ATHENS ACADEMY 49, PRINCE AVENUE CHRISTIAN 29: At Commerce, the No. 4-seeded Spartans stopped a two-game losing streak at precisely the right time with a victory over the No. 5 seed Wolverines in the first round of the Region 8-A tournament.
Rose Bone’s 24 points led Athens Academy. Meg Williams had 10 points, six rebounds and five assists, Meredith Reynolds had five points, Jaila Salley-Barnett had five assists and Maddy Wicker recorded nine rebounds.
The Spartans (15-10) will face the winner between Hebron Christian and George Walton on Friday in the second round. The Wolverines end the season at 10-12.
TALLULAH FALLS 40, ATHENS ACADEMY 38: At Tallulah Falls, the Spartans fell to 14-10 overall and 6-3 in Region 8-A with a heartbreaking loss against the Indians.
Rose Bone led Athens Academy with 11 points, followed by Meredith Reynolds (eight points), Madeline Wicker (six points, eight rebounds), Adair Marvel (six points) and Jaila Salley-Barnett (four points, five assists).
The Spartans, the region’s No. 4 seed, will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday against No. 5 Prince Avenue Christian in the first round of the region tournament.
ATHENS ACADEMY 47, COMMERCE 42: At Athens Academy, the Spartans won for the sixth time in their last seven games as Rose Bone had a double-double with a game-high 28 points and 10 rebounds.
Jaila Salley-Barnett added seven points and seven assists for Athens Academy.
Commerce was led by Bryanna Sanders, who had 16 points, and Carson Hobbs, who scored 10 points.
The Spartans (13-8, 6-1 in Region 8-A) were set to host Jackson County on Saturday and will host Lakeview Academy at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Commerce (13-10, 2-6) will host Providence Christian at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
With an emphasis on the development of complete basketball players, the programs have enjoyed a successful history. Both boys’ and girls’ programs have a track record of multiple Region Championships and deep playoff runs.
So that our athletes receive quality instruction with a realistic opportunity for playing time, the size of teams in some sports is limited. Students "try out" for teams. Although there is no guarantee that a student will be selected for a specific team, the number and variety of offerings provide many opportunities for each player.