Lady Spartans bow out in second round of state

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Northeast senior Chandra Harris is most known for her post play.

But the senior showed off her passing skills on Friday. Harris dished out seven assists to go with her game-high 17 points to lead the Raiderettes to a 48-28 win over Glenn Hills in the second round of the GHSA Class AAA playoffs at Columbus State's Lumpkin Center.

Junior Cortney Green added 13 points and sophomore Erica Travet scored 12. Glenn Hills was led by Ciara Lyons' seven points.

Northeast (24-6) will play No. 6 Hardaway at 4 p.m. today with a spot in next week's Final Four on the line.

"We are one game away from the Final Four," Harris said. "We're one step closer than we were last year. I'm excited about making (the state quarterfinals) because I've never been here before."

Friday's win came a day after the Raiderettes were told they would have to forfeit their second round game because of dangerous weather conditions between Macon and Columbus. Northeast got a break when the weather in Columbus turned bad, forcing the GHSA to postpone the game until Friday rather than make it forefeit.

Harris referred to the past 24 hours as "a rollercoaster of emotions."

But Thursday's events had no effect on Northeast, which never trailed against the Lady Spartans (19-11), and led by as many as seven in the first half.

"Northeast played well but we made mistakes," Glenn Hills coach Bernard Bowman said. "We had trouble rebounding and stopping them from scoring easy baskets."

Northeast halted the production of Lyons, a junior point guard who led the Lady Spartans in scoring with around 20 points per game.

Bowman said he wasn't sure how the postponement affected his team.

"I'm sure it affected them some way," he said. "We are young. But not too much. I have two seniors and this was a good experience for the younger players to see what goes on in a state tournament. Things can happen that you don't expect."


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