Rounding out the top 5 is Baldwin—which is off to a 6-0 start and 2-0 record in Region 4 play. The Braves have seen freshman Madison Ruff perform incredibly well so far this season and she is averaging a team-high 13.5 ppg, while also contributing 4.2 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game.
At No. 6 is Spalding, which is currently 10-3 with its losses coming to Hughes, Warner Robins and West Forsyth in cross-classification play. The Jaguars have opened up a 3-0 Region 4 start and were about to play Baldwin back on Jan. 7, but that game was moved to Jan. 30. Spalding’s defensive reputation over the last several seasons has been a key ingredient to the Jaguars’ success and they showcased their defensive fortitude in their latest outing—a 36-28 win over region rival Westside-Macon.
No. 7 ranked Troup is off to a 4-4 start with its losses coming to Hughes, Collins Hill, Carrollton and East Coweta. The Tigers are yet to play their first region contest, but that will change on Friday when they host rival Hardaway (3-2) in their long-awaited region opener.
Arabia Mountain earned its place at No. 8 with its 4-0 start and the Rams will host Marist tonight in their biggest test so far. The Rams are 2-0 so far against Region 6—picking up a 63-58 win over Druid Hills and a 62-40 win over Miller Grove this past week.
No. 9 Cairo is off to an 8-0 start with a 3-0 Region 1 record. The Syrupmakers are coming off a 62-41 win over Bainbridge and will host Dougherty (5-5) in region play Tuesday night.
Rounding out the poll is No. 10 Pickens, which is off to a 10-2 start with its losses coming to Fannin County and Gilmer. The Dragons have opened up a 5-0 start in Region 7 and carry a nine-game winning streak into tonight’s home game against Central-Carroll (6-8).