Walton tops Milton to claim second in Region 5AAAAAA
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After stemming the momentum of Milton sharpshooter Zach Hodskins, Walton was able to strengthen its lead and beat the Eagles 68-63 on Tuesday.

Hodskins, who gained media attention for attracting a preferred walk-on invitation from Florida despite being born with just one fully formed arm, had a season-high 19 points and six 3-pointers through the third quarter, as Milton had trimmed Walton’s lead to one at 52-51.

But Raiders coach Joe Goydish put Maurice Gibson on Hodskins in the fourth quarter, and Gibson held him to just a single point in the period.

Elijah Weems led Walton (19-3, 10-2) with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Chad Clay scored 16.

The Raiders, who took sole control of second place in the region, will travel to Cherokee today before hosting region leader Wheeler on Friday.

Etowah 55, Lassiter 49: Justin Jackson had 16 points to lead Lassiter and Brent Hunter had 11 but it wasn’t enough against its Region 5AAAAAA rival.

The Eagles hurt Lassiter (5-17, 2-9) from the 3-point line, making six from beyond the arc. Etowah outscored Lassiter 21-14 in the third quarter to take command.

Lassiter will host Milton at home.

Campbell 54, North Cobb 51: Randy McClure’s 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Spartans to a Region 4AAAAAA victory over the Warriors.

The game appeared to be heading for overtime after Michael Olmert drove the lane for a game-tying layup with 2.7 seconds to play. But McClure stole the ensuing inbound pass and made a 25-foot jumper as time expired.

Olmert finished with a team-high 19 points with eight assists and McClure added seven points.

Daniel Beausejour led North Cobb with a game-high 26 points, which included six 3-pointers.

Campbell (9-14, 4-10 Region 4AAAAAA) will travel to McEachern on Friday, while the Warriors (8-16, 6-9) travel to Kennesaw Mountain.

Hillgrove 94, South Cobb 81: Hillgrove got out to a seven-point lead and built on it en route to the Region 4AAAAAA win.

Kyle Castlin had 29 points to lead the Hawks (19-4, 12-2) with 22 of them coming in the second half. B.J. Brown added 20 and Keith Ray and Colin Sexton both finished with 12.

Josh Holliday had 17 points to lead South Cobb and Brandon Barnes added 15.

Hillgrove will host Pebblebrook tonight in a make-up game.

McEachern 71, Kennesaw Mountain 63: After trailing 17-13 at the end of the first quarter, McEachern outscored Kennesaw Mountain 22-8 in the second period and held on in the second half to pick up a Region 4AAAAAA win on the road.

Freddy Brown had 21 points for the Indians (18-4, 10-3). Logan McIntosh contributed 14, while Jordan Adeboye had 11. Josh Logan added nine rebounds and three points.

J. Craig totaled 20 points for Kennesaw Mountain (9-13, 4-10). Andrew Jimenez had 12, while Nigel Hayes and Maceo Inman each had 10.

McEachern hosts Harrison today, while Kennesaw Mountain hosts North Cobb.

Pope 64, Forsyth Central 55: Cole Childers connected on six 3-pointers to help lead the Greyhounds to a Region 4AAAAAA victory.

Childers and Chase Hutchins each scored 20 points in the win.

Pope (16-8, 9-4) will travel to Riverwood on Thursday.

Osborne 89, Sequoyah 52: D’Haire Haney scored 30 points and dished out four assists to lead the Cardinals to a key Region 7AAAAA victory.

Osborne (18-6) jumped on the Chiefs early and built a 27-13 lead after one quarter and 57-24 at the half.

Kyire Hogan connected on six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points and five rebounds, Delone Murphy had eight points with 11 rebounds, and Shaihem Hogan added nine points.

Sprayberry 62, Creekview 61 (OT): Nkem Ojeh hit the game-winning free throw with 5 seconds left and Sprayberry made a defensive stop to seal the overtime Region 7AAAAA win.

The score was 56-all at the end of the regulation with the game going back-and-forth all four quarters.

David Tshamala had 16 points, four assists, four steals and seven rebounds. Ojeh added 15, plus seven rebounds and Armel Potter scored 12 and four assists.

Sprayberry (20-4, 13-0) and will host Kell tonight.

