Hillgrove (23-8) was forced to play catch-up after being outscored 10-2 in the second quarter.
The Hawks were still very much in the game at the half, trailing by only five points, but they couldn’t generate a big enough second half run to break even.
With Hillgrove down four with 2 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Tift County pulled away with five unanswered points that started with a 3-pointers.
Kyle Castlin was the only Hillgrove player in double figures with 27 points.
Tattnall Square 56, Dominion Christian 51: Dominion trailed 27-23 at halftime and couldn’t pull closer in the GISA Class AAA state playoffs, ending its season.
Tate Cooney led Dominion with 24 points, followed by 20 by Jordan Dorsey.
Dominion ended its season at 14-12.
South Cobb 8, Paulding County 6: Paulding County scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run at the plate, but closer Nathan Golden got the final out to earn his first save of the year.
Thomas Lefew went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, Jose Bustamonte went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Tyler Randles went 2-for-4 with one run batted in and Marion Hines and Kyrie Hawkins each went 2-for-3.
Starter Devin Lucas improved to 1-0 with the win.
The Eagles (3-2) will play at Lovett on Monday.
Kennesaw Mountain 4, Ringgold 1 (8 inn.): The Mustangs scored three runs in the extra inning to pull away.
Matt Cole reached third via a walk, balk and steal and was brought home by an RBI single from Michael Atkinson. Atkinson stole second and then scored on an RBI double from Tyler Stephenson. Stephenson was replaced by a pinch runner in Colin Locorto, who stole third and scored off a sacrifice fly by Patrick Martin.
Zack Goodman pitched the seventh and eighth innings to earn the win, while starting pitcher Zack Chandler recorded 10 strikeouts and surrendered just three hits in six innings.
Kennesaw Mountain (3-2) plays today at Chattahoochee.
McEachern 5, Mill Creek 3: The Indians scored a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings to pull away after they scored two runs in the third to tie the game.
Jerad Walker, Jonathan Wells and T.J. Clark were all 2-for-4 with a run scored. Chase Sudduth was 2-for-3.
Harmon Hardegree earned the win in relief after pitching 4 2/3 innings. He had five strikeouts and no walks.
McEachern (2-2-1) will host Hiram on Saturday.
Allatoona 5, Villa Rica 0: The Buccaneers earned their third-straight shutout to open the season and start 1-0 in Region 5AAAAA.
Darnell Oliver scored two goals, both assisted by Griff Rousseau, while Hunter Baird scored two and Will Smith added one.
Allatoona will play at South Paulding on Tuesday.
Hillgrove 1, Sequoyah 0: Rachel Palazzo scored in the 41st minute with a header finish off a Sydney Nelson corner kick.
Carlie Dykes and Abby Whiteside were strong under the goal for the Lady Hawks, each seeing two shots on goal and recording two saves a piece.
Hillgrove (2-0) will host Kennesaw Mountain on Tuesday.
Campbell 3, Wheeler 2: The Lady Spartans led 2-0 at halftime and scored between second-half goals from Lydia Pindel and Nisha Smith to hold off Wheeler.
Wheeler (1-1) plays at South Cobb on Wednesday.
Mount Paran Christian 12, Darlington 11 (OT): Justin Freer scored the Eagles’ winning goal in sudden-death overtime.
Jack Lee and Will Moore each scored two goals. Harrison Kossover recorded 11 saves under the net.
Mount Paran (2-1) will host Fellowship Christian on Monday.
Pope 9, Harrison 8 (2OT): Sophia Bowers scored the game-winning goal with 54 seconds remaining on a backhanded-sidearm shot.
The score was tied 7-all at regulation before the teams split goals during the first overtime. Pope took the lead in the first minute of the first overtime on a goal by Jennifer Lyons. But the lead was lost 30 seconds later and the score was even at 8-all going into the second overtime.
Lyons led the Lady Greyhounds (2-1) with four goals and had an assist. Maddie DeFrank had two goals and two assists and Bowers also had two goals.
Pope, who will play at Allatoona on Wednesday, had to rally in the second half after trailing 4-2 at the break.
Walton 4, Woodstock 1: The Raiders swept the singles points and won the Region 5AAAAAA match.
Francis Yang won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1, while Kevin Zhang needed a first-set tiebreaker before winning 7-6 (2), 6-4 at No. 2. Bailey Honig won 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3.
The No. 2 doubles team of Jonathan He and Lieb Sauermann recorded a shutout for Walton (4-0, 2-0), which will travel to Roswell on Tuesday.
Harrison 5, South Cobb 0: The Hoyas dominated the Region 4AAAAAA match, not dropping a single set.
Jack Hadaway, Josh Koszalkowski and Tate Coston won the singles points, giving up just three games among them.
Matthew Griffin and Chase Tillson coupled with Conor Hoyne and Reynolds Dorsett to win the doubles matches.
Harrison (1-2, 1-0) will travel to Lovett on Monday before facing Walker the next day.
Whitefield Academy 3, Strong Rock Christian 2: The Wolfpack won both doubles matches and escaped for the Area 4A win.
David Lemasters and Jay DeShong won 8-4 at No. 1, while Ruben Thomas and Holden Hosch won 8-0 at No. 2.
