Four local teams claimed region basketball championships during the weekend before the GHSA state tournament gets underway this week.
Peach County pulled the biggest surprise as it knocked out defending state champion Kendrick by a 68-57 final in Region 2-AAA girls championship game. Kendrick had gone undefeated in regular-season region play.
Nausia Woolfolk scored 26 points for the Trojans in the victory.
The Veterans girls also claimed a region title with a dominant 60-39 win over Perry in the Region 2-AAAA final. Senior Khayla Owens had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Warhawks, 27-1 this season, who enter the playoffs as a favorite.
Perry may have fallen in the girls title game, but its top-seeded boys beat West Laurens, 55-49, in the region 2-AAAA championship game. The victory came in dramatic fashion as the Panthers trailed by 13 at halftime but outscored the Raiders 27-6 in a decisive third quarter. Senior K.J. Smith knocked down four crucial free-throws inside of the game’s final minute to secure the win for Perry.
The Warner Robins Demons made it back-to-back Region 2-AAAAA championships with a 62-57 win over rival Northside on Saturday at Jones County.
The Demons hope to make another deep playoff run after finishing as runner-up in Class-AAAAA last season.
FORMER HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH BASEBALL STAR MAKES STRONG DEBUT
Former Houston County standout Blake Jackson began his baseball career at Georgia Tech on Friday with a memorable first at-bat in the Jackets’ 17-3 victory over St. Johns in the season opener.
After entering the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, Jackson homered for Tech.
He finished his season with 13 home runs for Houston County as the starter at third base a year ago.
The Bears’ won the 2014 GHSA Class AAAAA state championship.
NICHOLSON SETS 3-POINT RECORD FOR WARHAWKS
Junior Anna Nicholson broke the program record for 3-pointers in a game last Monday for Veterans High School in a region tournament victory over Upson-Lee.
Nicholson knocked down 5-of-10 shots from beyond the arc in the game and broke the record in the fourth quarter.
She had tied the previous record of four in a game Dec. 22 against Perry.
Nicholson has shot 43 percent from outside this season.