Savannah outscored the Warriors 17-2 with Moore off the floor and went on to take a 59-43 victory Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA state playoffs at Fort Valley State University.
North Cobb (26-5) turned the ball over five times on its final 11 possessions and failed to connect on any its 3-point attempts down the stretch as Savannah (29-2) pulled away.
The Warriors’ 13-game win streak came to a close with them advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time.
“We definitely missed having Lee out on the floor,” North Cobb coach Terry Gorsuch said. “He’s a big part of our team, both offensively and defensively. He left a huge void out there and (Savannah) was able to take advantage.”
North Cobb trailed 42-41 midway through the fourth when Moore sat down. A free throw from Saxon Steele evened the contest a minute later before the Blue Jackets, who advanced to face Alpharetta in Thursday’s semifinal in Duluth, used full-court pressure to disrupt the Warriors’ offense.
Savannah went on a 10-0 run before Steele made the back end of two free throws. From that point on, North Cobb didn’t score again.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well (Saturday),” Gorsuch said. “A lot of that was because of Savannah. They played well defensively. We gave up too many rebounds and they took advantage with a lot of second-chance points.”
North Cobb led 12-6 at the end of the first period and 23-21 at halftime. The Blue Jackets took their first lead of the game 1 minute into the third quarter and led 37-31 with 2:53 left before taking a 38-36 margin into the fourth.
Two free throws from Dennis Coleman-Young put North Cobb in front for the final time, 41-40, with 5:08 remaining. The Blue Jackets outscored North Cobb 21-7 in the final frame, going 13-for-15 from the free-throw line.
Steele scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and added three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Moore scored all 10 of his points in the first half and had four rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Kavon Freeman led Savannah with 14 points. Jamal Norman had 12 and Russell Famble added 10.