Gainesville girls fought hard and long in tonights Region 8 6A final. Leading at the end of the first period 9-6. Winder came back late in the second to lead by one at the end of the period. At the half it was 25-26. Gainesville led by 5 three times in the first half and Winder also led by 5 once. Gainesville came back in the third to lead by as many as 6 to end the period up 37-35. The fourth period was up and down with Gainesville leading by 4 then down by 5 four different times. The final ended up with Gainesville 47 Winder Barrow 55. Taylor Hawks lead all scorers with 24 points on the night. Sydney Payne had 10 and a double double. Tia Shelton had added 5, Taja Blackwell with 4 Tangi Miller and Jada Harrison both added 2. Gainesville will host River Ridge in the first round of the State Playoffs. The game will be played either Friday or Saturday. Region Co-Players of the Year Taylor Hawks, Gainesville and Lainey Gosnell, Habersham Central. Go Big Red!!!