Chestateee girls at Carrollton
East Hall girls at Dunwoody
Coosa girls at Buford, 6 p.m.
Chestatee, East Hall start times still to be announced
Things don’t get much easier for the Chestatee Lady War Eagles this week.
Fresh off their 37-36 upset of third-ranked Franklin County in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs, the Lady War Eagles now must travel to top-ranked Carrollton (28-2) on Tuesday in round two.
The Lady Trojans, who were the runners-up last year in Class AAA, are coming off a nearly 20-point rout of Carver-Atlanta in Round 1 and have won 16 of their last 17 games.
While those two teams have never faced each other, the other local matchup in the girls Class AAA playoffs has a familiar feel.
East Hall’s second-round game against Dunwoody is a rematch of last year’s first-round contest that the Lady Vikings won by 10 points.
But unlike 2008, this year the Lady Vikings will have to travel to Dunwoody (20-8), a team that easily beat Central Carroll, 58-34 in Round 1. The Lady Vikings (22-7) also had a fairly easy game in the opening round, beating Elbert County by 19 points.
In Class AA, the top-ranked Lady Wolves of Buford continue their journey toward that elusive state title by playing host to Coosa (21-9). Buford (28-1) enters Round 2 riding a 27-game winning streak that includes a 36-point blowout win against Callaway in the opening round.
The Lady Eagles narrowly escaped Round 1 with a four-point win over Fannin County.
Four boys’ teams remain in the chase for a state championship as Gainesville, Riverside Military, West Hall and North Hall all advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
The Red Elephants had the most commanding victory of the four teams, beating Region 8-AAA’s Eastside by 23 points Friday. Led by four different double-digit scorers, Gainesville hope for another balanced attack when it plays host to Druid Hills (22-9) on Wednesday.
While Gainesville had the most dominating victory, the North Hall boys pulled off the biggest surprise of the first round by knocking off No. 5 Franklin County, 54-44 on Saturday in Carnesville.
The road doesn’t get any easier for the Trojans, as they must now travel to Cedartown to take on the 20-9 Bulldogs on Wednesday.
West Hall avoided a first-round upset by limiting Hart County to one point in the fourth quarter, coming back from 10 points down with one minute left in the third to pull off the win. The Spartans visit No. 2 Columbia (27-2) on Wednesday in Decatur.
The final boys team to advance to the second round was Riverside Military, which won the school’s first GHSA playoff game Saturday against Pepperell. The Eagles play host to Blessed Trinity on Wednesday.
This week will be a busy one for team’s that advance past the second round. With a win Tuesday, the girls’ teams will play again Friday, while the boys’ squads will play Saturday if they get past the second round.
The neutral location of Friday’s and Saturday’s games have yet to be determined.