Lady Indian Basketball Into Region Semis, State Tourney

The Stephens County Lady Indians are into the state AAAA girls’ basketball playoffs.

Stephens County defeated Lumpkin County Monday 38-32 in the quarterfinals of the Region 8-AAAA girls’ basketball tournament at Johnson High School. With the win, the Lady Indians moved into the region semi-finals and clinched the state tourney berth.

After jumping out to an 8-0 lead early in the first quarter, Stephens County’s offense dried up and Lumpkin County slowly closed the gap.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady Indians were up just two. However, the Lady Indians clamped down and held on to pick up the win.

Charity Major led Stephens County with 14 points, while Keocia Walker had eight points and Audresha Merritt added seven points.

Morgan Wood led Lumpkin County with 14 points, while Dakota Sullens had seven.

The Lady Indians are now 11-15 on the season. They will play Madison County, who defeated Monroe Area 60-28 in a quarterfinal game Monday. That game will be Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Stephens County boys will look to keep their season alive tonight as they play Chestatee in a Region 8-AAAA tournament quarterfinal.

Stephens County is seeded fifth, while Chestatee is seeded fourth.

The two teams split two meetings this season, with Chestatee winning the game that counted towards region play.

Tonight’s Indians/War Eagles game tips off at 7 p.m. at Johnson High School. Air time on AM 630 WNEG and is set for 6:45 p.m.