And Then There Were Four……..
The Chattooga Indian boys basketball team is headed to the GHSA Final Four for the first time in school history. Over the past 59 seasons eight previous times the Indians reached the quarterfinals only to come up short. The Indians punched their ticket to the semi-finals Wednesday night with a 67-57 road victory over Banks County. The win was the Indians second straight playoff road win over a ranked opponent and region champion.
Banks County (25-5) were the Region 8-AA Region Champions and ranked #9 in the Atlanta Journal Poll. Chattooga (24-6) finished runner-up in Region 7-AA and are unranked.
Chattooga trailed 45-42 heading into the fourth quarter but rallied to outscore the Banks County 25-12 in the final quarter and secure the monumental victory.
The GHSA Semi-Finals, presented by Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance, will be held Saturday on the campus of Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville. Game time is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $15 at all sites and will be available at the site or at GoFan. All games will be streamed live at NFHS Network.
Saturday Chattooga will face off against defending AA state champion and current AA#3 Therrell (24-7). This will be the second meetings between these two teams on the hardwood. During the 1974-1975 season #3 Therrell defeated Chattooga 84-63 in the 1st round of the AA state playoffs. The game was played at South DeKalb Junior College.
The Panthers are the Region 6-AA Champions and are from Atlanta. Therrell defeated #6 Washington County (20-7) Tuesday night 57-55 to advance to this year’s semi-finals.
The winner of Chattooga/Therrell will face the winner of #1 Swainsboro (28-2) and #2 Glenn Hills (23-7) March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Macon Centreplex.