Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 20, 2013

Dooly, Wilcox get home games while becoming 6th, 7th teams to qualify for state

Vienna/Rochelle — The five area basketball teams who  definitely qualified for state tournament play knew earlier in the week  who, when and where they’d be playing in the opening round.

Two other squads who were almost certain to be state tournament participants learn until mid-afternoon Wednesday they had made  the tourney field and where they’d be taking the court and who it would be against.

Crisp and Fullington academies girls were in action at ABAC in Tifton late yesterday as were Crisp County High’s boys who journeyed to Jonesboro High.

The Region 3-A champion Lady Wildcats (27-2) of Crisp Academy had an 8:30 game against Nathaniel Greene’s Lady Patriots, the No. 4 seed from Region 1-A. The winner plays again at 8:30 p.m. Friday at ABAC vs. the Robert Toombs-Lafayette Christian victor.

The Region 3-A runner-up Lady Trojans (8-16) of Fullington took the floor at 5:30 vs. John Hancock Academy’s Lady Rebels, the No. 3 seed from Region 1-A. The victor returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday at ABAC vs. the Citizens Christian-Heirway Christian winner.

Friday’s winners move on to the Final Four to be played on Feb. 28 and March 2 at Mercer University in Macon where the Crisp Academy girls are heavy favorites to capture a third straight state crown.

As Region 1-AAAA’s No. 3 seed, Crisp’s Cougars got their first Georgia High School Association state tourney test last night at 7:30 at  Region 4-AAAA runner-up Jonesboro High.

Should Crisp have upset Jonesboro, it will play again either tomorrow or Saturday against either Statesboro or Baldwin County.

Area teams scheduled to play today at ABAC are the Crisp and Fullington Academy boys.

As the Region 3-A runner-up, the 11-10 Trojans of Fullington will take the court at 5:30 against John Hancock’s Rebels, the No. 3 seed from Region 1. The winner plays again at 5 p.m. Saturday at ABAC vs. the Robert Toombs-Layfayette Christian victor.

Crisp Academy’s Wildcats (9-15), the No. 4 seed from Region 3-A, play at 7 p.m. against Region 1 champion Curtis Baptist. The survivor of that contest sees action again at 2 p.m. Saturday at ABAC vs. the Oak Mountain-Citizens Christian winner.

The victors of Saturday games move on to the GISA’s boys Final Four to be played March 1-2 at Mercer University.

In the dark about their state tournament fate until yesterday were the Wilcox High Patriots (20-4) and Dooly County Bobcats (15-7) who claimed two of the 16 GHSA Class A public school topurnament slots.

Teams that won region championships — and there were four of them (Seminole, Turner, Portal and Hawkinsville) — automatically earned berths.

The remaining 12 slots were filled according to Max.Prep power rankings. Wilcox came in at No. 8 and thus gets to play at home Saturday at 6 p.m. against 10th-ranked Hancock Central.

Dooly wound up eighth

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and therefore gets to host Jenkins County in another 6 p.m. Saturday clash.

Failure to have made the top 16 would have meant the seasons for both the Patriots and Bobccats were immediately over — a fate the 6-16 Lady Bobcats and 3-8 Lady Patriots had already experienced.

AREA CAGE SLATE

WEDNESDAY

GISA Class A Girls at ABAC

5:30 p.m. — Fullington vs. John Hancock

8;30 p.m. — Crisp vs. Nathaniel Greene

GHSA Class AAAA Boys

7:30 p.m. — Crisp County at Jonesboro

THURSDAY

GISA Class A Boys at ABAC

5:30 p.m. — Fullington vs. John Hancock

7 p.m. — Crisp vs. Curtis Baptist

FRIDAY

GISA Class A Girls at ABAC

5:30 p.m. — Fullington plays if it wins Wednesday

8:30 p.m. — Crisp plays if it wins Wednesday

GHSA CLASS AAAA BOYS

TBA — Crisp County could play if it wins Wednesday

SATURDAY

GISA Class A Boys at ABAC

2 p.m. — Crisp plays if it wins Thursday

5 p.m. — Fullington plays if it wins Thursday

GHSA CLASS A BOYS

 6 p.m.— Hancock at Wilcox County

6 p.m. — Jenkins County at Dooly County

GHSA CLASS AAAA BOYS

TBA — Crisp County could play if it wins Wednesday

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