Senior Aidan Saunders and his Miller Grove teammates are aiming to reclaim the Class 5A state title. (Photo by Mark Brock)
The No. 1 ranked Miller Grove Wolverines (25-2) and No. 10 ranked Southwest DeKalb Panthers (23-5) come out of Region 6-5A as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively, followed Miller Grove’s 86-58 championship game victory over the Panthers.
Miller Grove plays host to Region 7 No. 4 seed Sprayberry (18-10) as they continue their on their goal of regaining their six-time championship crown lost in the quarterfinals a year ago. Miller Grove won state titles from 2009-2014 and Coach Sharman White has 262 wins at Miller Grove. It is the Wolverines ninth consecutive trip to the postseason.
The Panthers are returning to the state playoffs for the first time since a 2012 run to the Class 5A state finals where they fell to Miller Grove.
Southwest DeKalb will play host to Region 7 No. 3 seed Kell (16-12) at 6:00 pm tomorrow.
Both Class 5A girls’ teams in action on Wednesday are Miller Grove (15-12) and Stephenson (20-8) as they travel to Region 7 opponents.
Stephenson is the No. 3 seed out of Region 6-5A on the back of a thrilling last second 64-63 victory over Miller Grove in the third place game on Saturday. Stephenson goes on the road to No. 2 seed Creekview (22-5) as the Lady Jaguars make their 16th consecutive playoff appearance under 400 game winner Dennis Watkins and goes into the tournament as the defending champion having won the program’s third state title a year ago.
Miller Grove (15-12) goes on the road to face No. 7 ranked and Region 7 No. 1 seed Sequoyah (22-6) at 6:00 pm tomorrow.
Three DCSD teams play in the Class 4A state playoffs on Wednesday led by the No. 4 ranked Lithonia Bulldogs who will host Region 7 No. 3 seed Northwest Whitfield (20-6) at 6:00 pm.
The Bulldogs (22-5) enter the state tournament as the Region 6-4A No. 2 seed after losing a heartbreaking 61-58 championship game to No. 3 Grady (25-3) on a half-court shot at the end of regulation. Lithonia has reached the playoffs and won at least 20 games in consecutive seasons under Coach Wallace Corker and for the first time since the 2003-2004 seasons under Lewis Jones.
The Columbia Eagles (13-12) knocked off No. 8 ranked St. Pius (22-5) 63-59 in overtime of the Region 6-4A third place game on Saturday at Chamblee to earn the No. 3 seed and a trip to face Region 7 No. 2 seed Heritage-Catoosa (20-8) at 7:30 pm.
The Eagles are making their 13th consecutive playoff appearance dating back to the 2004 season which includes five state championships.
The final entry in Class 4A from DeKalb is Arabia Mountain (18-10) travelling to Region 7 No. 1 seed Heritage-Catoosa (20-8) in a Class 4A girls’ state tournament game.
Arabia Mountain is making its second consecutive and second overall state tournament appearance. Coach Yolanda Redmond and her Lady Rams are looking for their first state tournament victory as they face Heritage.
The Cedar Grove Saints and Coach James Martin (210-130) captured the Region 4-3A title with a 60-55 victory over North Clayton on Saturday night to earn the No. 1 seed heading into the Class 3A State Playoffs.
Cedar Grove entertains Region 1 No. 4 Dodge County (18-7) at 6:00 pm on Wednesday as the Saints make their fourth consecutive state tournament appearance under Martin.
The Saints were sitting at 10-7 overall following a loss to South Atlanta on January 19th, but have put together an eight-game win streak heading into the state playoffs, including a 71-61 upset of No. 6 ranked South Atlanta in the region semifinals last Friday.
Girls State Tournament Brackets
Boys State Tournament Brackets
DCSD State Playoff Schedule
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Class 4A Girls
SE Whitfield (18-9) at Redan (20-5), 6:00 pm
Class 5A Girls
Rome (18-9) at SW DeKalb (23-6), 6:00 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Campbell (15-11) at Tucker (23-4), 6:00 pm
Campbell (19-8) at Tucker (20-6), 7:30 pm
Miller Grove (15-12) at Sequoyah (22-6), 6:00 pm
Stephenson (20-8) at Creekview (22-5), 6:00 pm
Sprayberry (18-10) at Miller Grove (25-2), 6:00 pm
Kell (16-12) at SW DeKalb (23-5), 6:00 pm
Arabia Mountain (18-10) at Heritage-Catoosa (22-5), 6:00 pm
Columbia (13-12) at Heritage-Catoosa (20-8), 7:30 pm
NW Whitfield (20-6) at Lithonia (22-5), 6:00 pm
Dodge Co. (19-8) at Cedar Grove (18-7), 6:00 pm