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Girls state basketball tournament under way
by Greg Oshust
February 19, 2013 03:50 PM | 2827 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Nathan Self<br>Lovett's Te'Erica Eason drives in for a layup during the Lions' Region AA tournament quarterfinal game against Greater Atlanta Christian.
Staff / Nathan Self
Lovett's Te'Erica Eason drives in for a layup during the Lions' Region AA tournament quarterfinal game against Greater Atlanta Christian.
Holy Innocents’, Lovett and Westminster were among the teams, which qualified for spots at the GHSA state girls’ basketball tournament, which gets underway this week.

Meanwhile, Holy Spirit Prep and Atlanta Girls’ School have qualified for the GISA tournament.

The field for the Class A private school tournament was determined on Tuesday, when the final power ranking for the classification was released.

Holy Innocents’ (22-5) has already earned a spot in the 16-team field after winning the Region 5A tournament last weekend, though the Lady Bears had to wait for their seeding and the identity of their first-round opponent until the release of the power ranking Tuesday.

The Lady Bears, who were ranked second in last week’s Class A power poll, earned their state tournament berth with a 44-30 victory over Paideia in the 5A championship game at Pace last Saturday.

“Everybody knows their role now and people are playing unselfishly,” Holy Innocents’ coach Tony Watkins said. “We’re playing together and that’s why we are where we are.”

The Lady Bears could be joined in the Class A tournament by Atlanta International (16-5), which was seventh in last week’s power ranking, and Pace (14-13), the No. 11 squad as of a week ago.

Lovett and Westminster earned state tournament spots in Class AA and both played their first-round games on Tuesday.

Lovett (9-10) is the No. 3-seed from Region 6AA after finishing third in the 6AA tournament last week.

The Lions played at Model, the second seed from 7AA, in a first-round game Tuesday. The winner will play either Rabun County, the top seed from 8AA, or Manchester, the fourth team from 5AA, in a second-round contest Saturday.

Lovett earned its third seed with a 51-33 win over Westminster in the 6AA consolation game last Saturday.

“We definitely haven’t peaked yet,” Lovett coach Liz Kennedy said. “I think every game, we get a little bit better. I think our defense is really clicking now. I think the offense will follow, our rebounding’s good, our effort’s good and we just need to hit a few more outside shots.”

Westminster (8-20) entered the tournament fourth seed in 6AA and traveled to Calhoun, the No. 1 team in 7AA, Tuesday. The winner will play either Greene County, the second seed in 8AA, or Bowdon, the third team from 5AA, in the second round Saturday.

In the GISA Class AAA tournament, Holy Spirit Prep (12-7) will be the third seed and Atlanta Girls’ School (4-12) is the fourth team from Region 1AAA.

Holy Spirit Prep, which finished first in the 1AAA standings — the first regular-season title in the school’s history — will play Tiftarea, the second seed from 3AAA, at Tattnall Square in Macon Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Atlanta Girls’ School takes on Deerfield-Windsor, the top seed in 3AAA, at Stratford Academy in Macon Wednesday at 8:30 p.m..

Holy Spirit Prep defeated Atlanta Girls’ School 51-36 in the 1AAA consolation game last Thursday.

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