This is the final week of the regular season and the region tournaments will soon be underway. The standings in each of the classification’s regions when the regular season ends will determine the seeding for each of these tournaments so it is worth taking a look at how things currently stand entering this final week.
In Region 1-AAAA, the No. 1 ranked Americus-Sumter boys are a perfect 22-0 on the season with a 13-0 record in region play. This gives the Panthers the edge over reigning state champion Carver-Columbus and the Westover Patriots, which are both sitting at 10-3 behind them in the region standings. On the girls side, Carver-Columbus and Americus-Sumter are way ahead of the have split their only two meetings this season. Carver-Columbus is 19-4 overall with a 14-1 region record and Americus-Sumter is 20-1 with a 12-1 region mark. These two teams are not scheduled to meet this week, but will likely cross paths in the region tournament.
The Upson-Lee boys hold a sizable three-win lead in the Region 2-AAAA standings entering this final week and the Spalding girls are also cruising with a 17-4 overall record and 8-0 region mark.
Baldwin is at the top of the Region 3-AAAA standings for both the boys and the girls, with Cross Creek and Burke County closely behind. Baldwin closes out its season with a trip to Cross Creek on Friday in a game that will determine the regular season’s top finisher in the region.
Region 4-AAAA is one of the largest in the classification with eight teams and the fight for the playoffs will be hectic once the region tournament tips off. That being said, the Woodward Academy boys are a full three wins ahead of second-place Salem in the standings and the Woodward Academy are yet to lose in region play—giving the Lady War Eagles two less losses than second-place Luella in the standings.
In Region 5-AAAA, the Sandy Creek boys are cruising with an 18-3 overall record and 9-0 region mark. On the girls side, Troup is 19-0 with a 9-0 region record—making the Lady Tigers and the Americus-Sumter boys the only undefeated teams left in the classification.
The LaFayette boys (20-2, 11-0) lead Northwest Whitfield (14-10, 9-2) in the Region 6-AAAA standings and the Gilmer girls and Northwest Whitfield girls are both 10-1 in region action heading into tonight’s anticipated matchup. Gilmer previously defeated Northwest Whitfield 49-38 on Jan. 3 and this will be the season finale for both schools.
In Region 7-AAAA, the Denmark boys are on a roll and can close out a perfect region record with White County visiting Tuesday and Marist visiting this Friday. The Danes previously defeated White County 91-43 on Jan. 3 and scored a 66-55 road win over Marist on Jan. 7. As for the girls, Marist is 21-1 overall and 10-0 in region play with West Hall and Denmark left on its regular season slate. The Lady War Eagles defeated West Hall 70-11 on Jan. 3 and Denmark 62-8 on Jan. 7. Additionally, the program’s only loss this season came to Class AAA’s Greater Atlanta Christian.
Region 8-AAAA looks poised for an eventful final week. On the boys side, St. Pius visits North Oconee on Tuesday and then takes on Madison County in its season finale this Friday. North Oconee won 53-52 when the teams met on Jan. 10 and is one game behind the Golden Lions heading into tonight’s showdown. Stephens County currently holds a slight edge on the girls side. The Indians followed up a 43-37 loss to Oconee County with a 5-game winning streak and can clinch the region’s top seed with a win over the Warriors tonight.
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