St. Pius X basketball Matthew Gonzalo

St. Pius X basketball player Matthew Gonzalo attempts shot during contest earlier this season. / Special – Tonja Bridges (St. Pius X Athletics)

The conclusion of February has brought about the continuation of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state playoffs in basketball with first-round action on Feb. 16 and 17.

In boys’ basketball, defending Class A Private state champion Greenforest was awarded the seventh overall seed and had a first-round bye. In Class AAA, Cedar Grove is the top seed from Region 5AAA and defeated Ringgold at home 60-40 in its first-round game on Feb. 17. The Saints hosted Dawson County in its second-round contest. Redan, the fourth seed from the same region, won its first-round game on Feb. 17 at Ringgold 60-40. The Raiders visited Hart County for its second-round match.

In Class AAAA, St. Pius X, the top seed from Region 8AAAA, won its first-round home game against White County 76-34. The Golden Lions hosted Troup County in the second round. Druid Hills fell at Baldwin 71-45 in its first-round game and had 12 wins on the season. Marist lost at home to Stephens County 68-44 in the first round to end its year with 10 victories.

The Class AAAAA playoffs included Lithonia, the top seed from Region 5AAAAA, defeated Banneker 57-49 in the first round. The Bulldogs hosted Flowery Branch in the second round. The second seed from the region, Southwest DeKalb, earned a 57-42 home win over North Springs in the first round and visited Hiram in its second-round game. Miller Grove, the third seed, opened the playoffs with a 69-49 road win at Miller Grove. The Wolverines visited Buford in the second round. In Class AAAAAA, Tucker saw its season end with a 64-52 loss at Grovetown, finishing the year with 17 victories. Stephenson fell to Lakeside (Evans) 65-63 in the first round, concluding its campaign with 20 wins.

In girls’ basketball, Greenforest saw its season conclude with a 37-21 loss at Paideia, finishing the year with nine wins. Cedar Grove, the third seed from its region, started the postseason with a 40-39 road win at Sonoraville but fell at Franklin County 53-26 in the second round, ending the year with 12 victories. Staying in the same region, Stone Mountain dropped its first-round game at Haralson County 61-34 as the fourth seed but won 10 games this season.

Marist defeated St. Pius X 36-22 in its first-round contest. The Golden Lions won 14 games this season. The War Eagles, who are the top seed out of its region, proceeded to win its second-round game at home over LaGrange 59-48 on Feb. 21. Marist hosted Americus in the quarterfinals.

Southwest DeKalb earned the top seed from its region and defeated Riverwood 60-23 in the first round but fell at home to Carrollton 54-43 on Feb. 21, finishing the year with 17 wins. The second seed from the region, Arabia Mountain, won its first-round game at home against Decatur 67-34 but lost at Villa Rica 67-66 in the second round on Feb. 21. The Rams earned 21 wins on the season. Miller Grove, the third seed from the region, lost at Jackson (Atlanta) in the first round to end the year with 15 wins. Chamblee was the fourth seed from the region and fell at Lithia Springs 49-48 in the first round as the Bulldogs won 14 games this season.

Stephenson’s girls team was the fourth seed from the region and won at Heritage (Conyers) 54-49 in the first round and visited Coffee for its second-round contest. Tucker was the second seed and defeated Grovetown 42-37 in the first round and earned a 54-35 road win at Bradwell in the second round on Feb. 21. The Tigers visited Harrison for its quarterfinals’ contest.

In neighboring Henry County for boys’ basketball, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) has received the second overall seed in the Class A Private bracket and received a first-round bye. The Chargers hosted Wesleyan in the second round. Henry County High School dropped its Class AAAA first-round road game at Burke County 71-67 on Feb. 17, concluding its season with 18 wins. In Class AAAAA, Dutchtown, the top seed from Region 4AAAAA, won its first-round home game against Morrow 67-64 on Feb. 16. Four Bulldogs scored in double-figures led by a team-high 19 points from Dontavious King and 17 points from Christian Blue. King also grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds for a double-double. Kendall Cordell had a team-high seven blocks and six rebounds. Dutchtown visited Statesboro for its second-round game. Staying in the same region, Stockbridge won its first-round game as a second seed over Fayette County 73-62 on Feb. 17. The Tigers visited New Hempstead in the second round. The third seed, Eagle’s Landing High School, won its opening game at McIntosh 72-55 on Feb. 17 and visited Warner Robins in the second round.

Woodland, the fourth seed from the region, lost its first-round game at Starr’s Mill 43-41 on Feb. 16, concluding its season with 18 wins.

In girls’ basketball, ELCA, as the 11th seed, earned a 52-30 home win over Mount Paran on Feb. 16. The Chargers visited Wesleyan for its second-round contest. Henry County HS was the top seed in its region and defeated Thompson 69-41 in the first round on Feb. 16. The Warhawks proceeded to beat Upson-Lee at home on Feb. 21 by the score of 82-61. Henry County faced Jefferson in the next round. Staying in Class AAAA, Luella defeated Cross Creek 74-48 in its first-round game. The Lions visited Spalding for its second-round game.

In Class AAAAA, Eagle’s Landing HS won its first-round home game over McIntosh 48-24 on Feb. 16 as the top seed from its region. The Eagles proceeded to defeat Wayne County 73-40 on Feb. 21 in the second round. Eagle’s Landing HS faced Buford in the next round. The second seed in Dutchtown defeated Griffin 52-40 in the first round and Ware County 44-42 in the second round, advancing to face Flowery Branch in the quarterfinals. Woodland as the third seed defeated Starr’s Mill 54-51 in the first round but fell at Harris County 59-40 in the second round, concluding its season with 19 wins. Union Grove, the fourth seed from the region, saw its season end in the first round with a 48-37 road loss to Fayette County, ending the year with 18 victories.

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