Allatoona (28-2) vs Warner Robins (24-4)
8:15 p.m. at Fort Valley State
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How they got here: Allatoona won Region 5-AAAAA, then beat Mays 65-49, Coffee County 61-38 and LaGrange 47-45; Warner Robins won Region 2-AAAAA, then beat Carver-Columbus 68-47, Apalachee 79-60 and Miller Grove 63-57.
Allatoona key players: Rodney Brown (6-4, Sr., G); Bradley Brevet (6-4, Sr., G/F); Ephraim Tshimanga (6-0, Jr., G).
Warner Robins key players: Nate Curtis (6-4, Sr., F); Marquez Callaway (6-3, Jr., G/F); Donovan Brown (6-8, Jr., F).
Scouting report: Allatoona is in its first semifinal, after opening in Cobb County in 2008, and has a perfect region record on the resume. The Bucs had a tight home quarterfinal win and haven’t lost since Dec. 30 (60-55 to McIntosh). They know how to win close games, with nine victories by 10 points or fewer, including a triple-overtime win in the region tournament championship, a 72-68 win over South Paulding a day after nipping Chapel Hill 36-35. There’ll be some height on both sides, and Warner Robins has to erase the memory of ending Miller Grove’s 21-game and six-championship winning streak,and possess the ball better than it did Thursday.
Winner gets: Brunswick or Cedar Shoals, 8:45 p.m., Friday, Macon Coliseum.
Rutland (27-3) vs. Jenkins (27-3)
8:15 p.m. at Columbus State
How they got here: Rutland won Region 2-AAA, then beat Johnson-Savannah 72-62, Banks County 80-40 and Cedar Grove 77-65; Jenkins won Region 1-AAA, then beat Westside 75-55, Hart County 89-51 and Callaway 97-61.
Rutland key players: Ty’lik Evans (5-7, Sr. PG); Jeremy Braswell (5-10, Sr. G/F); Dallas Smith (6-3, Sr. G/F).
Jenkins key players: Malik Benlevi (6-6, Sr. G/F); Trevion Lamar (6-5, Soph. G/F), Eric Johnson (5-9, Sr. PG).
Scouting report: After two heartbreaking losses in the 2013 and 2014 quarterfinals, Rutland broke through Thursday with its victory over Cedar Grove. Rutland, traditionally a team that goes on big runs, had its big spurt early and preserved the lead the rest of the way. Evans averages nearly 23 points, Braswell nearly 20 and Smith around 16. Jenkins has won 18 straight, all by comfortable margins, since falling to Laney, another Class AAA semifinalist, on Jan. 3. Benlevi averages 16.3 points per game, with Lamar -- who scored 31 points in the win over Callaway -- at 10.7 points and 6.4 rebounds. Johnson averages 9.2 points, 4.7 assists and 2.7 steals.
Winner gets: Laney or Morgan County, 4:45 p.m., March 7, Macon Coliseum.
Class A Public
Hancock Central (25-2) vs. Greenville (27-2)
8:15 p.m. at Armstrong State
How they got here: No. 3 seed Hancock Central won Region 7-A, then beat Terrell County 83-47 and Wilkinson County 72-71 in double-overtime; No. 2 seed Greenville won Region 4-A, then beat Lanier County 85-49 and Portal 87-63.
Hancock Central key players: Montkevious Fluellen (Sr. G); Marquis Smith (Sr. PG); Rik’Shawn Thomas (Sr. G).
Greenville key players: Jamal McKee (6-3, Sr. G/F); Quan Tenny (6-0, Sr. G); Mikhail Snelling (5-7, Sr. G); Tarmarcus Jackson (5-10, Sr. G/F).
Scouting report: Hancock Central survived two overtimes in its fourth meeting of the season with Wilkinson County on Thursday to advance to the semifinals, where it meets a Greenville squad that has seven wins by three points or fewer. Fluellen averages 15 points per game for the Bulldogs, with Smith and Thomas each averaging 10. McKee paces Greenville with 20.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per outing, while Tenny, Snelling and Jackson each average between 10 and 12 points.
Winner gets: Calhoun County or Treutlen, 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Macon Coliseum.
Treutlen (27-1) vs. Calhoun County (28-2)
4:45 p.m. at Armstrong State
How they got here: Treutlen won Region 3-A and earned the No. 4 seed, then beat Marion County 72-66 and Turner County 88-81; Calhoun County won Region 1-A and earned the top seed, then beat Irwin County 69-53 and Dooly County 72-52.
