The 2-AAAA girls race is shaping up to be a free-for all, with the top five teams all within a game of each other in the standings.
West Laurens (12-2, 4-1) has won nine straight and is led by junior Tyeshia Smith (17.8 ppg). The Lady Raiders are tied atop the region standings with Howard (9-2, 4-1), while Mary Persons and Baldwin are each 3-1 in region play.
The Woodland girls completed their non-region slate with a 59-55 win over Class AAAAAA Luella on Saturday, the Wolfpack’s 16th straight win. They had held their previous eight opponents under 40 points.
Meanwhile in Region 3-AAAA, there are two undefeated girls teams – South Effingham and Cross Creek, who are each 14-0 – but they’re in opposite sides of a sub-divided region and aren’t scheduled to play in the regular season, so they won’t play each other until the region tournament.
The LaGrange girls are 11-1 overall and unbeaten against Georgia teams, and they’ve played just one game that ended closer than 10 points, a holiday-tournament loss to Valley (Ala.).
On the boys side …
Johnson-Gainesville has bounced back from a stretch of three losses in four games with a three-game winning streak going into Friday’s road game against Stephens County. The Knights have four players averaging double-figure scoring, led by 6-6 senior post player Montrell McKenzie (15.5 points, 13.4 rebounds) and sophomore guard Ty Cockfield (15.5 points, 4.2 assists).
Defensive Devils: The Statesboro boys team has long been known for playing stifling defense, and the current edition fits right in. The Blue Devils, who are 14-3, have held eight opponents under 50 points. Zaquavian Smith is scoring 15.6 points per game and four other players averaging at least eight points per contest.