Marist (23-4) at Veterans (29-1)
6:30 p.m., Tuesday
How they got here: Marist won Region 6-AAAA, then beat Thomson 72-59, Griffin 59-45; Veterans won Region 2-AAAA, then beat Bainbridge 62-58, North Hall 65-62.
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Marist key players: Elizabeth Quirk, Dominique Oden, Annabella Farabaugh.
Veterans key players: Kya Cochran, Tiana Hughes, Anna Nicholson.
Scouting report: Marist returned only four players this season, so the War Eagles are probably a little farther ahead than expected. They got revenge on two losses to St. Pius X -- which is also still alive -- by beating the Lions in the region tournament final. Marist has more of a go-to player (Oden, a Purdue commitment and the program’s third 1,000-point scorer) than Veterans does, so that makes for interesting matchups. Note that the Warhawks haven’t lost at home since Feb. 4, 2014, 64-44 to Mary Persons.
Winner gets: Carrollton or Americus Sumter, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, at West Georgia.
Holy Innocents (29-0) at Vidalia (25-4)
6 p.m., Tuesday
How they got here: Holy Innocents won Region 6-AA, then beat Bremen 79-25 and Bleckley County 68-20; Vidalia won Region 2-AA, then beat Early County 55-42, Armuchee 63-60.
Holy Innocents key players: Erika Cassell, Khayla Pointer, Kennedy Suttle.
Vidalia key players: Chynna Hodge (Sr., G); Chambria Harrison (Sr., F); Regan Norfleet (Soph., G).
Scouting report: A key number here is 3-0. That’s Holy Innocents’ record against perennial state finalist Wesleyan, the Golden Bears winning 59-49 and 52-46 in the regular season and 43-41 in the region tournament. That says plenty. And the Indians welcome a team nationally ranked by Maxpreps.
Winner gets: Manchester or Pelham, 6:30 p.m., Friday, Columbus State.
at Tattnall Square (27-2)
7 p.m., Tuesday
How they got here: Stratford finished second in Region 7-A and claimed the No. 5 seed, then beat Our Lady of Mercy 43-32; Tattnall won Region 7-A and claimed the No. 4 seed, then beat Pinecrest 69-54.
Stratford key players: Taylor Reese, Lucy Bobbitt, Bonnie Jarrard.
Tattnall key players: Kendra Green, Jordan Allen, Haley Gordon.
Scouting report: The success both teams would have in their first year of GHSA play was a question mark going in, but both teams proved they can compete well. This will be the fourth meeting of the season between the rivals, with Tattnall winning the first three by fairly close margins (11, six and eight points). Tattnall has won 21 straight since losing 48-46 to Our Lady of Mercy in Strong Rock’s holiday tournament. Stratford, meanwhile, got off to a quick start against Mercy on Saturday and neutralized the Bobcats’ tall, talented post game. Tattnall’s only other loss came to Class A public top seed Taylor County, while Stratford’s other losses came to a pair of Class AAAAA teams (Northside, Shaw) and Class A private quarterfinalist Savannah Country Day.
Winner gets: St. Francis or Mount Paran, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, at Kennesaw State.
Treutlen (18-7) at Taylor County (28-0)
6 p.m., Tuesday
How they got here: Treutlen lost in Region 3-A semifinals, then beat ECI 57-46; Taylor County won Region 4-A, then beat Greenville 57-30.
Treutlen key players: Leandra Gillis, Nikita Wicker, Jasmine Brown.
Taylor County key players: Rasheeka Simmons, Kelsie Towns, Kourtney Long.
Scouting report: Treutlen got revenge on two losses to ECI with the first-round playoff win. The visiting Vikings are young, with five freshmen, a junior and four seniors. Taylor County has a quality mix, one of the reasons the Vikings from Butler are undefeated.
Winner gets: Terrell County or Commerce, 3 p.m., Saturday, at Armstrong State.
Dooly County (21-6)
at Turner County (26-2)
6 p.m., Tuesday
How they got here: Dooly County finished second in Region 4-A and claimed the No. 7 seed, then beat Clinch County 63-53; Turner County won Region 2-A, then beat Hawkinsville 62-46.
Dooly County key players: Quaneshia Tookes, Le’Terria Mathis, Shy’Lexia Hall.
Turner County key players: Mylashia Yancey, Taylor Daniels, Xariah Office.
Scouting report: Both teams have big-time scorers. Tookes averages nearly 25 points per game for Dodge County, while Mathis averages a little more than 19 points. With a rebounding average of 12 per game, Hall also will be a factor. Yancey, meanwhile, paces Turner County at 19.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, while Daniels averages 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds. The teams didn’t meet during the regular season, but one of Turner County’s losses came to Calhoun County, a team Dooly County defeated 55-27 on Dec. 19.
Winner gets: Mitchell County or Randolph-Clay, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at Armstrong State.