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Eight local teams prepare for state tourney

By Zack Huffman

zhuffman@news-daily.com

The various region basketball tournaments around the state of Georgia has finally drawn to their conclusions, which means the state tournaments approaches.

Eight teams from Clayton County are still active, having earned berths in the state playoffs.

4-AAAAA

Mundy's Mill scored a second-place finish, after losing to Westlake in the region tournament finals to earn the opportunity to host the first round of the state playoffs.

The Lady Tigers suffered a rocky opening to the season, going 4-6.

During the Holiday Break, Mundy's Mill participated the Christmas Hooptacular at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy. The first round of the tournament was when the Lady Tigers began a dominating winning streak that took them through the Hooptacular Championship through January undefeated.

Westlake, who defeated Mundy's Mill in the 4-AAAAA region finals, was the only team that has been able to beat the Lady Tigers since Dec. 16.

Friday will mark the beginning of the Lady Tigers' run at state when they welcome the Camden County Lady Wildcats to Mundy's Mill.

After taking a 65-51 loss in the region semi-finals to Westlake, the Riverdale Raiders earned a close 66-63 victory over Creekside for a third-place finish.

The boys from Riverdale lost four of their first six games in the season, before turning things around. the Raiders only took five more losses in the remaining 22 games they have thus far played.

The Raiders will hit the road Saturday to face Groves High School in Savannah.

The Lady Raiders will also compete in the state tournament.

After a rocky season filled with as many ups as it had downs, the girls from Riverdale stayed just high enough to avoid having to compete in the region play-in games last week, leaving them just one victory away from a state berth.

With a win over Creekside, 56-37, Riverdale advanced to the region semi-finals. the Lady Raiders bounced back from a semi-finals blowout at the hands of Westlake to defeat East Coweta in the consolation finals.

The Lady Raiders will begin their post-season travel schedule Friday as they meet the Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers in Hinesville.

4-AAAA

Both of Jonesboro's basketball teams claimed region titles and first-place seed in the state tournament giving them the option of hosting a double-header at Jonesboro High School for the first round of state competition.

After losing a close 50-48 finals match to Jonesboro, the Forest Park Panthers earned a second-place seed at the state level.

Forest Park is another county team that has experienced a significant degree of positive development.

the Panthers went from a 1-4 record to start the season, to riding a six-game winning streak into the region finals match against Jonesboro.

The boys from Forest Park will host Glenn Hills Saturday.

the Ladies of Forest Park will compete Friday. Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers, a region semi-final loss to Dutchtown followed by a loss to Mt. Zion in the consolation semi-Finals, means they only have away games in their future.

The season for the Lady Panthers has almost been a polar opposite of their male counter-parts.

Forest Park's girls went 7-1 early in the season, but have strugged since the holidays, having won just four games since the new year.

Forest Park will travel to Hephzibah Friday.

Mt. Zion's Lady Bulldogs finished third in region 4-AAAA.

For the Lady Bulldogs, the season has been evenly rocky, with Mt. Zion never experiencing more than a three-game streak in terms of both wins and losses.

They will travel to Harlem High School Friday.