Prep Roundup: Pope wrestlers dominant in region tourney
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Pope dominated the first day of the Region 7AAAAA traditional wrestling tournament at Creekview, sending all 14 of its wrestlers into today’s semifinals.

The Greyhounds not only won all of their matches, but they did so in convincing fashion. Thirteen wrestlers — Sam Skinner (113 pounds), Preston Markwell (120), Tyler Haskin (126), T.J. Collins (132), Davis Burson (138), Jonny Sexton (145), Jake Henson (152), Billy Meek (160), Zeke Webber (170), Brooks Climmons (182), Trevor Stevens (195), Joey Tabachino (220) and Taylor Howard (285) — all won by pin.

Josh Gazzetta (106) won by forfeit.

Sprayberry qualified five wrestlers for the Region 7AAAAA semifinals.

Alex Labarre (106) won by pin, as did Thomas Cook (152), Spencer Byers (182) and Darus Burton (195). Jacob Speeth (132) won by major decision.

A wrestler needs to finish in the top four of their weight class to advance to next week’s state sectionals.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lassiter 64, Woodstock 40:
The Trojans continued their well-timed winning streak, improving their seeding for the Region 5AAAAAA tournament.

Lassiter (7-16, 5-7) has won three straight region games and now sits fourth in the standings behind Wheeler, Cherokee and Roswell. Milton also has fewer region losses, but the Eagles are ineligible for the region tournament based on sanctions from the Georgia High School Association.

Lassiter only had a one-point lead after the first quarter before extending it to 22 by the end of the third.

Justin Hahn led with 20 points, Krishna Khatri had 14, Justin Jackson 11 and Austin Cheatum seven for the Trojans, who will travel to Etowah on Tuesday.

Allatoona 57, East Paulding 50: After a big first quarter, the Buccaneers held on to win the Region 5AAAAA game in Dallas.

Allatoona (19-5, 14-0) led 20-9 after the opening period, then saw East Paudling hold a 41-37 edge the rest of the way.

Paul Bloodworth led the Buccaneers with 19 points, going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and hitting three 3-pointers, including two key shots in fourth quarter. He also had a team-high nine rebounds.

Daniel Fowler scored 13 and was 5-for-5 at the line for Allatoona, which will travel to Paulding County on Tuesday.

McEachern 63, Harrison 49: Logan McIntosh scored 21 points to lead the Indians to a Region 4AAAAAA road victory.

McEachern led 27-26 at the half, but turned up the defensive intensity in the third quarter. The Indians forced turnovers that led to transition baskets and a 16-5 run that allowed them to take control of the game.

Freddie Brown scored 11 points and Jeremiah Shaw added six in the win.

Devantre Young led the Hoyas with 15 points.

McEachern (13-9, 8-6) will host Kennesaw Mountain on Tuesday, while Harrison (6-17, 1-13) will travel to Pebblebrook.

South Cobb 60, Kennesaw Mountain 54: Jarrell Pinkney scored 10 of his 16 points in the third quarter to lead the Eagles to a come-from-behind victory in Region 4AAAAAA play.

South Cobb trailed 36-25 at the half, but went on an 18-8 third-quarter run to pull within one heading to the final period. During the run, Pinkney scored eight of his 10 points from the foul line going 8-for-9 from the free-throw line. South Cobb converted on 24 of 30 free throws for the game.

Jalen Cook added 14 points for the Eagles.

The Mustangs were led by Brendt Pickens with 14 points and Nigel Hayes with 11.

South Cobb (10-12, 7-6) will host North Cobb today. Kennesaw Mountain (13-10, 7-7) will travel to McEachern on Tuesday.

Pope 70, Riverwood 33: The Greyhounds had 13 players score as they dominated the Region 7AAAAA contest.

Pope outscored Riverwood 18-3 in the second quarter and 26-8 in the final period to earn the victory.

Andrew Mendel scored 11 points while Chase Hutchins and T.J. Hutchins each added 10.

Pope (16-7, 9-3) will travel to Kell tonight.

