The regular-season girls title for Region 8-AAA will be determined tonight in Elberton, when No. 8 Elbert County hosts No. 4 North Oconee.
North Oconee (21-2) has won 11 straight games since losing to Creekview in the final of the Deep South Classic at Brookwood. That stretch includes a 61-47 win over Elbert County on Jan. 15 in Watkinsville.
That loss was the only one for Elbert County since Christmas. The Blue Devils (18-4) have won 11 of 12 games, including a tournament in South Carolina. Elbert is led by power forward Cyiarra Hill and shooting guard Bri Moon, a pair of seniors.
Here’s a look at how the other region’s girls teams stack up going into the last week of the season.
Region 1: No. 6-ranked Beach has been the best team all season. The Bulldogs (20-3) already have two wins over the two closest contenders – Tattnall County and Savannah. Tattnall County and Savannah have been battling for the No. 2 spot, with those two splitting a pair of games during the regular season. Tattnall won 37-34 last week to avenge an earlier 16-point loss.
Region 2: Southwest Macon has had a slight end on the other teams in the region. The Patriots close the season on Friday at Henry County, which is out to avenge an earlier one-point loss to Southwest. Henry County, Pike County and Peach County have been the closest pursuers.
Region 3: No. 2 Washington County (21-1) has won 20 straight games, but closest the season on Friday at No. 10 Dodge County (18-4). Waco beat Dodge 50-33 three weeks ago, the only game the Indians have lost since Christmas.
Region 4: No. 7 Chapel Hill and Central Carroll are tied for first place. Central won the first game 49-47, but Chapel Hill evened the scored with a 55-52 win in the rematch. Callaway, the third-best team in the league, has lost twice to Chapel Hill and once to Central. The Cavs host Central tonight and could break the first place tie; Central won by eight in the first meeting. If Central wins, first place could come down to a coin flip.
Region 5: No. 5 Sonoraville (21-1) is one victory away from clinching first place, which means the Phoenix would host the region playoffs. Coach Stephanie Caudell’s team closes the season at Adairsville and home Friday against Ringgold. Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and Cartersville are the main contenders for the No. 2 spot.
Region 6: No. 3 St. Pius (20-3) can clinch first place with a win at McNair tonight. The Golden Lions of coach Kyle Snipes are closing in on another undefeated subregion season. Asia “The Amaze-You” Durr totaled 48 points in two wins last week. Decatur’s only two league losses have come to St. Pius, leaving the Bulldogs in solid position for second place.
Region 7: No. 1 Buford (16-4) has turned back all challengers in the league. The Wolves have not lost a region game and have been beaten only once since Christmas, that against No. 1 Class AA Wesleyan. No. 10 Dawson County has a solid hold on the second spot.
Coming Friday: A region-by-region look at the boys races going into the final weekend.