Several wrestlers from Areas 4AAAAAA and 5AAAAAA are still alive for state finals berths. Undefeated wrestlers who reached the semifinals and guaranteed themselves a spot at a state championships were Campbell’s Jawon Lawson (145 pounds), Harrison’s Tyler Buehler (195), Hillgrove’s Carlin Powell (138), Kennesaw Mountain teammates Matt Michaud (132), Augusto Paes (138), Henrio Thelemaque (145) and Justan Rivera (182).
Also advancing were Lassiter’s Connor Shields (182), Marietta’s Anthony Neary (160), Jonathan Gates (170), Isaiah Borne (195), Brandon Hill (220), and Jeron Holsey (285), McEachern’s Alex Noble (126), Tyri Brown (160), Josh Farara (170), Christian Wade (220) and Uche Nkadi (285), Walton’s Jacob Murphy (138) and Wheeler’s Aslan Kilic (113).
Host Allatoona has seven automatic qualifiers — Harrison Kemp (106), Ethan Benedict (132), Jack Woods (138), Eric Vermette (145), Jacob Robinson (152), Will Kemp (160) and Cody Webb (182) — among its eight remaining entrants in Class AAAAA.
Pope automatically advanced seven of its nine in the Cambridge sectional — Josh Tazzetta (113), Walker Yarbrough (120), Sam Skinner (126), Jake Adcock (138), T.J. Collins (145), Davis Burson (152) and Jake Henson (160).
Also at Cambridge were Sprayberry’s semifinalists Alex Labarre (106), Jacob Speeth (138) and Darius Burton (195), along with Kell’s Matthew Springfield (120) and Calvin Irby (160). Sprayberry has one wrestler eligible in the consolation bracket, while Kell has four.
The Class A sectional at Darlington begins today.
Kennesaw Mountain 73, Hillgrove 70: Tied 37-all at halftime, Kennesaw Mountain outscored Hillgrove 16-13 in the third quarter and held on for the senior night victory.
The Mustangs (11-13, 6-10 Region 4AAAAAA) made 10 of 17 fourth-quarter free throws to help log the win.
Nigel Hayes had 25 points and nine rebounds, while Andrew Jimenez collected 16 points and six assists. Josh Craig and Alex White added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Kyle Castlin totaled 23 points for Hillgrove, while B.J. Brown had 21 and Collin Sexton 14.
The region tournament will begin Monday at McEachern, with play-in games for seeds 6-9.
Campbell 61, McEachern 55: Dominic Klein went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line and scored all 11 of his points in the final four minutes to help Campbell to the Region 4AAAAAA road win.
The Spartans (11-13, 6-9), who were 18-of-22 from the free-throw line, held a 35-34 lead entering the fourth quarter and made 13 of 14 fourth-quarter free throws to clinch the victory.
Michael Olmert contributed a double-double with 17 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and two steals. He also shot 6 for 7 from the line. Laz Walker chipped in 16.
Logan McIntosh (16 points) and Freddy Brown (17 points) each made four 3-pointers for McEachern.
Campbell is at Pebblebrook today.
St. Francis 67, North Cobb Christian 62: North Cobb Christian couldn’t overcome St. Francis’ strength on the offensive boards when it mattered most resulting in a Region 6A setback at home to conclude the regular season.
The Knights held a 47-46 lead at the end of the third quarter and battled hard in the fourth to hold on.
Trey Kalina had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and two steals to lead the Eagles (18-6, 11-3). Hunter Ware added 17 points, while Stephon Jelks contributed 13. Kendall Crute had 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The Region 6A tournament begins Tuesday, with games at Darlington and Trion.
Mount Pisgah Christian 65, Mount Paran Christian 48: Mount Pisagh won every quarter to slowly pull away for the Region 6A road win.
Emoni Williams lead Mount Paran (5-14, 2-10) with 13 points and three assists. Zach Strong had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Mount Paran is at Fellowship Christian today.
Dominion Christian 54, Holy Spirit 43: Continuing the stretch run of their regular season, the Knights prevailed with a second-half surge.
Up two after the first quarter, Dominion (11-9, 6-2 GISA Region 1AAA) fell into a two-point deficit at halftime, but it was able to turn things around with a 33-20 edge in the final two periods.
Jordan Dorsey scored a game-high 27 points, also adding eight rebounds and five assists, while Riley Howard had nine points and five rebounds.
Dominion will host Griffin Christian today, one of five games left on the Knights’ schedule
McEachern 103, Campbell 38: Four of McEachern’s five top scorers collected double-doubles in the Lady Indians’ senior night victory.
Taylor Gordon had 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals and connected on eight 3-pointers for a career-high 33 points to lead the Indians (21-2), who are one win shy of an undefeated 16-0 Region 4AAAAAA mark.
Te’a Cooper totaled 20 points, 10 assists and eight steals, while Jada Lewis added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, seven assists and four steals.
Caliya Robinson posted her third straight triple-double with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks. Aunesha Williams chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds.
McEachern, which made 13 3-pointers, broke the century mark after scoring 94 last year and 97 in a game in 2012.
Aysha Joyner had eight points for Campbell, which will be at Pebblebrook today.
McEachern is at South Cobb.
Hillgrove 56, Kennesaw Mountain 28: The Lady Hawks doubled-up on the Lady Mustangs in their regular-season finale.
Mackenzie Engram finished with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Zarriah Pierce added 13 points and seven assists, while Jalyn Reese had 11 points and six steals.
Hillgrove (21-3, 14-2 Region 4AAAAAA) will be the No. 2 seed for the region tournament and will rematch with No. 7 seed Kennesaw Mountain (9-15, 4-12) on Tuesday at McEachern.
Harrison 45, South Cobb 15: The Lady Hoyas wrapped up their regular season by allowing just two points in the first half.
Meanwhile, Harrison (16-9, 9-7 Region 4AAAAAA) scored 25 in the game’s first 16 minutes.
Melissa Bartow scored a game-high 11 points, with Kaylyn Brooks adding eight and Jasmine Knowles seven.
With the region tournament set to begin Tuesday at McEachern, Harrison’s seeding — either fourth or fifth — will be determined by a coin flip with Marietta. The flip is largely ceremonial, though, since the Lady Hoyas and Lady Blue Devils will play one another regardless of the outcome.
Mount Paran Christian 41, Mount Pisgah Christian 24: Mount Paran led 18-9 at halftime and put the Region 6A home game away following a 19-4 third-quarter run.
Taya Welch, who had three 3-pointers in the third, finished with 13 points for the Lady Eagles (17-4, 9-2). Que Morrison added 11 points, five assists and four steals.
Mount Paran is at Fellowship Christian today.
Lassiter 4, Douglas County 0: After a scoreless halftime tie, Lassiter erupted in the second half to record the season-opening non-region victory.
Margo Richardson scored twice and Kalli Vogel had a goal and three assists for Lassiter (1-0). Mirriam ElFakahany also netted a goal, while Brittany Rooker added an assist.
Megan Richardson collected three saves for Lassiter, which will host Harrison on Tuesday.