The Stephens County Indian boys are in to the state basketball playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Tuesday, the Indians defeated Chestatee 78-56 in the Region 8-AAAA boys’ basketball quarterfinals at Johnson High School.
The Indians dominated from start to finish, utilizing a stifling zone defense to shut down Chestatee’s perimeter attack.
Aahlijah Drinkard and Cody Helgeland each had 15 points to lead Stephens County, while Fred Smith scored 13 points and the Indian bench contributed a total of 23 points.
Keelan Passmore led Chestatee with 11 points.
The Indian boys are now 16-10 on the season.
The win puts the Indian boys in the region semi-finals and also qualifies them for the state AAAA basketball playoffs.
Next up for the Indian boys is the tournament’s top seed Johnson, who defeated Lumpkin County in the quarterfinals. The other boys’ semi-final is Eastside against Madison County. Madison upset second-seeded Lanier last night.
Region semi-final play for both the boys and girls is set for Thursday at Johnson High School.
The Lady Indians, who advanced Monday, will play first in a girls’ semi-final against Madison County at 4 p.m. Thursday. The Indian boys will play at 8:30 p.m. against Johnson.
Airtime for the girls’ game Thursday is 3:45 p.m. and airtime for the boys’ game is 8:15 p.m., both here on AM 630 WNEG and online at wnegradio.com.