Class A-Private results from Cobb Civic Center
The Class A-Private semifinals for both the boys and girls are being held at the Cobb Civic Center on Saturday. The winners advance to play in the A-Private championship on Friday at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion.
Below are results of Saturday’s games. This page will be updated after each game.
Holy Innocents’ girls 63, St. Francis 61: The No. 2-ranked Lady Golden Bears (29-2) edged the top-ranked Lady Knights (26-5), led by Kaila Hubbard, who scored 19 points, and Khayla Pointer (18) and Kennedy Suttle (12).
The Lady Golden Bears led for all but the first minute of the game and were ahead 58-49 when St. Francis made a final run, pulling to within 61-62 on Taja Cummings’ basket with 1:27 remaining. The Lady Knights had a chance to take the lead with 26.2 seconds left, but Kasiyahna Kushkituah missed the first free throw attempt on a 1-and-1, and Holy Innocents’ pulled down the rebound.
With 6.7 seconds remaining, Lady Golden Bears guard Patterson Williams hit one of two free throws to give Holy Innocents’ a 63-61 cushion. Cummings then dribbled through a full-court press but lost the ball out of bounds with 0.9 seconds left after crossing mid-court. Maya Dodson stepped in front of the ensuing Lady Golden Bears’ inbounds pass but couldn’t gain possession before the game clock expired.
The Lady Knights were led by Cummings (22 points) and Nichel Tampa (16).
Greenforest boys 86, St. Francis 56: The top-ranked Eagles took advantage of their superior height and athleticism to run away with the game early in the second half.
The Eagles (26-5) were led by 6-foot-10 senior Abayomi Iyiola (18 points), David Quimby (18, two 3-pointers), Justin Forrest (13) and 7-footer Ikey Obiagu (10), using an array of dunks to dazzle the crowd along with steady 3-point shooting.
Obiagu had two dunks, including a one-handed jam over two defenders in the third quarter, when Greenforest put the game away. Quimby also had a pair of dunks. The Eagles came out of halftime with a 45-30 lead and went on a 22-15 third-quarter run including a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute, bringing the score to 67-45 heading into the fourth quarter, where St. Francis never pulled any closer than 18 points.
The Knights (25-6) were at a size disadvantage but stayed in the game early with 3-point shooting, hitting eight in the first half to keep the Eagles’ lead inside double digits until two minutes remaining in the second quarter. Chase Ellis (14 points), Ben Jones (12 on four 3-pointers) and Dwon Odom (10 points) led the Knights.