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HS BASKETBALL: Heritage teams roll into 1-AAA championship games

- Coweta Score reporter

GISA Region 1-AAA
At Notre Dame Academy, Duluth
Friday's Championship Games
Girls: No. 2 Heritage School (17-4) vs. No. 1 Holy Spirit (21-3), 6 p.m.
Boys: No. 2 Heritage School (17-9) vs. No. 1 Holy Spirit, 7:30 p.m. 
 
Heritage School lineups powered their way into Friday’s GISA Region 1-AAA championship games following semifinal victories over host Notre Dame Academy.
 
The Hawks set up a rematch with Holy Spirit with a 61-22 victory while looking to snap a 10-game slide against the rival Cougars. The two teams have met in each of the last two GISA championship games.
 
Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. on Friday, following the girls championship game. Holy Spirit (21-3) has yet to lose to a region opponent in 12 games this season. 
 
Heritage (17-4) dominated from start to finish in a balanced effort led by Connor Thompson’s 18-point effort. Seniors Lance Terry and Dylan McLean added 14 and 10 points, respectively.
 
The Hawks (17-9) battled Holy Spirit to a 1-point loss at home during the teams’ most recent meeting on Jan. 25, falling 69-68. It was the closest margin between region rivals since Heritage last defeated Holy Spirit in Jan. 2017.
 
Last year’s championship game had Holy Spirit holding on for a 57-51 decision.
 
The Lady Hawks will face Holy Spirit’s defending state champion girls lineup at 7 p.m. on Friday back at Notre Dame in Duluth after earning a 39-29 victory over the tournament hosts.
 
Senior Carissa Vazquez scored all 16 of her points in the opening three quarters as Heritage’s girls pulled away from a tie game after halftime.
 
Teams closed the first half deadlocked at 10 and went to the break still tied 17 apiece before Vazquez and fellow guard Aaliyah Ferrell put together a one-two punch offensively to pull ahead for good.
 
The pair connected for four three-pointers in the third, with Ferrell scoring six of her 12 points over the eight-minute span.
 
Olivia Ayers paced Heritage in the first with four points.

GHSA REGION 2-7A
At Campbell High 
Friday's Boys Semifinals
No. 1 East Coweta (24-1) vs. No. 4 Wheeler (16-10), 6 p.m.
No. 2 Pebblebrook (17-8) vs. No. 3 Westlake (16-10), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday
1 p.m. - Girls Consolation: No. 4 East Coweta (8-17) vs. No. 2 Pebblebrook (20-5)
3 p.m. - Boys Consolation 
5 p.m. - Girls Championship: No. 1 Westlake (24-0) vs. No. 3 Campbell (17-9) 
7 p.m. - Boys Championship
 
 
East Coweta's girls struggled in Thursday's Region 2-7A semifinal matchup against undefeated and No. 1 state-ranked Westlake as play shifted to Campbell High in Smyrna for the remainder of the tournament. The Lady Lions dominated an 80-37 victory while taking a commanding 42-8 lead into halftime. 
 
The Lady Indians (8-17) will now play in Saturday's 1 p.m., consolation game with state playoff seeding still on the line. East Coweta will face second-seeded Pebblebrook, which was upset in double-overtime by No. 3 Campbell 52-47. 
 
Westlake (24-0) and Campbell (17-9) will play Saturday for the girls title at 5 p.m. 
 
Tournament play resumes on Friday with boys semifinals including a matchup between top-seeded and No. 2 state-ranked East Coweta. The Indians face No. 4 Wheeler at 6 p.m., while entering the postseason with a 24-1 overall record. 
 
East Coweta received a first-round bye and a state-playoff berth after its first-place finish during a 9-1 regular season.
 
The 7:30 p.m. semifinal features No. 2 Pebblebrook and No. 3 Westlake, which defeated Newnan in the first-round to advance. 
 
Boys semifinal winners advance to Saturday's 7 p.m. championship game at Campbell High. The boys consolation game tips off at 3 p.m. 
 
GHSA REGION 5-6A 
Northgate's girls had its season come to a close on Wednesday after advancing to the second round of the Region 5-6A tournament. The Lady Vikings fell 73-22 to second-seed New Manchester to finish with an overall record of 4-19 during the 2018-19 season. 
 
Aaliyah Ferrell (12) and Connor Thompson (18) both scored in double figures in the 1-AAA semifinals
 
 
Friday, February 08, 2019
 
By Chris Goltermann
 
Aaliyah Ferrell (12) and Connor Thompson (18) both scored in double figures in the 1-AAA semifinals
 
HS BASKETBALL: Heritage teams roll into 1-AAA championship games; ECHS falls against No. 1 Westlake
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