The Winder-Barrow boys' basketball team is state playoff-bound for the second straight year.

The Bulldoggs held off Dacula 56-52 Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the first round of the GHSA Region 8-AAAAAA tournament at Buford City Arena, picking up their 15th win and punching a ticket to the state tournament. 

It was the second win for Winder-Barrow (15-8) in three games this season against Dacula (12-13) as senior Wyatt Fricks and junior Tim Loud had 21 points and 7 rebounds apiece to lead the Bulldoggs. Isaiah Nelson-Ododa notched a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Ahmad Scott added 8 points and didn't turn the ball over from the point guard position.

The fourth-seeded Bulldoggs will face top-seeded and fourth-ranked Shiloh at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the region tournament semifinals. 

Lady Bulldoggs ousted

A tough year and final stretch came to an end Wednesday for the Winder-Barrow girls as they were defeated by Dacula 59-39 in the first round of the tournament.

Dacula (12-12) was led by Lazaria Spearman's 31 points as the Lady Falcons picked up their third win in as many tries this season against the Lady Bulldoggs (10-12). They will face top-seeded and undefeated Buford in the semifinals Friday. 

Winder-Barrow, which finished the season on a six-game losing skid, will miss the state playoffs for the first time since the 2014-15 season. 

BCA girls drop region tournament semifinal game

In GISA Region 4-AAA action Wednesday, the Bethlehem Christian Academy girls were doubled up by top-seeded John Milledge Academy 62-31 in the region tournament semifinals in Milledgeville. 

BCA (5-10) will play in the consolation game 4 p.m. Friday at JMA against the loser of Thursday's semifinal game between Westfield and Westminster of Augusta. 

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