A total of six basketball teams from the Catoosa and Walker County area will compete in the state tournament this upcoming weekend, while a seventh team will learn its fate early next week.
The LFO girls and Ringgold boys will both be No. 4 seeds from Region 6 after consolation game losses at Sonoraville on Saturday.
The Lady Warriors lost to Cohualla Creek, 45-40, despite 19 points from Macey Gregg. LFO led 15-11 after one quarter, but managed just two points in the second period. They would go into halftime trailing 26-17 and could never make up the deficit.
Milijah Williams had eight points and four rebounds, while Anna Rountree finished with seven points. Zarria Nelson collected 11 rebounds and Jerriale Jackson added nine boards.
The Tigers dropped a 69-64 overtime decision to Sonoraville in the boys' consolation game. Individual scoring had not been provided as of press time.
The LFO girls (14-12) will play at Region 5 champion Lovett (23-4) in the opening round, while the Ringgold boys (19-7) will travel to Region 5 champion Cedar Grove (21-6).
LaFayette's boys will be the only local team to play at home as the Region 6 champion Ramblers (23-2) will get a stern test from LaGrange (18-10).
Heritage's boys (16-12) will play at Region 5 runner-up Cartersville (19-6) in the first round, while Ridgeland (6-18) will travel to Region 5 champion Sandy Creek (22-5).
The Heritage girls (19-9) will also be on the road as they get set for a trip to Region 5 runner-up LaGrange (18-9).
The Gordon Lee girls (15-11) are currently 19th in the Class 1A Public School power rankings. The top 24 are assured of state berths.
The final power ranking numbers will be released on Monday, Feb. 12. Teams will be able to appeal their numbers on Tuesday, Feb. 13 and the brackets will be released later on Feb. 13 following all appeals.