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Basketball: Previews of state quarterfinal matchups
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North Forsyth's Caroline Martin surveys the court during the Raiders' game against West Forsyth on Dec. 11, 2018 at North Forsyth High School. - photo by Ian Frazer
North Forsyth girls vs. Roswell

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

Records, rankings, seedings: North is 25-4, ranked No. 8 in Class 7A and the No. 1 seed from Region 5-7A; Roswell is 21-8, unranked in Class 7A and the No. 2 seed from Region 4-7A.

What to know: The Raiders and Hornets are more well-acquainted than most opponents that meet at this stage of the playoffs. These teams have already played twice this season, and both of those matchups have come down to a single basket: North won 65-63 in overtime on Dec. 8, and Roswell won 55-52 on Jan. 5. The Hornets have two six-foot-plus posts in Kate Manley and Ella Boyle, which presents some matchup challenges for the shorter Raiders, but North has one big factor in its favor: Region Player of the Year Caroline Martin, who sprained her ankle in the region tournament, looks to be back to full strength.

What's next: Westlake or Norcross in the state semifinals.


Denmark's Sutton Smith puts up a shot while draped with defenders during the Danes' game against Marist on Jan. 8, 2019 at Denmark High School. - photo by Ian Frazer

Denmark boys vs. Woodward Academy

When, where: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at Denmark

Records, rankings, seedings: Denmark is 24-6, ranked No. 10 in Class 4A and the No. 1 seed from Region 7-4A; Woodward Academy is 21-8, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A and the No. 1 seed from Region 4-4A.

What to know: Denmark, with its first-year status and complete lack of seniors, just keeps rising to the occasion, and now the Danes will have to do that in a literal sense. Woodward has been somewhat inconsistent throughout the year, at one point dropping four of six, but the War Eagles are scorching now, having won their last 10. And they probably have Denmark beat in the post battle, boasting seven-foot junior Walker Kessler, one of the top recruits in the class of 2020. But if the Danes have proven anything this season, it’s that it’s unwise to doubt them.

What's next: Carver-Columbus or Cartersville in the state semifinals.