The Fayette County boys have been a mainstay in the state tournament for years – they’ve won at least 20 games in each of the last six seasons and have a couple of final four appearances in that time – so the fact that they’re leading Region 5-AAAA serves as little surprise.
Still, thanks to a stiff early schedule, they got off to a rocky start, going 2-4 in their first six games including a humiliating 67-26 loss to Miller Grove back on Nov. 19.
The Tigers have solved the woes that plagued them early in the season, having now won six in a row , keyed by the scoring of C.J. Johnson (14.3 ppg) and Dante’ Sterling (14.3 ppg). Friday, they face Shaw with first place on the line in 5-AAAA.
The Fayette girls are following a remarkably similar script. The Lady Tigers, now 8-4 overall and 4-0 in region play, started off 1-4 and have won seven straight.
Meanwhile, a little west of Fayetteville, Sandy Creek’s girls are also rolling. The Lady Patriots’ 48-41 win at Lagrange Tuesday night allowed them to keep pace with Fayette in the region
By the numbers: There appear to be two boys players in AAAA averaging 20 ppg. Columbia’s Tahj Shamsid-Deen is scoring 23.3 ppg according to the DeKalb County Schools Athletics Department, and Butler’s Deontaye Coleman is scoring 21.1 ppg according to Maxpreps.
Dynamic duo: Columbus’ combo of Alexia Manning (19.6 ppg) and Jacqueria Gunter (16.3 ppg) are main reason(s) the Lady Blue Devils are 12-3 and a game back of Fayette and Sandy Creek. Both are juniors …
Streak intact: The Woodland-Henry girls cruised past Eagle’s Landing Tuesday night to extend the longest winning streak in AAAA to 19 games.
Big picture game: The winner of Friday’s boys game between No. 7 Jonesboro (14-4, 9-1 Region 4-AAAA) and Riverdale (12-7, 8-2) will have the inside track to the top seed in sub-region B. This is important because the top seed likely won’t see No. 4-ranked Eagle’s Landing until the championship round of the region tournament.