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February 19, 2014

Tift, Cook learn opponents

TIFTON — Some area teams now know who they will play when the state basketball tournament finally starts Friday. A few are still having to wait for games to finish and brackets to be announced.

Tift County's girls will be going to Westlake while the Blue Devils host Tri-Cities Saturday. Those games will be previewed in Friday's edition.

Turner County will have to wait for the GHSA. The Rebels, whose girls and boys swept their region tournaments, are in Class A. Winning guaranteed them a spot, but with brackets influenced by power rankings, they will have to wait and see who rounds out the top 16 teams. The only other thing assured for them is that they will be hosting their first round games.

Worth County's boys are the other school playing the waiting game. The Region 3-AAAA tournament did not conclude until Wednesday. The Rams had some sense of preparation, as the four teams going to state were determined before the tournament was delayed, but only Tuesday night did they learn it would be either Butler or Richmond Academy, both of Augusta.

Augusta is also the home of Lucy Laney, the place where the Cook Hornets will be going. Cook should have a route worked out for the journey, as they played at Laney during the state football playoffs.

The Lady Hornets will also be on the road for state, but won't have to go as far. Their opponent will be the Lady Irish of Dublin.

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