DALTON - The Class AAAA state playoffs will begin next weekend, but neither Catoosa nor Walker County will be represented in either the boys' or girls' field.
The area's last three remaining teams bowed out of the Region 7-AAAA tournament at Dalton High School on Wednesday night. The Heritage girls fell to River Ridge, LaFayette's girls were knocked out by Northwest Whitfield, and the Ridgeland boys saw their season come to an end at the hands of Gilmer.
River Ridge girls 74, Heritage 29
The Lady Knights of Woodstock (18-8) picked up their ninth consecutive win and punched their ticket to the state tournament by pounding the Lady Generals.
River Ridge led 13-4 after one quarter and stretched out their lead to 31 points after holding Heritage to just two points in the second quarter.
Jordan Livesay had 25 points for River Ridge. Jada Hubbard paced Heritage (19-7) with 16 points, but no other Lady General scored more than four points.
Northwest Whitfield 52, LaFayette 19
Scoring was also a problem for the Lady Ramblers, who made just six field goals all night, including just one in the second half.
LaFayette (13-15) trailed 14-10 midway through the second quarter, but Northwest (18-7) answered to take a 24-15 advantage into the locker room, and then held the Lady Ramblers to just four points in the second half as they qualified for state.
Autumn Blackwell had 16 points for Northwest. Tava Young had eight points, including two of LaFayette's three three-pointers. Shelby Narmore finished with five points.
Gilmer boys 78, Ridgeland 62
The Panthers (9-15) made four of their first six three-pointers, and led 20-13 late in the first quarter, only to be held to four points in the second period as the Bobcats (22-3) led 34-24 at halftime.
Ridgeland used full-court man defense to slice the lead down to 44-38 with 1:40 left in the third quarter, but Gilmer would reel off 11 unanswered points to close out the period, and they would go up by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter.
It was the eighth straight win for Gilmer, who qualified for the state tournament with the victory. Connor Webber led the Bobcats with 27 points.
Gannon Harris had six of Ridgeland's eight three-pointers and finished with 28 points in his final game for Ridgeland. Keyshawn Forston chipped in with nine points.