It’s scary to think how good the Washington County girls would be if they hadn’t lost their all-state player to a preseason knee injury.
Playing without North Carolina commitment Alisha Gray, the Golden Hawks are 14-1 after Friday’s 64-40 thrashing of Swainsboro. They play at Thomson on Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
Washington County has an explosive offense leader in Shon Kitchens. Kitchens is an excellent shooter; she knocked down four 3-pointers against Swainsboro and scored 28 points. Nia Johnson is another big scoring threat, too. Tierra Murray works hard on the boards; she had 10 rebounds against Swainsboro.
Washington County is ranked No. 2 behind Buford. The team’s only loss is against Baldwin; the Hawks have won 13 straight since then, including a revenge win over Baldwin. It isn’t inconceivable that Waco could enter the postseason with a 23-1 record and ranked No. 1.
St. Pius girls extend AAA win streak
It’s been a while since the No. 3 St. Pius girls have lost to another AAA team in the regular season. The Golden Lions beat No. 10 Decatur 50-37 on Saturday, with Asia Durr scoring 20 and Jasmine Carter scoring 16. The win extended the team’s winning streak within its region to 36 games.
The last time St. Pius lost to another AAA team in the regular season came on Jan. 22, 2010, when Carver Atlanta knocked off the Lions. Pius won two other games last week, limiting both opponents to less than 20 points – a 59-14 win over McNair and a 43-16 win over Woodward Academy.
Can Tattnall test No. 8 Beach?
If Beach is going to be tested during the regular season, it could come on Friday when the Bulldogs host Tattnall County. The Battle Creek Warriors are 13-2 and 8-1 in the region. Tattnall has won its last eight games. Beach already has a 54-35 win over Tattnall in Reidsville.
Beach is led by the Spann sisters, sophomore Ilyn and junior Irie. Ilyn Spann broke through last year as a playmaking freshman and was named MVP of the Region 3-AAAAA tournament. She’s an explosive scorer, as evidenced by a 21-point effort against Appling County last month. Irie is consider a steady contributor to the team.
Tonight’s top games
There are two boys games tonight that match ranked teams against each other. No. 4 Buford plays at No. 6 North Hall, and No. 7 Washington County travels to No. 10 Thomson.
Buford and North Hall are both undefeated in Region 7. Both beat previous No. 1-ranked Dawson County last week, each winning by 14 points. The two clubs meet again at Buford for the final game of the regular season.
Thomson and Washington County are the co-leaders in Region 3 and neither has lost a region game. Washington County has three losses, two of them to Class AAAA Baldwin. Thomson also has a non-region loss to Baldwin. Thomson and Baldwin will have a rematch on Feb. 1 in Sandersville.