Dawson County’s boys basketball team routed Hayesville 53-39 to win the Battle of the States tournament on Saturday night at Towns County High School in Hiawassee. The tournament victory was the Tigers’ second straight Battle of the States championship.
Dawson County used a rugged defensive effort in the first half, limiting Hayesville (10-2) to just nine points, in order to build a 22-9 halftime lead. In the second half, the Tigers managed to score 19 points in the final quarter, holding off any Hayesville rally.
Dawson County’s Lucas Pain was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, finishing the championship game with 11 points. Cameron Millholland led the Tigers with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Levi Whitmire finished with 12 points and Sam Muenchen contributed with five points, as both players were named to the all tournament team.
Dawson County hosts East Hall in Region 7-AAA action Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Dawsonville.
JOHNSON BOYS 94, CENTENNIAL 72: Bouncing back from a loss to Grayson the night before, the Knights rallied from a sluggish start to earn a blowout victory in the Duluth Jingle Jam tournament on Saturday night.
The Knights overcame an early 9-0 deficit, closing out the first quarter on an 18-8 run to grab an 18-17 lead. Johnson then grabbed a 38-27 lead at halftime before stretching their lead in the second half, outscoring Centennial 56-45 across the final two quarters.
Johnson had four players score 15 or more points in the win. Carter Cagle scored a team-best 23 points, while hauling in six rebounds. James Hodges scored 19 points to go along with eight rebounds; Ty Cockfield poured in a double-double with 16 points and 11 assists to go along with seven rebounds, and Roderick English finished with 15 points, five rebounds.
Johnson (8-3) visits Cambridge High School Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
GAINESVILLE BOYS 64, ALPHARETTA 58: Nam Van Dulm tallied a team-high 18 points, and the Red Elephants (5-6) outscored Alpharetta 20-11 in the fourth quarter for a comeback victory on Saturday at the Big Red Shootout at Gainesville High School. Luke Maddox added 14 points and Jay Gaudlock finished with 10.
CHESTATEE GIRLS 53, SPRAYBERRY 50: The Chestatee Lady War Eagles overcame a sluggish first quarter to beat Sprayberry on Saturday afternoon. After trailing by 10 points in the first quarter, the Lady War Eagles outscored Sprayberry 47-34 across the final three quarters.
Bridgette Kelly led the way with a game-high 20 points, while Tyler Bennett finished with 12 points for Chestatee, which saw point contributions from seven different players.
Chestate plays Monday in the Lake City Classic in Ackworth.
NORTH HALL GIRLS 58, ALPHARETTA 52: Four Lady Trojans scored in double figures on Saturday. Katie Sayres scored a team-high 16 points, Sydney Cleveland recorded 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, Sadie Cleveland finished with 14 points and Kinsey Gillespie tallied 12 points.
North Hall (8-2, 2-0 Region 7-AAA) hosts White County on Friday at 7 p.m. in Gainesville.
NORTH HALL BOYS 78, LANIER 71: North Hall’s Carson Heinen, a sophomore, scored 28 points and the Trojans (3-7, 1-1 Region 7-AAA) beat the Longhorns on the final day of the Big Red Shootout in Gainesville.
Sam Jackson and Matt Booth each finished with 13 points, while Brock Wingo contributed with 10 points for the Trojans. Paul Webb finished with 19 points for the Longhorns. North Hall hosts White County on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. in region play.
LAKEVIEW ACADEMY GIRLS 45, NORTH OCONEE 42: Skyler Miller scored 20 points and the Lady Lions improved to 6-4 on the season. Hanna Grogan finished with eight points and Katie Day tallied six points.
Lakeview Academy will play again Monday night at 7 p.m. against an undetermined opponent in the championship game of the Swirley’s Fro-yo Classic at East Jackson High School.
NORTH OCONEE BOYS 72, LAKEVIEW ACADEMY 62: Lakeview fell to the consolation bracket of the Swirley’s Fro-yo Classic at East Jackson High with the loss on Saturday. The Lions will face either Chestatee or Apalachee in the third place game Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Commerce.
HAYESVILLE (N.C.) GIRLS 70, DAWSON COUNTY 65: The Lady Tigers came up a little bit short in the championship game of The Battle of the States Tournament in Hiawasee on Saturday night. Dawson County fell behind early and was forced to play catch up the remainder of the game.
Sheyenne Seabolt, who was selected to the all tournament team, finished with a double-double for Dawson County, scoring a game-best 24 points and 10 rebounds. Ashley Parker also finished with a double-double, scoring 15 points and bringing in 11 rebounds for the Lady Tigers, while Karlie Bearden, who was also selected to the all tournament team, scored 17 points (5 3-pointers in the second half).
Dawson County (11-3, 2-1 Region 7-AAA) hosts the East Hall Lady Vikings Friday night at 6 p.m.
WHITE COUNTY GIRLS 65, WAYNE COUNTY 38: Page Thomas scored 17 points in the win for the Lady Warriors on Saturday afternoon in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Gold City Classic in Dahlonega.
SEQUOYAH BOYS 88, WHITE COUNTY 79: Spencer Adams led White County with 23 points, while Nile Williams and Dalton Satterfield each contributed with 20 points in a losing effort for the Warriors. With the win, Sequoyah will play in the Gold City Classic finals at 8:30 p.m. on Monday. White County will play for third place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
CAMBRIDGE BOYS 53, LUMPKIN COUNTY 51: Johnny Gilreath scored a game-high 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Indians to a victory on Saturday. With the loss, Lumpkin County will play Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Gold City Classic in Dahlonega.
HABERSHAM CENTRAL GIRLS 55, LUMPKIN COUNTY 30: The Lady Raiders earned a win in the Gold City Classic in Dahlonega on Saturday, downing the Lady Indians in convincing fashion.
BANKS COUNTY GIRLS 62, FORSYTH CENTRAL 41: Banks County overcame a 23-7 first-quarter to deficit to earn the victory and the Commerce tournament championship.
Taylor Kennedy scored a game-high 26 points for the Lady Leopards, surpassing the 1,000-point mark for her career. She now has 1,014 points, after finishing the game 10 of 12 from the free-throw line and draining 4 3-pointers in the win.
Kaitlyn Duncan finished with 13 points, as she and Kennedy were named to the all tournament team.
CHESTATEE BOYS 83, EAST JACKSOON 69 (Friday night): Hunter Creamer scored 24 points and added 15 rebounds while Jordan Pulliam finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the War Eagles to a non-region victory. Jordan Stubblefield added 18 points and Joey Scheman finished with 17 in the win for Chestatee.
NORTH HALL FINISHES THIRD: The Trojans finished third at the Hook ‘EM Clash at Lambert High School in Cumming. Greater Atlanta Christian finished first, followed by Lambert. Grayson finished fourth.
North Hall’s Tyler Goss finished first in the 126-pound weight class, while Caleb Hamilton finished third in the 120 class. Holden Barnes (106), Taylor Marett (113) and Michael Carew (132) each finished fourth in their respective weight class.
North Hall will compete again Friday and Saturday at the Area Duals at Oconee County High School in Watkinsville.
CHESTATEE PLACES SECOND: Chestatee’s varsity placed second at the Arrowhead Classic 2 Tournament on Saturday. Austin Donaldwon, Christian Zapatero and Trevor Comeaux each finished first in their respective weight class. Zac Cheshire, Marvin Cunningham, Joey Meruelo and Grayson Entrekin each placed second, while Sebastian Godinez finished third. Luke Brown and Jaime Arroyo each finished fourth.