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Playoff basketball: Towns Co., Rabun Co. boys advance to Elite 8; 7 area teams move on

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On Saturday, two more northeast Georgia area teams on Saturday joined the five from Friday into the quarterfinals of the Georgia High School Association playoffs.

(Check below for all of the scores from Friday and Saturday's second-round action.)

The Towns County boys led from start-to-finish in knocking Warren County 77-67 in the Class A Public playoffs at home. Meanwhile, the Rabun County boys stunned Region 7-2A champion Model, 53-47, on the road in the Class 2A playoffs.

But the Cherokee Bluff boys saw their season come to end in a 70-44 loss to No. 2 Hart County in Class 3A. The No. 2-ranked Rabun County girls also were knocked out in a 50-41 loss to Columbia in Class 2A.

As for Friday night's action, the Buford girls in Class 6A, the Jefferson girls in Class 4A, and the Lumpkin County girls in Class 3A all took impressive blowout wins at home. The Commerce girls in Class A Public got a big road win.

But it was the Flowery Branch girls that pulled off the biggest win of the night. The Lady Falcons dominated Region 6-4A champion Marist from start-to-finish in avenging three losses to the Lady War Eagles last season while both were members of Region 7-4A.

The Buford boys suffered the toughest loss falling to Chattahoochee in overtime in Class 6A. Also in Class 6A, the Habersham Central girls fell on the road to Kell.

The most disappointing loss had to be the Dawson County boys in Class 3A. The Region 7-3A champions could not find any rhythm in a blowout loss to Salem at home. Also in Class 3A, the White County boys ran into a star-studded Sandy Creek team, which features four Division I players, in a loss on the road.

And the Towns County girls dropped a heartbreaker to Georgia Military College in Milledgeville in Class A Public.

There are some big matchups on tap for Saturday, including a surging Cherokee Bluff boys team traveling to Hartwell to take on No. 2 Hart County in the Class 3A tournament. The No. 2-ranked Rabun County girls also will be in action at Columbia in Class 2A while the No. 4-ranked Towns County boys are at home against Warren County in Class A Public.


STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 2nd ROUND, Saturday, Feb. 27
(Area teams in bold)

CLASS 3A
Hart County boys 70, Cherokee Bluff 44

CLASS 2A
Columbia girls 50, Rabun County 41
Rabun County boys 53, Model 47

CLASS A PUBLIC
Towns County boys 77, Warren County 67


STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 2nd ROUND SCORES, Friday, Feb. 26
(Area teams in bold)

CLASS 6A
Chattahoochee boys 76, Buford  72 OT
Kell girls 50, Habersham Central 32
Buford girls 90, Sprayberry 63

CLASS 4A
Jefferson girls 88, Arabia Mountain 58
Flowery Branch girls 45, Marist 35

CLASS 3A
Salem boys 64, Dawson County 41
Lumpkin County girls 58, Westminster 40
Sandy Creek boys 95, White County 37

CLASS 2A
Pace Academy boys 70, Banks County 40

CLASS A PUBLIC
Commerce girls 43, Armuchee 33
Georgia Military College girls 53, Towns County 44

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