North Cobb Christian 85, Walker 29: Hulian Terrell scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Eagles remained perfect in Region 6A play.

Alex Ho-On scored 15 points with four assists and Kendall Crute added 10 points and seven assists in the win.

Robert Baker led the Wolverines with 10 points and five rebounds while Mitch Van den Eynde added eight points and four boards.

North Cobb Christian (20-2, 12-0) will travel to Fellowhip on Tuesday, while Walker (2-20, 0-12) will host King’s Ridge Christian.

Campbell 59, Pebblebrook 48: The Falcons led 14-4 at the end of the first quarter, but the Spartans turned things around with a 24-8 second quarter and never trailed again in taking the Region 4AAAAAA victory at home.

Dante Scott led Campbell (15-8, 8-6) with 18 points on 10-for-10 shooting from the free-throw line. He also had seven rebounds, four steals and four assists.

Nick Mitchell added 17 points, six boards and two steals for Campbell, while Triston Cameron had 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Thrae Mitchell scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead Pebblebrook (10-13, 4-10), which will host Harrison on Tuesday.

Campbell is at North Cobb on Tuesday.

Whitefield Academy 54, Mount Paran Christian 34: After losing a close call to the Eagles a month ago, the Wolfpack upped the defensive intensity and limited Mount Paran’s free-throw opportunities.

Whitefield also held Mount Paran’s Blake Jones to 12 points — none in the second half.

Eric Lockett had 21 points to lead Whitefield and also pulled down 12 rebounds. Everett Pollard also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Whitefield (12-9, 7-5 Region 6A) has won four of its last five and will play at Mount Pisgah on Tuesday.

North Cobb 73, Marietta 70 (OT): The Warriors clinched the No. 1 seed for the Region 4AAAAAA tournament with an overtime win.

North Cobb won the game by getting up by six early in the extra period and running the clock out.

In regulation, Jordan Neff hit a free throw with 11 seconds left to tie the game, and Marietta missed a shot at the buzzer to end regulation at 60-all.

Lee Moore had 20 points, and Neff had a double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds. Austin Jacobs finished with 14 points and seven assists.

Jonathan Fowler scored 31 points to lead Marietta.

North Cobb (19-4, 13-1) will play at South Cobb today.

Sprayberry 57, Kell 48: It came down to the fourth quarter, when the Yellow Jackets made 15 free throws to stretch a two-point lead going into the frame.

Kell struggled on the line, going 9-for-26.

Mel Potter had 20 points to lead Sprayberry (15-9, 8-5 Region 7AAAAA). Torrey Richardson had 14 points, while Blaik Smith had 10 and was 8-for-9 on the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Sprayberry is home against Creekview on Tuesday.

Loganville Christian 61, Dominion Christian 57: Tate Cooney had 16 points to lead the Knights, who fell short.

Harrison Kristofak had 14 points, while Courtney Alexander Jr. had 12 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

Dominion was unable to hold a 12-point lead going into the fourth quarter as Loganville Christian got hot from the perimeter, hitting three of its five total 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Dominion will host Furtah Prep today.

Shiloh Hills Christian 53, Killian Hills Christian 46: Jason Allen scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Challengers to a tournament victory.

Shiloh Hills trailed by two heading to the fourth quarter, but Allen made a 3-pointer and was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line down the stretch to seal the win.

Ryan Pierce had a team-high 18 points, Trey Bleck had 13 and Allen added five rebounds and four assists.

The Challengers (10-9) will host King’s Way today for the tournament championship.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

North Cobb 71, Marietta 33:
The Lady Warriors cruised to the win at Marietta Garden, clinching a fifth-straight 20-win season and the No. 1 seed for the Region 4AAAAA tournament.

North Cobb (20-3, 13-1) left little doubt in the game, taking a 39-15 lead into halftime.

Chantel Strahorn led with 15 points for the Lady Warriors, who saw all nine of their active players score. Amber Reeves added 14, Aniya Corley and Briah Woods each had 11 and Kyrie’ Chandler scored eight.

