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Lady Bears, Panthers advance to the next round

Houston County’s girls and Perry’s boys both advanced to the next round of the GHSA state basketball tournament.

The Lady Bears – in AAAAAA – beat Heritage, Conyers 50-32. The Panthers – AAAA – took down Hardaway 74-61. Perry improved to 15-11 and will take on Druid Hills in the next round (Friday or Saturday). It beat Chestatee 60-43. The Panthers will also have to travel as Druid Hills is a No. 1 seed versus Perry, which is a No. 2.

Houston County improved to 21-4. It will host Sequoyah, the No. 2 seed out of Region 7. It beat East Paulding 56-35.

The Lady Bears actually trailed after a quarter – 9-7 – in their contest against Heritage. An 18-8 advantage in the second quarter, however, soon took care of that. Houston County outscored Heritage 8-5 in the third and 15-10 in the fourth. It was led by Jordyn Johnson, who had 20. Eight of those – six being on a pair of 3-pointers – came in that aforementioned second quarter.

McKenzie Arline also had 10 and Marquia White nine, including two treys. Heritage was led by Jaliyah Weekes, who had 27.

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