The Paulding County High School girls’ basketball team defeated Lithia Springs and top-seeded Hiram on the way to winning the program’s first-ever region championship, 40-28, over Villa Rica Feb. 19. Their season then concluded with a first-round defeat to Kell, 60-53, in the playoffs.
“The girls came together and continued to establish an identity for this program surrounded by displaying good character all the time,” Paulding County girls’ basketball head coach Byron Scott said.
South Paulding’s boys’ team earned a top seed for the region tournament and fell to the top-ranked team in the state, Allatoona, in the championship game. The Spartans’ season concluded against Pope in the playoffs, finishing with a school-record 23 wins.
“Our kids learned how to win at a new level and I just hope that it continues going forward because this can do nothing but continue to help our program grow,” boys’ basketball head coach Gil Davis said.
The Spartans’ girl’s squad advanced to the semifinals of the region tournament and defeated top-seeded Woodland (Bartow) on the road. South Paulding dropped its first-round playoff matchup to ranked Osborne, finishing its season with 13 wins, the most since 2010.
“I’m extremely proud of these girls for playing with a lot of heart and fight throughout the entire season, which took our program to another level,” head coach Kelly Nye-Hinkson said.
Hiram’s girls’ basketball squad finished the regular season undefeated in region play, earning the program’s first-ever regular season region championship. The Hornets were eliminated in the state tournament by Sequoyah, finishing the season with 22 wins.
“I’m very proud of our kids and the season we had,” Hiram head coach Michelle Caldwell said. “We’re excited about the future of the program and feel like we can make even bigger strides and accomplish even more next season.”
The Hornets’ boys’ team had its season conclude against Osborne in the playoffs as well.