STATE PLAYOFF HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Westover boys, girls may play DH in state playoffs (UPDATE: fixes Monroe's playoff path)

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

Westover's Patriots and Lady Patriots know who they will play, but still don't know when the opening round games of the Class AAA boys and girls state tournaments will be played -- and they might play a doubleheader.

Both teams won Region 1-AAA titles, which guarantees the home court this weekend. The Georgia High School Association schedules boys opening round games for Friday and girls for Saturday, but since Westover will host both, the school is trying to work out a plan for a doubleheader either Friday or Saturday.

"I would like for it to happen, because we would have a big crowd,'' Westover girls coach Lewis Smith said Tuesday.

In order to have a doubleheader at Westover both the Pats and Lady Pats' opponents would have to agree.

Westover's boys team is scheduled

to meet Woodland (17-11), which is

the fourth seed from Region 4-AAA, and Westover's girls (23-3) will

face Jackson, Atlanta in the opening round.

"You have to have the agreement from three schools and the GHSA,'' Smith said. "They are still trying to iron everything out.''

By virtue of winning the region, Smith's team will face a No. 4 seed in the opener -- but Jackson doesn't look like a No. 4 seed. The Lady Jaguars went 15-3 in the Region 4-AAA race and were the No. 1 seed in the region before losing twice in the region tournament, first in semifinals, and then the consolation game.

"We're playing a No. 1. They just had a bad weekend,'' Smith said. "It



Westover's Patriots (21-4) and Monroe's Tornadoes (24-2) both have difficult roads to the Final Four. Westover opens against fourth-seeded Woodland, but if the Patriots win their first two games there is a possibility they would meet defending state champ South Atlanta (26-2) in the Elite 8. Westover lost in the state final last year to South Atlanta, which has been ranked No. 1 in the GSWA poll this season, and is currently ranked No. 2 behind unbeaten LaGrange.

Monroe, meanwhile, opens at home against Spalding (18-9), and if the Tornadoes win they might have to face LaGrange (27-) on Tuesday and might have to beat Liberty County (26-1), the state's fourth-ranked team, in the Elite 8 for the chance to get to the Final Four.



Terrell County's Greenwave has a tough road in the GHSA Class A state tournament as well. If the Greenwave wins the first two games, they will likely meet Wilkenson County (27-0) -- the state's top-ranked Class A team in the state -- in the Elite 8.

Terrell County opens at home Friday against fourth-seeded Hancock Central (10-13), but if they win they could meet Greenville in the second round. Greenville enters as a No. 2 seed, but only after being upset in the region final. Greenville went 12-0 and won the region regular season title and is 19-6 for the season.

"It's tough. It's a tough bracket,'' Terrell County coach John Davis said. "We didn't choose it.''

Terrell County has reached the Elite 8 the last two years, but this year's team has only one senior in the starting lineup, Alre'k Brown.

"I feel the same every year,'' Davis said. "If we play well, we'll do fine. You have to have some breaks and you have to make some runs. The kids are focused.''

Terrell County (21-5) beat Lanier, the state's fifth-ranked team, 56-55, to win the region title in an emotional comeback, but Davis doesn't think his team will have a letdown even after such a draining victory.

"Anytime you win the region, it's good,'' said Davis, whose team has won four consecutive 1-A titles. "It gives you momentum going into the state tournament.''



Deerfield-Windsor's Knights couldn't have had a tougher draw in the GISA Final Four this week. The Knights (26-1) will have to face George Walton at 7 p.m. Thursday in Milledgeville. DWS is the top-ranked team in the GISA coaches state poll, while George Walton is ranked No. 2.

The Knights have been playing without freshman guard Ramello Carter, who has been out with a kneecap injury, and it doesn't appear as if Carter will be available this weekend.

"He's had a tremendous season,'' DWS coach Gordy Gruhl said. "We've missed him. It means everybody has had to play more minutes, and it kind of threw us out of sync the last week. He's a valuable part to our team.''