Kell 56, Cambridge 50: A six-point run early in the second half stretched Kell’s lead to 10 and keep Cambridge at bay in a region 7AAAAA game. Grant Bryant, Kell’s all-time leading scorer, capped the night with 31 points and completed the double double with 14 rebounds.

Kell will play at Sprayberry today.

Allatoona 70, Paulding County 48: In its Region 5AAAAA game against Paulding, Allatoona ramped it up on defense in the third quarter to put the game out of reach after leading by nine at the half.

Rodney Brown led Allatoona with 18 points and six rebounds. Daniel Fowler added 13 points and added six rebounds and five assists. Bradley Brevet and Trey Tshimanga both had nine and Ephraim Tshimanga had eight points, seven assists and six steals.

Allatoona (24-1, 14-0) will play at Woodland on Thursday.

North Cobb Christian 62, Fellowship Christian 38: The Eagles slowly got out to a lead in the first quarter against Region 6A rival Fellowship Christian at home and gradually built on it.

Kendall Crute came off the bench to score 19 points and had seven assists. Trey Kalina had 14 points, Stephon Jelks added 11 and Keyshawn Butts had seven points, 10 rebounds and four steals.

North Cobb will host St. Francis in a pivotal 6A game.

King’s Ridge Christian 75, Walker 31: Robert Baker had nine points for the Wolverines, who couldn’t keep up in the Region 6A game.

Walker (7-16, 0-12) will travel to Whitefield Academy on Thursday.

Dominion Christain 64, Heritage School 56: Jordan Dorsey and Tate Cooney combined to go 17 of 25 from the field as the Knights held off Heritage.

Dorsey finished the night with 37 points, eight rebounds and seven steals. Cooney added 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

Dominion (10-9) will travel to Holy Spirit on Friday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

McEachern 72, Kennesaw Mountain 30:
Te’a Cooper scored a game-high 20 points as the Lady Indians cruised to the Region 4AAAAAA win.

Cooper also had five assists and five steals for McEachern (19-2, 13-0). Jada Lewis added 17 points, including five 3-pointers, while Caliya Robinson had 11 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

The Lady Indians will host Harrison today.

Hillgrove 70, South Cobb 36: Despite being more than a week removed from their final game, the Lady Hawks showed little rust.

Hillgrove (19-3, 12-2 Region 4AAAAAA) led 20-0 after the first quarter and never let up from there.

Mackenzie Engram scored a game-high 18 points, with Zarriah Pierce adding 12 and Savannah Harris 11.

Hillgrove will get right back to work today, hosting Pebblebrook.

Campbell 63, North Cobb 59 (OT): Makayla Lee hit two 3-pointers in overtime for Campbell and finished with 21 points, a career high. Julie McKie added 14 points in the win and Simone Spencer added nine.

McKie also had 10 rebounds and Spencer had five. Lee had eight rebounds and three steals.

The score was tied at 52-all at regulation. After trailing by nine at the half, Campbell outscored North Cobb 22-15 in the third to get back in it.

Kyrie Chandler had 20 points to lead North Cobb. Aniyah Corley had 11 and Chantel Strayhorn had 10.

Osborne 60, Sequoyah 46: Nikira Goings went 12-for-12 from the free throw line to help the Lady Cardinals pull away for a Region 7AAAAA victory.

Osborne (18-6, 13-0) led 40-29 heading to the final quarter, but closed the game on a 20-7 run.

Goings finished the night with 30 points and eight rebounds. Zutorya Cook had 10 points and four steals, and Raven Brown added eight points and nine rebounds.

The Lady Cardinals will be idle until the Region 7AAAAA tournament begins next week.

Late Monday

Shiloh Hills Christian 28, Peoples Baptist 23:
The Lady Challengers held off a rally in the fourth quarter and advanced to the GCAA final four, which they will host this weekend.

Shiloh Hills (14-6) took a 10-point lead into the final period.

Hannah Manross had 13 points and five rebounds, and she was 6-for-9 in the free-throw line in the third and fourth quarters. Samantha Henderson added eight points, five rebounds and six assists.

Shiloh Hills will host Appling Christian in Friday’s semifinal. On the other side of the bracket are Mountain Area Christian and Old Suwanee Christian, two region rivals that the Lady Challengers are a combined 2-3 against this season.

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