Josey, Glenn Hills are hot entering state tournament

WHO'S HOT: Josey. The Eagles continued their ascent with a 75-72 stunner of Swainsboro in the Region 3-AA title game.

 

The Eagles' Hakeem Adams was good from 3-point range at the buzzer to secure his team's second win over the Tigers this year. Josey plays host to Savannah Christian on Saturday in the first round of the Georgia High School Association Class AA state playoffs.

WHO'S HOTTER: Glenn Hills. The Spartans (25-3) won their first region title at the Region 3-AAA tournament. Glenn Hills began the year with some lofty expectations and an 11-0 start.

Those hopes sagged when the team lost three of its next five games.

But the Spartans have now won 12 in a row since falling to Washington County at home on Jan. 12.

WHO'S NOT SO HOT: South Carolina prep teams in the state playoffs. The area's boys and girls teams who qualified for South Carolina High School League play are a combined 6-16.

The Aiken and Strom Thurmond boys are the only teams remaining in the SCHSL quarterfinals.

BEST GAME LAST WEEK: Burke County 71, Washington County 64 (2 OT). It was an evening well spent for anyone who saw these teams battle for 40 minutes last Friday.

The effort displayed on both sides makes it easy to believe Burke County didn't have much left to give in Saturday's 65-35 loss to Glenn Hills.

Would any area team have fared better than Burke County if it had to go two extra periods against a near-equal and play for the region championship the next day?

DEBUNKED: Word spread at the Region 3-AAA tournament Friday that Thomson football coach Luther Welsh spoke to the school's basketball team during halftime of its game against Glenn Hills.

Thomson trailed 40-17 at the half.

Thomson coach Michael Thomas and Welsh confirmed on Monday that wasn't the case.

"It did not happen," said Thomas, who couldn't be reached for comment after the game on Friday. "I never saw Coach Welsh in our locker room. None of my players saw Coach Welsh in our locker room. Coach Welsh would never do something like that unless I asked him to. He's not the kind of coach who would do that."

WHAT A MOMENT: Cross Creek girls coach Kim Schlein had a great quote after her team's last-second win over Liberty County on Thursday.

Sharnage Young hit an unlikely 3-pointer that clinched a state playoff appearance for her team.

"I don't know what to say," Schlein said. "It worked out. I don't know how. What a great shot and great moment for our team. ... We were down a lot at the end of the third quarter but I told our girls to play hard and not give up no matter what the score was."

Schlein is in her third year as coach after spending several years as an assistant coach with Wendell Lofton at Hephzibah.

"No one expected this," she said.

Cross Creek earned the third seed in the region and will travel to face Hardaway on Friday.

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