The Heritage Generals punched their ticket to the Class 4A state tournament after a 59-42 win over Gilmer Tuesday night at Southeast Whitfield High School in the opening round of the Region 6-AAAA tournament.
Heritage (15-11) held a narrow 27-25 lead at intermission, but would limit the Bobcats to just 17 points in the second half and only six in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Cole Wilcox had a huge night with 27 points, followed by Adam Thacker with 13 and Will Allen with nine.
Tripp Pierce had 12 points for Gilmer.
Heritage will face Northwest Whitfield in the semifinals Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The Bruins defeated Pickens, 83-49, in their first-round game.