The Villa Rica High School girls' basketball team locked up the No. 1 seed for next week's Region 7-AAAAA Tournament with a 66-36 home win over Hiram on Saturday night in the regular-season finale.
The No. 6 Lady Wildcats (20-1, 15-1 Region 7-AAAAA) were led by Tee Windom with 15 points, while Deasia Merrill added 12 points and Emmy Parham finished with 11.
VR will host the quarterfinal round of the Region 7-AAAAA Tournament on Tuesday and face the winner of Monday's No. 8 Paulding County/No. 9 East Paulding play-in game at 7 p.m. The semifinal and final rounds will be held at Paulding County High School on Thursday and Friday.
Villa Rica boys 52, Hiram 45: The Wildcats (22-1, 15-1) avenged their lone loss of the season with the seven-point win on Saturday evening.
VR will host the winner of the No. 8 East Paudling/No. 9 Woodland, Cartersville on Tuesday night at 8:30.
In other prep basketball action from the weekend:
Temple boys 78, Jordan 42: The Tigers registered a region triumph over the Red Jackets to ring in Senior Night on Friday, securing a No. 2 seed for next week's Region 5-AA Tournament at Spencer and earning a first-round bye to the semifinals.
Senior guard Javin Boles led Temple (11-11, 7-3 Region 5-AA) with 26 points, followed by Elijah Thomas with 15 and Solomon Jacobson with nine.
Temple will face the Jordan/Lamar County quarterfinal winner on Thursday at Spencer in the semifinal round.
Temple girls 48, Jordan 34: The Lady Tigers (6-16, 3-7) made it a Senior Night sweep for the THS squads and enter the Region 5-AA Tournament as the No. 5 seed. They will open against No. 4 Spencer on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Heard County.
Bowdon boys 81, Mount Zion 78: The Red Devils (8-16, 1-11 Region 6A-A) finally broke through with a key sub-region win on Friday night over the rival Eagles, where senior guard Zach Ledbetter celebrated Senior Night by draining his 1,000th career point in the first quarter.
Ledbetter had to sit the entire second quarter due to foul trouble, but still managed to score 38 points to ignite the victory. Martrez "Dede" Cox added 16 points, Trajan Brown chipped in eight and Jarrett Stephens and Scott Cunningham had seven points apiece.
Tyriese Farley led Mount Zion with 28 points, while C.J. Ackles dropped in 22.
Mount Zion boys 60, Gordon Lee 59: The Eagles (11-13, 5-7) rebounded less than 24 hours later with the one-point win on Saturday, as Iaan "Mike Mike" Cousin came through with the game-winning bucket on an offensive rebound.
Ackles scored 17 to lead the offense, while T.J. Cagle and Farley both finished with 15.
No. 8 Bowdon girls 67, Mount Zion 29: The Red Devilettes (20-4, 11-1) were led by Rylee Robinson with 20 points, while Dasia Wyatt added nine and Tavania Gay, Roze Langley and Madalyn Langley scored six points apiece.
Gordon Lee girls 46, Mount Zion 19: The Lady Eagles (1-22, 1-11) were led by Jana Crews with nine points in Saturday's setback.
Sandy Creek girls 51, Central 30: The Lady Lions (14-10, 6-6 Region 5-AAAA) closed out the regular season with the home loss to the Lady Patriots (15-9, 9-3) on Friday night and will now see what seed they land for the Region 5-AAAA Tournament.
No. 4 Sandy Creek boys 55, Central 47: The Lions (9-15, 1-11) also fell to the state-ranked Patriots (19-5, 10-2) on Friday and will next be in action against Chapel Hill in the Region 5-AAAA play-in game.
Lamar County girls 58, Heard County 46: The Lady Braves (9-14, 6-4 Region 5-AA) were led by Morgan Kay with a career-high 16 points on Friday, while Sage Kelley added 14. HC will host the opening night of the Region 5-AA Tournament on Tuesday as the No. 3 seed and face No. 6 Jordan in the quarterfinal round at 7 p.m. The tournament shifts to Spencer for the semifinal and championship rounds on Thursday and Friday.
Heard County boys 49, Lamar County 29: The Braves (6-18, 5-6) were led by Alijah Huzzie with 13 points on Friday night. HC enters the Region 5-AA Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Callaway at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the opening round.
Oak Mountain girls 56, Furtah Prep 20: In Friday's win, the Lady Warriors were paced by Abbey Penley with 12 points, while Christian Pollard chipped in 10.
Oak Mountain girls 59, LaGrange Academy 38: On Thursday, the Lady Warriors rolled to a 21-point win behind 17 points from Pollard and a 12-point effort by Josie Francis.
Oak Mountain boys 72, LaGrange Academy 43: Zack Vavrik led the Warriors with 18 points, followed by Cofer Horton with 17 on Thursday evening.
Carrollton boys 5, Cartersville 3: The Trojans won Friday night's preseason exhibition, getting a hat trick from Melquin Juarez, while Damean Dominguez and Alex Calix scored the other two goals in the contest.
Carrollton officially opens the season on Monday in a 7:30 p.m. match at Starr's Mill. The JV boys will play at 5:30 p.m.
Carrollton girls 3, Cartersville 2: The Lady Trojans overcame a 2-0 deficit to rally for the exhibition win on Friday night, as the host squad had an own goal, followed by the game-tying score from Natalie Davis and the go-ahead goal by Elizabeth Ayers.
The Carrollton girls also open the season on Monday night by hosting Starr's Mill at 7:45 p.m. The JV will be in action at 6 p.m.