Prep Roundup: Hillgrove runs away for win
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Hillgrove rallied for an emphatic 62-37 win over Campbell in Friday night’s Region 4AAAAAA semifinal at Marietta.

The Hawks (24-3) advanced to a region championship for the third time of their history and will face 22-4 North Cobb — a 53-36 winner over McEachern in its semifinal — in tonight’s championship.

Campbell (17-10) will face McEachern (14-11) in the consolation game.

Hillgrove (24-3) trailed 12-8 after the first quarter, only to outscore Campbell by a 54-29 margin the rest of the way.

B.J. Brown led the Hawks, who reached a region final for the the third time, with 14 points. Kyle Castlin had 12, while John Franklin and Keith Ray each scored nine.

Rasheed Merritt’s 10 points and Dante Scott’s seven led Campbell.

Sprayberry 50, Pope 45: The homestanding Yellow Jackets won the rubber match with the Greyhounds and advanced to the Region 7AAAAA championship game.

After splitting its regular-season meetings with Pope (19-8), Sprayberry (18-9) won the third duel and will play for the region championship today against Creekview.

Pope had the initial edge, leading by five after the first quarter, but Sprayberry pulled away from there.

Nkem Ojeh led the Yellow Jackets with a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds, also adding three blocks. Armel Potter had 11 points, six rebounds and five steals, while Maurion Skrine scored eight.

Andrew Mendel finished with a game-high 27 points to lead Pope, which will face Sequoyah in the consolation game.

Wheeler 80, Walton 66: The Wildcats advanced to the Region 5AAAAAA championship game with a win over their east Cobb rival.

Wheeler (17-8) will face tournament host Roswell tonight for the right to earn a No. 1 seed for the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs, which begin next week.

Walton (14-12) will play Cherokee in the third-place game.

New Manchester 54, Allatoona 50: The host Buccaneers fell in the Region 5AAAAA semifinals.

Allatoona (21-6) will face off with Hiram in today’s third-place game and will open the Class AAAAA playoffs on the road next week.

New Manchester will take on Villa Rica for the Region 5AAAAA championship.

Whitefield Academy 50, North Cobb Christian 44: Eric Lockett scored 16 points and helped the defending state-champion Wolfpack upset the No. 1 team in the Class A private-school rankings and advance to the Region 6A championship game against St. Francis.

Whitefield (17-9) took advantage of North Cobb Christian’s cold shooting night as the Eagles went 1-for-12 from behind the 3-point arc, and shot only 41 percent from the free-throw line.

Brendan Myles scored 11 points, Berto Dryden finished with nine and Norm Harris added eight

North Cobb Christian (22-4) was led by Hulian Terrell’s 19 points and Hunter Ware’s eight.


McEachern 64, Hillgrove 61:
The Lady Indians saw two freshman — Chynna Ewing and Tierra Lindsey — step up in the final minute of the Region 4AAAAAA semifinal.

Avenging a regular-season sweep at the hands of Hillgrove, McEachern will now play North Cobb for the Region 4AAAAAA championship.

Hillgrove will play Campbell in the consolation game.

After McEachern held a 10-point lead in the first half, Hillgrove threatened late in the fourth quarter, often cutting the lead to one. But Ewing and Lindsey made just enough free throws and buckets down the stretch to maintain McEachern’s lead.

Jada Lewis, another freshman, had 23 points to lead the Lady Indians. Te’a Cooper finished with 15 before fouling out, and Ewing ended up with 13.

Mackenzie Engram led Hillgrove with 33 points, with 20 of them coming in second half. Her play inside the post in the fourth quarter put Hillgrove in striking range.

North Cobb 83, Campbell 47: The Lady Warriors used a 54-18 run over the second and third quarters to advance to the Region 4AAAAAA championship game.

North Cobb (23-3) led 14-11 after the first quarter, but scored 27 points in both the second and third quarter, and used a 21-1 run after halftime to break the game open.

Briah Woods scored 17 points, Amber Reeves 16, while Kyrie’ Chandler and Aniya Corley each had 13.

Kanchi Patel led Campbell (14-13) with 15 points. Marissa Hall added 10.

Osborne 53, Sprayberry 46: Nikira Goings connected on two big 3-pointers to begin the fourth quarter, and then she and Zutorya Cook put the Region 7AAAAA semifinal game away at the free-throw line.

