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POSTED: February 15, 2014 8:00 a.m.
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Richmond Hill High School coach Bill Henderson gets intense with his team during a late timeout in the Wildcats’ 72-65 win over Ware County on Wednesday in the first round of the Region 3-AAAAA tournament. Daniel Wilder scored 28 points as the Wildcats beat Ware in overtime to lock up a trip to the state Class AAAAA basketball tournament.

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Note to local high school sports historians: Anyone who knows the last time all four local high school basketball teams advanced to the state playoffs, please speak up.
The next time it happens is, well, now.
The Lady Wildcats are in, the Lady Redskins are in. The Wildcats are in and the Redskins are in (see story on this page about the Bryan County High School boys, who are making their first appearance in the GHSA equivalent of the big dance since 1999.
The Lady Redskins advanced with a 41-35 over Jeff Davis on Thursday night. The Wildcats punched their ticket with a thrilling 72-65 overtime victory over Ware County on Wednesday in the boys’ Region 3-AAAAA tourney at RHHS.
And the Lady Wildcats, who went 17-10 in coach Sarah Brown’s first year on the job, made it back to state after a one-year hiatus with a 42-29 win over Jenkins on Wednesday in the 3-AAAAA tournament.
“I’m happy for the girls, they have worked hard all season and have earned a spot in the state tournament,” said Brown, a former Lady Wildcat star. “They stuck to the game plan, which was to pound the ball inside and it worked.”
The Lady Wildcats fell to Effingham 35-33 on Thursday, despite 16 points from Keeara Jackson. That meant Brown’s team played Glynn Academy on Friday for the region’s third seed. They Lady Wildcats will take on a team from Region 1-AAAAA in the state tourney which gets under way next week.
“We will continue to work hard and advance as far as we can in the state tournament,” Brown said.
The Wildcats and Lady Redskins also played for seeding in their respective tournaments on Friday. Check bryancountynews.net for results.

 

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