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State hoops tourney nearing end
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
February 28, 2013 09:30 AM | 968 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eagle's Landing's Isaiah Dennis (23) mans up on defense against Albany during their early round matchup.
Eagle's Landing's Isaiah Dennis (23) mans up on defense against Albany during their early round matchup.
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**UPDATE ***

Eagle's Landing overwhelmed Westover in the second half en route to a 85-63 win in their Elite 8 matchup Wednesday night. Senior guard Trevin Joseph led the Golden Eagles with 25 points; senior forward Desmond Ringer chipped in 17.

Eagle's Landing will take on South Atlanta at Fort Valley State at 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the state semifinals. The winner faces the victor of the Columbia/Statesboro game.

 Woodland girls fall to Mary Persons

Woodland saw its season — and the prep careers of a stellar senior class — come to an end at the hands of Mary Persons in Tuesday night's quarterfinals. The Lady Wolfpack were upended 75-60.

Where would we be this time of year without amateur hoops?

The true basketball fan could not even fathom such a scenario. Especially, given the stakes — the Peach State’s March to Macon is to prep hoops what that other big tournament in March is to the college game.

Every contest is must-see. The state’s top-tier teams have already whittled their survival of the fittest battle down to eight teams in each classification heading into this week … therefore, snoozing on your team’s game means you run the risk of missing the show.

As for this area’s vested interest in the GHSA tourney, only two squads were left to carry the Henry County banner into this week’s quarterfinal round: Eagle’s Landing on the boys’ side and Woodland in girls’ play.

Both clubs have the roster and coaching to win it all … whether they have the requisite magic that all championship teams seem to conjure up when it counts remains to be seen.

How much basketball there is left to play — and watched — depends on how Woodland and Eagle’s Landing fare this week … the Elite 8 and semifinals are only days apart.

If this week indeed marks Henry’s end (doubtful) to 2012-13 high school hoops, the Henry Neighbor aims to help it go out in style. But, if not, consider the following sports news coverage a refresher.

 Where Eagles soar

Staff here took in Eagle’s Landing’s first round Class 4-A home matchup with Albany last week.

The sights and sounds were what one would expect of a game ensconced in a playoff atmosphere. (No worries, Slacker Fan, we took plenty of pictures before leaving the building.)

And, speaking of that gym … that is what the Golden Eagles ran Albany out of.

Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year Eric Wortham and his crew are flying high these days.

Just days after pounding Albany, Eagle’s Landing dispatched Perry by 36 points in round 2 action.

That led them here … preparing to square off on the road with a fellow region champ in Westover tonight.

Talent-for-talent, the Golden Eagles should be given the slight edge. But, walking into what is sure to be a hostile environment tends to change things a bit.

Still, coach Clay Crump has done a masterful job of fine tuning his fancy, high-performance engine of a squad.

Expect Wortham or another of Eagle’s Landing’s playmakers (Trevin Joseph, anyone?) to break open a close game late and carry the team into the GHSA final four.

The next dancing partner? The winner of Alexander/South Atlanta winner awaits … Sunday night (8:30 p.m.) at Fort Valley State.

 Woodland girls closing in

The Lady Wolfpack were set to tip off with Mary Persons in their quarterfinals matchup Tuesday.

(The score and stats were unavailable by press time.)

Woodland had to grind out two tough games through the Class 4-A tourney’s first two rounds — following up a six-point win over Americus-Sumter with a 60-55 victory over Cross Creek.

Winning tight games with their season on the line can only help the Lady Wolfpack going forward.

The Woodland/Mary Persons winner will tussle with the Sandy Creek – Redan winner Sunday (4 p.m.) at Fort Valley State.
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