Class AA blog: Top weekend games for Week 7

Let’s take a look at some of the top AA boys and girls games taking place this weekend.

We’ll start on the girls’ side with the No. 7 Early County Lady Bobcats (12-1). It’s a big weekend for them with two ranked Region 1 opponents in No. 10 Thomasville (11-4, 1-0) on Friday and No. 2 Fitzgerald (15-0, 2-0). It will be a great weekend for the region to find out who’s who at the top. Should the Lady Bobcats, who have a 1-0 league record, somehow earn a clean sweep, it could catapult them into the top five, or even top three.

The Lady Bobcats are led by sophomore standout Makayla Timpson, one of the state's top recruits with a number of Power 5 offers. She has averages of 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.6 steals and 3.9 blocks.

In Region 8, the No. 5 Rabun County Lady Wildcats (14-1, 6-0) are in first place and will host the second-place Putnam County Lady War Eagles (11-4, 5-1) in a game for sole possession of first place. It would be considered a major upset though, as the Lady War Eagles’ lone region loss was 46-36 last week to Union County, a team Rabun County beat  70-54.

The Lady War Eagles are led by junior Jashanti Simmons, who is averaging 19.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.8 steals.

On the boys’ side, we have a cross-classification top 10 matchup, with the No. 9 Northeast-Macon Raiders (13-2) playing AAAA’s No. 7 Salem Seminoles (10-4) in the Sweet South Shootout at Morgan County.

Northeast is led by senior Darius Dunn (18.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists, three steals) and junior Camrone Cherry (14.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2 steals), while Salem is led by seniors Montez Swann (21.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, three assists, two steals) and Lance Smith (16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and 1.7 steals).

Also of note: In Region 6, KIPP senior guard Christopher Dumas needs just 10 points on Friday against Douglass to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career. Dumas is averaging a team-high 19 points on the season for KIPP (8-9, 5-3), which is currently in fourth place in the league standings.

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