Liberty County High School boys’ basketball team will play Lithonia High School in the final four game of the state playoffs Saturday afternoon at Fort Valley State University. The game is set for 4:45 p.m.
The Panthers are going into the game with a 26-1 record. The Lithonia Bulldogs are 25-5 and the top seeded team from region 6-AAAA.
Thursday night in the Elite Eight game the Panther boys beat the Monroe Tornadoes 71-61 at Fort Valley State University to advance.
“It feels great,” first year head coach Julian Stokes said Friday morning about making the final four. “Having such great success in my first year…is such a blessing and a very fortunate situation to be in. I'm just making the most of it and enjoying the ride. This year has been a great one and will be even greater when we hold that trophy up in Macon. In order for us to do that though we have to handle business against Lithonia first.”
Stokes added he had not seen film on Lithonia as of Friday morning but expected to have film to study before the final four game.
“They have always been one of the top teams in the state all throughout the year,” he did note. “They come out of a tough region. Three teams from that region are still in the playoffs including Lithonia, Grady and St. Pius.
He said Grady and St. Pius were set to battle tonight.
Stokes did add he was able to give some starters some rest against Monroe and substituted players frequently throughout the game.
Davion Mitchell ended the game with 29 points and Richard LeCounte added 18 in the win.
More stats from all the state playoff games will be updated once they become available.