Local GHSA basketball teams will begin their post-season runs with region tournaments this week.
The Warner Robins boys and Northside girls each claimed their top sub-region seed for the 2-AAAAA tournament that was scheduled to begin Tuesday at Greenbrier and at Evans. Just one win is needed to move on to the state playoffs.
The Demon boys were scheduled to play Greenbrier while Houston County battled Evans, and Northside faced off against Grovetown.
At time of print Monday, there was a chance that winter weather could affect games this week, and some could be rescheduled. The GHSA already has postponed the start of the state basketball tournament forward one day to Feb. 19 for girls and Feb. 20 for boys. The adjustments could allow region tournaments to finish as late as Feb. 17.
But as of Monday, the Northside girls were scheduled to play Lakeside-Evans on Wednesday, while Warner Robins plays Evans, and Houston County goes up against Grovetown.
Veterans boys have already locked up a state playoff spot thanks to their 10-4 finish in Region 2-AAAA. Westside also earned a spot in the playoffs as the team finished tied atop the region with the Warhawks. Perry will begin its quest to join those two in state competition when they face Howard on Monday at the 2-AAAA tournament hosted by Rutland. If the Panthers win, they will play Baldwin in the second round. Perry was 2-0 against Howard during the regular season with its closest margin of victory being 16 points.
Mary Persons and Rutland claimed the top two seeds in the girls competition, which means Veterans and Perry will have to earn their way in through the region tournament. The Perry girls will face Howard, while Veterans will await the winner in the second round. The Panthers defeated Veterans 51-37 on Friday night to earn a season split with their rivals after a 45-36 loss on Jan. 14.
The Peach County girls have also advanced to the state playoffs after finishing first in Region 2-AAA with a 9-3 record. The Trojans are 19-5 overall on the season and are led by one of the most dynamic scorers in the state in guard Nausia Woolfolk.
The Trojan boys are looking to join the girls in the playoffs and were scheduled to face Southwest on Tuesday. Just one win is needed to advance.
Writer Jonathan Heeter contributed to this report. Contact Ryan Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.