Bennett Shilling also won for Whitefield, prevailing 8-6 at No. 3 singles.
Lassiter 5, Milton 0: Ryan Matzkow and Kurt Frazier won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the last doubles match to give the Trojans the sweep.
Zack Littke-Smith and Nick Queen won 6-2, 6-3 in the other doubles slot, while Jonathan Jemison (6-0, 6-1), Brandon Wortkotter (6-0, 6-2) and Ben Anderson (6-1, 6-0) won in the singles.
Lassiter (3-0) will play in the Kennesaw Mountain tournament this weekend.
North Cobb 4, Kennesaw Mountain 1: Rohman Mitchell (6-0, 6-1) and Richard Johnson (6-1, 6-0) won in the first two singles for North Cobb, while Kennesaw Mountain’s Justin Thomas defeated Ronak Moody, 4-6, 6-4, 10-5).
Ryan Dietrich and David Oyola won 6-1, 6-0 in the doubles, along with Hunter Vandessendeft and Ben Swatling, who won 6-4, 6-0.
North Cobb (1-3, 1-0 Region 4AAAAAA) will host McEachern on Tuesday.
Kell 5, Sprayberry 0: Ryan Rowedder, Andy Hollis and Steven Klausman combined to lose three games at singles in Kell’s sweep over Sprayberry in region 7AAAAA play.
Kell’s doubles teams of Payton Nichols and Jackson Inman and Patrick Sutcliffe and Chris Novak both won in straight sets.
The Longhorns (3-2, 3-1) will play Woodstock today at the Kennesaw Mountain Invitational.
Marietta 5, McEachern 0: Marietta gave up just four combined games in its one-sided Region 4AAAAAA win over McEachern at home.
Zachary Garrison was perfect at No. 1 singles while. David Ho, Marcos Brito and the doubles teams of Matt Efromov and Matt Trinh and Griffin Peace and Chris Yeng gave up just one game each.
Marietta (2-0, 1-0) will host Pebblebrook on Tuesday.
Kell 5, Sprayberry 0: Samantha Dearing (6-0, 6-0), Katie Tarbell (6-0, 6-1), and Kysia Katsoudas (6-1, 6-0) won in the singles for Kell.
Shelby Nyberg and Dani Carroll (6-1, 6-1) and Claudia Casanova and Jada Robinson (6-0, 6-0) won in the doubles.
Kell (4-0, 3-0 Region 7AAAAA) will play in the Kennesaw Mountain tournament this weekend.
Marietta 3, McEachern 2: Christine Wade (6-1, 6-1) and Areonna Neely (6-0, 6-0) won the first two singles slots for the Lady Indians, while Marietta’s Heather Bundy won 5-7, 6-4, 11-9 against Nicole Hartley.
Claire Bennett and Iya Maghribi (6-1, 6-0) and Sydney Fairman and Tessa Waddington (6-0, 6-4) won for the Lady Blue Devils in the doubles.
Marietta (2-0) will host Pebblebrook on Tuesday.
Hillgrove 5, Pebblebrook 0: Jessica Cantrell (6-1, 6-0), Sarah Simm (6-0, 6-1) and Hailey Lawson (6-0, 6-0) won in the singles.
Hannah Creech and Emily Deubel won 6-1, 6-0 and Olivia Brooks and Caroline Beldon won 6-0, 6-0 to give Hillgrove a win in its season opener.
Hillgrove will play in the Kennesaw Mountain tournament this weekend.
Walton 5, Woodstock 0: Bella Kuse won a close first match, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 after her opponent retired.
Suzanne Zenoni (6-1, 6-2) and Johanna Keeline (6-0, 6-1) won in the singles, while Katie Riley and Jessica Cramer (6-4, 6-1) and sisters Emily and Grace Gaskins won (6-1, 6-1) in the doubles.
Walton (5-0, 2-0 Region 5AAAAAA) will host Roswell on Tuesday.
Kennesaw Mountain 5, North Cobb 0: Samantha Armas (6-0, 6-1), Nicole Croxton (6-0, 6-1) and Abby Seabaugh (6-1, 6-2) all won in the singles.
Chika Okonkwo and Sophia Suri (6-0, 6-4) and Ivy Evatt and Samantha Maddin (6-1, 6-0) won in the doubles.
Kennesaw Mountain (1-0) will host its annual tournament this weekend.
Whitefield Academy 5, Strong Rock Christian 0: The Lady Wolfpack only allowed two games in five pro-set matches and got the Area 4A win.
Kerry Anna Lemasters, Annie Sickling and the team of Caroline Holliday and Meghan Schwartzkopf all recorded shutouts, while Rachel Hicks and the team of Megan Smith and Amanda Braselerio fell just short.
Harrison 5, South Cobb 0: The Lady Hoyas didn’t give up a set in their rout over South Cobb in Region 4AAAAAA play. Alexis Morris, Meredith Frost and Autumn Weakley all won in straight sets at singles.
Both doubles teams dominated with Mika Sugai and Jaclyn Black winning 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 and Merritt Delandro and Sarah Gabriel prevailing 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2.
Harrison (2-1, 1-0) will play at Lovett on Monday.