For South Atlanta, finishing first in 6-AAAA Division B has what would seem an obvious benefit: Avoiding a potential matchup with No. 1-ranked Columbia until the region final. But then the realization hits that No. 2 Marist is on the Hornets’ side of the bracket.
“It seems like we always wind up in these regions. This, I feel, is the strongest region in AAAA. Grady, Columbia, Marist and ourselves all are teams that if they play right on any night could beat anybody in the state,” said South Atlanta coach Michael Reddick. “So, avoiding someone? No. Marist beat us here, so, in this region we know we’re going to have to play every night.”
Still perfect: The last unbeaten in AAAA is the Cross Creek girls, who have played two games decided by less than 10 points all year. The Lady Razorbacks beat Hephzibah Friday to finish the regular season 24-0.
Still muddled in 5-AAAA: The Alexander boys secured the top seed for the 5-AAAA tournament by beating Fayette County Friday night. Seeds 2-4 are way up in the air, though. Fayette, LaGrange and Shaw each has four region losses. While Shaw has completed its regular season, Fayette faces Sandy Creek and LaGrange visits Columbus today. Fayette and LaGrange can forge a three-way tie for second place in the region standings if both win today.
Doubling up: With a blowout win over South Effingham Friday, Statesboro more than doubled its scoring from the first meeting between the two teams, thanks in large part to a 29-point night from senior Yakeem Coleman, according to the Statesboro Herald. Statesboro beat South Effingham 36-31 on Jan. 18 and won 89-44 Friday.
Struggling down the stretch: The Statesboro girls closed their regular season with three straight losses and have dropped four of their last six entering the Region 3-AAAA tournament.