3 local teams remain in basketball playoffs

February 26, 2014 

Just three local teams remain alive in the GHSA basketball playoffs after opening round action over the weekend as the Warner Robins and Northside boys advanced along with the Peach County girls.

Northside set a program record for wins in a season at 21 after its 64-51 victory over Mount Zion-Jonesboro. This is the first time since 2005 that Northside has made it to the second round. The Eagles will now go on the road to face No. 1 seeded Jenkins who defeated Hardaway 82-56.

Warner Robins overcame a slow start offensively to beat Whitewater 60-47. The Demons have won 16 games in a row since Dec. 23 and have an overall record of 24-2. They will now get a visit from No. 2 seed Effingham County who advanced by beating Lee County 88-61. A small Demons lineup will have to defend Effingham’s star power forward JaKeenan Gant, who has signed with the University of Missouri.

Peach County advanced with a dominating 63-29 win over Jackson-Atlanta. The Trojans outscored Jackson 22-2 in the second quarter to effectively put the game out of reach before half time. An extremely difficult draw awaits Peach County in the next round as the team goes on the road to face an undefeated Washington County team that dispatched Pierce County 63-47.

The Veterans Warhawks saw both of their playoff teams fall in the opening round. The boys were beaten 80-64 by Eagles Landing, while the girls lost a heartbreaking 53-48 decision in overtime to Dutchtown.

The Northside girls had their season come to an end with a 53-43 loss to Forest Park. Greenbrier was the only GHSA Region 2-AAAAA team to advance in the tournament.

Perry battled No. 1 seed Jonesboro in opening round action of the boys Class AAAA tournament but ultimately fell 58-47 on the road. GHSA Region 2-AAAA champion Rutland remains the only region representative still playing after they scored 101 points in a win over North Clayton.

Finally, Peach County fell 82-65 to No. 1 seeded Callaway in opening round action of the boys Class AAA tournament.

All tournaments will continue this week.

Contact Ryan Jordan at rjordan398@gmail.com.

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