Posted: Saturday, February 22nd 2014 at 5:59pm
Playoff basketball: Area teams pull upsets, get upset in the opening round of state
By Morgan Lee Editor
East Hall's Ashlyn Ellison surges past a North Murray defender in the Lady Vikings' first round state playoff win on Friday in Rabbittown.
The fourth-seeded North Hall girls went on the road and knocked off a region champ, while the Chestatee girls suffered a reversal of that fate on Friday, as the first round of the state basketball playoffs got underway.
Welcome to the GHSA's version of madness.
(NOTE: See below for a complete list of area scores and Saturday's playoff schedule.)
There was plenty to celebrate for area teams -- especially those in Region 7-AAA -- on the opening night of what is to be a grinding day-after-day bracket thanks to last week's winter weather postponements.
The Buford boys and girls each won their initial state battles, hammering Ringgold and North Murray, respectively, while East Hall's girls and Dawson County's boys also claimed victory, making it a clean sweep for 7-AAA teams on Friday. The Lady Vikings pulled away from North Murray, while Dawson County stiff-armed Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. It's an encouraging sign for the East Hall and White County boys and Dawson County girls, who are all set to play on Saturday.
Rabun County's girls also got off to a strong start in Class AA, pushing past Westminster. Also in Class AA, the Jefferson girls advanced with a 48-38 win over Lovett. The Jefferson boys followed suit with a 69-44 thrashing of Lovett as both teams moved in the second round.
It wasn't all perfect for area programs, however, as Region 8-AAAA champ Chestatee was edged out by Region 6-AAAA No. 4 Grady at home, while Gainesville's third seeded girls fell at second-seeded Tucker. Union County's boys and girls also suffered a sweep.
Check back throughout the night for updated scores as we receive them. And check our Sports and High School Sports pages for in-depth game stories.
FRIDAY’S PREP PLAYOFF RESULTS
SCORES POSTED AS RECEIVED
North Forsyth girls 63, Central Gwinnett 49
Tucker girls 55, Gainesville 49
Grady 55, Chestatee 51
Buford girls 64, Ringgold 29
Buford boys 68, North Murray 34
Dawson County boys 55, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 43
East Hall girls 61, North Murray 36
North Hall girls 62, Sonoraville 53
Jefferson girls 48, Lovett 38
Jefferson boys 69, Lovett 44
Rabun County girls 69, Westminster 56
Wesleyan girls 82, Union County 26
Greater Atlanta Christian boys 83, Union County 22
SATURDAY’S PREP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Gainesville boys at Miller Grove, 6 p.m. Saturday
Johnson boys* vs. Stone Mountain, 6 p.m. Saturday -- RADIO: 550 AM/102.9 FM
Lumpkin County boys at Columbia, 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Dawson County girls at Cartersville, 6 p.m. Saturday
East Hall boys at Ringgold, 6 p.m. Saturday
White County boys at Cartersville, 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Rabun County boys at Westminster, 6 p.m. Saturday
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