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Preview of Wednesday’s league matches

Westover is one win away from the program’s first state title since 2001 after toppling No. 1-ranked McDonough 42-39 with a 29-16 second-half advantage. The Patriots previously dominated the first half of the quarterfinals – leading Jefferson 37-19 at the break before scoring the 63-55 win – and overcame a 23-13 halftime deficit on Friday night to defeat the Warhawks. The pace stalled during the second and third quarters of the semifinals, with Westover and McDonough averaging just three points apiece in the second quarter and Westover closing the third quarter with a 7-2 advantage. Westover’s Kamari Leverett finished with 12 points and gave the Patriots their first fourth-quarter one-point lead with a three-pointer. The Patriots’ comeback wasn’t complete until Efren Smith closed it with five straight free throws to freeze the game. Smith also finished with a team-best 12 points. Smith (11.6, Keshay Walton (10.9) and Leverette (10.6) are all averaging double-digit scores and the team is collectively shooting 44% from beyond the arc this season (97 over 220). Westover opened its playoff series with a 90-40 victory over the Isles and earned a 65-57 win over Luella in the second round. Smith scored a season-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the victory against the Islands and was one of 11 different players who scored points in the win.

GIRLS

Luella Lions 27-3 Region 5

Luella earned his first-ever state championship appearance with Friday’s 62-53 win over Baldwin in the semifinals, earning his second victory over the Braves this year. November’s meeting between the programs ended with a 55-54 win for Luella and the Lions were able to get their rematch in the semi-finals off to a quick start to sweep the season series. Luella opened up an early 10-1 lead, but Baldwin was able to orchestrate a 6-0 run to make it 10-7 after the first quarter. Luella entered the half with a 27-17 lead. Baldwin struggled to try and maintain his 16-game winning streak and overcome Luella’s quick start, but ran into trouble in the third quarter when second Madison Ruff fouled with 6:01 left in the framework. Later in the third quarter, Tamya Stevenson of Luella made a free throw which gave Luella their biggest lead of the game (43-24).

Baldwin responded with an 8-2 run to make it a 13-point game going into the fourth quarter (45-32), but Luella was able to secure the win in the final frame. Luella’s sophomore Miliani Smith scored 10 of her team-high 15 points in the third quarter, Evangelia Davlakou finished with 14 points, Trinity Layton scored 13 and Arianna Dyson finished with 10. Tamia Smith finished with led Baldwin with 15 points. Luella’s playoff streak also includes a 78-61 quarterfinal win over the mighty Carver-Columbus.

Marist War Eagles 27-3 Region 6

In Marist’s 38-35 semi-final win over Pickens, Marist didn’t take his first lead of the game until Lexy Faklaris put the War Eagles ahead 27-26 in the fourth quarter. Teammate Avery Fantucci added a three-pointer shortly after to push the lead to 30-26 and eventually the War Eagles beat Pickens 16-10 in the fourth quarter to rally the Dragons and pull away a victory of the first ever league championship. program. .

Pickens opened up a 10-7 lead in the first quarter and entered the half with an 18-15 lead. Carolina Mullins scored 11 of the Dragons’ points in the first half, but Marist called on five different players to find points in the first half, including five points from Faklaris to stay within striking distance. Mullins scored all six points from Pickens in the third quarter, while Marist got two points from Alex Norris and Faklaris and a three from Kate Fletcher to cut the deficit to 24-22 going into the fourth quarter. Marist scored a 36-16 victory over Heritage-Catoosa in the quarter-finals and showed off their defensive prowess which has been a key ingredient to his success this season. The victory over Heritage was the second straight set and the seventh time this season that Marist has held an opponent to less than 20 points. Fantucci led the War Eagles offense with 21 points and teammate Kim finished with eight points.