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Prep roundup: Gainesville girls top West Hall
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Despite the absence of Gainesville High’s leading scorer and rebounder, Jaymee Carnes, the Lady Red Elephants were able to defeat West Hall 36-31 on Tuesday at West Hall.

Without Carnes, who did not play due to injury, the No. 6-ranked Lady Red Elephants (17-5, 7-0 Region 7B-AAA) relied on a balanced scoring effort to defeat the Lady Spartans.

Hailey Solomon, Madison Strickland and Loren Thomas each scored eight points for Gainesville in the win.

West Hall (9-10, 3-4) was led Jayla Moon’s 14 points and Kim Smigelsky, who scored 10 points.

Next up for Gainesville is a trip to Johnson to take on the Lady Knights at 7 p.m. Friday. West Hall visits Pickens at 7 p.m. Friday.

West Hall boys 59, Gainesville 53 OT

Derek Weatherly scored 17 points and Ricky Vital added 11, as the Spartans were able to comeback and defeat Gainesville in overtime Tuesday in Oakwood.

Down by three points heading into the fourth quarter, the Spartans (10-9, 4-3 Region 7B-AAA) forced the game into overtime, during which the visiting Red Elephants (7-6, 4-3) only scored four points.

Gainesville was led by George Manomano’s 20 points and Allan Dockery, who had 10.

West Hall visits Pickens on Friday, while Gainesville travels to Johnson. Both games are scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.

East Hall girls 52, Lumpkin County 32

Jessica Blackwell’s four 3-pointers helped lead the way for the Lady Vikings in a 20-point win against Lumpkin County on Tuesday in Dahlonega.

Blackwell was East Hall’s leading scorer with 20 points, while Sada Wheeler chipped in with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Tierra Benton also had 10 rebounds to go along with her six points for the Lady Vikings (16-4, 5-2 Region 7A-AAA).

Lumpkin County (6-15, 2-10) was led by Cara Malone, who had 16 points and Ashley Brown, who had 12.

East Hall will travel to North Hall on Friday to take on the Lady Trojans. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

East Hall boys 46, Lumpkin County 32

Lumpkin County attempted to slow down the game, but ultimately the 20-point lead that the Vikings were able to build was too much to overcome, as East Hall rolled to a 46-32 win on Tuesday in Dahlonega.

Ken Wise scored 11 points and Dedric Ware added eight for the Vikings (16-5, 6-1 Region 7A-AAA), who as a team recorded 18 steals in the game.

East Hall returns to action at 8:30 p.m. Friday when it travels to take on North Hall.

Jefferson girls 49, Lakeview Academy 26

Britney Crews scored 14 points in leading the Lady Dragons to a win against Lakeview Academy on Tuesday in Gainesville.

The Lady Lions (8-9, 7-3 Region 8N-A) were led by Maddie Haymore, who scored eight points.

Lakeview Academy will play host to Tallulah Falls on Friday at 6 p.m., while Jefferson will play Towns County in Jefferson.

Lakeview boys 81, Jefferson 50

All 11 members of Lakeview Academy’s roster scored as the Lions cruised to a 31-point victory against Jefferson on Tuesday in Gainesville.

David Pruett and Haughton Carswell led the way for the Lions (14-7, 6-0 Region 8N-A) with 17 points each.

Jefferson (9-11, 4-2) was led by Chris Ceck’s 15 points and Ronnie Lewis, who had 12.

Lakeview Academy will play host to Tallulah Falls at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Jefferson will play host to Towns County on Friday at 8:30 p.m..

Flowery Branch girls 58, Johnson 41

Jessica Hart, Molly May and Kristy Harper each scored in double figures as the Lady Falcons soared past Johnson on Tuesday night in Oakwood.

Hart led the way for Flowery Branch (8-13, 2-5 Region 7B-AAA) with 18 points, while May chipped in with 12 and Harper added 10.

Johnson (3-14, 2-4) was led by Jordan Gustavel’s 11 points.

Flowery Branch will play host to West Forsyth on Friday at 7 p.m., while Johnson will play host to Gainesville.

Flowery Branch boys 77, Johnson 66

Five Falcons scored in double figures as Flowery Branch remained undefeated in subregion 7B-AAA with a win against Johnson on Tuesday in Oakwood.

Flowery Branch (18-3, 7-0) was led by Josh Barrett’s 16 points and A.C. Bailey’s 12 points. Izzan Cross (11), Brian Welchel (11) and Connor Shaw (10) also scored in double figures for the Falcons.

Brandon Sloan scored 24 points and Travis Butts added 10 for Johnson (9-10, 3-4).

Flowery Branch will play host to West Forsyth on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Johnson will play host to Gainesville on Friday.

Dawson County girls 61, East Jackson 52

Junior Amanda Daly hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 34 points to lead the Lady Tigers over East Jackson on Tuesday in Commerce.

Daly’s four 3-pointers were matched by teammate Katie Lebel, who finished the game with 16 points for Dawson County (10-11, 3-4 Region 8B-AA).

The Lady Eagles (6-15, 1-6) were led by Marley Pullian’s 16 points and Autumn Wilbanks who finished with 12 points.

Dawson County plays host to Union County at 7 p.m. Friday.

Dawson County boys 53, East Jackson 51

Robert O’Quinn hit a 3-pointer near the end of the fourth quarter to give Dawson County the lead and Alan Gilleland’s block at the end of the game secured a two-point win for the Tigers against East Jackson on Tuesday night in Commerce.

Trailing by 11 points after the first quarter, the Tigers’ comeback win was keyed by Zach Cook, who finished the game with 24 points.

O’Quinn was the second leading scorer for Dawson County (14-7, 5-2 Region 8B-AA), finishing the night with 13 points.

East Jackson (12-9, 4-3) had three players score in double figures with Brandon Garrett leading the way with 19 points. Kellie Gilbert added 15 points and Brandon Rucker added 11 for the Eagles.

Dawson County will play host to Union County at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Buford girls 50, Avondale 28

Three Lady Wolves scored in double figures, leading Buford (17-4, 10-3 Region 6S-AA) to a 50-28 win against Avondale on Tuesday in Avondale.

Blanche Alverson led the No. 6-ranked team in Class AA with 16 points, while Michelle Godwin and Alysha Rudnik each added 11.

Avondale was led by Mecca Frost, who scored 13 points.

Buford visits Decatur at 7 p.m. Friday.

Avondale boys 78, Buford 65

Despite three players scoring in double digits, the Buford Wolves fell to Avondale on Tuesday night in Avondale Estates.

Jeremy Moore scored 19 points and Zac Lynn and Jakar Bridges each had 13 for the Wolves (6-14, 3-10 Region 6S-AA).

Lee Jackson led Avondale with 15 points.

Courtney Brantley (13), Marcus Vaughn (13) and Rick Young (12) each scored in double figures for Avondale.

Buford travels to Decatur at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

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