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Tournament time begins for basketball

COVINGTON -- Now is the time that all the practice hopefully pays off with the start of region basketball tournaments as Region 2-AAAAAA will play all its games at Luella while Region 8-AAAA will base out of Johnson in Gainesville.

In girls play, Alcovy, led by Region 2-AAAAAA Player of the Year Ashley Williams, secured a trip to the Class AAAAAA playoffs as a result of its No. 1 seed. The Lady Tigers' first game will be at 7 p.m. Friday against today's winner between Lovejoy and Luella.

Other Alcovy players gaining region honors include Meagan Tucker (first team), Lakeiyah Sorrells (second team) and Kaci Palo (honorable mention).

Both Newton and Rockdale are one win away from making the state tournament. The No. 2 seed Lady Rams going up against No. 7 seed Druid Hills tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs, who go in as the No. 3 seed, will face Morrow at 6 p.m.

In the Region 8-AAAA tournament, Eastside goes up against Lumpkin County. During regular-season region play, the Lady Eagles defeated Lumpkin County 51-35 on the road.

Just like the Alcovy girls who have already punched their ticket into the playoffs, the Rockdale boys also earned a trip to the Class AAAAAA playoffs with their No. 1 seed. As a result of their top spot, the Bulldogs will not play until Friday at 8:30 p.m. against the winner of the Newton/Morrow game. Newton heads to the first round of the Region 2-AAAAAA game on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

The Rams are led by all-region first-teamer Rashard Cabane, who is averaging 12 points and seven rebounds per game, and all-region selection Jalen Glover (11.5 points per game, five rebounds per game).

The Alcovy boys, who are the No. 7 seed, are one win from the state playoffs. They will have their chance as they face No. 2 seed Lovejoy at 7:30 p.m. against Lovejoy.

The Eastside boys start region play today as well as they play No. 6 seed Madison County at 5:30 p.m. The Eagles had little trouble against Madison County during the regular season, defeating the Red Raiders in their building 68-54.