By Zach Shugan
No. 1 Milton 73, Roswell 31
Milton (21-2, 10-0) finished undefeated in region play for the second year in a row, as the Eagles topped Roswell (15-9, 5-5) at home. Both teams earned spots in the 7A state tournament by finishing in the four top of Region 5-7A, as Milton won the region title and Roswell finished in fourth place.
No. 6 Cherokee 72, Alpharetta 37
Alpharetta (3-18, 0-10) ended its season with a loss to Cherokee, who locked up second place in the region. The Raiders graduate two key seniors in Malachi Chipp and Jamari Denson, but they will return 11 of 13 players next season.
Johns Creek 75, Cambridge 64
After back-to-back losses, Johns Creek (8-12, 5-7) got back in the win column Friday night at Cambridge (6-14, 1-11). The Gladiators, currently in sixth place in the eight-team region, play at Sequoyah and No. 3 Chattahoochee next week prior to the Region 7-6A tournament. Last-place Cambridge plays Riverwood and Chattahoochee next week.
No. 5 Mount Pisgah 54, Lakeview Academy 47
Mount Pisgah (16-6, 12-1) won on senior night, as all eight senior scored in the region win. The Patriots, who are currently in first place in Region 6-A Private, play Saturday at Pinecrest and Feb. 9 at Fellowship.
No. 9 St. Francis 83, Fellowship 52
St. Francis (7-8, 7-5) won its fifth game in a row Friday night, led by Seth Hubbard‘s 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. The Knights continue to climb back in the region standings, as they passed Fellowship (8-8, 6-6) with the win.
King’s Ridge 54, Pinecrest 52
King’s Ridge (14-4, 10-3) bounced back Friday night with a win over Pinecrest after falling Thursday on the road to North Cobb Christian in a non-region game. The Tigers, currently second in the region standings, trail first-place Mount Pisgah by two games with a few chances left to make up ground before the region tournament.
Roswell 71, Milton 34
Roswell (10-10, 6-3) defeated Milton (2-19, 0-10) on Friday for its fourth win in a row. The Hornets, who have locked up a spot in the 7A state tournament as a three seed, finish their regular season Feb. 9 at Woodstock.
No. 3 Cherokee 66, Alpharetta 45
Alpharetta closed out its regular season on the road with a loss to the region champions. The Raiders finished 7-15 overall and 2-8 in region play in their first year under head coach Jordan Tetley, missing out on the state tournament by two wins. The Raiders will be without senior Mary-Grace Durham next year but will return several key contributors, including rising seniors Jodi Goins and Simone Lett and rising junior Jayda Smith.
Cambridge 63, Johns Creek 58
Cambridge (13-8, 8-5) completed the regular-season sweep of Johns Creek (14-9, 9-4), as senior Angelina Cofrancesco became the program’s all-time leading scorer in the win. The Bears, currently fourth in the Region 7-6A standings, finish the regular season Feb. 9 at Riverwood. Third-place Johns Creek plays the same day at Sequoyah. If Cambridge wins and Johns Creek loses, the Bears will take over third place in the standings heading into the region tournament.
Hiram 55, Blessed Trinity 33
Blessed Trinity (4-12, 2-3) fell at home to region foe Hiram in the Titans’ second game in three weeks. Blessed Trinity plays five region games in the next seven days, beginning Saturday at Calhoun.
No. 4 St. Francis 88, Fellowship 24
St. Francis (15-4, 7-0) defeated Fellowship (7-4, 4-1) in the first of two games between the teams at the end of the regular season, snapping the Paladins’ five-game win streak. St. Francis plays Fellowship again Feb. 13, while Fellowship hosts Mount Pisgah on Feb. 9.
Mount Pisgah 43, Lakeview Academy 39
Mount Pisgah (5-5, 3-3) overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to win on senior night. Sophomore Monet Dance, who is averaging over 30 points per game this season, scored 36 points in the win Friday night. The Patriots return to action Feb. 9 at Fellowship.