It was mostly success for the county’s basketball teams on opening day of the GHSA state basketball tournament as five out of eight teams posted wins and advanced.
In AAAAAA, Houston County High’s girls and boys won. The Lady Bears (18-9), the No. 2 out of Region 1-AAAAAA and host, beat Greenbrier (18-10) 60-44.
The girls will play Johns Creek next – round two is Dec. 19-20. Unfortunately that means travel as the Lady Gladiators are the No. 1 seed out of Region 7. Johns Creek (18-11) beat Tri-Cities 60-51.
Houston County’s boys won on the road, 53-49, over Lakeside, Evans, which finishes 12-15. The Bears will play the winner between Tri-Cities, the No. 1 out of Region 5, or Johns Creek, the No. 4 out of Region 7. Their contest was set for today (Saturday) at 2 p.m.
Northside’s girls didn’t fare as well as the Lady Bears, as they came up just short in their AAAAAA contest at Grovetown, 43-40. The Lady Eagles finished their year 14-11.
In Class AAAAA, Veterans’ girls edged Griffin (19-11) 47-44. That was on the road, but in a nice twist, the girls, now 25-3, will be back home next week. That’s because Rome (20-9), the No. 4 out of Region 7, upset Southwest, DeKalb, the No. 1 out of Region 5, 59-56.
Warner Robins’ girls couldn’t pull of a like upset, as they fell to the No. 1 seed out of Region 5, Starr’s Mill, 63-47. The Demonettes finished their year 14-14 as a result.
On the boys’ side, both Warner Robins and Veterans won to advance. (See separate stories.)
Finally, Perry fell to McDonough in AAAA, 66-40, to finish its year 8-15.