Warm as it’s been, and with football at its crescendo, I haven’t ducked inside for much basketball.
Still, now might be a good time for a quick update of how things are shaping up since games began Nov. 10.
We’ll look at the girls this week, and with many boys late to the court because of football, we’ll check on them next week.
Again, I haven’t seen a game yet. So if anyone has more insight, speak up.
– Region 8-AA: Entering this week 4-3, Rabun County seems to have been busy, having played more than most. Jefferson (4-2), which began this week riding a three-game streak, is the only one with a region win after shellacked Oglethorpe County 56-18.
– Region 7-AA: Dade County is setting the curve in this region at 7-0 through last week. The Wolverines begin region play tonight against visiting Model, a team they’ve beaten in the last three regular-season matchups. Chattooga, the region’s other unbeaten team, puts its 4-0 start on the line against visiting Calhoun.
– Region 6-AA: Three guesses who’s leading the way here. Five-time defending state champion Wesleyan, a nine-time state winner in the last 11 seasons, is 6-0 approaching Friday’s game against Holy Innocents’. Without seven players and without two others injured, Katie Frerking and Nikki McDonald have emerged among the Wolves’ leaders, bucketing 13 apiece in Wesleyan’s 58-42 win Saturday at Mill Creek, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported.
– Region 5-AA: Kendrick (4-0) began this week with the hot hand from Division A, remarkably topping the century mark in a 101-26 clobbering of Carver-Columbus on Saturday. Deja Cheatham and Kahlia Lawrence accounted for half the firepower in that one with 28 and 23 points, according to the Columbus Ledger-Inquirer.
– Region 4-AA: Taylor County has reached state the last six years and the semifinals twice, and already has a jump on everyone this year. The Vikings have bolted to a 4-0 head start, entering today’s region opener against visiting Lamar County.
– Region 3-AA: Like Wesleyan in 6-AA, Laney perhaps is surprising nobody with its firecracker 6-0 start entering Friday’s game at Swainsboro. The Wildcats are coming off a 12th consecutive postseason appearance and fourth straight semifinal under decades-long coach Otis Smart. Westside Augusta seems well on its way toward potentially a second consecutive semifinal at 4-0 through last week.
– Region 2-AA: It appears nobody’s really has distinguished itself in this region in the season’s first month. Toombs started 3-3, but without consecutive wins. Likewise, McIntosh County Academy started 3-2, but with consecutive victories only once.
– Region 1-AA: Thomasville puts its 4-0 start on the line at Cairo on Saturday in this region, where everyone started out after Brooks County and Pelham, state semifinalists and quarterfinalists last season, respectively.