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Rockdale girls advance to 2nd round

From Staff Reports

DOUGLASVILLE —Rockdale is moving on. Mississippi State signee Breanna Richardson scored 32 points and the Bulldogs defeated Douglas County, 77-69 in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

“(Richardson) carried us on her back tonight,” said Rockdale assistant coach Kindra Latimore.

Rockdale (18-10), the No. 3 seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, will play the winner of Region 4 champion North Cobb and Coffee County in this weekend’s second round.

Freshman Bianca Riley added 11 points for Rockdale, which led the entire second half.

Douglasville (18-7), the runner-up from Region 3-AAAAAA, was trying to get back to the state semifinals for the second time in three seasons, but instead lost a first-round game for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

Rockdale hadn’t played a state playoff game since it was also a No. 3 seed and lost to Miller Grove in the first-round in 2011.

BASKETBALL

Fayetteville — Even though the Eastside girls basketball team ended their season with a big loss, their spirit was never down after dropping the opening round of the Class AAAA playoff game 70-34 to Fayette County.

The Lady Eagles trailed by 13 at the end of the first half but continued to battle. However, in the second they were unable to overcome the height possed by the Lady Tigers.

“They have a lot of girls that are over 5-8. It’s hard when you’re dealing with the height issue,” Eastside head coach Michael Jackson said. “I was proud of how they played. They didn’t quit even when we got down. It was like a scoring by committee by most part.”

SOCCER

CONYERS — The Heritage girl’s soccer team didn’t even need a full health to take care of a local rival Tuesday. Sarah Boggus and Kaley Wells each had a hat truck and the Patriots’ picked up a victory by-mercy rule over Newton, 10-0 at Evans Memorial Stadium.

The game was stopped at the 4:53 mark of the opening half and Heritage improved to 2-0.

“We got started early and I was real proud of the girls, showing a business-type attitude,” said Heritage coach Chad Suddeth. “We jumped all over them.”

Boggus scored the first goal of the game, and her first varsity goal of her freshman season, then quickly added two more for a 3-0 lead. After Haley Elliot, Faith Shelton and Tori Shelton each added a goal, Wells picked up three more (she already has five goals in two games) to make it 9-0. Abbey Dunlop’s goal allowed the Patriots to bring the evening to an early close.

The Heritage boy’s stayed perfect with a 5-0 win in the nightcap as Austin Kulp scored two goals. Andre Deas and Hector Moran also picked up goals for the Patriots, who moved to 2-0 on the young season.

“It was good, we got a lot of guys some time to play, we cleared the bench tonight, which is good. Our reserves got probably close to half the second half,” said Heritage coach Brandon Stewart.

Heritage hosts crosstown rival Rockdale Friday at 7:30 p.m. The girls game kicks things off at 5:30 p.m.The Heritage teams host crosstown rival Rockdale Friday with the girl’s game kicking off at 5:30 p.m.

“It’s a county rival game,” Suddeth said. “So that’s always kind of tricky.”