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Region 8-AAAAA fails to step up in basketball

POSTED: February 26, 2014 12:00 p.m.
Adam Wynn/Barrow County News

Clarke's men celebrate after defeating Apalachee for the Region 8-AAAAA tournament title last week at Loganville High School. Both Clarke teams lost Saturday night in the first round of the state playoffs. The only Region 8-AAAAA team to advance was Salem's Lady Seminoles.

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Region 8-AAAAA did not fare very well in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state tournaments last weekend, losing seven of the eight games, including all four of the men's contests.

In fact, Apalachee’s 70-64 loss to Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday night at the Apalachee gym was the closest of the four men's games.

Clarke Central, the No. 1 seed from Region 8-AAAAA, dropped a 72-63 decision to Tucker in its first-round matchup.

Region 8, matched up with Region 6 in the first round, saw its third and fourth seeds lose as well.

Stephenson downed No. 3 seed Salem 80-46 while Miller Grove, the defending state champion in the classification, demolished Gainesville 66-23.

Salem was the No. 7 seed going into last week’s region tournament, but the Seminoles upset No. 2 seed Heritage and then beat Gainesville to wind up as No. 3 in the region.

Gainesville was the state runner-up last season, losing the title game to Miller Grove, which has several Class AAAAA titles in the past few seasons.

The only team out of Region 8-AAAAA to win a game in the opening round of the state tournament was Salem’s women, who defeated Mays 62-46. The Lady 'Noles also defeated Kell 42-32 Monday night.

Salem was the No. 1 seed going into last week’s region tournament and was the defending region tournament champion, but the Lady Seminoles lost to Clarke Central in the region championship game and wound up as the region’s No. 2 seed.

Clarke Central, the ladies’ region champion, lost to Stephenson 62-45 Saturday night in Athens.

Gainesville’s women, coached by former Winder-Barrow coach Brenda Gilmore, dropped its state tournament opener 55-49 to Tucker and Loganville fell to Southwest DeKalb 60-40.



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