Laney has established itself as a contender in both boys and girls basketball this season. The boys are ranked seventh and the girls are ranked fourth. Both have seized control of Region 3 Subregion A.
On Tuesday the Laney girls (19-1) won their 16th straight game by swamping Jefferson County 81-45. The Wildcats field a balanced attack led by Jermeka Gibson and DeKoya Mack and some tough inside defenders in Simone Smith and Khadijah Cave.Mack had 25 points in Saturday’s rout against Butler.
The Laney boys (16-3) have won eight straight games and Saturday stepped up in class to rally from 11 points down to beat Butler 56-51 and avenge one of their earlier losses. Jammie West has been the offensive catalyst for the Wildcats; he had 29 points and made six crucial free throws down he stretch against Butler.The boys rebounded from the emotional win to take a 58-48 subregion road win on Tuesday at Jefferson County. Raheem Newton scored 18, with Shaquille Cook and Curtis Hightower each getting 13 for the Wildcats.
The boys will face a big test on Saturday when it hosts Dublin, the leader from the opposite subregion. Dublin (15-4) has won three straight games and continues to get outstanding effort from Trey Rozier and Odell Anderson, the big one-two punch for the Wildcats.
GAC boys, girls keep rolling
The No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian boys (16-4) have won nine straight games and are playing the sort of defense that coach Eddie Martin always stresses. The Spartans beat Westmnster 68-27 in a Region 6 crosscover game on Tuesday, with Delano Spencer scoring 17 and Collin Swinton scoring 16. It was the seventh consecutive game in which GAC has not allowed more than 45 points.
GAC will travel to Augusta State on Saturday night for a non-region showcase game against Butler.
The GAC girls (15-5) won their fourth straight since its close loss to No. 1 Buford. GAC’s 61-31 win over Westminster was sparked by Sydni Means, who had 16, and Brianna Cummings, who scored 12.GAC was leading 35-8 at the half.
Buford girls, boys keep pace
The No. 1 Buford girls (13-6) finally got the missing piece of their puzzle last week when Andraya Carter returned from off-season knee surgery that threatened her senior season. The Tennessee signee contributed to wins against Westminster and then-No. 1 Lovett over the weekend and scored 10 in Tuesday’s 77-28 victory over Blessed Trinity.
The fog surrounding Carter’s possible return has somewhat obscured the excellent season being enjoyed by Kaela Davis, a junior who has also committed to Tennessee. Davis had 23 points against Blessed Trinity.
Buford will get a big test on Saturday night when it plays at Wesleyan, the No. 1-ranked team in Class A. Wesleyan beat Buford 48-37 last season.
The No. 2 Buford boys (14-5) had a 55-43 win over Blessed Trinity, as A.J. Davis and Kyle Kellam each scored 14 points. It was the third straight win for the Wolves.
Union County derails East Hall girls
Union County moved into a tie in Region 8-AA North on Tuesday with a 59-56 upset of No. 9 East Hall. The Panthers (17-3) were led by Rebecka Merrit, who had 21 points, 17 in the second half. Callie Payne scored 14 and Catie Turner added 13. Union County knocked down 13 3-pointers to baffle East Hall.
The Vikings (14-3) led 33-21 at halftime, but scored only eight points in the third period. East Hall battled back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit and missed a game-tying 3-pointer as the clock expired.
The two teams meet again at Unionr County on Feb. 10 in the final game of the regular season.
Region 1 crowded at the top
Things are certainly mixed up on the boys side of this deep league. Albany and Thomasville each have one region loss, while Early County and Cook have two region losses.
No. 4 Thomasville (11-6) lost a non-region game to Bainbridge, 53-45 on Tuesday, while No. 8 Albany (14-2) got 15 points from Tim Pierce in a 67-41 league win over Fitzgerald. Thomasville hosts Albany on Feb. 3; Albany won the first game 37-36.
Early County (15-3) has lost two of its last three league games and travels to Thomasville on Friday. Early handed Thomasville its only region loss in early January. Cook (14-4) survived to beat Brooks County 47-45 on Tuesday and hosts Albany on Friday. Cook beat Albany 36-34 earlier this month.
More girls . . .
No. 3 Model (20-1) routed Adairsville 64-15 on Tuesday for its 17th straight victory. Carla Clemmons scored 15 and Timia Reynolds scored 13 for the Devils. . . . No. 2 Morgan County (17-1) lost for the first time on Saturday, falling 44-39 to Monticello, but bounced back to score an impressive 49-31 road win over Northeast Macon on Tuesday.. . . No. 6 Decatur won its sixth straight, beating Therrell 80-31. The Bulldogs have a key subregion game at Buford on Tuesday. . . . Carver Columbus (12-6) rolled to a 54-28 win over Manchester, with Tynisha Mitchell and Ariel Butts each scoring 14. The Tigers have won six of their last seven and have their eyes on a Feb. 7 game against region leader Heard County (14-2). . . . No. 8 North Oconee (17-3) defeated Jefferson 48-32 for its eighth consecutive win. . . . No. 10 Dade County (18-1) beat North Murray 54-37 and awaits next week’s showdown against Calhoun.
More boys . . .
First place in Region 5 will be on the line when No 5 Jordan (18-2) hosts No. 6 Manchester (13-1) on Friday. Jordan had its 12-game winning streak broken last Friday by Class AAAA Northside Columbus, but bounced back to defeat Russell County, Ala. Manchester has won 12 straight since losing to Taylor County. Manchester won the first meeting against Jordan 72-69 in overtime, but that was a non-league game. The two teams are tied at 5-0 in the region. . . . No. 2 Vidalia (19-2) whipped Pierce Couny 73-32. . . . No. 9 South Atlanta (14-5) won its ninth straight game by beating Clarkston 64-50. . . . No. 10 East Hall (13-5) beat Union County 88-45 behind a 14-point effort of T.D. Teasley. . . . Coosa’s hopes to climb into the rankings picture took a dip on Tuesday when it lost 71-60 at Rockmart. The Eagles (16-3) got 29 from Tyler Bradley, but could not dig out of a 17-9 first-quarter hole. . .