The high school basketball regular season ended Friday night, and county teams turned their attention to region tournaments.
Region play began Monday for the girls and Tuesday for the boys at South Effingham in Region 2-AAAA. Tournament champions will be crowned Saturday night. The Region 3-AAA Tournament began Monday for the boys and Tuesday for the girls at Josey High School.
In Region 2-AAAA, the Evans boys took second with a flip of the coin and earned a first-round bye.
The Knights needed a win Friday night at South Effingham to tie Statesboro for the No. 2 North seed and to start tiebreaker procedures. A loss would have dropped them to third.
Myles McDavid hit a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left to tie the score, then sank two free throws with seven seconds left for the 56-54 win. Knowing it might come down to a coin flip to determine the higher seed, Evans boys coach Kevin Kenny correctly called the flip last Tuesday when Statesboro visited Lakeside.
The Knights will face the winner of Liberty County and South Effingham Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The Evans girls lost to South Effingham 65-58 Friday, and their season ended with a 48-45 loss Monday to Wayne County.
Greenbrier lost at Effingham County Friday night, 66-37. They lost eight of their past nine games, but still managed to finish 9-15 overall, 3-7 region and were the North’s No. 4 seed. They were slated to face South No. 5 Wayne County Tuesday. A win would pit them against South No. 1 Brunswick Thursday; a loss would end their season.
The Lady Wolfpack lost to Effingham County 50-40, dropping to 6-19, 1-9. They were the North’s No. 6 seed, but their season ended Monday with a 77-34 loss to the South’s No. 3 Liberty County.
Lakeside’s boys lost two of their last three games by a point in the final seconds to Evans and Statesboro, and entered the tournament as a No. 5 seed after finishing 11-14. 2-8. They were scheduled to play No. 4 Richmond Hill Tuesday night.
The Lady Panthers finished 9-14, 3-7, and were the No. 4 seed. They moved to the second round with a 50-39 win Monday over Glynn Academy, and will face No. 1 seed Richmond Hill at 5 p.m. today.
The Lady Warriors of Grovetown finished with a 16-9 overall record, 4-6 in the region, good for a No. 4 seed in the tournament.
Harlem’s girls were 3-22, winless in 10 tries in the region and finished in last place. Their regular season ended Friday night at Lincoln County, where they lost 69-46.
Harlem’s boys ended the regular season with a 9-16 overall mark, 2-8 region and a No. 5 seed. Their regular season finished with a 48-45 loss at Lincoln County, and their tournament play ended Monday with a 70-64 loss to No. 4 seed Burke County.
The Grovetown boys finished 5-18, 0-10 in the region and landed a No. 6 seed. Their season ended Monday to No. 3 Glenn Hills 67-44.
In Georgia Independent School Association Region 4-AAA tournament play, the Augusta Prep boys saw their season end Thursday night with a 56-29 loss to tournament host Westminster. They finished the season with 2-11.
In South Carolina Independent School Association action, Augusta Christian faced Providence Athletic Friday night. The Lions won 81-33, finishing the regular season 12-15, while the girls won by a 65-15 margin, finishing 20-6. Both head to the SCISA Tournament on Friday.