North Oconee girls lap the field

The North Oconee girls have completed the first lap around the Region 8-AAA schedule and emerged without a loss in the league. The No. 7-ranked Titans take a 16-2 record going into tonight’s game against Morgan County in Watkinsville.

“We are playing well,” said North Oconee coach Donnie Byrom. “We have the heart of the schedule to go.”

North Oconee continues to get outstanding play from Ginny Channell and Brooke Hubbard. Both showed up large in a win over No. 10-ranked Elbert County, as Channell had a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Hubbard had 21 against Elbert and 29 against Madison County. Channel is shooting 53 percent and Hubbard is shooting 52 percent from the floor and Hubbard is making 79 percent from the line.

An unsung hero has been point guard Hannah Harden, who had 12 points and 10 assists against East Jackson and nearly posted a triple-double against Elbert County and Oconee County.

Morgan boys unbeaten since holidays

The No. 2-ranked Morgan County boys have won seven straight games since returning from their trip to Florida. The Bulldogs are 9-0 in Region 8-AAA, with only five games left to play, including home games tonight against East Jackson and Saturday against Elbert County.

Elbert Count has been the only opponent who has challenged Morgan County within the league. Morgan beat the Blue Devils 71-68 in Elberton on Jan. 4. Morgan’s margin of victory in the other eight region games is 35.3 points.

“We are playing pretty well right now,” said coach Charlemagne Gibbons. “The team is starting to come together and the depth of this team is what has made this team so strong.” Morgan rotates 10 players into every game.”

The key player has been sophomore Tookie Brown, who leads the team in scoring (23.7) and assists (6.1). Big man C.J. Turman is averaging 14.2 points and 11.2 rebounds. Coming on strong is Josh Sallette, who is averaging 8.8 points and 7.6 rebounds.

11 in a row for Central Carroll girls

The Central Carroll girls stretched their winning streak to 11 in a row after Tuesday’s hard-fought 56-54 win over Douglass. The Lions head into tonight’s game at Coretta Scott King with a perfect 9-0 record in Region 4-AAA.

“We were fortunate to play well enough to win against our region competition the first time through the schedule,” coach Jimmy LeBlanc said. “We recognize that it is far from over. The remaining schedule is packed with big games.”

Central has been one of the surprise teams. The Lions have only one senior on the team, guard Sydney LeBlanc. The leading scorer is Sherae Bonner, a junior starting for the third season who averages 14 points and 11 rebounds. The other starters are sophomores: forward Brianna Cousin (12 points, nine rebounds), guard Wesli Simmons (11 points) and point guard Hayley Sims. Another sophomore, Jasmine Thrash, is the first player off the bench.

Central’s biggest remaining games are Feb. 1 at Chapel Hill and Feb. 5 against Callaway.

“We just hope to continue to improve as we fight for bracket spots in the region tournament,” LeBlanc said.

This weekend

The biggest boys game this weekend is the second meeting of the year between No. 5 Johnson and No. 3 Savannah on Saturday at Savannah State. The game was moved away from an on-campus gym in order to accommodate the expected crowd. The Tiger Arena seats 6,000 and a full house is anticipated for the 7 p.m. start. Savannah won the first meeting 55-47 in December.

Other interesting games on the schedule for Friday include: Adairsville at Cartersville, Blessed Trinity at Woodward Academy, Callaway at Douglass, Dawson County at East Hall, Dodge County at Thomson, and Franklin County at Elbert County.

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