By Zach Shugan
No. 1 Milton 66, No. 5 Cherokee 63 (OT)
Class 7A’s top-ranked Eagles knocked off No. 5 Cherokee in overtime, as the NFSR Athlete of the Week Kanaan Carlyle banked in a game-winning three pointer with three seconds remaining. Milton (17-2, 7-0) plays a region game Friday at Woodstock before hosting Class 6A’s top-ranked team, Wheeler, in a Saturday rematch of last year’s 7A state semifinals.
Roswell 64, Woodstock 53
Roswell (14-8, 4-4) beat Woodstock at home Tuesday night, led by sophomore Jase McCullough‘s 22 points. The win kept the Hornets tied with Etowah for third place in Region 5-7A with only two games remaining in the regular season (Jan. 29 vs Alpharetta, Feb. 5 vs Milton).
Etowah 61, Alpharetta 45
Alphaetta (3-14, 0-6) fell at home Tuesday night to Etowah, marking the team’s sixth loss in a row. The Raiders find themselves at the bottom of the six-team region with four region games remaining, including two against No. 5 Cherokee.
No. 8 Centennial 61, Cambridge 29
Class 6A’s No. 8-ranked Centennial cruised past a shorthanded Cambridge at home Tuesday night, as 11 different players scored for the Knights. Centennial (14-3, 8-1) plays Friday at Johns Creek, while Cambridge (6-11, 1-8) hosts River Ridge.
No. 3 St. Pius X 71, Northview 38
Northview (4-10, 3-5) fell on the road Tuesday night to Class 5A’s third-ranked St. Pius X. The Titans host region opponent M.L. King, who they lost to on the road by 11 points in December, later this week.
No. 10 King’s Ridge 58, Lakeview Academy 46
King’s Ridge (11-2, 7-2) won its first game ranked as a top-10 team, downing region foe Lakeview Academy on the road. The Tigers play regions games Friday at Fellowship and Saturday at home against St. Francis, who they recently defeated for the first time in program history.
Woodstock 67, Roswell 45
Roswell (6-10, 2-3) fell at home Tuesday to the second-place team in the region. The Hornets remain in fourth place in their region with five region contests left on their schedule.
Etowah 45, Alpharetta 28
Following its win Friday at Milton, Alpharetta (7-11, 2-4) lost at home Tuesday to the third-place team in the region. The Raiders play Roswell in back-to-games Friday and Saturday which will go a long way in deciding who makes the state playoffs.
No. 3 Cherokee 71, Milton 28
Milton (1-15, 0-7) went up against the top team in the region Tuesday night, and the third-ranked Warriors got the better of the Eagles. Although Milton has yet to win a region game, it could still make the state playoffs if it wins its final three region games and gets some help from other teams.
Cambridge 55, Centennial 40
Cambridge (12-6, 7-3) bounced back from a loss Friday to Chattahoochee by beating Centennial (2-16, 0-10) on the road Tuesday night. The Bears, currently third in Region 7-6A, host No. 9 River Ridge on Friday, while the Knights play at Johns Creek.
Johns Creek 56, Chattahoochee 34
Johns Creek (12-8, 7-3) defeated a surging Chattahoochee (8-13, 2-8) at home Tuesday night, led by its defense and Nylah Nuri‘s 22 points. Johns Creek hosts a Centennial team seeking its first region win Friday night. The Cougars will be on the road at the region’s second-place team, Sequoyah.
No. 7 St. Pius X 65, Northview 14
Northview (3-9, 3-6) dropped its third game in a row, this time at the hands of Class 5A’s No. 7-ranked team. The Titans are on the outside looking in at the playoff picture with five region games remaining on their schedule.
No. 4 St. Francis 72, Pinecrest 20
St. Francis (11-3, 4-0) returned to action Tuesday night following two weeks with no games. The Lady Knights host Mount Pisgah on Friday before taking on Class 6A’s No. 3 Buford on Saturday.