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Lanierland: East Hall, Gainesville girls advance to face one another
Flowery Branch, North Hall also move on with opening-round wins
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Gainesville’s Shikiya Brown drives to the basket after a collision against Johnson at Lanierland on Saturday at West Hall High. - photo by Jared Putnam

Kylah Mize has not taken a back seat shooting the ball to her more veteran East Hall teammates. Though only a sophomore, Mize had the hot hand early in the Lanierland opener on Saturday against Lakeview Academy. Lady Vikings coach Justin Wheeler has no reservations about letting her take the shot when it’s open.

“Kylah’s been playing very well,” said Wheeler. “She’s been a big lift on offense.

“She can take it to the basket and also step back and hit the 3-pointer.”

Mize finished with 18 points, — 12 on 3-pointers — as East Hall (7-3) pulled away for a 60-47 victory.

She hit consecutive 3-pointers to break the game open from a 12-12 tie midway through the second quarter. Mize also hit a pair on long shots in the third quarter, once the Lady Vikings had already secured a double-digit lead.

“I felt confident shooting the ball today, glad I was able to help our team the way I did,” said Mize.

With the win, East Hall advances to face top-seed Gainesville in the second round of the tournament at 7 p.m. Monday at Chestatee. 

Ashlyn Ellison (14 points, four assists), Jatasia Bailey (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Jenny Edwards (11 points, 11 rebounds) were also part of a balanced offensive attack for East Hall, which shook off the doldrums of a sluggish first quarter where it was tied 6-6 after the first 8 minutes of play.

“That’s the key thing about our team is balance,” said Wheeler. “We have four, sometimes five girls on the floor at the same time who can all shoot the ball well.

“That’s tough to guard.”

East Hall took its lead into double digits with a 3 by Mize late in the second quarter, to lead 35-23. The Lady Vikings set up the score with a block of a 3-point try by Lakeview Academy (6-4).

Hanna Grogan had a game-high 24 points for the Lady Lions. Lakeview Academy managed to keep it a back-and-forth contest before halftime, despite Mize’s great shooting. Lakeview’s Tori Taylor answered with a basket after consecutive

Mize 3-pointers late in the second quarter.

With the loss, Lakeview Academy moves on to face No. 8 Johnson at noon on Monday in the consolation bracket at Chestatee.
FLOWERY BRANCH GIRLS 59, CHESTATEE 45: Julianne Sutton scored 10 of her game-high 21 points for the Lady Falcons (10-1) in the fourth quarter of the opening round of the Lanierland tournament on Saturday at West Hall.
With the win, Flowery Branch moves on to face the West Hall/North Hall winner at 4 p.m. Monday in the winner’s bracket at Chestatee.

With a seven-point lead late in the third quarter, Flowery Branch started to pull away after a basket and technical foul against the Chestatee bench. Maddie Hetzel scored for the Lady Falcons, to pull ahead 39-32, right before the technical.

After the foul, Lexie Sengkhammee made 1 of 2 foul shots. Then after taking possession, Sutton followed a pair of misses for the basket, to complete a five-point possession.

With one minute left in the third period, Sutton hit a basket with a foul shot to complete the 3-point play. Flowery Branch led 45-35 going into the fourth period.

Breanna Locke had 11 points for the Lady Falcons.

Tyler Bennett scored a team-high 20 for Chestatee (7-6). Brooklyn Popham hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with nine points for the Lady War Eagles.

With the loss, Chestatee moves into the consolation bracket to face the West Hall/North Hall loser at 9 a.m. Monday at Chestatee.

NORTH HALL GIRLS 67, WEST HALL 42: North Hall was up by 14 entering the final quarter of its first round Lanierland game against No. 7-seeded West Hall.

Then, the No. 2-seeded Lady Trojans really got hot.

North Hall scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the rival Spartans and book a semifinal game against Flowery Branch on Monday at 4 p.m. in the Chestatee High School gym.

Warren Sellers’ team gave the visitors all they could handle when Megan English led a 12-3 run to cut an early 13-point lead to just four at halftime.

But the Lady Trojans fought back and opened the second half on a 9-0 run, including a flowing fast break layup by freshman Sadie Cleveland to push the North Hall lead to double digits by the end of the third.

That’s when North Hall’s Chloe Barrett took control. The sophomore guard (8 points) shot both of her attempts from behind the arc and nailed each of her free throws in the final eight minutes to ice the game and cut out any hope of a late West Hall comeback.

GAINESVILLE GIRLS 61, JOHNSON 24: Down 12-6 to Johnson two minutes into the second quarter, Shikiya Brown turned into a one-person scoring machine for No. 1 seed Gainesville in the first round of the Lanierland Tournament Saturday evening.

Brown scored a game-high 17 points, including 10 in the second quarter, to pull away from a spirited Johnson team and book a spot in the Monday’s semifinal against East Hall.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The defending champion Lady Red Elephants found themselves down early, but scored eight unanswered points to take their first lead with 2:12 left in the first half.

Brown and three other teammates combined to spark Gainesville on a 18-0 hot streak to enter the second half. The Lady Red Elephants outscored Johnson 22-8 in the third quarter, then held the Lady Knights to just four points in final eight minutes to ice the win.

Taylor Hawks scored 15 for Gainesville in the win. Sarah Williams led the Lady Knights wtih nine points.

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