The victory was Pope’s first in the state playoffs since 2004. The Greyhounds will now host Tucker in Round 2 on Tuesday.
Chase Hutchins scored 18 points, Cole Childers had 17, Garrick DeBowles finished with 10 and Drew Romich added eight.
Allatoona 77, Sequoyah 56: Bradley Brevet scored nine of his 18 points in the first quarter to help the Buccaneers build an early lead and roll to a victory in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
Allatoona will host M.L. King in Round 2 on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers led 23-11 after the first quarter and continued to stretch the lead to 22 entering the fourth.
Daniel Fowler scored 17 points, had six rebounds and four assists. Rodney Brown had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Brevet added seven boards.
Dalton Satterfield led Sequoyah with 22 points.
Pebblebrook 68, Rockdale County 50: Ty Hudson scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half as the Falcons raced to a 28-point halftime lead en route to a win in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
Pebblebrook’s biggest lead was 30 heading to the final quarter. The Falcons will now host Brunswick in Round 2 on Tuesday.
Derrick Ogbeide had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Derrick Cook scored 10 points and Kevin Murph added nine.
Wheeler 85, Peachtree Ridge 54: After Peachtree Ridge took a 20-18 lead with 6:11 left in the first half, Wheeler took control of the game.
Elijah Staley’s alley-oop dunk from Jaylen Brown ignited a 19-4 run in the second quarter en route to a victory in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.
The victory means the Wildcats will host Shiloh in Round 2 on Tuesday.
Avery Patterson scored a game-high 26 points and Brown finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Daniel Giddens scored 14 points, to go with eight rebounds, and Staley added 13 points and six boards.
Walton 70, Duluth 56: Walton outscored Duluth 24-12 in the fourth quarter and went on to win at home in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament.
Walton took a 29-17 lead at halftime after beating the Wildcats 10-0 in the second period. Duluth answered back, winning the third quarter 27 -17 and closing the gap 46-44 at the end of the frame.
The Raiders made 12-of-13 fourth period free throws and finished 15-of-21 from the charity stripe overall compared to 7-of-10 for the Wildcats.
Elijah Weems had 24 points for Walton. Nick Wells added 18, while Jay Bowyer and Maurice Gibson each had 11.
Walton will be at Berkmar on Tuesday in the second round of the state playoffs.
Villa Rica 66, Sprayberry 63: For the first time since November, the Yellow Jackets suffered consecutive losses, and this one knocked them out of the Class AAAAA state playoffs in the first round.
After taking a 14-game winning streak into the Region 7AAAAA championship game last Tuesday, Sprayberry (23-5) fell to Osborne, and the Yellow Jackets quickly fell behind Villa Rica before nearly completing a feverish comeback.
Down 38-18 at halftime, Sprayberry cut the deficit to 15 entering the final period before putting together a 33-point effort in the fourth — more than the first three quarters combined. After trimming Villa Rica’s lead to a single point, Sprayberry had a chance to go ahead, but it turned the ball over.
David Tshamala led the Yellow Jackets with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Maurion Skrine had 15 points. Nkem Ojeh narrowly missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, to go along with six blocks. Mel Potter had 10 points.
Luella 75, Campbell 73: The Spartans made an attempt at rallying for the first-round Class AAAAAAA upset before ultimately running short.
Fourth-seeded Campbell (13-16) trailed the Region 2AAAAAA champion 56-45 after three quarters before scoring 28 points in the fourth. The Spartans, however, couldn’t complete the comeback.
Randy McClure finished with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Laz Walker also had 16. Dom Klein scored 13, with Mike Olmert adding 12 points, nine assists and four steals, and Myles Klein scoring 11.
Norcross 51, Walton 42: Hannah Patterson and Ally Rzucidlo each scored 10 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Raiders season came to a close in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.
Walton trailed by only three points heading to the final quarter, but Norcross pulled away at the free-throw line.
Erica Mast scored nine points, Meridith Singer finished with five points and 12 rebounds and Rzucidlo added eight boards.
Kell 61, Paulding County 53: One year after suffering a first-round elimination as a No. 1 seed, the Lady Longhorns returned the favor.
