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Lanierland: East Hall girls pull off thrilling comeback victory over Chestatee in semifinals
East Hall's Maleah Harrison (2) drives around a Chestatee defender during Tuesday's Lanierland semifinals in Gainesville. Photo by Paul Sasso MV Photo Concepts

East Hall’s girls overcame a double-digit fourth quarter hole, beating Chestatee 38-36 in the Lanierland semifinals on Tuesday. With the win, the Lady Vikings (8-3) will face the winner of North Hall/Gainesville in the championship at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Gainesville.

With seven seconds left in the game, East Hall’s Maleah Harrison knocked down a 3-pointer to give it a one-point lead. The Lady Vikings chipped into the Lady War Eagles’ sizable edge with free throws from Callie Dale and Harrison during the late fourth-quarter rally.

Harrison paced the run with all of her team-high 15 points in the second half. Audrey Griffin had 10 for East Hall.

For Chestatee (5-5), Logan Wiggins scored a team-high 15 points.

The Lady War Eagles made it a comfortable lead in the first half behind Bowen Corley’s eight first-half points and seven from Wiggins.

Emma Easterwood scored five straight for Chestatee in the fourth quarter, making it another double-digit advantage.

With the loss, Chestatee will face the loser of North Hall/Gainesville in the third-place game at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Gainesville.

Corinne Thompson contributed to this report

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