The region title was the first for Sprayberry in 23 years, and now the Yellow Jackets (19-9) will open the Class AAAAA state playoffs Wednesday at home against Tucker, the No. 4 seed of Region 6AAAAA.
Sprayberry trailed 56-53 with 24 seconds to play until Armel Potter hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game to tie it at 56-all. Creekview had the final possession, but Richardson’s steal prevented the Grizzlies from getting off a final shot.
Potter led all scorers with 26 points and added four assists and four steals. Following the game, he was named the Region 7AAAAA player of the year.
Richardson finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, Blaik Smith had six points and six boards and Maurion Skrine added six points.
Pope 52, Sequoyah 48: Eli Gruber made three straight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lift the Greyhounds to a victory in the Region 7AAAAA consolation game.
Pope (20-8) will travel to open the state playoffs Wednesday against Region 6AAAAA runner-up Stephenson.
The Greyhounds led 28-17 at the half, but Sequoyah came all the way back and tied the game at the 4-minute mark of the fourth quarter. But Doug Thompson, who scored three points, connected on three of four free throws in the final 2 minutes to help seal the victory.
Andrew Mendel led all scorers with 15 points, Gruber finished with 12 and Garrick DeBowles finished with 11.
St. Francis 71, Whitefield Academy 64 (OT): Eric Lockett scored a career-high 39 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Wolfpack dropped the Region 6A championship game.
Whitefield (17-10) led by five heading to the final quarter, but it went cold in the closing stretch. The Wolfpack had the final possession of regulation but could not get off a potential game-winning shot.
Brendan Myles had 11 points and Norman Harris added nine.
Whitefield will find out Tuesday where it falls in the Class A private-school state tournament.
Kell 53, Osborne 44: The Lady Longhorns made 16 of 24 free throws in the final quarter to upend the Lady Cardinals and claim the Region 7AAAAA championship.
The region title was the first in the Kell program’s history. It also maked the second straight season the Lady Longhorns (22-2) will make the state playoffs. They will host the No. 4 seed from Region 6AAAAA, Stephenson, when the state tournament opens Tuesday.
Kell trailed 26-21 at the half, but went on a 14-2 run in the third quarter to grab the lead. The Lady Longhorns finished the game making 25 of 37 from the line.
Naomi Stuger led all scorers with 18 points, China Henderson had 17 and Santavia Grant added eight.
Zutorya Cook led Osborne (22-6) with 16 points and Nikira Goings finished with 14.
The Lady Cardinals will host third-seeded Tucker from Region 6AAAAA.
Allatoona 53, Villa Rica 40: One season after winning their first region title as a Class AAA program, the Lady Buccaneers did it again — only two classifications higher.
Alyssa Dobson fueled a game-breaking third quarter with her perimeter shooting, and the Lady Buccaneers capped the Region 5AAAAA tournament with a title on their home court.
Dobson hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter as Allatoona (17-5) turned a three-point deficit into a 13-point lead. She finished the game with 14 points on four 3s.
Alexis Ezell scored a game-high 20 points, while point guard Elise Spann sparked the offense by shrugging off multiple triple-teams.
Allatoona will host the No. 4 seed of Region 8AAAAA, either Cedar Shoals or Flowery Branch, in Tuesday’s first round of the state playoffs.
Hillgrove 70, Campbell 57: After being eliminated from title contention by archrival McEachern, the Lady Hawks took some solace by winning the consolation game of the Region 4AAAAAA tournament at Marietta.
After a 19-all first quarter, Hillgrove (21-7) jumped ahead in the second and took an eight-point lead into halftime.
Zarriah Pierce led the Lady Hawks with a game-high 17 points, along with eight assists and five steals. Jaya Smith added 11 points, with Kennedy Thomas, Mackenzie Engram and Aleigha Cass each scoring 10.
Engram also had nine rebounds for Hillgrove, which will travel to Region 1AAAAAA runner-up Valdosta on Tuesday.
Julie McKie’s 13 points and eight apiece from Shardae Slaw and D’Asia Cain led Campbell (14-14), which will face Tift County next.
North Cobb ties, wins: Jordan Pannell scored a goal, assisted by Rachel Overley, to help the Lady Warriors earn a 2-2 tie with Hebron Christian at the LaGrange Invitational.
Abbie Duckett also added a goal against Hebron.
In North Cobb’s second game of the day, Molly Mead scored two first-half goals to lead a 2-1 win over Harris County 2-1.
Morgan Ott made three saves in goal to earn the victory for the Lady Warriors (2-1-1), who will host Lassiter on Tuesday.