*Northside-Columbus girls: The Patriots were undefeated in region play going into the weekend and closing in on the 1-AAAAA regular-season title. Senior forward Taylor Jakes leads the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game, and the next three top scorers are sophomores (Jasmine Herndon, Jessica Herndon and Caitlyn Jakes). Northside handed Columbus, ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA, its only loss of the season, winning 49-42 in a tournament in December.
*Starr's Mill girls: The Panthers (15-5) made the fourth state-tournament appearance in school history last season, and they've got a good shot at returning this year as the best team in subregion B of Region 4. Starr's Mill's only region losses were close games against fifth-ranked Drew (43-38) and No. 9 Forest Park (46-36), both of which are in subregion A. The non-region losses came against Gulliver Prep, a Florida school that is 20-5, and Class AAAAAA teams Archer and Central Gwinnett.