Originally created 02/11/01

Region tournaments to begin



College basketball calls it March Madness. In high school basketball, it could be called February Frenzy.

It's that time of the year when region tournaments determine which team continues its season in search of a state basketball championship. The ones who lose begin making plans for next season.

For Georgia and independent schools, the regular season ended Saturday night. Some regions held meetings Saturday morning to determine region tournament formats.

In Region 3-AAA, Richmond Academy's boys won the regular season title and the right to be the host team for the region tournament. The top two seeds - Richmond and Laney - receive byes until the semifinal round on Friday, automatically qualifying both teams for the state tournament.

The same can be said on the girls' side where the Laney and Washington County girls finished 1-2 during the regular season and automatically qualify for the state tournament.

The Region 3-AAA tournament begins Tuesday at Cross Creek with Harlem playing Cross Creek in a girls game at 5 p.m., followed by the Cross Creek boys against Harlem at 6:30 p.m.

The winner advances to the quarterfinals at Richmond Academy on Thursday. The semifinals will be played on Friday and the finals on Saturday. The top four teams in both the boys and girls play advance to the state tournament.

In Region 3-AAAA, the boys tournament doesn't begin until Wednesday at Thomson, but the girls tournament begins on Monday between ninth-seeded Lakeside and eighth-seeded Greenbrier in a 5 p.m. contest at Greenbrier.

The winner advances to the second round against top-seeded Glenn Hills at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

The Region 7-A tournament begins Monday at Warren County. On the girls side, Warren County meets Glascock County at 6 p.m., and Lincoln County plays Glascock County in the boys game at 7:30 p.m.

Reach Tim Morse at (706) 823-3216 or timmorse@augustachronicle.com