Payback, revenge, getting even, flipping the script … High school basketball, with its home-and-home setup, makes for lots of vengeance story lines, and in Class AAA, there has been no shortage lately.
First up, the Grady Grey Knights, who suffered a 59-57 loss to Druid Hills on Dec. 16. Friday night, the Knights exacted revenge and improved to 17-3 overall with a 78-62 win. The Knights won their sixth straight game and maintained their hold on first place in 5-AAA, Division A.
In 5-AAA, Division B, defending state champion Columbia is riding a 13-game winning streak after beating Arabia Mountain Tuesday. The Eagles, 19-1 overall and 8-0 in sub-region play, play Towers Tuesday with a chance to clinch the top spot in the sub-region. The Titans pose what would appear to be the most serious remaining threat to Columbia in the regular season.
Flipped script: The Haralson County boys’ only win so far came against Columbus back on Jan. 7. Friday night, Columbus’ Jevan Billinger surpassed 1,000 career points, scoring 16 as the Blue Devils got payback.
Flipped script, plural: The Carrollton boys beat Troup Tuesday to avenge their first loss loss in Region 6-AAA, but Friday night the Trojans fell 57-54 at home to Shaw, whom the Trojans beat by a point in overtime on Jan. 7. Torrion Brummitt scored 14 to lead three Shaw players in double figures.
Westover tight rope act: The Westover girls continued to tip-toe the unbeaten high wire, beating Cairo 59-51 to improve to 21-0. 18 points from AuBre’Ana Moore. According to the Albany Herald, it was the 30th straight regular-season win for the Lady Patriots. Sixth win by less than 10 points this season
Double-0: Both Washington County teams remained undefeated with wins over Butler Friday night. The WACO girls won their 50th straight.
Closing in: The St. Pius girls entered Saturday’s non-region game against Chestatee at 17-3 and 8-0 in Region 5-AAA, Division A. The Lady Lions can sew up a top seed for the 5-AAA tournament with a win Tuesday against Riverwood, whom they beat 51-43 on Jan. 6.
Here’s to the little guy: 5-foot-7 Monroe Area point guard Ken Jackson entered the weekend with 1,630 career points. This season, Jackson is averaging 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the Hurricanes.
Irby dominates: Cartersville’s Kaelyn Irby continued her rampage in 7-AAA, scoring 27 points as the Lady Hurricanes beat Gilmer.
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