AAAA basketball blog: Douglas County boys, girls tighten grip on 5-AAAA with sweep of Osborne

The battles for the lead in Region 5-AAAA turned out to be no contests at all.

Douglas County’s boys and girls teams strengthened their hold on first place and took a big step toward regular-season region titles with lopsided victories against second-place Osborne on Friday.

The sixth-ranked Douglas County boys improved to 20-1 overall and 11-0 in the region with a 106-89 victory. The Tigers got 25 points from Jaumonee Byrd and 19 from Vantrail Commings, according to the Douglas County Sentinel. It was the seventh time this season that Douglas County has scored at least 100 points, and the Tigers are averaging 91.3 points for the season. Devonte Thornton scored 25 points to lead 10th-ranked Osborne (18-3, 9-2).

Douglas County’s girls team, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA, jumped out to an early double-digit lead and cruised to a 62-38 victory. Douglas County (20-1, 11-0) got double-doubles from Maya Benham (19 points, 19 rebounds) and Christin Mercer (11 points, 17 rebounds). No. 10 Osborne fell to 16-5, 9-2.

Both Douglas County teams hold a two-game lead in the standings with three region games remaining.

*Night for revenge in Warner Robins: Aaliyah Jones scored on a put-back at the buzzer to give the Warner Robins girls team a 45-43 victory over ninth-ranked Northside-Warner Robins, avenging a four-point loss earlier this month. Each team now has one subregion loss, although Northside (17-4, 6-1) has won two more games. Warner Robins is 17-4, 4-1. Northside won the boys game 76-64 for its first victory this season in three tries against its cross-town rival. Northside is in first place in the subregion. The Eagles’ Jarius Smith led all scorers with 19 points, according to the Macon Telegraph report.

*On a hot streak: The Flowery Branch girls team continued the surge that has lifted it to the top of the Region 8-AAAA Division A by beating Apalachee 65-39. Flowery Branch (15-7) was 5-6 at the start of 2012 but has since won 10 of 11 and leads the subregion with a 6-1 mark. Tavia Sykes scored 25 points to lead Flowery Branch in Friday’s game. The true test for the Falcons will come in the next week as they play home games against Habersham Central on Tuesday and Clarke Central on Friday with a chance to wrap up the regular-season subregion title. Habersham and Clarke each have two subregion losses, and Clarke Central won the first meeting with Flowery Branch 55-47 on Jan. 17. The Falcons reached the state tournament last season but finished with a 10-20 record overall.

*Big numbers for Goodwin: Southwest DeKalb’s William “Shaq” Goodwin continues to lead DeKalb in scoring, according to statistics released by the county on Friday. Goodwin, who has signed with Memphis, is averaging 21.8 points per game, two points ahead of Stephenson’s Derek Harper. Southwest DeKalb teammate Jordan Price is third at 18.3, followed by Miller Grove’s Tony Parker at 17.2. Goodwin is second in the county in rebounding (12.5), first in 2-point field goal percentage (0.73) and fourth in blocked shots (3.1). Chamblee’s Lucy Mason is the girls leader in scoring with a 22.7-point average, and teammate Breana McDonald is fourth with 16.4. Both players surpassed 1,000 career points earlier this season.

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