Just one local basketball team was left standing after GHSA semifinal basketball Saturday.
The Houston County Sharks will play Gwinnett County at the Macon Coliseum at noon Friday for the GHSA American Association of Adapted Sports Programs wheelchair basketball state championship. The Sharks are looking for their third consecutive state championship in basketball.
Houston County dominated Henry County in last year’s title tilt, jumping out to a 21-0 lead before cruising to a 38-16 win.
The Warner Robins Demons were never able to settle in to their GHSA Class AAAAA boys semifinal against Allatoona, and the Buccaneers dominated the second half to pull away for a 62-39 win.
Warner Robins was looking to return to the state championship game for the second consecutive season after falling to Miller Grove last year. The Demons beat Miller Grove in overtime Thursday to advance to Saturday’s contest against Allatoona. Miller Grove had won six consecutive state championships before falling to the Demons.
Allatoona led by seven at the half and outscored Warner Robins 18-4 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. It never allowed the highly partisan Demon crowd at Fort Valley State to become a factor. The Pirates shot the ball incredibly well from outside, making 8-of-12 3-point attempts.
Junior Marquez Callaway led the Demons with 13 points, while seniors Nathan Curtis and Stephon Raybon added nine each. Warner Robins finished the season at 25-5.
The Veterans High Warhawks girls team led by 10 in the first quarter and seven at the end of third but couldn’t hold the advantage down the stretch as Carrollton pulled out a 43-42 win in the final seconds to knock Veterans out of the Class AAAA playoffs.
Carrollton’s Alecia North put up a wild, over-the-back effort with 12 seconds remaining that found the bottom of the net to give the Trojans the victory and stun the Warhawks.
Veterans was held scoreless over the first 4:47 of the fourth quarter as Carrollton continued to chip away at the lead.
The venue, West Georgia Coliseum in Carrollton, essentially amounted to a home game for the Trojans.
Senior Khayla Owens led all Warhawks with 12 points. Junior Anna Nicholson and senior Tiana Hughes contributed eight apiece. A special season for Veterans came to an end at 30-2.