The Banks County baseball team fell to 0-4 on the season after dropping three straight road games at Commerce, Rabun County and Lumpkin County.
On Tuesday (Feb. 25), the Leopards fell to Commerce 12-2 in five innings.
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Following a week of snow delays, the Banks County High School girls entered the Region 7-AAA tournament at North Hall High School and were knocked off by East Hall, 62-56.
Banks County finished the year at 18-8.
The Lady Leopards had beaten the Lady Vikings (13-13) the previous week with a last-second basket from Savannah Blalock, but this time round the Lady Vikings got the upper hand.
The Lady Leopards took a commanding lead with Casey Turner scoring eight points in the first quarter. Kaitlyn Duncan then stepped up, scoring nine points in the second quarter to extend the Lady Leopards’ lead to 34-24 at the half.
East Hall mounted a comeback in the third quarter and hit 11 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Duncan lead Banks County with 29 points, while Turner added 13 points. Others scoring were Taylor Kennedy (seven points), Savannah Blalock (six points), Abby Parks (six points) and Shelby Parson (two points).
The Banks County wrestling team took the Area 7-AAA traditional tournament this past weekend at Elbert County High School.
The Leopards had three first-place finishers, three second-place finishers and three third- place finishers along with a a fourth, fifth and sixth-place finisher for 250 total points. Banks County edged out Buford for first place by 24.5 points.
Chris McCrackin defeated four opponents to take the 113-pound weight class. Dylan Suttles took third-place in the 120-pound weight class. Tony Fultz went to the championship bout in the 138-pound weight class and secured second place. Kyle Ruark placed fifth in the 145 pound weight class.
Tristan Guthrie took third place in the 152-pound weight class. Wes Faulkner fought his way to the championship bout to take second place in the 160-pound weight class. Dylan Gouine went to the championship bout and brought home a second-place finish in the 170-pound weight class.
Philip Dean took the championship in the 182-pound weight class. Matt Dilbeck won the championship in the 220-pound weight class. Logan Free took third-place in the 285 pound weight class.
The Banks County Lady Leopards Varsity Basketball Team kick started a new winning streak this week, beating East Hall 54-33 last Tuesday and North Hall 58-49 Friday. The Lady Leopards are now 5-0 at home, 4-4 on the road and 3-0 against non-region opponents with an overall record of 12-4 and 4-3 in the region.
Against East Hall, the Lady Leopards took a nine-point lead over the Lady Vikings in the first quarter and continued that lead into the second quarter, scoring eight more points in the half to go to the locker room up 30-11. The Lady Vikings could not cut into the lead in second half as the Lady Leopards outscored them 24-22 over the course of the third and fourth quarters.
Lauren Carter led the Lady Leopards with 19 points, while Kaitlyn Duncan added 11 points. Others scoring were Casey Turner (six points), Taylor Kennedy (six points), Abby Parks (three points), Gabby Kennedy (two points), Morgan Rylee (two points), Shelby Parson (two points), Paige Mathis (two points) and Brenda Parson (one point).
BCHS had tough time with the North Hall Lady Trojans falling behind by four points in the first quarter and trailing at the half by a point.
But the Lady Leopards pulled ahead in the third quarter and extended their lead in the fourth quarter, picking up 17 points at the free throw line. The win boosted BCHS to third place in the 7-AAA region rankings.
Duncan led the Lady Leopards with 16 points. Turner added 12 points, and Parson finished with 11 points. Carter also reached double figures with 10 points. Others scoring were Kennedy (eight points) and Savanna Blalock (three points).
NOTE: The Banks County Elementary School choir was on hand to sing the national anthem to open the games on Friday night to celebrate elementary school night with the BCHS Leopards.
The Banks County High School wrestlers again proved they were one of the very best dual teams in Class AAA, but saw Area 7-AAA rival Buford unseat them as state champions.
The Wolves dethroned the mat Leopards with a 44-23 win in the Class AAA dual finals in Macon Saturday as Banks County finished as runners-up.
Banks County had beaten Buford back on Jan. 4 to win the Area 7-AAA and advance to the state duals. Buford’s second place showing at area earned it a spot at the state duals as well.
The mat Leopards, who last year became the first team to win a state championship in any sport at Banks County High School, breezed through their first and second round matchups in Macon to set up a return trip to the state finals.
Banks County opened with a 60-15 win over Blessed Trinity and followed that with a 56-24 victory over Morgan County, while Buford beat Sonoraville (49-24) and Woodward Academy (55-19).
Following Buford and Banks County as Class AAA placers were Morgan County (third place) and Woodward Academy (fourth place).
While the duals championships are over, the individual side of things will be decided next month. Sectionals are Feb. 8, while the traditional state championships take place at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth Feb. 14-15.