Three local teams make state basketball tournament

Mon, 02/22/2010 - 10:23am
By: Michael Boylan

The final day of the region 5-AAAA tournament was a good day for McIntosh and not so good for Fayette County’s boys and girls.

The McIntosh Lady Chiefs, a day after being blown out by eventual region champion Mays, came back to play arguably their best game of the season and defeated Douglas County 58-56. McIntosh trailed early and came back with a surge before the half to take a slight lead, one that was expanded to double digits in the third quarter. Douglas County wasn’t done however and the two teams battled down the stretch with McIntosh emerging victorious at the end to capture the third seed from the region.

McIntosh (18-10) will play at Loganville (17-10) Saturday.

Fayette County’s boys hung in with Lithia Springs in the first half, only trailing the Lions by five, but Lithia lit it up in the second half, stretching their lead to 22 points. Fayette County lost 79-60. Larry Erves led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points, while Adam Smith added 11 and Anthony Harper chipped in nine.

Fayette County's boys (21-6), the fourth seed from region 5-AAAA, will play at top ranked Rockdale County at 7 p.m. on Friday.

The Lady Tigers charged out to a 6-2 lead in the region title game but an 11-0 run from Mays later in the first quarter gave them a lead, one they never relinquished afterwards. The Lady Raiders led by five at the half and by 11 heading into the fourth quarter. They won the region title by a score of 69-48.

Anma Onyeuku led Fayette County with 20 points while Keyondra Jenkins added 11.

Fayette County (23-5) will host Clarke Central at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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