Dalton rolls into GHSA girls basketball Sweet 16; four others also win

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Despite a game-high 25 points from Kennedy Baker, left, the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins lost at Southwest Dekalb 71-68 in the GHSA basketball playoffs Tuesday night.
Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Despite a game-high 25 points from Kennedy Baker, left, the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins lost at Southwest Dekalb 71-68 in the GHSA basketball playoffs Tuesday night.


Three northwest Georgia region girls champions will live to host another game as the GHSA basketball postseason opened Tuesday.

Dalton overcame a foul-filled first half with a comfortable 55-32 win over visiting Northview in Class AAAAA.

With Dalton star Grace Ridley sitting out most of the first half with foul trouble, BB Bates had seven of her team-high 16 points in the opening half as the Lady Catamounts (17-10) took a 24-12 lead. That lead never fell under 10 and soon reached 20 as Region 7 champion Dalton cruised into the second round for the second consecutive year.

Emma Hefner added 11 points, Kemara Washington 10, and Jolie Wingfield and Ridley eight apiece for Dalton, which will host Creekside in Friday's second round.

Also winning were region champs Sonoraville — 72-53 win over Westminster in Class AAAA — and Murray County, which routed Booker T. Washington 70-34 in Class AA as Miley McClure had 21 points and Callan Ledford 13 points and five steals to send the Lady Indians into the second round for the third consecutive season.

Heritage was also a winner, taking out Stephenson 61-40 in a Class AAAA game at Heritage, with Christian Heritage also prevailing with a 57-50 decision over Macon County in Class A Division-II behind Carly Bramlett's 19 points.

The remainder of the area's teams in action Tuesday weren't as fortunate.

A Final Four team a year ago, Calhoun lost at Greater Atlanta Christian 58-46 in Class AAAAA, while Northwest Whitfield, a quarterfinalist a season ago in Class AAAA, fell at Southwest Dekalb 71-68 despite 25 points from Kennedy Baker and 18 from Sloan Pender.

In Class AAA, Ringgold lost at home to White County 70-38, and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe was eliminated at Wesleyan 72-45 as Christen Collins had 13 points for the Lady Warriors. In Class A Division-I, Dade County's season ended with a 62-21 loss at St. Francis.

The first round continues Wednesday with the area's remaining 11 playoff teams taking the court.

Contact Lindsey Young at lyoung@timesfreepress.com.


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