NORCROSS — Greater Atlanta Christian's girls basketball team was in control from the start Friday night, rolling to a 76-31 win over Stone Mountain in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
The Spartans scored 29 points in the first quarter en route to the 45-point win as the defense suffocated the Pirates all game long.
Even more impressive for GAC was the fact that when Jillian Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 7:21 to go in the third quarter, the Spartans were at 58 points, which was their total in a win over the Pirates on Nov. 25.
"Our defense is what propelled our offense," said GAC head coach Jessica Guarneri. "Our goal was to come in and work on all of our defense. We wanted to be super aggressive from the outset."
The Spartans (16-12) outscored the Pirates 26-13 in the second quarter to take a 55-17 advantage into halftime.
By the end of the game, all seven of GAC's players scored a basket with Larissa Randolph completing the feat for her team midway through the fourth quarter.
GAC was led by Kaleigh Addie, who had 33 points, 24 of which came in the first half. Ava Irvin had 16 points and nine rebounds, while Jaci Bolden had 11 points and five rebounds.
The Spartans will now face the winner of Southeast Bulloch and Monroe in the second round.