Treutlen key players: Terrance Warren (6-3, Sr., G/F); Elijah Johnson (5-10, Jr., G); T.K. McLendon (6-2, Soph., F).
Calhoun County key players: Quenten Taylor (5-11, Sr., G); Jerrek Solite (5-11, Jr., G); Sherrod Williams (6-2, Sr., G).
Scouting report: A game to watch. Calhoun County has some quality wins, including handing Treutlen its only loss and Turner County’s four losses. The Cougars are back in the semifinals and are undefeated away from home. The Vikings can put up some points, with 19 games of at least 75 points.
Winner gets: Hancock Central or Greenville, 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Macon Coliseum.
Veterans (30-1) vs. Carrollton (24-7)
6:30 p.m. at West Georgia
How they got here: Veterans won Region 2-AAAA, then beat Bainbridge 62-58, North Hall 65-62 and Marist 47-31; Carrollton won Region 5-AAAA, then beat Redan 63-52, Mt. Zion 70-45 and Americus-Sumter 56-51.
Veterans key players: Kya Cochran (5-2, Jr., G); Tiana Hughes (5-9, Sr., F); Anna Nicholson (6-0, Jr., G).
Carrollton key players: Alecia North (5-7, Sr., G); Emily Waters (6-2, Jr., F); Eral Daniel (5-11, Fr., C).
Scouting report: It’s very much worth noting that two teams from Region 5-AAAA are left (Fayette County is the other one), and that Carrollton had to win a playoff game on the road (at Americus-Sumter) and had to drive two-and-a-half hours to do it. And now the Trojans are playing in their hometown. All but two of their losses have been by 10 points or fewer. The teams are pretty similar, but Veterans will have to deal with a size disadvantage and a crowd disadvantage. The Warhawks can’t expect to dig an early hole -- like at the free-throw line -- and survive.
Winner gets: Fayette County or Buford, 7 p.m., Thursday, Macon Coliseum.
Class A Public
Taylor County (29-0) vs. Terrell County (19-9)
3 p.m. at Armstrong State
How they got here: Taylor County won Region 4-A and earned the first seed, then beat Greenville 57-30 and Treutlen 69-42; Terrell County was second in Region 1-A and earned the 12th seed, then beat Claxton 34-33 and Commerce 41-31.
Taylor County key players: Rasheeka Simmons (5-9, Jr., G); Kelsie Towns (5-11, Jr., F); Kourtney Long (5-9, Jr., F).
Terrell County key players: Jamya McDaniel (Fr., G); Timarius Whiting (Jr., G/F); Brittany Williams (Jr., F).
Scouting report: This is by no means a battle of veteran teams. Terrell County reaching the semifinals is a surprise, since the Greenwave don’t have a senior on the roster, which has seven freshmen and sophomores and three juniors. Taylor County has more balance as far as experience goes, but the Vikings’ key players are underclassmen. Taylor County’s pressure and depth are key to its success.
Winner gets: Randolph-Clay or Turner County, 3 p.m., Thursday, Macon Coliseum.
Class A Private
Stratford (22-6) vs. St. Francis (26-3)
6:30 p.m. at Kennesaw State
How they got here: No. 5 seed Stratford beat Our Lady of Mercy 43-32 and Tattnall Square 45-31; No. 1 seed St. Francis (26-3) won Region 6-A, then beat Mount Pisgah 57-30 and Mount Paran 62-48.
Stratford key players: Taylor Reese (Sr. F); Lucy Bobbitt (Sr. G); Bonnie Jarrard (Sr. C).
St. Francis key players: Abby Grant (Sr. SG); Kasiyahna Kushkituah (Soph. C); Nichel Tampa (Soph. G).
Scouting report: Stratford snapped Tattnall’s 21-game winning streak in convincing fashion in Tuesday’s quarterfinal, putting on defensive pressure and opening things up outside to win the teams’ fourth meeting of the season -- the first three of which were won by Tattnall. St. Francis is unbeaten against teams from Georgia this season, with its losses coming to teams from Arkansas and Alabama. Kushkituah is a force inside, averaging 12.3 points and 8.9 rebounds. Grant is the leading scorer at 13.6.
Winner gets: Calvary Day or Southwest Atlanta Christian, 11 a.m., March 7, Macon Coliseum.