Josey scored the first 15 points of the game and rolled to a 66-46 victory over Mitchell County in the first round of the GHSA Class AA state tournament Friday night.
Mitchell County did not score until after the three-minute mark of the first quarter. Josey led 19-3 at the end of the quarter and was never threatened.
William Hawes scored 15 points to lead the Eagles. Ismail Tolbert added 10. Patrick Meyers had seven steals.
Mitchell County's Dominique Murray led all scorers with 19 points.
RICHMOND ACADEMY 76, AMERICUS-SUMTER 52
In Americus, Ga., Corey Bynes scored a game-high 31 points to lead Richmond Academy in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAA state tournament.
Americus-Sumter star Tay Sims picked up three first-quarter fouls, and Richmond Academy went on a 14-2 run in the second quarter, fueled by a full-court press, to take charge. Sims finished with only four points.
Bynes scored 10 of his points during the second quarter.
LANEY 61, COOK COUNTY 49
In Adel, Ga., Harold Doby scored 23 points and Laney rallied for a victory in the first round of the Class AA tournament.
Laney fell behind by 10 points in the first quarter, but cut the lead to 15-11 by the end of the period.
The Wildcats went on a second-quarter run that staked them to a 25-22 lead that took the crowd out of the game.
"We played before a hostile crowd and just played team basketball, which is what we've been preaching all season," said Laney coach Justin Durham. "The guys stayed together."
SWAINSBORO 67, THOMASVILLE 66
In Swainsboro, Ga., Byron Foots' free throw with under 30 seconds remaining lifted Swainsboro to victory in the first round of the GHSA Class AA state tournament.
Thomasville ran out to an early lead by hitting 11 of its first 13 shots from the field, including six 3-pointers, and led 23-14 at the end of the first quarter.
But Swainsboro chipped away at the lead and pulled within 31-26 at intermission.
Swainsboro went on a 9-0 run early in the second half to take a four-point lead before Thomasville battled back to tie it late in the game.
With less than a minute left, Foots stepped to the line and made the front end of a one-and-one to give Swainsboro a 67-66 lead. He missed the second, giving Thomasville one last chance.
But Swainsboro's Malcolm Eady intercepted a pass and dribbled out the clock, sending the Tigers into the second round.
Swainsboro's Tony Mitchell led all scorers with 26 points.
HARVESTER CHRISTIAN GIRLS 62, ALLELUIA 49
In Columbus, Ga., Kristen Walker scored 23 points to lead Harvester Christian to victory over Alleluia in the ICSGA State Tournament at Columbus State University.
Harvester never trailed in advancing to the next round.
Rose Almeter led Alleluia, which finished 19-8, with 19 points.
HARVESTER CHRISTIAN 72, ALLELUIA 69
In Columbus, Ga., Harvester Christian edged Alleluia in the ICSGA State Tournament at Columbus State University.
Harvester led by only one with 30 seconds left before Zach Rodgers made two free throws to extend the lead to three.
After Alleluia (19-10) hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to one, Harvester was called for a five-second violation, giving Alleluia the ball back with less than eight seconds to go. But the Angels couldn't convert.
Joe Veihman's hit six 3-pointers and scored 26 points to lead Alleluia. Keith Sterett scored 21 points, all on 3-pointers.