North Cobb will travel to South Cobb today before closing the regular season with Campbell on Tuesday.

Kehera Wilson’s 11 points led Marietta (10-14, 6-9), which will be off until closing the regular season Friday at Pebblebrook.

Kell 65, Sprayberry 52: The Lady Longhorns won, setting themselves up to take the No. 1 seed from the southern half of Region 7AAAAA.

Kell (17-2, 10-2) can win the top seed by beating Pope today.

Caliya Robinson scored a game-high 23 points for the Lady Longhorns, with China Henderson adding 18. Santavia Grant and Erin McKinney each had eight.

Aysia Grimsley’s 16 points and Neena Carter’s 14 led Sprayberry (17-7, 7-6), which will close the regular season by hosting Creekview on Tuesday.

McEachern 43, Harrison 41: The Lady Indians got off to a good start and then held on for a Region 4AAAAAA victory.

McEachern led 17-7 after the first quarter and led by nine heading to the fourth but had to hold off the Lady Hoyas, who finished the game on a 17-10 run.

Te’A Cooper led the Lady Indians with 13 points, seven assists and five steals, and Jada Lewis added 12 points.

Kaylyn Brooks led the Lady Hoyas with 14 points and Christen McKay added 11.

McEachern (14-10 11-3) will host Kennesaw Mountain on Tuesday, while Harrison (11-11, 6-8) will travel to Pebblebrook.

Campbell 52, Pebblebrook 25: D’Asia Cain scored 11 points and pulled down 16 rebounds as the Lady Spartans celebrated senior night with a Region 4AAAAAA victory.

Campbell’s top three scorers were the seniors as Sharde Slaw had 12 points and Kanchi Patel made three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points. Cain also added five assists and four steals.

All nine players scored for the Lady Spartans.

Campbell (13-10, 8-6) will travel to North Cobb on Tuesday, while Pebblebrook (6-14, 3-11) will host Harrison.

Pope 59, Riverwood 50: Kierra Henry scored a career high 36 points to lead the Lady Greyhounds to a come-from-behind Region 7AAAAA victory.

Pope trailed 27-21 at the half, but Henry quickly changed that as she connected on three of her four 3-pointers in the third quarter and scored 15 points in the period. Henry also finished with 14 rebounds.

Andrea Brown scored 19 points and added six assists in the victory.

Pope (17-6, 8-5) will travel to Kell today.

Kennesaw Mountain 51, South Cobb 36: Amber Hutchins had 14 points, Rachel Irby had 12 and Kiara Reid had nine in the Lady Mustangs used a huge second half to win their first Region 4AAAAAA game.

Holding a one-point lead at the half, Kennesaw Mountain increased it to nine in the first couple of minutes of the third frame and made its free throws down the stretch to hold on.

Jacarey Heard led South Cobb with 11 points, and Lakil Mason had 10.

The Lady Mustangs will face McEachern on Tuesday.

Mount Paran Christian 61, Whitefield Academy 21: The Lady Eagles jumped ahead 11-4 at the end of the first quarter and outscored the Lady Wolfpack 31-7 in the second half to earn the Region 6A home victory.

Bree Brown had 17 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Mount Paran (12-6, 9-1), while Taya Welch drained three of the team’s five three 3-pointers for 12 points.

Renee VanHorn finished with 10 points and four steals, and Shannon McGeary added eight points, six rebounds and six of Mount Paran’s 10 blocks.

Grace Miller paced Whitefield with eight points.

Mount Paran will host Our Lady of Mercy today, while Whitefield is at Mount Pisgah Christian on Tuesday.

Shiloh Hills Christian 34, Mountain Area 17: Five layups off five steals set the tone in a 12-0 first quarter for the Lady Challengers, who went on to win the GCAA north region tournament semifinal.

Samantha Henderson totaled 11 points and four steals for Shiloh Hills (16-3), while Darby McCosh had eight points and 11 boards and Hannah Manross chipped in seven points and four steals.

The Lady Challengers host King’s Way today in the region championship final.

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