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Holy Innocents’ basketball player Marya Hudgins dribbles down the court during a home game against Brookwood earlier this season. / Special

The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) basketball state playoffs have reached the semifinal round, with several local programs still in contention for a championship.

The Holy Innocents’ girls’ team entered the Class A Private tournament as the top overall seed. After receiving a first-round bye, the Golden Bears earned a 78-35 home win over Greenforest in the second round Feb. 20.

Next up for Holy Innocents’ was a home tilt against eighth seed Mount Paran Christian in the quarterfinals Feb. 26. The Golden Bears jumped out to a 24-7 lead in the first quarter and didn’t look back en route to a 69-35 victory. Jada Farrell had a game-high 22 points including four three-pointers. Marya Hudgins had 13 points and Jillian Hollingshead posted 11 in the victory as well. Cierra Foster dished out a game-high 12 assists for Golden Bears. Next up for Holy Innocents’ was the semifinals contest against fifth seed Calvary Day in Dahlonega March 2, with results unavailable at the Neighbor’s deadline.

Wesleyan also reached the semifinals. The Wolves were assigned the sixth seed and also received a first-round bye. First up for Wesleyan was a home contest against Savannah Christian Feb. 20 in the second round, culminating with a 75-23 victory.

The Wolves visited third seed Lakeview Academy in Gainesville Feb. 26 and won the contest 76-51. Avyonce Carter paced Wesleyan with a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds while teammate Izzy Larsen scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half. Other big contributors for the Wolves were Callie Weaver with six points and six assists and Alyssa Phillip’s eight points and five rebounds. Wesleyan faced the winner of the St. Francis vs. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy contest in the semis March 2 in Dahlonega.

Marist saw its season conclude in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA playoffs with a 36-30 loss at Spalding Feb. 26. The War Eagles earned 22 wins on the season.

Two local girls’ team saw their seasons end in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs Feb. 20. Lovett dropped its home contest to Dawson County 62-55, concluding its campaign with 18 victories. Pace fell at Sonoraville 61-47, finishing the year with 18 wins.

The Woodward boys’ team reached the Class AAAA semifinals. The War Eagles, the top seed from Region 4AAAA, defeated Westover and Cross Creek before visiting Denmark in the quarters Feb. 27. Woodward emerged with a 58-50 victory over the Danes, advancing to a matchup against Carver (Columbus) in the semifinals March 2. The contest took place in Fort Valley and results weren’t available at deadline.

St. Pius X dropped its Class AAAA quarterfinals contest to Americus (Sumter) 63-48 Feb. 27, concluding its campaign with 26 wins.

Holy Innocents’ saw its boys’ team fall in the second round of the playoffs at Mount Bethel 72-53 Feb. 20. The Golden Bears won 17 contests this season. Wesleyan also dropped its second-round game the same day in a 58-45 road loss to Christian Heritage, concluding the year with 19 wins.

Westminster’s boys’ team season concluded in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs with a 62-40 road loss against Dawson Count Feb. 20. The Wildcats won 15 games this year.

The Holy Spirit Prep girls’ team won the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) Class AAA state championship with a 47-38 victory over Pinewood Christian in Americus Feb. 23. The Cougars’ boys’ squad fell in its title contest to Heritage 67-64 the same day.

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