By Zach Shugan
Region 6-A Private tournament
Mount Pisgah 73, Weber 34
Mount Pisgah rolled past Weber in the opening round of its region tournament, controlling the game from start to finish. The Patriots secured a spot in the Class A Private state playoffs with the win and can earn homecourt advantage in the first round if they defeat Lakeview Academy in the region semifinals Thursday.
King’s Ridge 68, Fellowship 43
King’s Ridge beat Fellowship for the second time in a week, clinching a spot in the state playoffs for the first time in its three years under head coach Bob Martin. After trailing the Paladins by one point at halftime, the Tigers outscored the Paladins, 25-5, in the third quarter to pull away and secure the win. Two-seed King’s Ridge hosts three-seed St. Francis in the region semifinals Thursday.
St. Francis 72, Mt. Bethel 60
The defending Class A Private state champions will be back to defend its title in the state playoffs, as St. Francis defeated Weber at home Tuesday to grab its spot in the state tournament. The Knights will be on the road in the second round of the region tournament, as they take on their neighbors from King’s Ridge in the semifinals.
Region 7-6A tournament
Cambridge 61, Riverwood 34
Cambridge held it down for the North Fulton teams in Reg. 7-6A, taking down Riverwood to lock up a spot in the 6A state playoffs. The Bears will play Sequoyah in the region semifinals Friday at River Ridge with homecourt advantage in the first round of the state playoffs up for grabs.
Creekview 43, Johns Creek 23
The Johns Creek girls basketball team had its season come to an end Tuesday, as the Gladiators fell to Creekview, 43-23, in the opening the round of the Reg. 7-6A tournament. The Gladiators played without junior Evelina Davlakou, a first-team all-region selection who typically runs the point for their offense. This marks the first time in four years Johns Creek will not play in the state playoffs. Davlakou and fellow first-team all-region member Paris Miller return for their senior season next year, as well as all-region honorable mention Nylah Nuri, a rising junior.
Sequoyah 74, Chattahoochee 49
Chattahoochee lost on the road to the region’s second-place Chiefs, meaning the Cougars will miss the state playoffs. The Cougars lose only two players to graduation, Leana Abebe and Maya Atallah, but bring back the rest of their roster, including Jasmine Perez, a freshman guard who made the all-region second team this year.
River Ridge 81, Centennial 30
Centennial’s fell on the road to the region’s top-seeded team, eliminating the Knights from the region tournament and bringing their season to an end. The Knights will be without senior Amina Akosa next year but return a majority of their roster, including all-region honorable mentions Samantha Ambroselli and Ciara Ware.