Photo by Derrick Mahone
Forest Park and coach Steven Cole had a big win over McIntosh on Friday to open the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
Jermaine Hough scored a team-high 17 points as No. 10-ranked Lovejoy held off No. 3 Fayette County 63-57 on the road in a Class AAAA first-round playoff game.
The Wildcats (24-5) led 30-14 at halftime, but Fayette County, the No. 2 seed from Region 3-AAAA, rallied in the second half.
Michael Harden added 11 points for Lovejoy, which also got 10 points from DeAngelo Anthony.
Fayette County (girls) 65, Lovejoy 27
The defending state champions opened the defense of their title with a win in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs at home.
Navilla Paul led Lovejoy (14-11) with nine points while Alexus Akins had seven and Alease Allen finished with six.
Fayette County enters the second round of the playoffs on a 17-game winning streak.
Alcovy (girls) 60, Mundy’s Mill 46
Despite a game-high 25 points from Brianna McQueen, the Lady Tigers lost on the road.
Pacing Alcovy on the scoreboard was junior Kaci Palo with 16 points while Ashley Williams, Kate Palo and Meagan Tucker each scored 12.
Alcovy (boys) 78, Forest Park 65
Michael Tucker led all scorers with 28 points to help the host Tigers to a first-round Class AAAA tournament win.
Forest Park’s Branden Williams paced the Panthers with 16 points. Also scoring in double digits for Forest Park were Lemuel Fuller and Jordan Patton, who had 10 points each.
Forest Park (girls) 35 , McIntosh 34
Raven Wynn hit a driving layup with 15.4 seconds remaining to provide the Lady Panthers final points in the home victory.
Ashlee Cole led Forest Park with 19 points.
Westside-August (girls) 65, Henry County 41
Azia Gibson and Christina Thomas combined for 30 points to lead the host Lady Patriots to the Class AAA tournament win.
Kionna Coleman had 12 points and Taylor Cistrunk added 10 to pace Henry County, which ended its season at 13-16.