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Bound for the finals
Portal tops Wheeler to advance to region championship
Portal's Trent Thomas, left, draws a foul from Wheeler County's Quin Williams while scoring in the paint during the second quarter of the GHSA Region 3-A semifinals on Monday in Soperton.
SOPERTON — After Portal received a big scare in its Region 3-A tournament opener last weekend, the Panthers didn’t allow for nearly as much drama Monday afternoon. The Panthers (24-3) nursed a small lead through the first three quarters, then powered past Wheeler County (14-13) down the stretch, earning a 67-58 win and a spot in tonight’s region championship game. “We played well, especially on defense,” Portal coach Jeff Brannen said.