The North Georgia Athletic Conference basketball tournaments got underway Saturday at LaFayette Middle School with four opening-round contests.
Catoosa Co. Middle School sports
The Heritage Generals clinched the North Georgia Athletic Conference regular season boys' championship with a 74-42 victory at Dade on Thursday.
The Ringgold Lady Tigers are now just one victory away from an unbeaten run in NGAC play during the regular season.
Up by just a single bucket at halftime on Thursday, the Ringgold Lady Tigers hit the accelerator in the second half and zoomed past Dade, 40-20, in a North Georgia Athletic Conference game in Trenton.
The Ringgold Lady Tigers led 20-12 at halftime, fell behind 28-26 at the end of the third quarter, but held visiting Lakeview to just five points in the fourth to pull out a 35-33 victory in an important North Georgia Athletic Conference game on Tuesday night.
The Lakeview Lady Warriors tuned up for Tuesday's big NGAC showdown at Ringgold with a hard-fought 39-29 road win at Saddle Ridge Monday night in a game that was a make-up from a postponement on Dec. 10.
The Dade County Wolverines outscored Gordon Lee 13-6 in the fourth quarter to tie Thursday night's game at 37 apiece at the end of regulation, but the Trojans would end up with the 41-40 overtime victory in Trenton.
As expected, North Georgia Athletic Conference Duals finalists, Ringgold and Trion, battled back and forth in the season-ending NGAC Traditional tournament Saturday at Ringgold Middle School.
The Lakeview Warriors and Lady Warriors will go into the holiday break fresh off a Thursday afternoon sweep of Gordon Lee in Fort Oglethorpe.
The Ringgold Lady Tigers got another balanced night on offense and improved to 9-0 overall with a 48-14 road victory at LaFayette on Tuesday.