At the end of a busy hoops week, here is what I know about the state playoff games played today and the positioning of the teams that I follow that are still playing.
First, Augusta University topped Lander on the road Saturday, clinching no worse than a second place finish in the east division of the Peach Belt Conference with one regular season game remaining. Keshun Sherrill scored 24 points to lead the way while Tommy Williams and Tamyrik Fields each added 16.
Laney crushed Lumpkin Saturday to earn a place in the quarterfinals at Augusta University Thursday. The opponent is Morgan County, Georgia's top ranked 3A team. Laney and Morgan County's meeting is the sixth in the past 15 months. Laney holds a 3-2 advantage during that time. Four Division 1 signees will play in Thursday's game!
Laney's Lady Wildcats also play Thursday at Augusta University against Morgan County. The Lady Bulldogs, like their male peers, are the state's top ranked team. Laney has lost both meetings against Morgan County this season. But the Lady Wildcats are the defending state champions and they are playing stellar basketball recently.
Westside also earned a spot in the 3A quarterfinal round at Augusta University. The Patriots topped East Hall 79-59 on the road Saturday behind 23 points from Dekwan Lewis and 16 from Trez Hawes. Westside has only lost to one team this season. Laney. These two teams will be a blast to watch this week on the town's biggest stage.
Richmond traded baskets down the stretch Saturday with Miller Grove, winners of 6 of the last 7 state championships. But the Musketeers fell 64-57, ending a fantastic season.
Lincoln County got 29 points from 6'5" senior Zach Crite and 24 from 6'7" junior Ahmad Rand and the Red Devils topped Randolph-Clay 89-79 in overtime on the road. Lincoln County is one of eight 1A public schools whose season is still alive.
Coach Wes Wuchte's team faces Wilkinson County Thursday at Valdosta State.
Westminster won its GISA class 3A region tournament championship game Friday over host John Milledge. Senior Nygl Eaddy buried two free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining to clinch the win. The Wildcats host round one of the state tournament Wednesday.
Westminster's Lady Wildcats finished as the region's runner up and will play Tuesday on the road.
Midland Valley's girls and boys teams host third round state playoff games Monday (girls) and Tuesday (boys). The girls won the region tournament this season for the first time since the 1980's! The boys are the South Carolina High School league's class 3A defending state champions.
Alleluia, GICAA's defending state champ, won its sweet sixteen round game 77-50 Saturday. Ben Dresser (20 points; 6 threes); Mac McBride (15 points and 8 assists) and Hayden Hebert (15 points) led the way for the Angels.