There are still three unbeaten girls basketball teams in Class AAA: Beach, Washington County and Southwest Macon.
No. 2 Washington County (10-0) hammered Baldwin 71-53 in its first game back from the holidays. Nia Johnson scored 20 and Tiarra Wicker and Shon Kitchens each scored 14 in that game. Washington County will get a test on Jan. 17 when it travels to Eastman to play No. 8 Dodge County.
No. 3 Beach (14-0) remains the powerhouse in Region 1-AAA. Their most recent win was a 75-32 victory over Appling County in which three girls were in double figures: Erica Hicks with 15 point, Ilyn Spann with 13 points and DyManee Royal with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Beach has a return match with No. 6 Tattnall County on Jan. 17; Beach won the first game 59-54 in Reidsville. The Tattnall girls have won six straight games, including their own Christmas tournament. The Trojans are 9-3, with Kendra Green leading the way with 12.8 points and 8.7 rebounds. She is the only player in double figures
No. 5 Southwest Macon (10-0) had its rematch against Peach County cancelled because of the weather. Southwest beat Peach 70-59 on Dec. 27 in Fort Valley.
Defense leads Washington County boys
Didn’t Washington County play for the state football championship last month? Looks like their boys basketball team has the same game plan. The Golden Hawks are 9-1 and ranked second in the state.
Washington County is getting 16 points from senior McKel Miller and 11.7 points from senior Kendall Phillips, with sophomore TiQuan Lewis averaging 9.8 points and 4.2 rebounds.
The only loss for the Hawks came to Fayette County in the championship game of the Upward Classic. The key has been tenacious defense; only one team has scored more than 55 points against coach Carlos Hope’s team, which allows 47.5 points per game.
The next big test for Washington County will come on Jan. 14 when it hosts No. 10 Thomson.
Elbert County awaits Morgan rematch
The No. 4 Elbert County boys don’t mind playing up in class. Most recently the Blue Devils have beaten Class AAAAA Stockbridge 71-58 and Class AAAAA Cedar Shoals 69-66. Coach Jeff Bennum’s team is 11-1 thanks to a powerful offense that averages 71.5 points.
Elbert County is an experienced team, with six seniors on the roster. They’ve already beaten No. 6 Morgan County 78-73, with a rematch against the Bulldogs set for Jan. 25 in Madison.
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