By Staff Reports

Monday night’s region tournament action featured three DCSD girls’ basketball teams clinching state tournament berths with victories on Monday night.

The Cedar Grove Lady Saints, Redan Lady Raiders and Druid Hills Lady Red Devils all won to earn state tournament berths. The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats, Lakeside Vikings and Tucker Lady Tigers all advanced one step closer with their wins on Monday.

The Redan Lady Raiders (6-13) pulled off a 49-47 overtime upset victory over the DeKalb rivals Stone Mountain Lady Pirates (12-13) in the Region 5-3A Tournament opener at Pace Academy.

Redan junior Daisha Twiggs had a big night including the go-ahead three-pointer with 48 seconds left in overtime for a 48-47 Lady Raiders lead. She then hit one of two free throws with 25 seconds to play to make it a 49-47 advantage.

An offensive rebound and shot by Stone Mountain bounced off the rim at the buzzer as Redan held on for the big win. Coach Charlyce Henderson led the Lady Raiders to a state playoff berth in her first season and the first for Redan since the 2017 season.

Stone Mountain trailed 45-41 with 3:00 left on the clock following Twiggs fourth three of the nigh, but rallied to take a 47-45 lead spurred by a steal and layup by Cenia Flood. Jordyn Alexander hit a pair of free throws with 1:31 to play to knot the game at 45-45.

Rakael Johnson’s layup with 1:02 to play gave Stone Mountain the 47-45 lead before Twiggs’ go-ahead three.

Twiggs finished with 21 points on the night and Jayla Cook hit for 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Alexander finished with an 18-point, 19-rebound double-double for Stone Mountain and Jada Price added 10 points.

Redan advances to the girls’ semifinals against No. 1 seed Pace (16-7) at 7:00 pm on Wednesday.

Cedar Grove’s Antoniya Hicks (33) dribbles up court in a hurry against Towers’ Kevani Jackson (14) during the Lady Saints’ 57-18 win. (Photo by Mark Brock)
Cedar Grove’s Antoniya Hicks (33) dribbles up court in a hurry against Towers’ Kevani Jackson (14) during the Lady Saints’ 57-18 win. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Cedar Grove 57, Towers 18

The No. 2 seeded Cedar Grove Lady Saints (12-9) 14-0 lead on the way to a 57-18 state playoff berth win over the Towers Lady Titans (2-18) in the nightcap at Pace on Monday.

Cedar Grove scored just two points in the first 4:02 of the second quarter until Kaitlyn Hairston went on an 11-0 run by herself as the Lady Saints began to put more distance between themselves and Towers. Hairston hit a pull up jumper and then hit three long three-pointers to extend the lead to 27-5.

Rickayla Johnson hit for 12 second half points as Cedar Grove cruised into the semifinals with the 57-18 win.

Hairston finished with a game-high 13 points to lead Cedar Grove. Johnson added 12 more and Antoniya Hicks reached double figures with 10.

Catherine Forbes had 8 points and 6 rebounds to lead Towers in the season ending loss.

Cedar Grove advances to take on Lovett (16-8), 62-29 winners over Westminster in the 4:00 pm girls’ semifinal at Pace on Wednesday.

Region 4-4A Girls
Druid Hills 42, North Clayton 40

It had been 18 seasons since the Druid Hills Lady Red Devils had been to the state playoff, but the streak ended with a 42-40 win over host North Clayton on Monday.

Druid Hills and North Clayton were tied 40-40 with 50 seconds to play. Druid Hills score two to take a 42-40 lead. North Clayton, the No. 3 seed, had one last chance with 3 seconds to play throwing the ball in under the Druid Hills goal.

A long pass down court was tipped by Druid Hills and a last shot was way wide on a desperate turn and throw that allowed Druid Hills to earn its first state playoff trip since the 2001 season. It is the 15th overall including the 1960 Class 3A state title.

Two Class 6A girls’ teams won to move a step closer to the state tournament. Dunwoody knocked off Chattahoochee 50-32 and faces John’s Creek at 6:00 pm on Tuesday at Pope with a state playoff berth on the line. The Wildcats were not as fortunate as they fell 72-37 to John’s Creek to wrap up their season.

The Tucker Lady Tigers (6-19) advanced in the Region 4-6A girls’ tournament with a 49-46 win over Morrow (1-22) at Stephenson. Tucker advances to face No. 1 seed Lovejoy (22-3) in a 7:00 pm contest at Stephenson.

