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Panthers advance
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The Panthers are in Burke County where the men not only locked up a shot for state but also defeated the first two teams in their 3-AAA regional playoffs and semi-finals. The Lady Panthers split victories in regional playoffs but also secured a bid at state.

Men Panthers
With a 73-36 victory over Cross Creek in round one Wednesday night, the Panthers were back on the court Friday night in a tough and close game against Thomson.
Thomson stayed within reach of the Panthers who eked out a seven-point advantage in the end to win 69-62.
Head coach Willie Graham said this is the time of year when you have to come out and play.
“I don’t think we’ve played our best yet. We’ve played in spells and put 32 minutes together. But I hope we put our best game together tonight.”
Graham was referring to the Panthers final game in Burke County Saturday night when they were schedule to take on another top-seeded opponent in Glenn Hills.
Graham said Glenn Hills has good-sized guards, but felt his squad should match up well against them.
“It should be a good game, an exciting game,” he said. “They’ve been ranked number one on the other side of our region. We’ve just got to get out and play.”
A win over Glenn Hills would guarantee the first round of state playoffs would be at Liberty County High School on Friday. If they win the first round the second round would also be at LCHS.

Lady Panthers
The Lady Panthers reportedly won against Harlem Thursday night (final scores for both lady Panthers games were not available) advancing them to the second round against Glenn Hills Friday night. Men’s coach, Willie Graham, reported the Ladies lost in a close game to Glenn Hills. They were scheduled to play a consolation game Saturday afternoon against Butler.
While the Lady Panthers also secured a bid for state, the loss means they will have to travel in the first round of state playoffs next week.
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