The Buccaneers (26-1) will play South Paulding to try and earn the region’s top seed for the Class AAAAA playoffs.
The Wildcats tied the game at 48-all on a 3-pointer, and when Fowler missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10 seconds left, it looked like Villa Rica would have a chance to take the final shot.
But Ephraim Tshimanga stopped the advancement of the ball up the court. Fowler stole the ball with 4 seconds left and beat the clock with the game-winner.
Fowler finished the game with 13 points, Tshimanga had eight and Bradley Brevet added seven.
n Pope 76, Sequoyah 57: The Greyhounds started the game hot and took advantage of the Chiefs being cold to build an early 21-point lead en route to a victory in the Region 7AAAAA consolation game.
Pope (19-9) had all five starters score at least four points in the first quarter as they built a 24-3 lead.
Chase Hutchins scored 22 points, Cole Childers had 20 and Garrick DeBowles finished with 17.
Pope will be the region’s No. 3 seed in the Class AAAAA state playoffs, and will play either South Paulding or Allatoona on Saturday.
Dominion Christian 71, Heritage Christian 51: Jordan Dorsey scored 34 points, including 14 of 17 free throws to lift the Knights into Thursday’s region championship game.
Dominion Christian (14-11) connected on 22 of 26 free throws in the second half.
Tate Cooney scored 15 points with eight rebounds and Luke Luellen added 11 points.
The Knights will face the winner of Loganville Christian and Community Christian.
Hillgrove 65, North Cobb 51: A methodical pace and stingy defense kept North Cobb in the game for a half, but Hillgrove had too much muscle in the end. The Hawks dominated the second half of Monday’s 4AAAAAA quarterfinal game and cruised to a 65-51 victory at McEachern High School.
“North Cobb is a really good team and I’m glad to have this one behind us,” said Hillgrove basketball coach Edward Morris. “We know we have at least three more games to play now, so that takes a little pressure off us for now.”
The win locked up a seventh straight state playoff berth for Hillgrove.
North Cobb took its only lead of the game when Daniel Beausejour connected on a 3-pointer to open the game.
Micah Woodward and Darius Jones both score 14 points to lead North Cobb.
Hillgrove’s B.J. Brown had a game-high 19 points, Kyle Castlin and Keith Ray each added 17.
Dominion Christian 63, Trinity Christian 56: Jordan Dorsey scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Knights to a region semifinal victory.
Tate Cooney scored 14 points with eight boards and Luke Luellen added 17 points.
Cumberland Christian 72, New Creation 38: Cumberland Christian outscored New Creation 25-4 in the second quarter to take control and it cruised to victory.
Will Crumley scored 17 points with 10 rebounds, Justin Heidt had 12 points with eight boards and Ronnie Williams added 10 points and seven assists.
Cumberland Christian (17-1) will begin the Georgia Independent Athletic Association state playoffs this weekend.
Creekview 57, Kell 34: The Creekview girls stifled Kell in the first quarter, then carried that lead through the remainder of the game to win 57-34 on Tuesday and claim the third seed out of Region 7AAAAA.
Creekview (22-6) led 17-5 at the end of the first quarter and 29-14 at the half. Kell (12-16) had its biggest quarter in the third period, but the Lady Grizzlies matched them.
Dee Blankenship led Creekview with 16 points, while Allison Luly scored 13. A total of eight Creekview players scored, as coach Roger Nolan made use of his entire bench.
Santavia Grant and Onyx Henderson each scored 10 points for Kell. The Lady Longhorns struggled at the free-throw line throughout the game and finished 10-for-28 as a team.
Cumberland Christian 53, Community Christian 27: Cumberland Christian led 33-11 at the half as it rolled to an easy victory.
Hannah Adams led the way with 11 points, Jannai Cheeks added 10.
Cumberland Christian (14-4) will open the Georgia Independent Athletic Association state playoffs this weekend.
Sprayberry 13, Wheeler 5 (5 inn.): Michael Chavis and Perez Scott each hit home runs to lead the Yellow Jackets to a season-opening win.
Chavis finished the game 2-for-3 with a two-run double that sparked a four-run first inning, and a two-run homer in the second.
Scott was 2-for-4 with a grand slam in the fifth to end the game.
Zach Williams went 2-for-3 with a double and Jordan McClure was 3-for-3 with a double, four runs and a run batted in. McKenzie Mills pitched 3 2/3 innings allowing three hits, two earned runs and striking out seven to earn the win.
