The Lady Buccaneers were the only one of eight Cobb County teams to win Tuesday, beating Flowery Branch 55-49 in the first round of the Class AAAAA tournament.
Allatoona (18-5) is trying to do what it did last year as a Class AAA team.
The Lady Buccaneers got off to a strong start, taking a six-point lead out of the first quarter, only to see it whittled in half by the break. They took the lead back out to nine after the third quarter before withstanding another rally from the No. 4 seed of Region 8AAAAA.
Alyssa Dobson and Jessia Finch each hit four 3-pointers on the night, with Dobson totaling 18 points and Finch 14. Elise Spann scored 11.
Allatoona will remain on its home court Friday, hosting Miller Grove. The runner-up of Region 6AAAAA was a 67-49 winner over Pope on Tuesday.
Colquitt County 53, McEachern 49: The Lady Indians held a 31-21 halftime lead, but they were outscored 33-18 in the second half, en route to their first-round Class AAAAAA state playoff loss at home.
McEachern (13-7) was without Jada Lewis, its second-leading scorer, but still managed to build a solid first half margin. Colquitt, however, won the third period 17-7 and Makeba Ponder scored 13 of her 21 points in the second half to help the cause.
Te’a Cooper paced McEachern with 25 points, four steals, five assists and seven rebounds. Declaria Daniels added eight points.
Valdosta 58, Hillgrove 51: The Lady Hawks’ bid to return to the state championship was squelched by the Region 1AAAAAA runner-up.
Hillgrove (21-8) fell behind Valdosta’s size and speed in the third quarter, and it ran out of time before it could catch back up.
Mackenzie Engram led the Lady Hawks with 24 points, while Tene Thompson had 12.
Southwest DeKalb 59, Sprayberry 56: The Lady Yellow Jackets led by three points with 1:30 left in the game but couldn’t pick up the road victory in their first-round Class AAAAA state playoff game.
Neither team found an opening early as neither Region 7AAAAA No. 4 seed Sprayberry (19-11) nor Region 6AAAAA champion Southwest DeKalb led by more than two points at the end of any period.
Sprayberry made 13 of 22 free throws, compared to a 7-of-18 night for Southwest DeKalb, but the Lady Yellow Jackets missed some down the stretch, while the Lady Panthers made their shots and turned the tide of the game.
Neena Carter paced Sprayberry with 28 points to go with four rebounds and five steals. Aysia Grimsley had 13 points and three steals, while Kiana Griffin totaled 10 rebounds and four points.
Parkview 73, Wheeler 48: Cassidy Allen recorded a personal-best 27 points but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Wildcats fell on the road in their first-round Class AAAAAA state playoff game.
Parkview led 33-23 at halftime and outscored Wheeler by 15 in the third quarter.
Allen also had three steals and was 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Alaysia Mitchell had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Wheeler.
Kennesaw Mountain 16, Berkmar 1 (5 inn.): Reggie Pruitt was 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Tyler Stephenson batted 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs to lead the Mustangs to their season-opening victory on the road.
Ryan McGrail went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs as Kennesaw Mountain (1-0) pounded out 14 hits. Zach Goodman was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and the Mustangs led 16-0 entering the bottom of the fifth.
Mitchell Hammonds (1-0) earned the win. He struck out eight in three innings and didn’t give up a walk. Three Mustangs pitchers combined to give up two hits and strike out 14.
Kennesaw Mountain will host Stephenson on Thursday.
Wesleyan 19, Walker 0 (4 inn.): The Wolverines’ youth and inexperience couldn’t counter the experience of their opponent in the season-opening game.
Wesleyan had six doubles, and a majority of its other hits were bloop singles. Walker also committed seven errors.
Austin Walker had the lone hit for the Wolverines, who will host Carrollton today.
Walton 2, Whitewater 0: The Raiders took a 2-0 lead into halftime and held on to win at Raider Valley.
David Green and Kwanmo Ku scored for Walton (3-0), while Ben Markham and Alex Munoz had assists.
Michael Jurick and
Jeffrey Lu combined to make six saves for the Raiders, who will host Pope on Friday.
Pebblebrook 3, Sprayberry 0: Eduardo Garcia played a role in all three of the Falcons’ goals.
Garcia scored twice and assisted on Fredy Grande’s goal. Jose Avalos also had an assist.
Chris Estrada made five saves for Pebblebrook (1-1), which will host Riverwood on Friday.
Lassiter 5, North Cobb 1: Trey Lustre scored a hat trick and added an assist as the Trojans improved to 3-0 with the road victory.
Robbi Cutchin and Alex Champion each had a goal for Lassiter. Champion and David Cho each had an assist.
Justin Shaw was in goal for the Trojans.
Malcolm Williams scored North Cobb’s lone goal in first half as the Warriors trailed 3-1.
Lassiter is at Campbell on Friday.
McEachern 2, Westlake 1: The Indians led 1-0 at halftime and went ahead 2-0 before holding on to win at home.
Elijah Massaquoi scored two goals off assists from Tariq Morris and Bryan Chacon to pace McEachern (2-0). Juan Ventura had five saves.
McEachern will host Allatoona today.
Greater Atlanta Christian 2, Walker 0: Greater Atlanta Christian had 18 total shots on the Wolverines, and goalkeeper Colin Mitchell saved 11 of them, but two managed to slip through.
