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Girls basketball: Black leads Chestatee past Branch in key 8-4A matchup; EHall, GHS, LCA fall

By AccessWDUN Staff | Photos and Video by Seth Chapman

GAINESVILLE — Chestatee snapped a three-game losing streak to Flowery Branch going back to last season with a 53-40 win at the Lynn Cottrell gym in Region 8-4A action Tuesday night.

Riley Black continued her torrid pace pouring in 22 points, including hitting 12 free throws, to lead Chestatee (13-6, 4-3 Region 8-4A). Bowen Corley added 12 points and Riley Allison and Addison Boyd contributed with 7 points for the Lady War Eagles.

Flowery Branch (7-10, 3-4 Region 8-4A) suffered its second straight loss and fell into fifth place in the standings. Chestatee took over fourth place all alone with the victory.

The Lady War Eagles led just 13-10 after the first quarter and took a 27-22 lead into halftime. Branch cut into the third trailing just 39-35 heading into the fourth.

Chestatee held Branch to 5 fourth-quarter points to pull away for the win.

The Lady War Eagles were on at the free-throw line, hitting 18-of-30, while the Lady Falcons were just 5-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Bella Brick paced Branch with 15 points. Alana Veiga and Shania Kriews each had 8 points 


CEDAR SHOALS 52,
EAST HALL 44

The Lady Vikings could not keep their win streak going, falling to the Lady Jaguars at home in a Region 8-4A battle.

Alexis Burce paced East Hall  (9-9, 2-5Region 8-4A) with 15 points. Audrey Griffin added 11 for the Lady Vikings.

East Hall next will travel to Flowery Branch on Friday in a region contest.


PEACHTREE ACADEMY 33,
LANIER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 31

Peachtree Academy hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Lady Panthers a thrilling region win at home on Tuesday night.

LCA (7-11, 1-3 in the Region II-A GAPPS) came out sluggish, and Peachtree Academy made them pay. Peachtree took advantage and eventually took a nine-point lead into halftime.

But LCA mounted a second-half comeback. Junior Camille Hoffman hit back-to-back 3-pointers to jumpstart the comeback effort.  With 22 seconds left, Ashley Avery drained a 3-pointer to tie the game at 31. 

The Lady Lightning were led by Hoffman’s 13 points and 6 rebounds. Avery had 10 points and 9 rebounds.


WEST FORSYTH 82,
GAINESVILLE 45

The sixth-ranked Lady Wolverines (14-4, 5-2 Region 6-7A) built its lead slowly but finished with a flurry in the blowout win over Gainesville (8-10, 1-6 Region 6-7A) on Tuesday at home. After a sluggish first quarter start, West Forsyth, behind Molly Quincy, took control in the second quarter with a 15-1 run to end the first half up 36-15. 

By the middle of the third quarter, West Forsyth was up 55-27, ending with a 62-35 advantage. In the fourth, the Lady Wolverines 17-4 spurt to finish the game. 

Keidra Young led Gainesville with 15 points, while Keke Jones chipped in 11 points. 

West Forsyth had five players in double figures. Calie Thrower scored 14, Zaria Smith had 12, Cayla Cowart 11, and Audrey Anderson with 10.  

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