quarter in which they outscored Chestatee 16-6.
Brooks was the lone scorer for the War Eagles in the third quarter; he hit two 3-pointers.
"In a game like this possessions are precious," Chestatee coach Russ Triaga said. "We didn’t capitalize on some of ours and allowed them to on a lot of theirs; those 12-points in a row were the difference."
Lance Baker led the way for West Forsyth (10-16) with 16 points. Kris Drees added 14 points for the Wolverines and Fineto Lunguana had 11.
Chestatee (12-13) mounted a fourth quarter comeback on the shooting of seniors Brandon Smith and Branden Jovaag, who combined to shoot 50 percent in the quarter.
It wasn’t enough, however, to make up for the 7-for-29 shooting effort of the previous three quarters.
"We didn’t make our shots but we took good shots," Triaga said. "We played our game and didn’t do anything different.
"The bottom line is they played better than we did. Give them credit, they’re well-coached, play hard and play the right way."
Smith had a team-high 15 for Chestatee and Jovaag added 14.
West Forsyth moves on to play West Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday in the region quarterfinals. Chestatee’s season is complete.
East Hall 81, Pickens 63
With his team ahead by only one point at the end of the first half, East Hall coach Joe Dix had one simple message for them at halftime: win or go home.
The Vikings (12-13) responded by going on a 15-0 run to start the third quarter; they ended it having outscored Pickens 30-10.
"We needed to play better or our season was going to end," Dix said. "We came up with a couple of defensive stops and our offense started going as a result. I was pleased with the way they responded."
Kymmon Woods led the third quarter charge with 10 of his team-high 20 points. Joshten Hopkins added 14 points for East Hall, Greg Edwards 13 and Dustin Duckworth 10.
Pickens (8-18) was led by Jordan Shaw and Michael Tennant who each had 20 points. Cameron Mathews added 13 for the Dragons.
With the win, East Hall moves on to play North Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at North Hall
for a chance to go to the state tournament.
"We have a huge test ahead of us," Dix said. "I don’t remember a tougher game to go to state since I’ve been around.
"Nothing but our best will get the job done."
Pickens’ season is over.
West Hall 100, Gilmer 30
The Spartans (21-5) held a 39-11 lead after one quarter en route to scoring their biggest point total of the season Tuesday in the first round of the Region 7-AAA tournament at West Hall.
Kavon Williams led 12 West Hall scorers with 18 points, Willie Morales added 15.
Gilmer (2-24) managed to score 11 points in the first quarter with West Hall in its full-court man-to-man press. The Spartans went to a zone after the first quarter yet still managed to hold the Bobcats to single digits scoring in each of the last three quarters.
Shunquez Stephens added 14 points for West Hall and Alex Bailey had 10.
Gilmer was led by Ryan Lowery with 10 points.
West Hall next plays West Forsyth at 6 p.m. Thursday at North Hall in the region quarterfinals. The winner will represent Region 7-AAA in the state playoffs.
Gilmer’s season is over.