The Central High School girls' basketball team secured its state tourney ticket in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night.
The Lady Lions rallied from a 13-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to stun Cedartown in a 54-51 overtime thriller in the quarterfinal round of the Region 5-AAAA Tournament in LaGrange.
Central (15-10) exploded for a 26-point fourth quarter to send the game to the extra period, where it outscored the Lady Bulldogs by three points to keep the season alive and make a return to the state playoffs.
Janae Jackson led the Lady Lions with 20 points, followed by Nyah Houston with 11, Haley Fehring with eight and Asia Mitchell added seven.
Central will face the host Lady Grangers in the semifinals on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Region 7-AAAAA Tournament
Villa Rica girls 64, Paulding County 21: The top-seeded Lady Wildcats (21-1) made quick work of the Lady Patriots in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday, storming out to a 42-6 lead by halftime and easing to the win.
Deasia Merrill led VR with 15 points, while Aliyah Hindsman added 14, Jaila Orozco scored 11 and Tee Windom finished with 10.
VR returns to action against Kell in the semifinal round on Thursday at Paulding County in a 7 p.m. bout.
Carrollton girls 59, Woodland, Cartersville 18: The second-seeded Lady Trojans (22-5) also dominated their opening-round match, setting the stage for a rematch with third-seeded Rome at 4 p.m. on Thursday at PC.
Cass boys 46, Carrollton 45: The Trojans (15-11) had their season end in heartbreaking fashion in the one-point quarterfinal setback. Carrollton led 25-19 at the half, but the Colonels rallied over the final 16 minutes to capture the win.
Villa Rica boys 87, East Paulding 56: The Wildcats (23-1) pounced out with a 26-point first quarter and put the game away in the second half to qualify for the state playoffs and advance into Thursday's semifinal round of the region tourney.
Region 5-AA Tournament
Heard County boys 58, Callaway 51: The Braves (7-18) punched their state playoff ticket on Tuesday night by overcoming a nine-point second-half deficit to pull out the win. Alijah Huzzie led the charge with 22 points, followed by Tray Dunson with 15.
Heard County faces top-seeded Spencer in the region semifinals on Thursday night at 8:30 in Columbus.
Heard County girls 61, Jordan 19: The Lady Braves (10-14) also earned a state tournament berth with the quarterfinal victory, getting 20 points from Sage Kelley and 14 from Morgan Kay.
Heard County will square off against Callaway in the semifinals at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Spencer.
Region 6-A Tournament
Trion boys 82, Mount Zion 79: The Eagles (11-14) lost a nail-biter in the opening round of the region tournament on Monday evening, putting their state playoff hopes in jeopardy. MZ opened the week ranked No. 26 in the Class A Public School Power Ratings.
Christian Heritage boys 82, Bowdon 53: The Red Devils (8-17) had their season come to a close in the opening round of the region tournament on Monday evening at Mount Zion.
Christian Heritage girls 68, Mount Zion 23: The Lady Eagles (1-23) also wrapped up their season on Monday evening in a first-round setback at Bowdon.