The graduating team members combined for 54 points in the Buccaneers’ 73-44 win over Woodland-Bartow, but perhaps none more welcomed than the final three.
Connor Thompson, who has been the team’s manager for four years, suited up for the first time and was inserted into the game in the final minutes. He made his minutes count, sinking a 3-pointer from the corner as the buzzer sounded, to a great ovation from the home crowd.
Another senior, Forrestt Lane, led Allatoona (18-5, 13-0 Region 5AAAAA) with 16 points and eight rebounds. He was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Four more seniors also contributed. Paul Bloodworth had 11 points, Austin Faulkner had nine off three first-quarter 3s, Jacob Morrison had eight points and Mario Baggs scored six.
Allatoona will travel to East Paulding on Friday before closing the regular season Tuesday at Paulding County.
Lassiter 40, Milton 36: Free throws and defensive stops down the stretch allowed the Trojans to stun last year’s Class AAAAA state champion.
Lassiter (6-16, 4-7 Region 5AAAAAA) clinged onto a one-point lead at halftime before doing just enough to stretch it out in the second half.
Justin Hahn’s 14 points and Krishna Khatri’s 10 led the Trojans, who will host Woodstock on Friday.
McEachern 87, South Cobb 55: The Indians outscored the Eagles in every quarter, including 18-10 in the first and 26-14 in the second, en route to the Region 4AAAAAA victory at Lovinggood Gymnasium.
Turnovers off McEachern’s defensive pressure proved to be the difference. Ty Clemons had 17 points for McEachern (12-9, 7-6), while Deonta Patterson had 13 and Logan McIntosh had 11. Lawrence Castor added four points and nine rebounds.
Jalen Cook had 13 for South Cobb (9-12, 6-6).
McEachern is at Harrison on Friday, while South Cobb is at Kennesaw Mountain.
Whitefield Academy 69, King’s Ridge Christian 37: The Wolfpack led 28-10 at halftime, en route to the Region 6A home victory.
Whitefield (11-9, 5-5) ran away in the fourth period, scoring 25 points, compared to 11 for King’s Ridge.
Eric Lockett scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and he collected a double-double with 10 rebounds. Brendan Myles added 19, while Everett Pollard had 10 points, five assists, five steals and five rebounds.
Whitefield will host Mount Paran Christian on Friday.
Pope 66, Creekview 52: The Greyhounds led by eight at the end of the third quarter and outscored the Grizzlies 18-12 in the fourth to pick up the Region 7AAAAA road win.
Andrew Mendel had 24 points for Pope (15-7, 8-3), while Chase Hutchins contributed 16.
The Greyhounds, who made 23 of 33 free throws, will host Riverwood on Friday.
Sprayberry 63, Northview 40: The Yellow Jackets nearly shut out their Region 7AAAAA rival in the first quarter, taking an 18-2 lead at the end of the frame.
Torrey Richardson knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and three free throws in the first quarter to get Sprayberry started and finished with 17 points for the game.
Mel Potter led the Yellow Jackets (14-9, 7-5) with 22 points. Nkem Ojeh had 11 points. Ojeh and Richardson also pulled down nine rebounds apiece and Ojeh added three blocks.
Sprayberry will host Kell on Friday.
North Cobb 54, Kennesaw Mountain 45: Lee Moore had 14 points and pulled down eight points to lead the Warriors, while Jordan Neff also contributed with 11 points and nine rebounds.
North Cobb (18-4, 12-1) had a slim lead after each quarter and ended up pulling away on the free-throw line. The Warriors were 18-for-25 from in the game.
For Kennesaw Mountain (13-9, 7-6), Brendt Pickens and Andrew Jimenez both scored 13 points.
North Cobb will play at Marietta on Friday, while Kennesaw Mountain will host South Cobb.
Walton 63, Woodstock 59 (OT): The Raiders nearly gave it away, having a 15-point lead midway through the third, quarter but they still held on for the victory.
Malik Chenault hit a 3-pointer with 38 seconds to go to break open a tie game. Then, the Raiders (10-10, 4-7) got a stop when Chuck Ashley blocked a shot before C.J. Wingate sealed it by hitting one-of-two free throws.
It was 52-all at the end of regulation.
Rico Overall had 10 points to lead Walton. Chenault had 15 and Maurice Gibson finished with 13.
Walton will play Cherokee at home on Friday.
Hillgrove 71, Pebblebrook 59: Kyle Castlin scored all 24 of his points in the second half as the Hawks pulled away for a Regoin 4AAAAAA victory.
The win was Hillgrove’s 20th, the first time the Hawks have reached the 20-win mark in three years.
Keith Ray scored 19 points, B.J. Brown 13 and John Franklin 10 for Hillgrove.
Pebblebrook was led by Chris Nelson with 13 points while Kendall Quarles had 12 and Ty Hudson added 11.
The Hawks (20-3, 11-3) will travel to South Cobb on Tuesday, while the Falcons (8-11, 3-9) will travel to Campbell.
Marietta 81, Harrison 61: Tyrell Tomlin scored 14 of his 21 points in the third quarter to help the Blue Devils take control of the Region 4AAAAAA contest.
Marietta led only 32-26 at the half, but Tomlin spurred the Blue Devils to a 29-point quarter to extend the lead to 11.
Jonathan Fowler scored 22 points, D.J. Bostick had 11 and KirVonte Benson added 10. Tomlin also had 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Jay Bowyer led the Hoyas with 26 points.
Marietta (7-15, 4-10) will host North Cobb on Friday, while Harrison (6-15, 1-11) will host McEachern.