The No. 4 seed of Region 7AAAAA, Kell (13-16) had all the early momentum to beat the Region 5AAAAA champion and secure the first postseason win in program history. The Lady Longhorns had lost their only two previous state playoff games.
Santavia Grant scored a team-high 19 points and went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Onyx Henderson added 15 points, with Brittany Stocus scored 14 and Jordan Dubose 11.
Kell will return to the road Monday, traveling to Conyers to face Region 8AAAAA runner-up Salem.
Marietta 53, Luella 47: Jacky Jones scored 11 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter to rally Marietta to a Class AAAAAA first round state playoff victory on the road.
The Lady Blue Devils (20-8) trailed 39-31 with four minutes remaining. Jones, who was 8-of-9 from the free throw line the final frame, recorded back-to-back 3-point plays to help cut the deficit. Asia Vetter also made 4-of-4 free throws in the final 1:30 to assist Marietta with the come-from-behind win.
Asia Blu Wilson contributed 20 points for the Lady Blue Devils, who host Tift County Monday at 6 p.m.
Walton 5, Union Grove 4 (10 inn.): Chandler Miller scored on a walk-off balk in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Raiders to a non-region victory.
Logan Barnett won his second game of the young season pitching two innings of one-hit baseball. Zac Kristofak started the game and pitched five strong innings allowing two hits and two runs while striking out six.
Carter Kieboom was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Tyler Heinrichs was 2-for-4 with a double, Chase Burks had a hit and an RBI and Kyle Hess drove in a run.
Mill Creek 10, Lassiter 1: Casey Robbins was 2-for-3 with an RBI, but that was the Trojans only highlight of the day as they dropped a non-region contest.
Mill Creek used a two-run home run as part of a four-run fourth inning to open a lead, and then it put the game away with one run in the sixth and four more in the seventh.
Mount Paran Christian 10, Eagles Landing Christian 0 (6 inn.): Landon Faulkner hit a three-run home run in the second inning and finished 2-for-3 with five RBIs as the Eagles routed the Chargers in a rematch of last year’s Class A state championship series.
Andrew Maxwell pitched four shutout innings of two-hit ball to get the win. He also struck out six.
Jack Rowan was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Matt Norton had a hit and drove in a run and Isaac Phillips added a two-run double.
Allatoona 5, Griffin 2: Clarke Schmidt pitched four innings and struck out eight as the Buccaneers won in its opening game of the North-South Classic.
Brady Eles had a triple and drove in two and Kyle Jacobson added an RBI double.
Grayson Harbin earned the save pitching three innings and striking out six.
Allatoona 2, LaGrange 1: Cooper Murphy pitched a 70-pitch complete game as the Buccaneers won their second game in the North-South Classic.
Murphy allowed only two hits and no earned runs.
Justin Evans went 2-for-3, Pete Derkay was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Spencer Sherer added an RBI double.
Harrison 7, Sprayberry 6: Two runs in the top of the seventh inning allowed the Hoyas to pull in front for the non-region road win.
Sprayberry (1-2) had built a 6-5 lead through four innings.
Jayson Cook went 3-for-4 with three runs scored for Harrison (2-0), while Hunter Fortner was 2-for-4 with a double.
Jake Shelby got the win with two innings of shutout relief, with Ryan Rogers recording the save for the Hoyas.
Bobby Gauvreau was 2-for-4 with a run for Sprayberry.
North Cobb 10, Stephenson 2: The Warriors finished with seven doubles among 15 total hits in a season-opening rout.
Andrew Eisworth was 2-for-3 with a double, stolen base and three RBIs, while Eli Sepnieski was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. Trevor Devine had a pair of hits and three runs scored, with Hunter Clark and Austin Starling contributing two hits apiece.
Starter Noah Hahlbohn got the win after four innings of work for North Cobb (1-0).
Schniederjans leads Harrison opener: Luke Schniederjans finished one shot off the lead with an even-par 71, and Harrison came in fourth overall in the Power of Ten Invitational at Chateau Elan.
The top 10 scores for each team counted, giving the Hoyas an 828 total. They trailed Mill Creek (793), Lambert (813) and Lovett (813).
Behind Schniederjans, who was third of 216 individuals, Harrison was led by Matt McMahon (76), Nick Bell (82) and three with 84s — Sam Maryland, Jacob Eanes and Carson Wood.