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GHSA State Championship Previews Pt. 2

3A: Cross Creek vs. Windsor Forest

The defending champions Cross Creek make their return trip to Macon to try and repeat as state champions in AAA. Despite being senior-led a year ago, they have had players step into bigger roles as upperclassmen, doing so very well with junior forward Antoine Lorick as well as senior guards Jayden Pack & Jaquez Ellison all averaging in double figures. Lorick will likely be in a great player matchup with Windsor Forest senior forward and Georgetown signee D'Ante Bass, who has had a tremendous season and career down on the coast.

2A: Butler vs. Westside Augusta

The all-Augusta 2A state championship comes between two region rivals, who will be playing each other for the fourth time this season. Westside only has three losses on the season, and two of them are to Butler. However, Westside got the better of Butler in region championship. If you don't know the name of Westside junior forward Khalon Hudson, you likely will after this one. Despite being undersized, he is a matchup problem and is hard to keep off the glass. He's had a great year and is one of the better players out in Augusta. Butler will counter him with Kendrell Glanton, which will make for a matchup to watch.

1A Public: Warren County vs. Drew Charter

Despite some controversy over the Final Four results in A-Public, Warren County & Drew Charter will square off for the title. Drew Charter's win over Social Circle was upheld earlier in the week. The Eagles are led by one of Georgia's best unsigned players in combo guard Jakobe Strozier, who has the athleticism, versatility, and scoring ability to be dominant in this game. However, Warren County guard Lorenzo Johnson is one of the top scorers in A-Public and is a do-it-all guard for the Screaming Devils.

1A Private: Greenforest vs. Kings Ridge

Greenforest & Kings Ridge have been two of the best teams in the A-Private classification all year long, so it's not a total surprise that they will be playing in Macon for the title. Kings Ridge is led by junior guard Isaac Martin, who eclipsed the 1000-point mark this season. They have also gotten great production from Micah Hoover, Zak Thomas, & Liam Thomas all year long. They will have to contend with the size and physicality of Greenforest, which nobody else in the classification has been able to handle. Greenforest is big and physical across the board, with guards Jalen Forrest, Caleb Smith, and Florian Tenebay as well as wing Jaylen Peterson & dueling 7-footers inside DK Manyiel & Gai Chol.


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