WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - Bowdon opened up a 30-point second-half lead en route to a 61-37 defeat of Lincoln County in the first round of the Class A girls state playoffs at Athens Academy on Saturday night.
Seven of Bowdon's eight players scored and three were in double figures for Bowdon, which used a 21-4 run in the third and fourth quarters to open a 59-29 lead. Bowdon used its backdoor offense to win a number of open layups.
Bowdon coach Mike Wright, though, was more concerned with the layups his team missed than with the ones it made.
"We were real pleased with the way we played," Wright said, "except that we missed about 20 layups. We don't really have a post game, so our offense is set up to back cut and curl."
Dee Beasley paced Bowdon with 19 points. Freshman Thomassian Wyatt scored 14 points, and Kasie Wright scored six straight in the third quarter en route to an 11-point performance.
Michelle Elam was Lincoln County's only double figure scorer with 11.
Bowdon will meet 2000 Class A runner-up Wesleyan at 7 p.m. Thursday at Floyd College in Rome. Wesleyan, which is 24-4 and ranked sixth in Class A, routed Walker 75-24 on Friday night to advance.
EFFINGHAM COUNTY GIRLS 46 RICHMOND ACADEMY 31
In Springfield, Ga., Effingham County's girls stunned Richmond Academy 46-31 Friday in the first round of the Class AAA state tournament.
Richmond Academy, the top seed from Region 3-AAA, struggled to do anything right early, making just three field goals in the first half.
Meanwhile, Effingham's Shon Gibbons scored 10 in the half to lead her team to a 23-8 lead.
"We've won this year with an aggressive, pressing offense," said Musketeers coach Pat Rivers, whose team finishes at 20-6. "But for whatever reason, we weren't moving. We were flat, very complacent."
The Richmond press picked up in the second half, resulting in eight straight points Richmond points, cutting the lead to seven.
Freshman Dani Friess scored the Rebels' first basket of the second half after a three-minute, 43-second drought.
She had another short jumper when Richmond Academy closed within seven in the first minute of the fourth quarter. And Gibbons and Friess added eight points in the Rebels' closing 10-0 run after Richmond Academy had made it 36-31.
"I told them the key to winning would be to handle the press, and we did," Effingham coach Nate Hayes said. "We spread the floor and got some easy baskets."
GA. CLASS AAA SWAINSBORO GIRLS 66, WESTSIDE 36
In Springfield, Shayla Roberts scored 11 of her game-high 30 points in the first quarter to lead Swainsboro to a victory Westside in the first round of the Class AAA state tournament.
The Tigers (27-2) led 22-0 after the first quarter and breezed the rest of the way. They advanced to play the winner between Dodge County and Harris County at 7 next Friday night at Augusta State.
"We just got off to a great, great start," said Swainsboro coach Bobby Andrews. "Hopefully, we'll finish strong."
The Region 2 champions also received 20 points from forward Nikki Robinson. Keoshia Worthy led Westside with 15 points.
GA. CLASS AAAA THOMSON GIRLS 63, PEACH COUNTY 54
In Columbus, Ga., Thomson beat Peach County in the Class AAAA state tournament.
Peach County, who earned the No. 2 from Region 2-AAAA after beating Shaw in double overtime in last week's region tournament, never got in gear against third-seeded Thomson.
The Lady Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth quarter when Monique Martin keyed a 7-0 run midway through the period and Thomson built a 57-47 lead with 3:42 left.
Peach County, who trailed 45-41 to open the final quarter, used a jump shot from Krystal Slaughter to cut Thomson's lead to 50-47 with 5:51 left.
However, the Lady Trojans went dry from the floor and didn't score again until the 2:21 mark of the game. By that time, Thomson had taken control.
The Lady Trojans cut the lead to six points with 51 seconds left in the game but couldn't get any closer. Martin scored 11 of her 35 points in the fourth quarter and sent the Lady Bulldogs into the second round of the state tournament.
Peach, which ends its season at 19-11, got 22 points from Charlene Marshall and 12 points each from Slaughter and Marquita Davis.