Goings and Cook combined to make 11 free throws in the last 8 minutes to help the Lady Cardinals (22-5) pull away and advance to today’s region championship game against Kell.

Goings finished the night with 28 points, including five 3-pointers, along with five rebounds and six steals. Cook had 13 points, seven assists and seven steals and Jazzmine Rouse added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Aysia Grimsley led Sprayberry (19-9) with 16 points and Neena Carter had 11.

Kell 42, Pope 36: The Lady Longhorns ended up taking advantage of their height and defensive pressure in the second half to advance to the Region 7AAAAA finals.

Pope will battle Sprayberry for the region’s No. 3 seed in the state tournament.

Naomi Stuger led Kell with 16 points and was 10-for-11 on the free-throw line. China Henderson added 12 points.

The Lady Longhorns played stellar defense to bail themselves out of their first half scoring trouble.

Andrea Brown was Pope’s leading scorer with 16 points, and Sam Gelsand had seven.

Allatoona 58, Lithia Springs 48: The Lady Buccaneers will vie tonight for consecutive region titles after advancing from the Region 5AAAAA semifinal on their home court.

Allatoona (16-5), which won the Region 7AAA championship last year, will face Villa Rica in tonight’s final.

A big first quarter helped the Lady Buccaneers build a cushion that they needed later in the game. Allatoona led 18-5 after the opening period, only to see Lithia Springs hold an eight-point edge over the next two quarters.

Alyssa Dobson hit four 3-pointers and was one of four double-digit scorers, leading Allatoona with 19 points. Elise Spann added 11, while Alexis Ezell and Jessican Finch had 10 apiece.


Harrison 4, Starr’s Mill 0:
Sparked by Cole Guertin’s hat trick, and the work of younger brother Grayson in the net, the Hoyas cruised to the shutout win.

Nathan Viceroy also scored for Harrison (1-1) and assisted on one of Cole Guertin’s goals.

Grayson Guertin made three saves for the Hoyas, who will host Etowah on Tuesday.

Lassiter 7, Hillgrove 0: Trey Luscrey and Daniel Wilburn each scored a pair of goals as the Trojans won a non-region contest.

Lassiter scored all seven goals in the first half.

Justin Black and Robby Cutchin each had a goal and an assist, Clay Dimick had a goal, and Andy Bujarski and Will Stubb each added an assist.

Justin Shaw earned the shutout in goal for the Trojans (2-0), who will travel to North Cobb on Tuesday.

Walton 2, Kell 0: The Raiders struck twice in the second half to win the non-region game.

Reid Harm put Walton on the board 20 minutes into the second half off a header. Jackson Crowe scored 7 minutes later on an assist by Quanmo Ku.

Michael Jurick ended up with the shutout at goal.

Walton will play host to Whitewater on Tuesday.


Hillgrove 3, Lassiter 2 (PK):
Maggie Gaughan netted the clinching penalty kick for the Lady Hawks, boosting the clutch effort of goalkeeper Breanne Dykes.

Dykes only manned the Hillgrove net during the penalty kicks, with Ivy MacIntyre protecting the goal through regulation and the two overtime periods.

After both teams made their first penalty kicks, Dykes saved Lassiter’s second attempt. Both teams again made their kicks in the third round, but Hillgrove’s next shot was saved and Lassiter made its kick. On the fifth round of kicks, Dykes came up with another save, allowing Gaughan to come through with the winner.

Sydney Nelson, Sydney A. Clark and Necee Jennings also scored penalty kicks for the Lady Hawks. Gaughan and Clark had the two regulation goals.

MacIntyre made seven saves before giving way to Dykes.

Hillgrove (1-1) will host Mount Paran Christian on Wednesday.

Marriam ElFakahany and Kaitlyn Sterling scored for Lassiter (0-2), which will travel Tuesday to North Cobb.

Walton 3, Kell 0: After a scoreless first half, the Lady Raiders pulled away from their east Cobb rival.

Leigh Purinton continued the strong start to her season with two goals, while Maddie Wellstead also scored. Purinton, Katherine Morey and Erin Ratchick had assists.

Defenders Lucy Sanders, Erica Langhorne, Maya Cherry, Lysette Cooksey and Sarah Hardin bolstered the efforts of goalkeepers Michel Fernandez and Peyton Ryan, who combined for five saves.

Walton (2-0-1) will host Whitewater on Tuesday.

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