Eagle’s Landing’s Region 4-AAAA cross-over game today at Jonesboro may be the top regular-season game in the classification. The Golden Eagles (10-5) and Cardinals (10-3) each features Division I talent all over the floor and winning pedigrees. Both made the boys state semifinals in each of the past two years – Eagle’s Landing in AAA and Jonesboro in AAAA – and this one figures to carry a state tournament-type atmosphere.
Germain at her best in close games: It appears the only thing holding down Tianna Germain’s scoring numbers is the fact that her South Effingham team routinely wins by blowout.
Germain leads the undefeated Lady Mustangs in scoring at 23.5 points per game, but only three of the team’s 13 wins have been by margins of less than 10 points. Friday, though, South Effingham found itself in a 71-64 win against Wayne County, and Germain stepped into the spotlight, scoring 30 points to go with 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. It was her third 30-point game of the season. The other two were against Effingham County (a 55-51 win) and Richmond Hill (a 50-45 win).
On the other half of 3-AAAA: Cross Creek is also 13-0 behind senior Breanna Bryant and senior Ashleigh Outler, both of whom are scoring 15 points per game.
Carrollton adjusts: Both Carrollton teams have lost key players to injuries. Senior forward Riley Criswell suffered a knee injury during a holiday tournament in Florida. The injury required multiple surgeries, according to the Carroll County Times-Georgian. Carrollton won its Region 5-AAAA opener Friday night over Columbus behind 15 points from Cooper Criswell.
The Lady Trojans lost 6-2 senior center Taylor Love to a knee injury three weeks ago. They replaced her with 6-1 freshman Emily Waters and all-state guard Kenyata Hendrix is averaging 16 points, 3 assists and 3.5 steals and forward Brooklyn Emory is averaging 11 points and 7 rebounds. Carrollton lost to Columbus Friday night.
Gut-check for Alexander: The Alexander boys ran their record to 9-2 in winning their 5-AAAA opener, beating Troup in overtime to run their winning sreak to seven games.