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GHSA GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL CAPSULES: Westover, Lee County, Mitchell County, Seminole County & Randolph-Clay (includes today's schedule)

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

Class AAAA

LEE COUNTY

Seed: Region 1, No. 3.

Record: 21-8.

Opponent: Region 2, No. 1 Statesboro (25-3).

When/Where: 7 p.m. today at Statesboro.

What: Second round of state playoffs (Sweet 16).

Game analysis: Lee County isn't afraid of anyone, and that's half the battle in the playoffs. Statesboro has been ranked in the Top 10 this season, and knows how to run the floor, but the Leesburg girls won't be intimidated. Statesboro's Alisia Jenkins, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, has a been a force all season, but Lee County will counter with 6-1 senior Lindsey Crawford and 5-11 Daquenna Moore, both of whom can hold their own (or better) against anyone. The Lady Trojans are playing their best basketball at the right time, and they love their underdog role.

X-Factor: Crawford and Moore. They are the perfect combo, and they will have to out-play Jenkins. But the real secret to Lee County's run has been that every kid on this team has stepped up over the past two weeks. They think they are supposed to win.

Coach says: Lee County's Fran McPherson, "They run like deer, and they've got a 6-1 (Jenkins) post who does everything for them. But we've got a 6-1 post (Crawford) who is even better. We're playing with confidence. I think we're a dangerous team, because we are such an unknown. I see us improving. I don't think we've played our best basketball yet.''

If win: Advance to Elite 8 against winner of Region 2, No. 2 Forest Park and Region 3, No. 1 Hephzibah.

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Class AAA

WESTOVER

Seed: Region 1, No. 3.

Record: 24-3.

Opponent: Region 2, No. 2 Northside, Columbus (20-6).

When/Where: 6 p.m. today at Westover.

Game analysis: The Lady Patriots may have an easier time tonight than they had in the opener against a Jackson, Atlanta team that should have been a No. 1 seed. Look for DyTiesha Dunson to have another big game. She seems to love this playoff atmosphere, and Cessily Colwell is coming into her own of late. Those two, along with Ieshia Young, give teams fits. It's doubtful Northside has faced a squad with as much patience and discipline as Westover. Coach Lewis Smith doesn't get enough credit for the job he has done this season, because his kids play a brand of ball that wears down their opponents mentally and physically.

X-Factor: Latisha Williams. She just does everything for Westover, from being one of the best rebounders in the area to blocking shots to running the floor and getting steals to being in the right place at the right time. She is a big reason this team has a chance to make a run to the Final Four.

If win: Advance to Elite 8 against winner of Region 1, No. 4 Monroe and Region 2, No. 3 LaGrange.

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Class AA

MITCHELL COUNTY

Seed: Region 1, No. 2.

Record: 18-7.

Opponent: Region 2, No. 1 Appling County.

When/Where: 6 p.m. today at Appling County.

Game analysis: Tiona Burley will be tested tonight like she has not been tested all season, because Appling will throw everything at the 6-1 star from Camilla. If Burley ever needed some help from the supporting cast it's tonight, on the road against a team with a post presence.

X-Factor: Burley. She will be facing some one-on-ones with Ashley Jones, a 6-1 center in her own right who has heard about Burley all week. It should be a classic showdown, but Mitchell needs big games from Kedeemya Cooper, D'Erika Quimbley and Kapri Gaines tonight.

Coach says: Mitchell coach Rosemary Sanders: "They have a 6-1 girl and she is going to present a big test for Tiona. It's going to be a challenge for Tiona. I think Tiona is the better player of the two as far as consistency. I think Tiona will be up for the challenge.''

If win: Advance to Elite 8 against the winner of Region 3, No. 1 Vidalia (the top-ranked team in the state) and Region 4, No. 2 NE Macon.

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Class A

RANDOLPH-CLAY

Seed: Region 1, No. 1.

Record: 25-3.

Opponent: Region 3, No. 3 Savannah Christian (18-5).

When/Where: 6 p.m. today at Randolph-Clay

Game analysis: The bigger the game, the bigger Destiny Mitchell will play. She's that kind of player, and as Randolph-Clay advances, more and more people around Georgia will find out just how talented Mitchell is. Look for a big game tonight against a team that presents some size problems. Mitchell isn't just a force inside, she is as smooth as anyone with a midrange turnaround jumper that opens up everything else for the Lady Red Devils.

X-Factor: The pace. Not a player, but the pace, will be this game's x-factor. The Lady Red Devils like to run and put pressure on teams (as if facing Mitchell isn't pressure enough), and they will be running from the tipoff in their final home game.

Coach says: Coach Jennifer Acree: "They're tall and they have a couple of shooters, and they rebound the ball exceptionally well. They come from a tough region and have been ranked in the state's Top 10. The coach knows what she's doing. We have to push the ball. My motto is they have to stop us offensively. Until somebody proves they can stop us offensively, we're going to play our game. I feel pretty good.''

If win: Advance to Elite 8 against the winner Region 4, No. 1 Warren County and Region 3, No. 2 Calvary Day.

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SEMINOLE COUNTY

Seed: Region 1, No. 2.

Record: 13-6.

Opponent: Region 2, No. 1 Taylor County (27-1).

When/Where: 5 p.m. today at Taylor County.

Game analysis: This is a huge test for Seminole, but Jesse McLeod is a legendary coach who knows how to get a team ready and knows how to get the most out of his girls. Carrie Washington is going to need to have a big night, and a lot will have to fall right for the Lady Indians, who may just shock the state tonight.

X-Factor: Over-confidence: Taylor has been ranked in the top three in the state poll all season, and may look at Seminole's record and take the Lady Indians for granted. If that happens, Seminole is good enough to pull off the upset.

Coach says: Seminole coach McLeod, "They're ranked No 3 in the state and they have a lot of size. They have three girls who are 5-11, and they like to press and put a lot of pressure on you. But I feel like we have a pretty good chance. They beat Dooly by one point, and Turner by three. I think if we play well we'll have a good chance. We've played a lot of good teams and playing people like Lee County and Randolph-Clay really helps you a lot.''

If win: Advance to Elite 8 against winner of Region 3, No. 1 ECI and Region 4, No. 2 Wash-Wilkes.