GHSA basketball state roundup: LFO, Chattooga girls survive to reach quarterfinals

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / LFO's Christen Collins, left, and Angel Simmons, right, apply defensive pressure and force a turnover by Hart County's Dakota Phillips on Wednesday during the first round of the GHSA Class AAA state tournament in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. LFO won that matchup and again in the second round Saturday against Thomson.

The Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and Chattooga girls were the only area teams standing after a difficult afternoon and evening for northwest Georgia programs on day two of the second round of the GHSA basketball state tournaments.

LFO's Lady Warriors led from start to finish to get past Thomson 61-47 in Class AAA on Saturday, when the Lady Indians used a strong fourth quarter to defeat Lamar County 54-48 in Class AA.

LaFayette's boys lost for the first time this season, 50-47 to Cross Creek in Class AAA, the third consecutive time the Razorbacks have eliminated the Ramblers. The LFO boys led in the final quarter before falling 52-41 at Sumter County in AAA, and the Chattooga boys lost on a buzzer-beater as Early County won 70-68 in AA.

The Ringgold girls fell 44-28 at Central-Macon in AAA, and the Trion girls were eliminated in Class A public with a 52-36 loss at Montgomery County.