Prep Roundup: Hillgrove holds to top Tri-Cities in second round
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Kyle Castlin scored 10 of his team-high 19 points in the first quarter to help Hillgrove gain an early lead, which it held for a 72-63 win over Tri-Cities in the second-round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs Saturday.

The Hawks (26-4) will next travel to Brunswick (22-7) for a 6 p.m. game Wednesday in the quarterfinals. It is the first time in three years that Hillgrove has made it to the round of eight, and it is within one game of equaling the team record for victories set in the 2008-09 season.

The Hawks trailed 4-0 before Castlin scored seven straight points to start a 19-0 run to close out the first quarter. They continued to build the lead, taking a 53-32 advantage into the final period.

Keith Ray scored 18 points, B.J. Brown 14 and John Franklin added eight.

North Cobb 80, Morrow 76: Four players scored in double figures for the Warriors in the second-round Class AAAAAA state playoff game at home.

Region 4AAAAAA champion North Cobb

(25-4) led 27-17 at the end of the first quarter and led the whole game. Morrow, the No. 3 seed from Region 2AAAAAA, hit a 3-pointer at the end of the game to pull to within four.

Lee Moore paced North Cobb with 24 points. Jon Beausejour finished with 16 points, including five 3-pointers, and added 11 rebounds. Austin Jacobs drained four 3s and contributed 13 points, while Jordan Neff chipped in two 3-pointers and 11 points. Dennis Young-Coleman had nine points and seven assists.

North Cobb, which advanced to the state quarterfinals for the second straight season, will visit Region 1AAAAAA champion Tift County on Wednesday.

W.D. Mohammed 48, Whitefield Academy 44 (OT): Brendan Myles, who led the Wolfpack with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

However, the next 4 minutes didn’t go in Whitefield’s favor and last year’s Class A state champion fell in the first round of the Class A private-school tournament.

Eric Lockett, who had 11 points, fouled out during the extra period, and W.D. Mohammed made its foul shots to take the lead and hold on for the win.

Dominion Christian 38, John Milledge 27: The Knights advanced to Friday’s GISA Class AAA semifinals at Mercer University by winning a defensive battle.

Leading by two at the half, Dominion started hitting shots in the third quarter to get separation and had a 26-18 lead going into the fourth. In the fourth, Dominion hit nine of 10 free-throw attempts to seal the victory.

Tomae Theriot had 13 points to lead the Knights, while Isaiah Primus-Belgrave had nine.

Cumberland Christian 62, Praise Academy 43: Daniel LeMay finished with 15 points in leading the Patriots to the ICSGA state championship after finishing as the runner-up last season.

LeMay scored the bulk of his points in the first half as Cumberland took a 12-point lead at the half.

Johnny Crumley finished with 14 points for the Patriots, all coming in the second half. Ray Williams collected 13 and Andrew White had 12.

Erick Lusk grabbed 11 rebounds, five steals and three assists.

The Patriots (20-1) started pulling away in the second quarter by outscoring Praise 10-4, and they put the game out of reach with a 15-7 fourth-quarter spurt.

LeMay and Lusk made the all-state team, and Williams ended up getting MVP honors.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

North Cobb 70, Rockdale County 37:
The Lady Warriors started fast and didn’t let up as they rolled into the quarterfinal round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

The victory set up a matchup at Tift County. According to North Cobb coach Matt Williams, the game will likely be played as part of a doubleheader Wednesday, with the North Cobb boys also traveling to Tifton.

The Lady Warriors (26-3) jumped out to an 11-0 lead and outscored Rockdale 22-4 in the first quarter. They extended their lead to 42-15 at the half and then overcame foul trouble down the stretch. North Cobb dressed only eight players on the night, and half had three or more fouls.

Kyrie’ Chandler led four Lady Warriors in double figures with 17 points. Shantel Strahorn had 15, Sierra Barrino finished with 14 and Amber Reeves added 11.

North Georgia 41, Cumberland Christian 39: The Lady Patriots climbed back into the game after trailing by 17, but they came up one bucket short in the ICSGA state championship at Columbus State.

Megan Kearney hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two with 45 seconds left. After getting a stop at the other end, Cumberland had two shot opportunities near the buzzer but couldn’t get them to drop.

Erica Laurens and Jaelyn Cheeks were named all-state for the Lady Patriots.

BASEBALL

Walton wins a pair:
The Raiders won a split doubleheader, beating St. Petersburg (Fla.) 15-5 in the first game and Fayette County 11-1 in the nightcap.

After falling behind 5-0 in Game 1, Walton (4-0) answered with 13 runs over the first three innings. Aaron Rzucidlo had the big hit with a grand slam in a seven-run second inning.

Bradley Schwartz was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. Stephen Wrenn and Henry Rowling each had two hits and an RBI, while Andrew Roberts and Logan Barnett each had a hit and drove in two.

Will White pitched four innings to earn the win.

In Game 2, the Raiders took advantage of walks and four Fayette County errors to earn their second five-inning win of the day.

Luke Manzo went 2-for-2 with an RBI, Wrenn, Rowling and Rzucidlo each had a hit and an RBI, and Schwartz added a double.

Caleb Bohan pitched four shutout innings and struck out five to earn the win.

Walton (4-0) will travel to Pope on Wednesday.

Kell 6, Richmond Hill 4: The Longhorns bounced back from an early deficit to win in the Baseball on the Beach invitational on the Georgia coast.

Kell (2-1) trailed 3-2 after the second inning, only to tie the score in the third and take a 6-3 lead in the seventh.

Kerrigan McManigal gave the Longhorns their lead with a three-run home run in the seventh.

Jamari Moore was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Bradley Taylor was 2-for-2 with two doubles and Rocky Brown also went 2-for-2. Brice O’Brien also had a hit.

Avery McReynolds (1-0) pitched the final two innings to win in relief. He held Richmond Hill to two hits.

Kell will travel to Norcross on Wednesday.

BOYS SOCCER

Hillgrove 4, Coffee 2:
Bryce Acton’s hat trick broke the game open, and the Hawks broke into the win column for the first time.

Jonathan Camacho also scored. Eirik Abney had two assists, and Andrew Gaughan one.

Adam Wihr saved three shots for Hillgrove (1-3-1), which will travel to Collins Hill on Friday.

BOYS LACROSSE

Walton 11, Johns Creek 10:
The game was tied 6-all going into the fourth quarter before the Raiders scored three goals in a 30-second span and preserved the lead

Ryan Jones scored seven goals for Walton (2-0) and now has 13 goals in two games. Michael Gernatt added two, while Jack Whittaker and Nick Sposito each had one.

Jake Hornberger came up big in the fourth quarter as Johns Creek attempted to rally and finished with 10 saves. Defender William Holt had six groundballs and five takeaways.

Walton will host Westminster on Thursday.

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