The Douglas County boys and girls teams tuned up for their big Region 5-AAAA showdown with Osborne at home on Friday with lopsided victories Tuesday night against Paulding County.
Douglas County’s boys, ranked No. 6 in Class AAAA, bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 93-64 victory in Tuesday’s game. The top-ranked Douglas County girls beat Paulding County 70-43.
Douglas County’s boys are 19-1 overall and lead 5-AAAA with a 10-0 region record. The Tigers were upset by Lithia Springs 79-78 on Saturday on a layup by Femi Ojuolape at the buzzer. Douglas County has averaged 90 points in its past 10 games and scored 100 or more points four times during that stretch.
The No. 10 Osborne boys were 17-2 overall and second in the region at 8-1 going into their game on Tuesday against South Paulding. The Cardinals, who were 9-17 last season and have not had a winning record since going 15-12 in 2008-09, are seeking their first state tournament berth since 2002.
Douglas County’s girls have won 19 consecutive games since losing to Class AA No. 5 Lovett 66-57 in the season opener on Nov. 21. They lead Region 5-AAAA with a 10-0 record. Second-place Osborne, which entered the rankings at No. 10 this week, is close behind at 16-4 overall and 9-1 in the region after beating South Paulding 58-35. The Cardinals’ region loss was a 59-55 setback against third-place Kell on Jan. 13. Osborne also has a loss against third-ranked Chamblee and two losses to Class AAAAA Luella.
*Region 6-AAAA boys: Southwest DeKalb kept pace with Miller Grove in the race for first place in Division B with a 62-46 victory over Chamblee in the only meeting of top 10 teams on the schedule Tuesday. It was the second region loss of the season for eighth-ranked Chamblee (14-5), which was coming off a 56-54 upset of No. 2 Miller Grove last week. Miller Grove and Southwest DeKalb each have one region loss. Miller Grove beat Southwest DeKalb 57-53 in overtime in the teams’ first meeting on Dec. 6. The teams will play again at Miller Grove on Feb. 3.
*Region 4-AAAA girls: Seventh-ranked Forest Park retained sole possession of first place with a 49-43 victory over Mundy’s Mill. Forest Park, which was upset by Jonesboro 52-39 on Friday for its first region loss of the season, improved to 16-5 overall and 13-1 in 4-AAAA. Ashlee Cole led Forest Park with 14 points. Mundy’s Mill’s Brianna McQueen was held to four first-half points but finished with a game-high 22, according to the Clayton News Daily. Mundy’s Mill fell into third place at 11-3 (15-5 overall). Jonesboro is in second place at 12-2 (15-5) after a 65-58 victory against North Clayton. Victoria Florence scored 33 points for the Cardinals.
*Elsewhere: The seventh-ranked Jonesboro boys remained in first place in Region 4-AAAA with a 71-60 victory against North Clayton, which was playing without Georgia Tech signee Marcus Hunt, who missed the game with an illness. … Brunswick’s boys grabbed sole possession of first place in 2-AAAA Division A with a 61-49 victory against Ware County.