GAINESVILLE — Class 3A No. 1 Lumpkin County overcame an early deficit to stay unbeaten in Region 7-3A play with a 54-46 win over East Forsyth on Friday on the road.
The Lady Indians (17-1, 8-0 Region 7-3A) trailed the Lady Broncos (11-5, 5-3 Region 7-3A) 21-17 after the first quarter. But Lumpkin County began the comeback.
Lumpkin County outscored East Forsyth 31-17 over the next two periods to take a 48-38 lead into the final period.
Ella Holbrook paced the Lady Broncos with a game-high 21 points. Lexi Pierce led Lumpkin County with 15 points.
NORTH HALL 52,
CHEROKEE BLUFF 48
The Lady Trojans won their sixth road game of the season in a crucial Region 7-3A game for both teams.
North Hall (12-6, 4-4 Region 7-3A) rallied from an early 18-14 deficit and held the Lady Bears (8-10, 3-5 Region 7-3A) to just five second-quarter points to take a 29-23 halftime lead.
Cherokee Bluff pulled into a 41-41 tie by the end of the third quarter but North Hall held the Lady Bears to just 7 points over the final eight minutes to steal the road win.
Rylee McCall led the charge for North Hall with 22 points. Amelia Shoemaker had 11 and Kristina Peach 7 for the Lady Trojans.
Taliah Gaither had a career-high 26 points to lead Cherokee Bluff. But the trio of Timber Gaither, Finley Millwood, and Kaitlin Cook were held to just 12 total points by the North Hall defense.
LAKEVIEW ACADEMY 57,
MT. PISGAH 38
The Lady Lions won for the fourth time in their last five games and got their second straight Region 6-A Private win on the road Friday night.
Lakeview (5-8, 2-2 Region 6-A Private) battled Mt. Pisgah (6-7, 3-2 Region 6-A Private) close in the first half with the Lady Lions taking a 28-23 lead at the break. They blew it open in the third.
Lakeview stormed out of the break with a 10-2 run to pull ahead 38-25. They held on from there.
Dynesty Putman led Lakeview with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Ashlyn Henderson added 15 points and 10 rebounds, Joelle Snyder had 13 points, and Sara Nivens had 8 points and 8 rebounds for the Lady Lions.
The Lady Lions will travel to Class 3A newcomer East Forsyth on Saturday.
NORTH OCONEE 35
In a battle for first place in Region 8-4A, the Lady Dragons made a huge statement with a win at The Arena on Friday.
Jefferson (15-2, 5-1 Region 8-4A) stormed out to start the game and rolled out to a big 33-19 lead by halftime. The Lady Titans (12-8, 4-2 Region 8-4A) never recovered.
North Oconee fell to third with the loss as Cedar Shoals, with its win over Chestatee, moved into second place all alone.
Ellie Kinlaw led a parade of balanced scoring for Jefferson with 12 points. Jyesha Butts and Tylia Brown each had 11 points and Deshona Gaither 10 for the Lady Dragons.
The Lady Dragons next will travel to Madison County on Tuesday for another region showdown.