CEDAR SHOALS 65, BUFORD 64: At Cedar Shoals, Quincy Canty grabbed a rebound and scored the winning basket at the buzzer as the Jaguars recorded a major upset over Buford – ranked No. 1 in Class 5A – and won for the third time in their last three games.
“It was phenomenal,” said a hoarse Dreco Thomas, Cedar Shoals’ coach. “Our kids followed the game plan and held (Marcus) Watson to 13 points. That doesn’t happen often. We really played well defensively, holding them to 64 points.”
Cedar Shoals was led by Tyler Johnson, who had 16 points and five rebounds, Keivaziay Ball, who also had 16 points, and Canty, who finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.
The Wolves (14-2, 6-1 in Region 8-5A) came into Friday’s game riding a 14-game winning streak that included a substantial 74-48 victory over the Jaguars (7-10, 5-1) on Dec. 2 and two region victories over Clarke Central.
Cedar Shoals, now tied with Buford atop the region standings, was set to host Flowery Branch on Saturday and will play at Flowery Branch at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
ATHENS ACADEMY 50, ATHENS CHRISTIAN 46: At Athens Academy, the Spartans won for the third time in their last four games and improved to 7-6 overall and 4-2 in Region 8-A.
Larry Jang led Athens Academy with 16 points, followed by Matthew Marvel (15 points) and Barrett McLanahan (13 points).
Athens Christian was led by Jarrett Boyd (18 points) and Kohl Phillips (13 points).
The Spartans were set to host Commerce on Saturday and will host George Walton at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
CLARKE CENTRAL 72, WALNUT GROVE 46: At Walnut Grove, the Gladiators had three players score in double figures as they improved to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in Region 8-5A.
Jaiquez Smith led Clarke Central with 18 points (six 3-pointers), Dwon Smith added 13 points and Mijah Campbell contributed 10 points.
The Gladiators were set to host Winder-Barrow on Saturday and will host Johnson at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
OCONEE COUNTY 54, MADISON COUNTY 31: At Danielsville, the Warriors bounced back from their loss to Jefferson on Tuesday and won for the 12th time in their last 13 games.
Jordan Story led Oconee County with 18 points, followed by Rahul Das (17 points) and Ty Paschal (six points).
Tay Cooper had 12 points and Jackson Bailey added six points for Madison County.
The Warriors (14-3, 3-1) will host St. Pius X – ranked No. 2 in Class 4A – at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Red Raiders (6-11, 0-4) were set to play Saturday at Habersham Central and will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Oconee.
EAST JACKSON 94, JACKSON COUNTY 51: At Commerce, the Eagles ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 12-7 overall and 2-2 in Region 8-3A.
East Jackson was led by Xavier Clark (26 points), Makayl Rakestraw (21 points), Kobe Haley (14 points), Tay Howard (12 points) and Miles Addington (12 points).
Freshman Kalib Clinton had 18 points for Jackson County.
The Eagles will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Franklin County. Jackson County (3-12, 0-3) will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Morgan County, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A.
WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN 77, PEACHTREE ACADEMY 69: At Watkinsville, Landon Street scored a game-high 35 points for the Lions.
Westminster Christian will play at 8 p.m. Friday at Trinity Prep in Loganville.
STEPHENS COUNTY 72, NORTH OCONEE 52: At Toccoa, the Titans had two players score in double figures but Stephens County posted the Region 8-4A victory.
Adam Weynand led North Oconee with 14 points and Wes Wilson added 11 points.
The Titans (1-17, 0-5) will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Madison County.
ST. PIUS X 73, JEFFERSON 49: At Jefferson, the Dragons led briefly in the third quarter but then the Golden Lions – ranked No. 2 in Class 4A – took command and won the Region 8-4A game.
Tryson Norman led Jefferson with 15 points and Jasper Gibson chipped in 12 points.
The Dragons (11-7, 3-1) were set to play Saturday at Apalachee and will host Stephens County at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
TALLULAH FALLS 94, COMMERCE 82: At Commerce, the Tigers lost their third consecutive game despite having three players score in double figures.
Kyre Ware led Commerce with 24 points, Jamecus Cox added 22 points and freshman Tyelon Brock chipped in 12 points.
The Tigers (2-13, 0-6) were set to play Saturday at Athens Academy and will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Riverside Military.
ELBERT COUNTY 82, OGLETHORPE COUNTY 52: At Lexington, the Patriots fell to Elbert County – ranked No. 6 in Class 2A – as Kobe Goudelock scored a game-high 26 points for the Blue Devils.
Jeffrey Glenn and Stacy Taylor both scored 13 points for Oglethorpe County.
The Patriots (3-12, 1-3) were set to host Banks County – ranked No. 9 in Class 2A – on Saturday and will host Rabun County at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
LANIER 45, APALACHEE 42 (OT): At Sugar Hill, the Wildcats lost for the fourth time in their last five games, dropping a Region 8-6A road game.
Parker Miller led Apalachee with 10 points and four rebounds, Brandon Bannis scored 10 points and Derek Miller had eight points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.
The Wildcats (8-9, 1-3) were set to host Jefferson on Saturday and will host Gainesville on Tuesday.
ATHENS ACADEMY 49, ATHENS CHRISTIAN 34: At Athens Academy, the Spartans won for the eighth time in their last nine games and improved to 13-3 overall and 4-2 in Region 8-A.
Greer Moseley led Athens Academy with 14 points. Gabby Mastandrea, who was honored Friday for scoring her 1,000th career point last week, added 11 points and Maddie McCleary contributed 10 points.
Madison Pickerel recorded 15 points and seven rebounds for Athens Christian.
The Spartans were set to host Commerce on Saturday and will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at George Walton. The Eagles (2-13, 1-4) will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Prince Avenue Christian.
