DeKalb County girls’ high school basketball teams ran their 2013 playoff record to 12-0 as all six teams claimed playoff victories on Friday night.
The No. 4 ranked Southwest DeKalb Lady Panthers led by sophomore Nicole Martin’s 29 point, 15 rebound double-double advanced to the state quarterfinals for the fifth time in six years with a home court 68-37 victory over Villa Rica (22-9).
Martin, who averaged 16.4 points and 10 rebounds per game during the regular season, topped those averages in the first half alone as she hit for 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Southwest to a 33-17 halftime lead. Southwest expanded a 16-10 first quarter lead as Martin scored 10 of her points in the second quarter as the Lady Panthers outscored Villa Rica 17-7.
Miaya Crowder took some of the load off Martin in the second half by scoring 10 of her 12 points as she also went for a double-double with 10 rebounds. Britany White hit for 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Villa Rica in the loss. Southwest DeKalb (21-8) advances to host fellow DeKalb and Region 6-AAAAA
foe Stephenson (25-5) on Tuesday.
The No. 7 ranked Lady Jaguars advanced to the state quarterfinals for the eighth time in the past 12 seasons with a 59-55 road victory over Lithia Springs (21-8).
The junior tandem of Nuba Jackson and Erykah Davenport scored 16 and 14
points, respectively, to lead No. 2 ranked Tucker to a 53-42 road win over Salem (18-11) to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2004 and just the third time in school history.
The Lady Tigers (25-4) travel across the county to take on fellow DeKalb and Region 6-AAAAA foe Miller Grove (24-5) on Tuesday.
The No. 3 ranked Lady Wolverines, the 2012 Class AAAA state champions, advanced to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive season with a 51-38 road win over No. 9 ranked Allatoona.
The No. 1 ranked Columbia Lady Eagles (24-3) and No. 3 ranked Redan Lady
Raiders (25-2) also picked up second round playoff victories in Class AAAA state playoff action on Friday night.
The Lady Eagles knocked off No. 9 ranked LaGrange (20-7) 61-47 to advance
to the quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive season. Yaktavia Hickson hit for 21 points and Miah Spencer added 19 points to lead Columbia in the win. The victory earned a trip to Region 7 No. 1 seed River Ridge (22-8), a 44-34 winner over Chestatee on Friday.
Redan chocked up its second consecutive 30-point playoff victory with a 70-40 road win over No. 7 Fayette County (21-7).
Jada Byrd hit for a game-high 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead four Lady Raiders in double figures. Joining Byrd in double figures were Destiny McClary with 17, Brea Elmore with 15 and Jamese Abney 10.
DEKALB STATE PLAYOFF BASKETBALL RESULTS
Friday, Feb. 22
Stephenson (25-5) 59, Lithia Springs (20-9) 55
Tucker (25-4) 53, Salem (18-11) 42
Miller Grove (24-5) 51, Allatoona (18-8) 38
SW DeKalb (21-8) 68, Villa Rica (22-9)37
Redan ((25-2) 70, Fayette Co. (21-7) 40
Columbia (25-3) 61, LaGrange (20-8) 47
The continuing playoff schedule:
Saturday, Feb. 23
Brunswick (21-7) at Druid Hills (17-9), 6 p.m.
Stephenson (17-12) at New Manchester (19-9), 7:30 p.m.
Tucker (19-9) at Allatoona (23-6), 4 p.m.
Villa Rica (20-11) at Miller Grove (26-3), 6:30 p.m.
Columbia (25-3) at LaGrange (22-6), 5 p.m.
Mark Brock is the Information Officer/Statistician/Web Manager for DeKalb County Schools Athletics