Warner Robins’ boys took the first step toward defending their Class AAAAA title. The No. 1 seeded Demons beat Union Grove, the No. 4 out of Region 4, 56-34, Friday at home. They will play the winner between Statesboro, the No. 2 out of Region 2 and Starr’s Mill, the No. 3 out of Region 3.
Quon Dillard got Warner Robins going with a steal and layup to start the game. Trevon Williams stole the ball on the Wolverines’ next possession and also went in for a layup. Union Grove missed a three – it tried several to start the first quarter. Jacobi Coleman connected on a jumper on the other end. Another miss, another Demons rebound and another Williams basket made it 8-0. Warner Robins was never threatened following. It led 18-8 after one and 30-15 at the half.
Midway through the third quarter the lead was 18, 35-17. It fluctuated from there but never went below double digits – the lowest 13 a couple of times.
The Demons led 41-24 heading into the fourth and then outscored the visitor – mostly via the bench – 15-10 – down the stretch.
Dillard finished with 12 points – five of those to finish out the Demons’ scoring in the game. Williams had nine and Coleman eight. Ty Carr had six points, those coming on a pair of treys and in the first half.
Shamar Rouse had seven and Keshun Houser six.
Warner Robins improved to 22-6 while Union Grove ended its year 13-15.
Northside’s girls did not fare as well. (In fact none of the other county girls teams in action Friday – Houston County and Perry – advanced.) The Lady Eagles lost to Stephenson 37-48.
Both teams had their share of misses from the floor, but no area was more glaring for the Lady Eagles than the free-throw line.
Northside got behind 5-2 to start. It then trailed 14-11 after one. In the second – the aforementioned reference to the charity stripe – it went to the line five times and out of 10 potential points only made four. Stephenson led by seven, 31-24, as a result. Northside made it to 50 percent in the second half, six-of-12, but really needed even that to be much better. It was outscored 12-5 in the third and trailed 43-29.
Stephenson, as the fourth began, did its best to slow the game down and run out the clock. It did a decent job of it. Northside did outscore it 8-5 during the period but was unable to get much going by way of momentum.
It finished its year 16-10 while Stephenson moved on at 18-11.
Kaliyah Little, who capped off her career with the Lady Eagles at well over 1,000 points, finished the night with 14 – 13 of those in the first half. McKenzie Arline, a frequent visitor to the free-throw line, had 11.
Quidashasia Dunnom had three, those coming on a trey with just over three minutes left to play.
As already mentioned Houston County and Perry also fell and were eliminated. The Lady Bears, the No. 4 seed, lost to Lovejoy, the No. 1 out of Region 4, 62-15.
Houston County trailed 13-3 after one and 40-3 at the half.
It did somewhat better in the third quarter, only being outscored 11-8, and was outscored 11-4 in the fourth.
The Lady Bears finished their year 6-19. The Lady Wildcats on the other hand improved to 26-3.
Perry’s girls, also a No. 4 seed, lost 57-41 to Burke County, the No. 1 out of Region 3 (AAAA). The Lady Panthers trailed 14-4 after one and 28-13 at the half.
The lead was 47-28 heading into the fourth with Perry winning that one 13-10.
It ended its year 15-11 while Burke County improved to 14-9.