For the first time in six years, Creekside is headed back to the state tournament. The Seminoles were led by senior Kevin Murphy (pictured) and a balanced attack in a 65-47 win over Starr's Mill.
The 6-5 senior was fantastic in the win, scoring a game high 26 points and five three-pointers. When Murphy gets hot like he did on Tuesday, Creekside is a hard team to beat.
"Coach told me at halftime that it was time to step up. He told me that it was time to get to state," Murphy said.
The response was evident. Creekside looked strong in the victory and with size inside, depth on the bench and one of the top seniors on the south side of
Banneker hits the free ones
Right before the tip off of the Banneker-McIntosh game, an assistant coach for Banneker let out a war cry of "It's playoff basketball, baby."
It certainly was.
Banneker hit nine of ten free throws under the three minute mark in the fourth quarter. Hitting the freebies was a problem earlier in the game. That proved to be the difference in the 59-56 Banneker win.
"They wanted it," Banneker head coach Eric
Banneker was balanced in scoring and was led by sophomore Tres Houston, who scored 17 points in the win.
McIntosh had two great efforts from
Chubb scored 13 points, blocked 10 shots and rebounded seven boards in the defeat. Lumpkin scored 17 points.
Twenty four to three. That was the first quarter score in the Fayette County-Woodward and that was the tone of the game throughout.
The host team went up to 46-9 going into halftime and came away with a 69-35 win and locked up a state playoff berth in the process.
"We played about as well as we could have possibly played in the first half,"
Evidently. Junior Noel Johnson scored a game high 21 points while
Boykin was the catalyst in the first half, directing the offense with speed and precise passes. Had he not inked with Mark Richt and company, the speedster and best athlete in 2-AAAA, Boykin would have easily played at the low to mid-major level for hoops.
For five minutes, the biggest upset of the week looked like a real possibility in the Westlake-Whitewater game.
Whitewater came out of the blocks with an 11-2 run against the state's deepest and biggest AAAA team and had
The majority of the work was done by
Willis, a leading contender for Player of the Year in AAAA, scored 27 points for
Up next: Region 6-AAAA tournament at North Springs.