CLASS AA STATE TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND CAPSULE
Gordon Central girls (10-14) at Elbert County (15-12)
GAME INFO: Will be played on Saturday at 4 p.m.
SEEDS: Gordon Central is the No. 3 seed from Region 7-AA; Elbert County is the No. 2 seed from Region 8-AA.
STATE RANKINGS: Gordon Central – No. 36 in the MaxPreps Class AA rankings; Elbert County – No. 18.
GORDON CENTRAL INFO: The Lady Warriors are making program history just by playing in this game as they clinched their first state tournament berth in program history with a win over Armuchee in the second round of the Region 7-AA Tournament last Tuesday. …They are playing their best basketball of the season at the right time, winning five of their last six games to head into the state tournament hot. …Gordon Central freshman Mercedes Coleman has carried much of the scoring load this season, averaging more than 25 points per game, but teammate Cara Crump has picked up some of the slack of late, scoring in double figures in three of the four region tournament games.
ELBERT COUNTY INFO: The Lady Blue Devils have been an up and down team this season with their longest winning streak being six December, but they have gone 6-9 since then, including a 48-37 loss to Banks County in the Region 8-AA finals. …They have been a pretty balanced team this season averaging 47.8 points per game and giving up an average of 44.1. …Elbert County has one scorer, Niya Shumaker that averages double figures in points with 11.7, and teammates Maggie Campbell and Miya Thurman average 8.7 and 8.4 per game, respectively.