The Skyline boys basketball team is returning to a familiar place.
The No. 5-ranked Vikings clinched their third straight Class 1A Northeast regional appearance with a 63-36 sub-regional victory over Whitesburg Christian Tuesday night at Skyline High School.
Skyline (23-8) plays Winterboro (20-8) in the regional semifinals at Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews Coliseum tonight at 7:30 p.m.
It’s Skyline’s 15th all-time regional appearance, tying it with Section for second most behind Anniston (17).
Against Whitesburg Christian, Skyline built a 17-7 lead after one quarter and led 35-22 at halftime and 48-30 after three quarters.
Collin Lockard scored a game-high 31 points for the Vikings, who also got 11 from Jaylon Clements, eight each from Dawson Wynn and Dylan Bickers and four from Kordell Talley.
James Winland scored 11 points for Whitesburg Christian (10-16).
Lindsay Lane 79, Woodville 70 — At Athens, the Panthers season came to a close in a hard-fought Class 1A Northeast Sub-regional game with Lindsay Lane Tuesday night.
Woodville (14-16), making its first sub-regional appearance since the 2014-15 season, hung tough with the Lions. The Panthers trailed 20-14, 36-29 and 51-46 at the quarter breaks before getting as close as one in the fourth quarter.
Blake Frazier scored a team-high 29 points for Woodville while Jackson Peek netted 17, Blake Lands 13 and Hunter Sisk eight.
Tommy Murr poured in 43 points for Lindsay Lane. The junior guard recently topped 4,000 points for his career and is on track to become the state’s all-time leading scorer next season. Charlie Morrison added 16 points and Amar Fuqua had 14 for Lindsay Lane (18-10), which secured its first regional appearance and plays No. 3 Spring Garden (23-6) today at JSU at 4:30 p.m.
NSM 88, Collinsville 73 — At Collinsville, Class 2A No. 9-ranked North Sand Mountain topped the Panthers to advance to the Northeast Regional for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
NSM (20-7) plays LaFayette (27-4) in the regional semifinals at Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews Coliseum Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Bison led Collinsville 19-18 after one quarter and 38-31 at halftime before taking command in the third quarter. NSM outscored the Panthers 27-14 during the period and carried a 65-45 lead into the fourth.
Russ Marr scored eight of his game-high 25 points for NSM during its third-quarter surge while Hunter Vest netted 17 points and helped the Bison seal the win by hitting 10-of-12 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter. The Bison also got nine points from Luke Maples, seven each from Jayden Culpepper, Jared Beasley and Derek Bearden, six from Eric Mateo, five from Taylor Stone and four from Stone Yates. Isaac Jones had 20 points, Kaleb Jones 19 and Drew Bobo and Caleb Pruitt 14 each for Collinsville (18-11).
NSM head coach Cole Hicks became only the second coach to lead the boys basketball programs of two Jackson County schools to the Northeast Regional. Hicks also coached North Jackson to the regional in 2015. The other coach is Ronnie McCarver, who has taken three different Jackson County boys basketball teams (Woodville, Section and Skyline) to regionals.