qualify for state

By Steve Carter

TIFTON -- After a weekend of region basketball tournaments, seven local teams are still alive as they enter the state playoffs this week.

The Tift County Blue Devils and Lady Devils will have the shortest distance to travel for first round play as both schools will get to play in their own arena.

Friday will see the Devils take on the Jonesboro Cardinals at 8:30 p.m. in a first round AAAAA boy's game. At 5 p.m. Saturday, the Tift County Lady Devils will face the Houston County Lady Bears.

The Devils enter as the top seed from Region 1-AAAAA on the boy's side, while the Lady Devils are the third seed from the region.

Tiftarea Academy will also have two entrants in the state basketball playoffs.

The Lady Panthers will play Wednesday at Middle Georgia College. That first round game will be at 5:30 p.m. against Nathaniel Greene. Tiftarea finished as the second seed from Region 3-AA, while Nathaniel Greene is the third seed from Region 1.

At 4 p.m. Thursday at Middle Georgia College, the Panthers will take on Curtis Baptist in a first round game. Tiftarea is the third seed from Region 3 and Curtis Baptist is the second seed from Region 1.

The Worth County Rams qualified for the state as the third seed from Region 1-AAA. Worth will play Swainsboro at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Thomasville in a first round state matchup.

Also representing 1-AAA in Thomasville this weekend will be the Fitzgerald Lady Hurricanes. Fitzgerald, the third seed from the league, will face Tattnall County at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Irwin County Indians, the Region 2-AA champions, will play the Early County Bobcats, the fourth seed from Region 1-AA, at 5:30 p.m. Friday. That game will be played at Mitchell-Baker High School in Camilla.

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