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Friday, February 13, 2004

Local teams earn state slots


Several local teams have clinched berths in the state basketball playoffs as region tournaments continue into the weekend.

Going into Thursday’s games (all of which were after press time), the four teams remaining in the girls bracket in Region 4-AAAAA were East Coweta, Fayette County, Riverdale and Carver of Columbus. All of those teams go to state.

Riverdale ended the Starr’s Mill Lady Panthers’ season with a 53-46 victory, while Fayette County eliminated Newnan by a 60-45 score. East Coweta stayed alive with a 43-31 win over Mundy’s Mill, and Carver won 62-44 over Lovejoy.

Depending upon the outcome of last night’s games, the teams hit the court again tonight at Starr’s Mill for the finals and consolation game.

Fayette County’s boys knocked out East Coweta 51-48 Tuesday night to advance to state. The Tigers squared off last night against Lovejoy, who defeated Newnan 84-58 Tuesday.

Other boys teams still in the hunt Thursday were Carver, who won 76-61 Tuesday over Mundy’s Mill, and Riverdale, who ended the Starr’s Mill hopes of reaching state with a 69-61 win.

In Region 4-AAAA competition this week at Sandy Creek, the Patriots and Lady Patriots took the court again Thursday night after winning their first-round games. The Lady Patriots won 50-31 Monday over Northgate and took on Forest Park last night, while the Patriots won 55-39 Tuesday over Alexander and played last night against Northgate, who defeated Forest Park 48-45.

Last night’s winner qualify for state and play again tonight in the region semifinals. The tournament wraps up tomorrow night.

Both teams from Landmark are in the state playoffs and play tonight at Heard County in the Region 5-A semifinals.

The Lady War Eagles, who downed W.D. Mohammed 46-42 in the first round, play Heard County at 4 p.m. The War Eagles, after opening with a win over Greenforest, face Whitefield at 8:30. Saturday’s games will be played at the State University of West Georgia.

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