The Lakeside Vikings (9-17) advanced to Tuesday night’s matchup with No. 3 seed Berkmar (17-7) at 4:30 via a 65-54 win over Central Gwinnett (4-20) on Monday at Meadowcreek.

DeKalb had 14 teams playing for spots in their respective state tournaments on Tuesday night (see schedule below).

DCSD REGION TOURNAMENT RESULTS
MONDAY, FEB. 4
Region 7-7A at Meadowcreek
Boys
Lakeside (9-17) 65, Central Gwinnett (4-20) 54

Region 7-6A at Pope
Girls
Dunwoody (10-15) 50, Chattahoochee (3-23) 32
Boys
John’s Creek (12-14) 72, Dunwoody (10-16) 37

Region 4-6A at Stephenson
Girls
Tucker (6-19) 49, Morrow (1-22) 46

Region 4-4A at North Clayton
Girls
Druid Hills (12-13) 42, North Clayton (14-12) 40

Region 5-3A at Pace Academy
Girls
Redan (6-13) 49, Stone Mountain (12-13) 47 OT
Cedar Grove (12-9) 57, Towers (2-18) 18

DCSD REGION TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Feb. 5
Region 7-7A at Meadowcreek
Girls
Lakeside (17-8) vs. Central Gwinnett (16-9), 6:00 pm
Boys
Lakeside (9-17) vs. Berkmar (17-7), 4:30 pm

Region 7-6A at Pope
Girls
Dunwoody (10-15) vs. John’s Creek (16-9), 6:00 pm

Region 4-6A at Stephenson
Girls
Stephenson (15-10) vs. Mundy’s Mill (10-15), 4:00 pm
Boys
M.L. King (6-19) vs. Mundy’s Mill (19-6), 8:30 pm

Region 5-5A at Columbia
Girls
Chamblee (7-17) vs. Miller Grove (10-14), 5:30 pm
Boys
Miller Grove (9-16) vs. Chamblee (11-13), 7:00 pm

Region 4-4A at North Clayton
Boys
Druid Hills (17-7) vs. Eastside (14-9), 4:00 pm

Region 5-3A at Pace Academy
Boys
Redan (12-12) vs. Stone Mountain (14-10), 6:00 pm
Pace (18-7) vs. Towers (4-19), 7:30 pm

Region 6-2A at Douglass
Girls
McNair (3-14) vs. KIPP (18), 7:00 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Region 4-6A at Stephenson
Girls
M.L. King (13-12) vs. Mt. Zion (13-12), 4:00 pm
Lovejoy (22-3) vs. Tucker (6-19), 7:00 pm
Boys
Stephenson (12-12) vs. Mt. Zion (9-16), 5:30 pm
Tucker (21-4) vs. Forest Park (5-12), 8:30 pm

Region 5-5A at Columbia
Girls
Columbia (18-6) vs. Lithonia (7-15), 4:00 pm
Arabia Mountain (17-4) vs. Clarkston (3-22), 7:00 pm
Boys
Columbia (13-9) vs. Arabia Mountain (6-18), 5:30 pm
Lithonia (16-8) vs. Clarkston (6-19), 8:30 pm

Region 5-3A at Pace Academy
Boys
Cedar Grove (16-7) vs. Lovett/Westminster, 5:30 pm
Girls
Lovett (16-8) vs Cedar Grove (12-9), 4:00 pm
Pace (16-7) vs. Redan (6-13), 7:00 pm

Region 6-2A at Douglass
Boys
McNair (3-19) vs. Therrell (19-6), 7:00 pm

Thursday, Feb. 7
Region 4-4A at North Clayton
Druid Hills (12-13) vs. Luella (21-4), 7:00 pm

Written by Darius

Darius Goodman is an alumni of Martin Luther King Jr. High School in DeKalb County and a former piccolo/flute player for the MLK Marching Lions. Upon high school graduation in 2011, Goodman attended South Carolina State University on a band scholarship up until 2015 when he completed his Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication with a concetration in Journalism. Once finished with his degree, Goodman then joined Beyond the Flag a FanSided site. From there, Goodman started his career with the Henry Herald/Clayton News Daily in 2016. Within a few years, he attained a few awards: including company wide social media awards and a Georgia Press Association Sports Coverage award. Now, while balancing Henry County, Goodman is reaching out to DeKalb County.

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