Sprayberry (1-0) will travel to Walton on Thursday.
Walton 2, Kell 1: Logan Barnett pitched two innings of one-hit ball to earn the season-opening victory over as the Raiders beat their east Cobb rival.
Will White started the game for Walton and pitched four innings scattering five hits and allowing one run.
Carter Kieboom was 2-for-3, Chris Hummel had an RBI sacrifice fly and Matt Jones drove in the other run on a fielder’s choice.
Austin Gulezo was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Longhorns.
Pope 2, Hillgrove 0: Carlos Quintanta scored 15 minutes into the game on a cross from Tai Livnat for all the offense the Greyhounds would need for a non-region victory.
Lucas Scanlan scored off a header from Sean Laferle to put the game out of reach in the second half.
Travis Parker had eight saves in goal to earn the shutout.
Pope (3-0) will host Walton on Friday.
Kell 4, Woodstock 3 (OT): Kell trailed 2-0 at halftime and rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second half to post a non-region home win in its season-opener.
Vince Wilkinson assisted on Anthony Vongdara’s game-tying goal with 22 minutes left in regulation for the Longhorns (1-0). Eric Shults headed in the game-winner with 1:15 remaining in the first half of overtime off a corner kick from Marco Zuniga.
Zuniga also assisted on Alex Anthony’s goal. Guillermo Niepo netted Kell’s first goal of the contest.
Nick Schierle collected eight saves.
Kell 1, Cherokee 1: Lindsay McCarthy scored midway through the first half to help the Lady Longhorns earn a tie in the non-region matchup.
Savannah Corr came out of the net to stop a breakaway in the second half to help prevent a loss. Courtney Hendrickson assisted on the McCarthy goal.
Kell (1-0-1) will host Hillgrove on Friday.
Harrison 1, Walton 0: Freshman Jillian Bresko scored in the 23rd minute of the first half, providing the lone goal in the battle of perennial county powers.
Both teams had additional opportunities at the net, but the opposing goalkeepers prevented any more successes.
Kelsey Daugherty and Allison Leone split the shutout for Harrison (3-0), which will travel to Etowah on Tuesday.
Walton (0-1) will make the short trip to Pope on Friday.
Lovett 1, Whitefield Academy 0: Constantly tested in the net, freshman goalkeeper Lauren Burke made 15 saves, but one successful Lovett attempt proved to be the difference in the season-opening loss.
Whitefield (0-1) will look to bounce back Friday at Fellowship Christian.
Kell 5, River Ridge 2: Lindsay McCarthy and Leda Dixon both had two goals for Kell in their season-opening non-region win over River Ridge. Courtney Hendrickson accounted for the other goal.
With the score tied at 2-all in the second half, the Lady Longhorns began clicking and scored three unanswered goals to seal the win.
Valery Ferandez had two assists for Kell. Abby Mangum also had two assists and McCarthy added one.
Sprayberry 12, Walker 11: Will Schuelke scored a team-high four goals as the Yellow Jackets staved off a Wolverines team playing its first varsity game.
Walker (0-1, 0-1 Area 2A-AAAAA) took a 6-4 lead into halftime before Sprayberry (1-0, 1-0) responded with six goals in the third quarter and took the lead for good.
Hunter Clark and Bennett Page each had three goals for the Yellow Jackets, with Caley Seaney adding two.
Chandler Lowrance and Michael Knautz each had five goals for Walker, with Bradley Moore also scoring. David Babb and Glenn Strother each had two assists.
Sprayberry will host Harrison on Tuesday, while Walker will travel to area rival Westminster on Thursday.
Walton 8, Mill Creek 6: Cameron Wiley scored two goals while Michael Gernatt contributed a goal and two assists to lead Walton to a season-opening win at Mill Creek.
Ryan Jones had a goal and an assist for the Raiders (1-0). Four other players each scored one goal. Dylan Boast and Josh Peretz each had an assist.
Jake Hornberger collected nine saves for Walton, which hosts Johns Creek Friday.
Lassiter 25, Cherokee 3: Fifteen different players scored as the Lady Trojans rolled to an easy season-opening victory.
Alexa Daugherty led the way with five goals and three assists while Annie Christian and Jill Rankin each scored three times.
Lassiter (1-0) will host Mill Creek on Thursday.