ATLANTA -- Greater Atlanta Christian pulled out a 3-2 win in the bottom of the eighth inning to capture the Region 6-AA title game over Buford.
GAC, ranked No. 2 in the state, defeated Buford 2-1 in nine innings on Wednesday night in the first game of the championship series.
Using the international tie-breaker, Celine Talley started the inning on second base and moved to third on Natalie deLatour's sacrifice.
Then Brianna Stewart stepped to the plate and lifted a sacrifice fly to score Talley with the winning run and the region title. Sierra Lawrence had a solo homer in the first to give GAC an early 1-0 lead before Lexi Overstreet tied the game in the fourth for Buford with a solo blast. GAC regained the lead in the fourth when Grace DeBoer singled in Stewart, who had doubled to start the inning.
But Overstreet came back in the sixth inning with her second home run of the game for a 2-2 tie. Stewart also picked up the win in relief of deLatour, who started the game for GAC. Bria Bush (6-4) picked up the tough-luck loss for Buford, ranked No. 3 in the state. GAC and Buford will move on to the state tournament next Wednesday and host first-round action.
North Gwinnett captures Area 7-AAAAA title
HOSCHTON -- North Gwinnett got two wins over Mill Creek to take home the Area 7-AAAAA crown. The Bulldogs (46-8) defeated Mill Creek 25-19, 25-21 in the semifinals and then knocked off the Hawks again in the best-of-five championship match by a 25-18, 25-21, 25-15 score.
Mill Creek moved into the title match by eliminating Peachtree Ridge. Kristina Stinson paced the North attack with 20 kills and eight aces and Miller Howard added 23 kills. MaTia Hughes also had 22 digs and Alex Panks had 50 assists for the Bulldogs. Stinson, Howard, Hughes and Panks were named to the 7-AAAAA all-area team.
Peachtree Ridge pulled out a 28-26, 18-25, 25-23 win over Norcross to move into the match with Mill Creek. Sydney Marshall led Norcross (19-19) with 13 kills and seven blocks while Lindsay Holmes had 20 digs and Lauren Ranney had 23 assists.
Parkview wins pair at Area 8-AAAAA tournament
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Parkview picked up two wins and advanced into the winner's bracket of the Area 8-AAAAA tournament as the Panthers defeated Berkmar 25-10, 27-25 and Mountain View 25-21, 25-18. Riley Weyher came up big for Parkview with 20 digs, 11 kills and 10 aces, while Courtney Duck had 12 kills and three blocks for the Panthers. Victoria Petrassi added 38 assists. Parkview advanced to Saturday's winner's bracket final to face Brookwood at 10 a.m.
Brookwood advances with two wins at Area 8-AAAAA tournament
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Brookwood rolled to two wins on the first day of the Area 8-AAAAA tournament as the Broncos defeated Central Gwinnett 25-10, 25-0 and Dacula 25-15, 25-13. Brookwood (34-11) served out 25 straight points to close out the win over Central -- all by senior Sam Gratton, who had 13 aces during the 25-point run. Gratton ended the night with 14 total aces and five kills. Erin Shelton added 16 kills for Brookwood, who advanced to Saturday's winner's bracket to face Parkview at 10 a.m.
Dacula stays alive in Area 8-AAAAA tournament
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Dacula went 2-1 on the first day of the Area 8-AAAAA tournament to advance to the final four on Saturday. After defeating Grayson 25-20, 25-15 in the opening match, Dacula fell to Brookwood 25-15, 25-13. However, the Falcons rallied and knocked off Archer 25-14, 25-13 and will now take on Mountain View on Saturday at 9 a.m. Mindi Blythe had 16 kills, Carson Barnes 26 assists, Kimbo MacIntyre 27 digs and Casey Wilson 23 digs to lead the way for Dacula (23-22).
Mountain View still going in Area 8-AAAAA tournament
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mountain View remained alive in the Area 8-AAAAA tournament as the Bears beat Archer 25-13, 25-18, lost to Parkview 25-21, 25-18; and defeated Grayson 25-19, 25-20. Mountain View (19-22), one of four teams remaining in the tournament, will take on Dacula Saturday at 9 a.m. with the winner moving on to face the Brookwood-Parkview loser at 11 a.m. Saturday's championship match will be played at 12:30 p.m. on the Mountain View campus.
GAC, Buford advances to 4-AA/A final
LILBURN -- Greater Atlanta Christian knocked off Providence 25-14, 25-23 in the Area 4-AA/A semifinals and will host the championship match on Saturday. Dede Bohannon, who was named player of the year for Area 4-AA/A, led the way with 11 kills and 10 digs, while Ali Cox had six kills and Morgan McKnight added five kills for GAC (36-4). Rachel Waldrop was solid with 23 assists for the Spartans, who are ranked second in the state. Waldrop and Catherine Chason were named to the 4-AA/A all-area team.
Meanwhile, Buford advanced to Saturday's championship with a 18-25, 25-21, 25-22 win over Providence Christian Academy. Buford had defeated Hebron Christian Academy to move into the semifinal match against Providence. Maddie Jones had 26 kills and 17 digs for Providence and Kaitlin Harper chipped in 13 kills and 2.5 blocks. D'Anna Kester added four kills, 1.5 blocks and 47 assists while Codi Amis had 31 digs and Misty Parker had two kills and 19 digs for the Stars.