Just over a week removed from playing in the Seven Hills Rotary/Rome News-Tribune championship game, the Rome girls’ basketball team will be playing for another tournament title.
The Lady Wolves defeated Warren G. Harding 64-53 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational in Seffner, Florida.
The win over the school from Ohio puts Rome into the championship game of the Siesta Key Beach bracket on Monday against Bullitt East, a team from Kentucky that defeated Jefferson (Fla.) on Saturday in the other semifinal. Rome is 12-1 on the season.
Woodstock boys 72, Rome 69 (OT)
The Rome boys’ basketball team went down to the wire against non-region foe Woodstock on Saturday at home but lost in overtime, 72-69.
Woodstock (9-6) is a 7A school, while Rome (2-9) is a 5A school. The Wolves are back in action Tuesday in the Big South Shootout at Holy Innocents’ in Atlanta where they will take on Grovetown.
Murphy (N.C.) boys 64, Armuchee 60
The Armuchee boys’ basketball team lost a heartbreaker Saturday to Murphy (N.C.) to close out play in the Battle of the States tournament at Towns County High School.
Despite Armuchee leading at the end of each of the first three quarters, Murphy took advantage of some errors by the Indians to come away with a 64-60 win.
Luke Mayhall led the Indians with 19 points and was selected to the all-tournament team. Kody Manikas added 14 points for Armuchee, and Jax Gribble scored 12 points.
The Indians (3-11) are at Trion on Tuesday.
Trion girls 63, Adairsville 54
Chloe Murdock racked up 20 points to carry the Trion girls’ basketball team to a 63-54 win over Adairsville on Saturday in the semifinals of the Lady Tigers’ Christmas Clash tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs (8-4) will face Cass on Monday in the championship game.
Shelby Carlock added 14 points for Trion, Tianna Youngblood added nine points, and Jenna Mosley scored eight.