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Basketball: Previews of second-round state playoff games
Denmark sophomore Robert Cowherd throws down a dunk against LaGrange on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Photo courtesy Jay Rooney Photography.


(3) Burke County at (1) Denmark

When, where: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Denmark

Records, rankings: Burke County is 14-8 and unranked in Class 4A; Denmark is 23-5 and ranked No. 5 in Class 4A.

What to know: The Danes held off a potential comeback from LaGrange in the first round on Saturday, with Adonnis Tolbert, Joseph Scott, Sutton Smith and Robert Cowherd all tallying double-digit points to put Denmark on top. Burke County advanced to the second round by the slimmest of margins, besting Dougherty 68-67. The Bears were the No. 3 seed in a relatively weak region, and while the Danes shouldn’t overlook them after their close win in the opening round, they’re certainly the favorites to advance.

What’s next: North Oconee/Upson-Lee winner in the quarterfinals.

Tony Carpio
Pinecrest Academy sophomore Tony Carpio times his jump Friday during the Paladins’ 61-58 win against Tallulah Falls in the first round of the Class 1A Private playoffs. - photo by David Roberts

Pinecrest Academy at Providence Christian

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Providence Christian

Records, rankings: Pinecrest Academy is 16-12 and ranked No. 7 in Class 1A Private; Providence Christian is 24-2 and unranked in Class 1A Private.

What to know: Pinecrest is in the second round thanks to the late-game heroics of Josh Boeye, whose buzzer-beating 3-pointer secured a 61-58 win over Tallulah Falls to open the playoffs. On paper, the Paladins’ challenge will be much tougher this week, with Providence Christian having lost only two games all season. That mark has the potential to be deceiving, though, with the Storm’s region and schedule being less than stellar. If the Paladins’ shooting can stay as hot as it’s been in the last few weeks, there’s no reason to think they can’t give themselves a chance at a win.

What’s next: Galloway/Greenforest winner in the quarterfinals.


(2) South Forsyth at (1) McEachern

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at McEachern

Records, rankings: South Forsyth is 18-11 and unranked in Class 7A; McEachern is 21-5 and ranked No. 8 in Class 7A.

What to know: After a dry spell in the middle of the season, the War Eagles seem to be playing their best basketball when it matters most, winning five of their last six and taking down Parkview 62-53 in the first round last week. Devin McGlockton continued his consistent play in that game with 24 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, but South’s perimeter shooters also showed up, with Ethan Underwood adding 17 points. McEachern is led by point guard Sharife Cooper, one of the best high school recruits in the nation who will play at Auburn next year. He scored 34 points in the Indians’ 78-48 first-round win against Roswell.

What’s next: East Coweta/North Gwinnett winner in the quarterfinals.


North Forsyth senior Breanna Helms drives inside the lane against Lakeside-DeKalb on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. - photo by Ben Hendren

(2) North Cobb at (1) North Forsyth

When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at North Forsyth

Records, rankings: North Cobb is 20-8 and ranked No. 10 in Class 7A; North Forsyth is 26-2 and ranked No. 4 in Class 7A.

What to know: It took a little over a quarter to do it, but the Raiders were able to get back to being themselves in the first round against Lakeside-DeKalb, ultimately cruising to a 68-46 victory. The senior duo of Caroline Martin and Ansley Allen led north with 19 points each. North won't have the luxury of getting off to a slow start this week, though, as it faces a ranked North Cobb team that hasn't lost to anyone not named McEachern since late December.

What’s next: Grayson/Cherokee winner in the quarterfinals.