Class A Blog: Two big boys games bring the regular season to a close; Holy Innocents' girls try to finish unbeaten

The regular season will end with a trio of very good games leading the slate:

BOYS

Friday

No. 2 Aquinas (16-4, 6-0 in Region 7 – Division A) at Josey (11-12, 3-1 in Region 3, Class AA). This late season non-region matchup will fill the gym at T.W. Josey as two of the state's top combo guards will face off.  Aquinas senior Ahmed Hill, who has signed with Marquette, will go up against Josey junior Darius Williams.  Both are averaging more than 30 points per game. Earlier this season, Williams poured in 44 points in a loss to Evans.  As is the case often times when two big time players face each other, the difference in the game will most likely be both players' supporting casts.  The edge there goes to Hill and Aquinas, who have senior forward Tamyrick Fields patrolling the paint.

No. 4 St. Francis (16-7, 11-2 in Region 6 – Division B) at No. 5 North Cobb Christian (18-5, 11-2 in Region 6 – Division B).  This one might be the state's game of the night. It is the regular season finale for both teams, neither of which has a shot at the region championship, which belongs to No. 1 Whitefield Academy.  Still, more than just pride and bragging rights will be on the line.  The winner will claim significant points in the Class A power ratings, where North Cobb Christian sits at No. 2 while St. Francis is at No. 7.  This will be important if neither team is able to beat Whitefield Academy in the Region 6 tournament title game next week, and claim one of the top eight seeds and a first round home playoff game.  The floor will be filled with Division I-caliber players.  St. Francis is led by sophomore guard Kobi Jordan-Simmons, junior guard Malik Beasley, and junior center Josh Coleman, while North Cobb Christian is paced by senior guards Hunter Ware and Stephon Jelks, and junior center Trey Kalina.

GIRLS

Friday

No. 1 Holy Innocents (21-0, 9-0 in Region 5) at Greenforest (13-7, 8-2).  The Eagles are the last team standing between the No. 1 Bears and an undefeated regular season.  Greenforest comes into the contest having lost two of its last three games, but got back on track with a 30-point win over Mt. Vernon Presbyterian on Tuesday.  A trio of players leads both squads, including two ninth graders.  Holy Innocents is paced by freshman guard Khayla Pointer, senior forward Lexii Cassell and sophomore forward Erika Cassell, while the Eagles look to freshman guard Lyndsey Whilby along with junior forward Rachel Leaphart and sophomore guard Arielle Holloway.