COLUMBUS, Ga. - A 25-point second quarter helped carry Butler to a 67-50 victory over Jordan High Saturday in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament.
Butler led 36-23 thanks to the second quarter, which saw the Bulldogs hit 10 of 17 shots from the floor and drill 3-of-6 from 3-point range. The Bulldogs had just one turnover in the period.
Butler played strong defense, forcing 18 turnovers.
Jordan played even with Butler throughout the first period. However, the Bulldogs pulled away in the second quarter when the Red Jackets had seven turnovers and hit just five baskets.
"They were a good team, no doubt," Jordan coach Gerald Turner said of Butler. "They're right there with Statesboro and I can see why. They're a quick team and they have a lot of seniors with exposure and experience. It's hard to take a young team like ours and beat a team like that. But we made it a lot farther than I thought we would."
Jordan opened the second half by hitting its first five shots and cut Butler's lead to seven points three times but could draw no closer. They trailed 49-40 to start the fourth quarter but went cold, missing their first six shots while Butler built leads as high as 18 points. They didn't score their first points until 2:33 left in the game.
Quan Prowell led Jordan with 15 points while D.J. Chandler added 13. Charlie Hairston's 22 points led Butler.
GA. CLASS AAAA PEACH COUNTY 63, HEPHZIBAH 56
In Columbus, Ga., Peach County fought off a late Hephzibah rally to earn a berth in the Class AAAA south sectionals that begin on Thursday at the Albany Civic Center.
The victory, however, wasn't an easy one. The Trojans pushed their lead to six points at 47-41 with 6:25 left on Rodnerick Daniels' jumper. The teams exchanged baskets until Daniels sank two free throws with 2:50 left to give the Trojans a 58-50 lead.
Hephzibah rallied to trim the lead to four points on a layup from Rent Sherill with 52 seconds left. However, when the Rebels fouled Peach on the Trojans' ensuing possession, officials ruled the foul was intentional. Daniels made one of two free throws, then added two more with 33 seconds left as the Trojans pulled away.
Daniels led Peach with 17 points while Steve Cherry added 16 and Gary Johnson 10. Marcus Brown and Calvin Roland led Hephzibah with 12 points each.
KENDRICK 64, JOSEY 58
In Columbus, Ga., Donald Stroy preached a sermon to his Kendrick Cherokees on Friday before they played Josey in the first round of the state basketball tournament.
He talked about playing aggressive to start the game and building an early lead.
Kendrick did just that, scoring the first seven points and never trailing to advance to the Class AAAA south sectionals that will be played next weekend at the Albany Civic Center.