Walker had to play defense for most of the game and only got four shots off against Class AA’s top-ranked team.
The Wolverines (0-1) will attempt to bounce back on the road against Pinecrest on Thursday.
Harrison 5, Etowah 0: Cole Guertin had a hat trick for the Hoyas and Andrew Deltac added three assists in a non-region win over Etowah.
Two of Geurtin’s goals came in the second half, in which Harrison took command after taking a 2-0 at the half.
Drew Blankenbeckler scored Harrison’s first goal 11 minutes into the game. And with 4 minutes left in the game, Kyle Phlegar capped the final goal.
Harrison (2-1) will host Allatoona on Friday.
Wheeler 2, North Paulding 0: Rasheel Shah and Erick Rojas scored in the Wildcats’ shutout win.
Shah scored 7 minutes into the game to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at the half and Rojas provided the second goal in the 67th minute.
Sprayberry 6, Pebblebrook 0: Jordan Reichen, Lainey Clayton and T.J. Lumpkin each scored twice for the Lady Yellow Jackets.
Sprayberry (1-1) will host South Cobb on Friday.
Etowah 2, Harrison 1 (PK): The Lady Hoyas got on the board first with Kesley Ziegler’s goal on a free kick, but they couldn’t hold and eventually lost on penalty kicks.
Harrison (3-1) lost the penalty kicks by a 4-3 margin, with two of its attempts sailing wide of the net.
The Lady Hoyas will look to rebound by hosting Pope on Thursday.
Whitewater 2, Walton 1: Lucy Sanders scored the equalizer on a first-half penalty kick, but the Lady Raiders couldn’t hold on from there and lost the non-region game at Raider Valley.
Walton (2-1-1) had shots in the second half, only to hit the crossbar on at least three occasions.
Michel Fernandez and Peyton Ryan combined to make six saves for the Lady Raiders, who will travel to Westminster on Saturday.
North Cobb 3, Lassiter 2: The Warriors swept the singles points and escaped with a win over their county rival.
Jaryd Reese won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1, Andre Canino 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 and Rohman Mitchell 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3.
Zac Littke-Smith and Trey Bridges gave Lassiter a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win at No. 1 doubles, as did the No. 2 team of Ryan Matzkow and Curt Frazier with their 6-4, 6-4 edge.
North Cobb (1-0) will host Woodstock on Thursday, while Lassiter will host Harrison on Thursday.
Kell 5, Osborne 0: In only one flight of the Region 7AAAAAA match did the Lady Longhorns allow more than two games.
Dani Carroll won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, while Shelby Nyberg won 6-0,
6-1 at No. 3. Brittany Ellexson had a slightly tougher time at No. 2 before winning 6-3, 6-2.
Both doubles teams —Ansley Silva and Jada Robinson at No. 1, Meela Patel and Melody Jabbari at No. 2. — lost two games.
Kell (1-1, 1-1) will host Sprayberry today for another region match.
Walton 5, Pope 0: The Lady Raiders won their season opener in convincing fashion over an east Cobb rival.
Suzanne Zenoni didn’t give up a game at No. 1 singles, and neither did Jessica Cramer at No. 3. Melissa Mashburn captured a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 2 and the No. 2 duo of Erica Bauer and Sophia Guldberg won 6-1, 6-2.
Katie Riley and Johanna Keeline were 6-0, 6-0 winners at No. 2 doubles.
Walton (1-0) will host Lambert on Thursday.
Allatoona 2, Harrison 2: The Lady Hoyas’ Meredith Frost was up a set at No. 3 singles, but darkness forced the match to be called before a winner could be decided.
Wendy Jhang scored one of Harrison’s two points, rallying for a 1-6, 6-4, 10-6 win at No. 2 singles. Taylor Lambertson and Jaclyn Black also won at No. 1 doubles, 7-5, 6-1.
Kennedy Craig won for Allatoona 7-5, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, as did Cat Pugh and Katie Hulsey with their 6-2, 7-6 (6) win at No. 2 doubles.
Harrison (0-1-1) will travel today to Mount Pisgah Christian. Allatoona (0-1) will travel to Villa Rica on Tuesday.
Allatoona 11, Sprayberry 6: After a 5-all halftime score and a 1-point lead at the end of the third period, the Buccaneers finally pulled away in the fourth for the season opening win at home.
Cody Sorrells and Sean Siemen each had three goals for Allatoona (1-0). Gunnar Schafers had two goals, and Connor Hanson finished with 12 saves.
Allatoona will be at North Cobb on Thursday.
Kennesaw Mountain 10, North Cobb 1: Dennis Bell compiled a hat trick for the Mustangs in an non-area game against the Warriors.
Kyle Clark and Christian Gross both scored two goals. Ryan Clark, Tyler Hale and Hank Von Ruden had a goal each and Jackson Schranpfer and two assists.
The Mustangs (1-0) jumped on North Cobb early and took a 9-0 lead at the half.
Kennesaw Mountain carried a shutout until the final 10 seconds of the game when North Cobb’s Luis Truillo capitalized to put the Warriors on the board.
Lassiter 17, Harrison 2: Cydney Tuchton scored a game-high seven goals as the Lady Trojans cruised out to a 10-0 halftime lead.
Alexa Daugherty added three goals and an assist, while Johnna Fusco had two goals and three assists.
Alana Abbott added two goals and an assist for Lassiter (1-0), which will host Woodstock on Feb 28.