Class AAAA Blog: Tuesday slate sets stage for a week of big region battles

Region action will take center stage Tuesday night across the classification as the final month of the regular season revs up down the home stretch. Undefeated Americus-Sumter (13-0, 5-0) will visit Northside-Columbus tonight and will then faceoff with defending state champion Carver-Columbus on Friday. Carver opened this season 0-4, but then strung together 8-straight victories before a 74-57 loss to Cairo over the weekend. 

In Region 2-AAAA, Mary Persons and Upson-Lee will meet tonight. Mary Persons is off to a 10-6 overall start and opened up a 2-0 region record with victories over West Laurens (67-59 and Spalding (79-74). Upson-Lee is 1-1 in region play—with a 78-77 win over Howard and a 54-52 loss to Perry. 

Cross Creek will travel to Thomson tonight for its Region 3-AAAA opener. The Razorbacks are off to a 12-4 start. As for Thomson, the Bulldogs are 5-6 overall and 0-1 in region play following a 63-54 loss to Baldwin (9-4, 2-0). 

No. 1 ranked Woodward Academy will tipoff against Region 4-AAAA rival North Clayton tonight at SkyHawk Arena. The Warhawks carry a 14-1 overall record and a 5-0 region mark into the matchup. As for North Clayton, they are 10-4 overall and 3-3 in region play with losses to Eastside (80-71), McDonough (75-58) and Salem (72-69). Woodward will host Salem on Friday. Salem is 4-1 in region play with its loss coming in a 72-57 defeat to Eastside. 

In Region 5-AAAA, Sandy Creek (10-3, 1-0) will travel to Chapel Hill (9-5, 1-0) for a big region clash. Also, undefeated LaGrange (15-0, 2-0) will host Cartersville (5-5, 1-1). LaGrange’s 2-0 start in region play includes a 54-52 win over Central-Carroll and a 45-41 win over Cedartown. Cartersville defeated Cedartown 59-57 last Friday in its region opener, but dropped a 68-61 contest to Central-Carroll on Saturday. 

LaFayette is sitting at the top of the Region 6-AAAA standings with a 15-2 start and 6-0 region mark. The Ramblers have already defeated each of its region counterparts this season, including this Friday’s opponent, Heritage-Catoosa (8-8, 5-1) 76-70 on Jan. 12. 

Denmark has a chance to inch closer to earning the top seed heading into the Region 7-AAAA tournament tonight with its trip to Marist. The 12-4 Danes are 5-0 in region play are set to square off with Marist (10-5, 4-1). Marist’s region loss was a 48-44 defeat to Blessed Trinity, which lost 64-49 to Denmark, and will be traveling to West Hall (3-9, 1-4) tonight. 

In Region 8-AAAA, Stephens County is off tonight, but a pair of region battles awaits with North Oconee (5-11, 1-0) travelling to Madison County (4-13, 1-1) and Oconee County (9-5, 0-2) visiting St. Pius (11-4, 1-0)

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