Lady Patriots, Irish pull out playoff wins

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CORDELE, Ga. — Westside outscored Crisp County 13-6 in the final quarter to pull out a 43-42 victory Wednesday night in the second round of Class AAA girls playoffs.

“We just hung in there. We started playing a little better and hit a few shots down the stretch, and we were blessed to have a few roll in at the end,’’ coach Ivory Hugee said. “We started defending a lot better and were able to pull out the win.”

Jahmia Bradley scored 17 points and Azia Gibson added 13 to lead the Lady Patriots (26-4), who advance to the quarterfinals against Hephzibah at 7 p.m. Saturday at Georgia College and State’s Centennial Center.

“The whole starting five were solid, but those two (Bradley and Gibson) were big,” Hugee said.

“We came into a hostile environment and were able to fight and pull out the win. I’m thankful and blessed we were able to do that.”

The Westside boys were not as fortunate, losing 57-49 to Crisp County.

AQUINAS 60,

MOUNT PISGAH 56

In Alpharetta, Ga., Aquinas outscored Mount Pisgah 19-14 in the fourth quarter to come from behind and post a four-point victory over Mount Pisgah in the second round of the Class A boys playoffs.

“We did not have a great night shooting from the perimeter, but we kept fighting,’’ Aquinas coach Santos Pagán said. “The kids had great intensity.”

Ahmed Hill led the Fighting Irish (23-6) with 24 points. Michael Scott added 15 and Willie Callaway had 11.

“We didn’t have our usual offensive game, but I’m gonna give them credit. They had a great game plan,’’ Pagán said. “We missed a lot of second- chance baskets. That hasn’t been the norm for us. We’ve got to play better than that.”

With the win, the Irish advance to the quarterfinals on Saturday in Marietta.

“We’ve been battle tested,’’ said Pagán, whose team played Westside, Josey and Butler during the regular season. “We’ve been consistent all year.”

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