LaFayette Ramblers

Last year's Region 6-AAAA finals saw the Northwest Whitfield Bruins connect on a shot with four seconds left to beat LaFayette, 53-51.

And after exactly 363 days to stew about it, the Ramblers will get a shot at revenge on Friday night.

The Ramblers, who trailed by one point after the first quarter, roared back to take down county rival Ridgeland, 64-36, in a 6-AAAA tournament semifinal game at Southeast Whitfield High School on Thursday night.

LaFayette held a 24-20 lead at the break, but turned it on in the second half as they outscored the Panthers, 40-16, over the final 16 minutes.

Region MVP Alex Kelehear had 18 points for LaFayette (22-2), while Jon Morgan finished with 16 points. Andrew Pendergrass picked up 10 and Dee Southern added eight in the victory.

Ridgeland (6-17) got 12 points from Christian Battle, who was a stellar 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Markeith Montgomery scored nine points, all in the first half, while Fred Norman finished with eight.

LaFayette will take on the Bruins in the 8:30 p.m. boys' championship game after Northwest got by Heritage, 69-52, in Thursday's other semifinal.

The Bruins led wire-to-wire as Luke Shiflett scored 21 points. Chris Cunningham had 20, while Bryce Reece added 14.

Cole Wilcox had 14 points for the Generals (15-12), followed by Will Allen with 10 and Blake Bryan with nine.

Heritage will face Ridgeland in the boys' third-place game at 5:30 on Friday and both teams will be on the road for the opening round of the Class 4A state tournament next weekend.

The Lady Generals (18-9) will also be playing for third place on Friday after losing to Pickens, 52-43, in a semifinal game earlier in the day. The Dragonettes pulled away after outscoring Heritage, 31-13, over the second and third quarters.

Individual scoring had not yet been provided as of press time.

Heritage will face Gilmer in the 4 p.m. contest. The Lady Bobcats fell to top-seeded Northwest in the other semifinal game on Thursday, 62-22. Northwest will battle Pickens in the girls' title game at 7.