The FPCA Highlander boys have made it into the final four in the state playoffs by defeating Gatewood, 59-56, on Saturday. The boys will take on LaGrange at 4 p.m. Thursday at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.
According to Highlander coach Ernie Walthour, Herbert Roberts led the boys. He said it was a tight game and one that found his team in foul trouble toward the end. But his players managed to stay focused and eke out a three-point win.
BI vs. Beach
In the Region 3-AAAAA finals in Savannah, the Lady Bulldogs of Beach High earned the region title with a 59-55 win over the Lady Tigers of Bradwell in another barn-burner between the rivals. Beach had beaten the BI girls three times during the regular season, but in their fifth straight region title match up, the BI girls delivered their best performance to date against the undefeated Beach girls.
Coach Faye Baker’s team was able to open a 20-11 lead with a minute left in the first quarter before Beach began to chip away at the lead.
In the fourth quarter, the BI girls tied the game at 54, but a series of fouls sent the Bulldogs to the line and helped Beach eke out the victory.
Sophomore point guard Shaquoia Crockett made 17 points and senior Latisha Frasier added 12.
“With 33 seconds left, it was a one-point game,” Baker said. “We fouled them and they converted. They did what they needed to do. But I will say, of all the losses this year, this is one I can be proud of. Every time we played them, we were passive instead of aggressive. And we played aggressive the whole game this time. Latisha (Frasier) had an excellent game. She broke down their defense. And Symone May and Kelissa Hargrove played excellent … everyone did well.”
The rivalry between Beach and Bradwell has provided some of the finest basketball in the girls’ division for the past several years but it's one that could end this season. Next year, Bradwell and Beach will be in different classifications. Baker, however, said she hopes to schedule games against Beach, knowing it brings the best out of each team and elevate her girls’ play.
The Lady Tigers had clinched a spot in the state playoffs and will play host to North Cobb Friday. The game is set for 6 p.m.
BI vs. Jenkins
The Tiger boys lost to Jenkins, 61-51, in the consolation game of the region tournament. However, the boys had already clinched a spot in the state playoffs.
Dazjon Tinae led Bradwell with 18 points and point guard Javante Richey added 14.
The BI boys play North Cobb also in an away game Saturday.