C.A. Johnson’s varsity basketball teams wrapped up successful Region 3-1A campaigns on Thursday.
The region champion Green Hornets girls (10-13) bounced back from their first conference stumble against McBee on Tuesday with a 56-47 home win vs. Lewisville. Logan Furtick led the balanced scoring effort with 15 points, followed by Nakia Owens (10), Deja Smith (9) and Leangel Garvin (8).
The CAJ girls open the Class 1A state playoffs at home on Monday against the No. 4 seed out of Region 4. The Green Hornets have made the state cut for the third year in a row (since dropping down to 1A), which is a program record. The next step is finally get that first postseason win. CAJ is 0-5 since first making the playoff grade in 2001.
The C.A. Johnson boys team, like the girls, struggled early in the season against a parade of top-flight Midlands teams. The Green Hornets, however, turned things around in conference play – winning 8 of 10 games to finish in second place behind mighty Great Falls.
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CAJ (13-11 overall) toppled Lewisville in last night’s regular season finale as Sterling Rose and Peter Goodman set the tone by scoring 17 and 15 points, respectively.
Louis Dreher’s team hosts the No. 3 seed from Region 4 in the first round of the small-school playoffs on Tuesday. CAJ is 11-17 at state through the years, the highlight being the Class 3A state championship run in 1989. Last season, the Green Hornets advanced to the third round before being eliminated by future region rival Great Falls.