Georgia prep roundup: Injuries hurt LFO, Northwest as area girls teams swept in GHSA playoffs

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Lakeview's Angel Simmons (30) drives past a GAC defender for the score. The Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe Lady Warriors fell to the Greater Atlanta Christian School Lady Spartans, 67 to 60, in the quarterfinals of the GHSA state tournament on March 1, 2022.

Sometimes all the practice, preparation and game-planning can go up in smoke in a moment in a basketball game. Just ask the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Lady Warriors.

A first-half injury to leading scorer Christen Collins altered the game plan and, despite holding a halftime lead, LFO fell at home Tuesday to Greater Atlanta Christian, 67-60, in the quarterfinal round of the GHSA Class AAA playoffs.

Collins, averaging 20 points per game, was hit in the face on a drive with under a minute to play in the first quarter and never returned. Minus the prolific scorer and perimeter defender, the Lady Warriors still used a 9-0 run in the second quarter to build a 21-14 lead and took a 28-27 lead into halftime.