CLARKE CENTRAL 46, WALNUT GROVE 42: At Walnut Grove, the Gladiators – hampered by injuries and illness – halted a four-game losing streak with a Region 8-5A road victory.
Jayla Barnett led Clarke Central with 14 points. Isis Hutchens, KenAsia Gaither and Aaliyah Hall added nine points each.
The Gladiators (5-9, 1-5) will host Johnson at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
WINDER-BARROW 67, GAINESVILLE 38: At Gainesville, the Bulldoggs – ranked No. 3 in Class 6A – won their fourth consecutive game in a squash of Region 8-6A foe Gainesville.
Olivia Nelson-Ododa scored 30 points to lead Winder-Barrow and she was followed by Chellia Watson, who added 16 points.
The Bulldoggs (11-3, 3-1) began play Saturday in the Music City Classic in Nashville and will host Habersham Central at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
MADISON COUNTY 76, OCONEE COUNTY 37: At Danielsville, the Red Raiders – ranked No. 7 in Class 4A – had three players score in double figures as they improved to 11-5 overall and 3-0 in Region 8-4A.
Madison County’s Jordan Bailey and Kayla McPherson shared high-scoring honors with 24 points apiece while ADryana Maxwell scored 19 points.
Sara English led Oconee County with 13 points. Kaitlyn Corral and Campbell Ball scored six points apiece.
The Red Raiders were set to play Saturday at Habersham Central and will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at North Oconee. The Warriors (8-9, 0-4) will host St. Pius X at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
EAST JACKSON 48, JACKSON COUNTY 41: At Commerce, the Eagles snapped a four-game losing streak, won their first Region 8-3A game and gave coach Matt Gibbs his first victory over the rival Panthers.
Abbie Howington led East Jackson with 15 points.
Carlie Anderson paced Jackson County with 12 points.
The Eagles (9-8, 1-3) will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Franklin County, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. The Panthers (5-10, 0-3) will host Morgan County at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN 43, PEACHTREE ACADEMY 36: At Watkinsville, Sallie Schutz led the Lions with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Lauren McCullough chipped in 12 points and Rachel Snyder contributed nine points for Westminster Christian, which plays Friday at Trinity Prep in Loganville.
BUFORD 59, CEDAR SHOALS 27: At Cedar Shoals, the Jaguars fell to 11-6 overall and 4-2 in Region 8-5A with a lopsided loss to Buford, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A.
Laurie Thomas led Cedar Shoals with 17 points.
The Jaguars were set to host Flowery Branch on Saturday and will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Flowery Branch.
STEPHENS COUNTY 41, NORTH OCONEE 40: At Toccoa, the Titans sustained their third consecutive loss and their second one-point loss in as many games in a Region 8-4A heartbreaker.
Shekya Watson led the way with 13 points and was followed by Tatum Thompson, who scored nine points.
North Oconee (6-11, 1-3) will host Madison County – ranked No. 7 in Class 4A – at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
ST. PIUS X 49, JEFFERSON 39: At Jefferson, the Dragons – ranked No. 10 in Class 4A – saw their three-game winning streak snapped by the visiting Golden Lions in a Region 8-4A game.
Jazz Allen led Jefferson with 19 points.
The Dragons (12-6, 2-3) were set to play Saturday at Apalachee and will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Stephens County.
TALLULAH FALLS 41, COMMERCE 40: At Commerce, for the second time in their last three games, the Tigers lost by a point in Region 8-A play. The Tigers fell 32-31 to George Walton on Jan. 6.
Commerce was led by Bryanna Sanders with 14 points and Jeanece Smith with 12 points.
The Tigers (6-11, 2-4) were set to play Saturday at Athens Academy and will play Friday at Hebron Christian.
ELBERT COUNTY 43, OGLETHORPE COUNTY 29: At Lexington, the Patriots are still looking for their first victory of the season after falling in Region 8-2A to the Blue Devils.
Jenna Pulliam led Oglethorpe County with 11 points.
The Patriots (0-13, 0-3) were set to play Banks County – ranked No. 8 in Class 2A – on Saturday and will host Rabun County at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
LANIER 53, APALACHEE 30: At Sugar Hill, the Wildcats dropped their fourth consecutive game and fell to 6-11 overall and 0-4 in Region 8-6A.
Nakia Hooks led Apalachee with 12 points and nine rebounds. Kate Thompson added five points.
The Wildcats were set to host Jefferson on Saturday and will host Gainesville at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
PRINCE AVENUE CHRISTIAN 55, ATHENS ACADEMY 33: At Athens Academy, the Wolverines – ranked No. 7 in Class A Private – won their 13th consecutive game with a road victory over the Spartans, ranked No. 10 in Class A Private.
Prince Avenue Christian was led by Ansley Hall (22 points), Madison Britt (14 points), Janie Henderson (10 points) and Millican Jarrett (six points).
Athens Academy’s Gabbby Mastandrea scored 11 points, followed by Reagan Hatch, who had 10 points.
The Wolverines (14-1, 6-0) were set to play at Hebron Christian on Saturday and will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Athens Christian. The Spartans (12-3, 3-2) were set to host Athens Christian on Friday and Commerce on Saturday and will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at George Walton.
ATHENS ACADEMY 62, PRINCE AVENUE 54: At Athens Academy, the Spartans had four players score in double figures as they won for the third time in their last four games and evened their overall record at 6-6.
Athens Academy (3-2 in Region 8-A) was led by Barrett McLanahan (18 points), Conner Hatch (15 points), Larry Jang (13 points) and Hugh Laughlin (10 points).
The Spartans were set to host Athens Christian on Friday and Commerce on Saturday and will play at George Walton at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Wolverines (8-7, 4-2) were set to play Saturday at Hebron Christian and will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against Athens Christian.