It's down to the rubber match for the Villa Rica and Carrollton high school girls' basketball teams.
After splitting the regular-season series, the local rivals will meet up in the championship game of the Region 7-AAAAA Tournament tonight at 7 at Paulding County High School for the rights to the league crown and No. 1 state playoff seed.
The sixth-ranked Lady Wildcats (22-1) defeated Kell in the semifinals on Thursday evening by a 71-39 count behind a 27-point performance from Aliyah Hindsman, followed by Deasia Merrill with 11, Jaila Orozco with 10 and Tee Windom with nine. The seventh-ranked Lady Trojans (22-5) edged Rome in a 66-63 dogfight in the first semifinal matchup of the night to advance to the finals and guarantee themselves at least one home state playoff game.
Villa Rica boys 69, Cass 44: After knocking off East Paulding in an 87-56 rout in Tuesday's tourney opener, the Wildcats (24-1) stormed into the Region 7-AAAAA Tournament finals in Thursday's late game with the semifinal win over the Colonels.
VR will try to make it a region tournament repeat on Friday night at 8:30 when it squares off against Hiram at Paulding County after the Hornets (19-9) defeated the host Patriots in the other semifinal on Thursday, 50-42.
Region 5-AA Tournament at Spencer
Callaway girls 48, Heard County 40: The Lady Braves fall into the consolation round and will face host Spencer today at 4 p.m. to determine the No. 3 and No. 4 seed out of the region for the Class AA state playoffs.
Jordan boys 77, Temple 33: The Tigers (11-12) endured a tough semifinal setback and will face Heard County today at 5:30 pm. with a No. 3 state playoff seed on the line.
Spencer boys 78, Heard County 60: The Braves (7-18) dropped their semifinal contest to the tourney host on Thursday.
Carrollton girls 13, Forsyth Central 7: In Thursday's exhibition, the varsity squad played the first half and was trailing 6-3 after getting goals from Cate Paul, Kaly Colquitt and Taylor Cox, while keeper Hailey Alewine made six saves in goal.
In the JV second half, Carrollton poured it on, as Caroline Lord scored three goals, while Sarah Grace Spruell, Maddie Mashburn and Hope Grisham had two goals apiece and Sophie Naguszewski had one goal.
Carrollton officially opens the season on Tuesday night at Columbus.
Carrollton 1,140, Douglas County 1,050: The Trojan precision riflery squad remained unbeaten on the year with the road win on Thursday night.
The GHSA Traditional Wrestling State Championships got underway on Thursday with the larger classifications taking center stage, which included Carrollton, Villa Rica and Central locally.
Leading the charge for the Lions in the Class AAAA bracket was sophomore standout C.J. Shadinger, who won 10-3 and 9-0 decisions to reach the semifinals of the 120-pound bracket, while Sam Conerly (170) is 2-1 and alive in the 'blood round.'
Luke Frost (106), Jacob Walsingham (152) and Grant McKinley (170) are all in the semifinals for Carrollton, while Brent Parivechio (120), Kaleb Thomaston (145), Hunter Cantoral (160) and Chase Sippola (195) all went 2-1 to remain alive and one win away from reaching the podium.
All three of Villa Rica's state qualifiers are also still alive, as Tripp Sauls (106), Aaron Brown (160) and Tyler Cohran (220) all went 2-1 and are now in the 'blood round.'
All seven classifications will be in action beginning on Friday morning.