Prep Roundup: Allatoona, Pope prosper with AAAAA sectionals
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Allatoona and Pope combined to send 17 wrestlers to the Class AAAAA state championships after the conclusion of their respective sectional tournaments Saturday.

Allatoona, which hosted its sectional, will send its largest contingent in program history after advancing eight of nine wrestlers out of the sectional.

Will Kemp, the champion at 160 pounds, will join runners-up Ethan Benedict (132), Jack Woods (138), Eric Vermette (145) and Jacob Robinson (152), third-placers Cody Anderson (120) and Cody Webb (182) and fourth-placer Harrison Kemp (106) in Duluth.

All nine Pope wrestlers advanced out of their sectional at Cambridge, including two-time defending state champion Jake Henson (160) and returning champion Jake Adcock (138), who won a title at Carrollton last year.

Also moving on were Josh Tazzetta (113, third), Walker Yarbrough (120, fourth), Sam Skinner (126, third), T.J. Collins (145, second), Davis Burson (152, fourth), Colton Lombardy (170, eighth) and Seth Gorman (285, fifth).

Kell runners-up Matthew Springfield (120) and Calvin Irby (160) will join teammate Cody Ashway (145, fourth), while Alex Labarre (106, sixth), Jacob Speeth (138, fifth) and Darius Burson (195, fifth) advanced from Sprayberry.

The Class A sectional at Darlington yielded positive results as Walker’s William Schubert, the champion at 145, heads a group of nine local wrestlers who advanced. Schubert’s teammates, Connor Merriam (120, fifth) and Cameron Milton (152, second), also moved on, as did Mount Paran Christian’s Ian Williams (106, second) and Carter Smith (220, sixth) and Whitefield Academy’s James Johnson (138, fifth) and Jere Cuffrey (285, fifth).

North Cobb Christian, a third-year varsity program, qualified wrestlers to the state finals for the first time, with Sam Resultan (106, third) and Mark Watson (126, second) moving on.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Kell 71, Cambridge 50:
The Longhorns took an early edge and won in a first-round game of the Region 7AAAAA tournament at Sequoyah.

Kell (11-15) took a 16-point lead into halftime and added onto it from there.

Kendrick Summerour scored a team-high 24 points, adding six rebounds and four assists. Grant Bryant had a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Maurice Summerour had 11 points.

Kell, the fourth seed from its subregion, will face tourney host Sequoyah, a No. 1 seed, on Wednesday. The winner of the game would clinch a state playoff berth.

Campbell 56, Pebblebrook 54 (OT): Khalil Wallace made two free throws with 0.6 seconds to play in overtime to lift the Spartans past the Falcons in Region 4AAAAAA play.

The victory capped a week where Campbell (12-13, 7-9) moved from last place into the No. 5 seed as it prepares to begin the region tournament next week.

Michael Olmert’s floater in the lane capped the Spartans’ comeback from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. Olmert scored 12 of his game-high 17 points during the late run.

Wallace finished the game with nine points.

Kevin Murph and Chris Nelson each scored 10 points for Pebblebrook.

McEachern 68, South Cobb 29: McEachern closed out its regular season with a Region 4AAAAAA road win.

The Indians (20-5, 12-4) jumped out to a 20-4 first-quarter lead and used a 24-6 third quarter to break the game open.

Logan McIntosh, Rajohn Lewis and Larimie Hubbard each had 10 points for McEachern. Hubbard scored eight of his 10 in the first quarter and grabbed nine rebounds.

Freddy Brown, who had nine points, was one of 10 players to score for the Indians.

McEachern will host the region tournament, which begins Monday.

Walton 60, Centennial 46: Centennial took an 11-5 first-quarter lead, but Walton outscored the Knights 55-35 the rest of the way to claim the senior night win in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Elijah Weems had 18 points for Walton (21-4, 11-3 Region 5AAAAAA). Nick Wells added 13 and Jay Bowyer had 10.

Walton will be the No. 2 seed for the region tournament, facing No. 7 Lassiter on Tuesday at Etowah.

Mount Pisgah Christian 55, Walker 30: The Wolverines closed out the regular season without a win in Region 6A play.

Robert Baker just missed a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds, to go with three blocks.

Walker (7-18, 0-14) will begin the region tournament next week.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Pope 73, North Springs 21:
The Lady Greyhounds jumped to a 30-2 lead after the first quarter and rolled to an easy victory in the opening round of the Region 7AAAAA tournament.

The victory sent Pope into a second-round matchup with Creekview on Tuesday at Sequoyah High School.

Esther Paulk scored 12 of her team-high 18 points in the opening quarter. Kierra Henry added 17 points.

Campbell 72, Pebblebrook 48: Marissa Hall scored a career-high 28 points to help lead the Lady Spartans to a win in their regular-season finale.

With the game tied 25-all at the half, Hall scored 14 of her points in the third quarter to help Campbell (17-8, 10-6 Region 4AAAAAA) build a seven-point lead heading to the fourth. Julie McKee then scored 14 of her 26 points in the final quarter to put Pebblebrook away.

Hall added five steals and four rebounds, while McKee added six rebounds and five steals.

Brandy Brown led Pebblebrook with 19 points, and Whitney Brown added eight.

Campbell will return to the court Tuesday as the No. 3 seed for the Region 4AAAAAA tournament.

McEachern 88, South Cobb 23: The Lady Indians built a 57-9 halftime lead and rolled to victory in the Region 4AAAAAA finale.

McEachern (22-2, 16-0) had four players in double figures. Caliya Robinson led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Te’a Cooper followed with 23 points and 10 assists, Jada Lewis finished with 15 points and Taylor Gordon added 10.

The top-seeded Lady Indians will be off until next Friday’s Region 4AAAAAA semifinal.

Mount Paran Christian 49, Fellowship Christian 42: Caroline Ethridge scored eight of her 12 points during a 16-9 run in the third quarter to help the Lady Eagles close the regular season with a Region 6A victory.

Mount Paran Christian (18-4, 10-2) will be the No. 2 seed when the region tournament begins next week.

Que Morrison scored a team-high 16 points, Taya Welch finished with 10 and Etheridge added seven rebounds.

Griffin Christian 36, Dominion Christian 13: Ava Johnson had eight points, while Christina Green contributed 13 rebounds in the Lady Knights’ setback.
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