The defending state champions in the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans dominated the Wildcats of Westminster Friday night at home 55-38.

Spartans junior guard Kayleigh Addie put on a show and showed why she is one of the best guards in Class 3-A and the state, finishing with 29 points.

The Spartans wanted to avenge their regular-season loss to the Wildcats after losing to the Wildcats twice in the regular season. Most notably, their 62-60 loss against the Wildcats involved Region Player of the Year in Courtney Ogden hitting a game-winner.

Although the Wildcats were technically the home team, it was a home game for the Spartans as GAC hosted the region tournament and more fans in the red and gold turned out.

The Wildcats jumped out big on the Spartans to begin the game going up 7-0 early. It looked as if the Wildcats were going to go up early and take full control of the game but the Spartans settled in. Led by Addie and Spartans guard Laci Bolde, the Spartans kept the game close as they trailed 10-6 at the end of the first quarter.

The Spartans defense held the Wildcats to seven points in the second quarter and offensively, Addie made them pay. Addie scored 13 points in the quarter which led to the Spartans leading 26-17 at halftime.

The third quarter is where the Spartans poured it on the Wildcats as the Wildcats had no answer. Addie led the Spartans in scoring this quarter and finished it with a buzzer-beater stepback three-pointer over Wildcats guard Kiera Staude. The Spartans lead 44-27 at the end of the third.

There was nothing the Wildcats could do this game to give themselves a chance. In the fourth quarter, they double-teamed Addie on defense, ran a full-court pressure defense, and ultimately fouled and made the Spartans convert at the free-throw line. Ogden struggled this game finishing with nine points.

Bolden finished with 10 points in this game adding to Addie’s 29.

The Spartans will host Oconee County in the first round of the playoffs.

Sandy Creek’s boys roll big over Salem 75-48

The Sandy Creek Patriots remained undefeated in Region 5-3A for the regular season while also capturing the region title over Salem in a dominating 75-48 win.
Coming into this game, the Seminoles knew what they were up against. The Patriots were led by Auburn signee Jabari Smith and Myles Rice who signed with Washington State.

The Patriots jumped out big on the Seminoles making their first five shots of the game. This run included forward Deshon Proctor beating the Seminoles defender baseline and throwing down a two-hand slam.

In the snap of a finger, the Patriots were up 18-5 with 3:11 left in the first quarter.

The Patriots showed why they were one of the best teams in the state as they built onto their lead each quarter, finishing with a 75-48 victory.

Smith and Proctor each led the Patriots in scoring.

The Patriots will host Franklin County in the first round of the playoffs. The day and time have yet to be determined.

Photo: Anfernee Patterson/The Atlanta Voice

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