Here are some of the top Class AAAAA games to watch in the next-to-last full week of the regular season:
*Mays at Miller Grove (Friday): Last week, the No. 1 and No. 2 girls teams squared off in a Region 6-AAAAA game, with Tucker edging Stephenson 46-45. Now it’s the boys’ turn as top-ranked Miller Grove faces No. 2 Mays for the second time this season. Miller Grove won the first contest 68-58 on Dec. 11 and can clinch the subregion title with a victory. Miller Grove enters the week with an eight-game winning streak, while Mays has won six straight since an 80-78 loss to Lakeside-DeKalb on Jan. 8.
*Northside-Columbus at Bainbridge (Friday): The top two teams in Region 1-AAAAA will be meeting for the second time this season, with Northside looking to avenge a 68-59 loss to the Bearcats on Jan. 12. These teams have taken turns appearing in the state rankings over the past few weeks, and the winner of this game is a good bet to earn recognition in the updated rankings on Sunday.
*Miller Grove at Southwest DeKalb (Tuesday): Southwest DeKalb earned its way into the rankings this week at No. 9, and the Panthers have a chance to prove they belong there when they host No. 3 Miller Grove. The Wolverines won both previous meetings this season, but Southwest DeKalb can move into a virtual tie for first place in 6-AAAAA Division B with a victory.
*Pope at Kell (Saturday): No. 5 Kell has been jockeying all season with No. 10 Osborne for the top spot in 7-AAAAA Division B, but the Longhorns can’t afford to overlook third-place Pope. The Greyhounds, who are 10-2 since a 5-4 start, trail the subregion leaders by one game in the loss column. It will be a challenging week for Pope, which also faces No. 6 Creekview on Tuesday.
Here’s who the top 10 boys and girls teams play on Tuesday:
#1 Miller Grove at Southwest DeKalb
#2 Mays at M.L. King
#3 Allatoona vs. Woodland-Cartersville
#4 Effingham County vs. Groves
#5 Lithia Springs does not play
#6 Tucker at Dunwoody
#7 Sequoyah vs. Kell
#8 McIntosh vs. Creekside
#9 Mount Zion-Jonesboro vs. Forest Park
#10 Bainbridge vs. Lee County
#1 Tucker at Dunwoody
#2 Stephenson at Clarkston
#3 Miller Grove at #9 Southwest DeKalb
#4 McIntosh vs. Creekside
#5 Kell at Sequoyah
#6 Creekview vs. Pope
#7 Flowery Branch vs. Clarke Central
#8 Cedar Shoals vs. Gainesville
#10 Osborne vs. Cambridge