North Cobb Christian 72, Mount Pisgah Christian 49: Stephon Jelks scored nine of his 27 points in the first quarter to help lead the Eagles to a Region 6A road game.
Hulian Terrell finished with 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks. Hunter Ware had nine points, 10 assists and five rebounds, and Elijah Weems added nine points.
North Cobb Christian (19-2, 11-0) will host Walker on Friday.
Mount Paran Christian 45, Fellowship Christian 32: Jordan VerSteeg had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Eagles to a Region 6A win.
Blake Jones scored nine points and Emoni Williams added three points, five rebounds and four assists in the victory.
Mount Paran (16-4, 7-4) will travel to Whitefield Academy on Friday.
St. Francis 99, Walker 44: The Wolverines weren’t able to slow down their Region 6A rival.
Cole Warner led Walker with 16 points and Robert Baker added eight.
The Wolverines (2-19, 0-11) will travel to North Cobb Christian on Friday.
Shiloh Hills Christian 73, Barnes Academy 9: The Challengers dominated their GCAA first-round regional playoff game at home.
Every player scored at least two points for Shiloh Hills (9-9), while Trey Black finished with 18 and Adam Smothers chipped in 10. Austin Greenway came off the bench to go 3-of-5 on 3-pointers and score 12 points.
The Challengers led 43-6 at halftime and outscored Barnes 14-0 in the fourth quarter.
Shiloh Hills, the No. 2 seed in the GCAA region tournament, will host Killian Hill on Friday. Each team won on the road in their previous two meetings this year.
Dominion Christian 63, Griffin Christian 42: Griffin came into the game averaging roughly 75 points per contest, but the Knights defense held throughout the home contest.
Tate Cooney had 13 points for Dominion (15-6), which outscored Griffin 20-8 in the first quarter and never looked back.
Tomae Theriot collected 11 points, five assists, and four steals, while Harrison Kristofak added 18 and Isaiah Primus-Belgrave chipped in 13.
Courtney Alexander Jr. totaled 12 rebounds and six assists for the Knights, who are at Loganville Christian on Friday.
Hillgrove 66, Pebblebrook 47: The Lady Hawks jumped to a 26-5 first-quarter lead over and never looked back and ended up having five score in double figures.
Kennedy Thomas, Tene Thompson and Aleigha Cass all scored 12 points for Hillgrove (17-6, 11-3 Region 4AAAAAA), while Zarriah Pierce and Mackenzie Engram added 11 each.
Whitney Young led Pebblebrook with 21 points.
Hillgrove will play at South Cobb next Tuesday.
North Cobb 80, Kennesaw Mountain 25: The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 24-2 lead and rolled to an easy Region 4AAAAAA victory.
Briah Woods led four North Cobb players in double figures with 17 points. Alexis Luster scored 16 points, Kyrie’ Chandler had 15 and Chantel Strahorn added 11.
Jayla Carr led the Lady Mustangs with six points.
North Cobb (19-3, 12-1) will travel to Marietta on Friday.
McEachern 67, South Cobb 36: Jada Lewis scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Lady Indians to a Region 4AAAAAA victory.
McEachern jumped out to a 23-6 lead, and continued to stretch the lead throughout.
Te’A Cooper scored 16 points in the win.
Jaylah Cheeks led South Cobb with 10 points.
McEachern (12-10, 10-3) will travel to Harrison on Friday.
Osborne 78, Cambridge 31: Zutorya Cook and Nakira Goings each scored eight points in the first quarter to set the tone and the Lady Cardinals rolled to a Region 7AAAAA victory.
Cook finished the night with 26 points, 10 assists and 10 steals. Goings had 25 points with 11 steals and Jazzmon Rouse added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Osborne (18-4, 8-2) will travel to Riverwood on Saturday.
Mount Paran Christian 57, Fellowship Christian 38: Brianna Brown scored 31 points to lead the Lady Eagles to a big Region 6A victory.
Brown added seven rebounds, five assists and four steals as Mount Paran (11-5) moved to 8-1 in region play.
Sarah Kelly finished with eight points and four steals, and Shannon McGeary added six points and five blocks.
The Lady Eagles travel to Whitefield Academy on Friday.
Kell 68, Sequoyah 50: Naomi Stuger scored a game-high 26 points as the Lady Longhorns controlled the Region 7AAAAA game from the start.
Kell (16-2, 9-2) took a six-point lead out of the first quarter and gradually built on it from there.
China Henderson added 16 points, while her younger sister, Onyx, had nine.
Kell will continue the stretch run of its region schedule Friday at Sprayberry.
Wheeler 67, Etowah 58: Alaysia Mitchell’s double-double helped the Lady Wildcats pull out the Region 5AAAAAA win.
Mitchell had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Wheeler (6-14, 6-5) built upon the one-point lead it had after the first quarter.
Muneerah Drummond’s 19 points, and Cassidy Allen’s 14 points and six steals also boosted the Lady Wildcats, who will host Milton on Friday.
Allatoona 40, Woodland-Bartow 22: Alexis Ezell scored a game-high 17 points as the Lady Buccaneers eased to a Region 5AAAAA victory.
Jessica Finch added 11 for Allatoona (12-5, 9-2), which put a capper on the win with a 13-4 advantage in the fourth quarter.
St. Francis 62, Walker 30: Cold shooting in the first quarter was too much for the Lady Wolverines to overcome as they fell in Region 6A play.
St. Francis took advantage of Walker’s slow start jumping to a 16-2 lead and was not threatened.
Haley Timbrook, Collier Middleton and Brooke Warner each had six points for the Lady Wolverines (9-11, 5-5), who will travel to North Cobb Christian on Friday.