CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. (WRCB) -- Kassidy Blevins nearly recorded a triple-double to help host Gordon Lee hold off upset-minded Seminole County 73-68 in the quarterfinals of the GHSA Class A Public School state tournament Tuesday night.
The sixth-seeded Lady Trojans (23-7) advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history. They'll travel to Fort Valley State University this Friday for a matchup with second-seeded Towns County in the state semifinals.
Blevins, a Samford University signee, finished with 30 points, ten rebounds, eight assists and five steals in her final home game. She scored six points in a key 11-1 run to start the fourth quarter that helped Gordon Lee secure the win.
Katie Barger added 19 points in the win, including a pair of 3-pointers in the opening minutes to help the Lady Trojans jump out to a 10-1 lead. Seminole County caught fire from behind the arc to mount a rally, hitting six first-half 3-pointers to pull even at 37-all at the break.
The Lady Indians opened its largest lead of the game at 45-39 midway through the third, and took a 52-51 lead into the final period. But Blevins sparked the game-changing run to move Gordon Lee ahead to stay.
The Lady Indians managed to trim an eight-point deficit to two with less than a minute to play, but Barger and Blevins combined for three free throws in the final 22 seconds to seal the program's first-ever state semifinal appearance.
Friday's Final Four showdown will be Gordon Lee's second matchup this year against Towns County. The Lady Trojans won the first meeting, 70-69, in overtime in a tournament in December.
Calhoun was the only other area school with a team left in either the boys or girls state tournaments, but the Yellow Jackets lost to top-ranked Wesleyan 66-49 in the quarterfinals of the Class AA girls bracket.
Wesleyan has won nine of the last eleven Class AA state titles.
GHSA Girls State Basketball Tournament
Class AA Quarterfinals
Wesleyan 66, Calhoun 49
Class A Public School Quarterfinals
Gordon Lee 73, Seminole County 68
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