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Special Photo/Reggie Davis Alexander senior Chris Lunsford will help lead the Cougars against New Manchester in the quarterfinals of the Region 5-AAAAAA Tournament today.

Teams will either extend their season or it will come to an end as region tournament play continues.

Eight teams from the county will play in their respective region tournament quarterfinals today with the winners earning state playoff berths.

And during region tournament play, anything is possible.

New Manchester, the No. 7 seed in Region 5-AAAAAA, defeated sixth seed South Paulding 60-59 on Monday in a play-in game.

With the win, the Jaguars now face No. 3 seed Alexander today at 6 p.m. with a state playoff berth on the line.

Like South Paulding, Alexander defeated New Manchester twice during the regular season. In the two regular season meetings, Alexander won 61-49 and 74-63 in the rivalry game.

“We are coaches have emphasized that these games in the tournament mean more that the regular season,” New Manchester coach James Bailey said. “I know it is a clichée but you can throw the records out now. It is a new season. It will come down to what team wants it the most.

New Manchester has only two state playoff appearances in school history, and is seeking its first since the 2012-13 season.

Douglas County will have to defeat Creekside for a third time to earn a state playoff berth.

Last season, the Tigers missed the state playoffs for the first time in five seasons. Alexander hasn’t been to the state playoffs since the 2014-15 season.

“You have to play like there is no tomorrow,” Douglas County coach Hollis Bethea said. “Everybody is trying to stay alive and extend their season. Right now, you have to be focused and concentrate on execution.”

Douglas County girls already clinched a state playoff berth by finish first in Region 5-AAAAAA during the season. The Tigers are playing in Friday’s region semifinals against today’s South Paulding at Mays winner.

This marks the 11th straight year that the Tigers have been in the state playoffs.

Lithia Springs is looking for a fourth straight playoff appearance when it meets host Banneker tonight at 7 p.m. in the Region 6-AAAAA Tournament.

Lithia Springs finished the season at 14-9 and the No. 3 seed in the region.  Banneker is the No. 6 seed and won its play-in game 39-37 over Grady on Monday.

During the season, Lithia Springs won 56-45 and 66-39.

On the boy’s side, Lithia Springs finish as the No. 4 seed and takes on North Springs at 5:30 p.m. The teams split during the regular season with Lithia Springs winning 78-69 at home and losing 77-63 on the road just six days ago.

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