*Tuesday’s best boys game: The No. 3 Chattahoochee boys team and No. 8 Centennial will battle for sole possession of first place in Region 7 when they meet Tuesday night at Chattahoochee. Both teams survived tests over the weekend from the top challengers in the region. Centennial coasted past fourth-place Creekview 75-50 on Friday and outlasted Sequoyah the next night. Chattahoochee beat third-place River Ridge 63-60 on Friday. A.J. White scored 16 points and hit the game-winning shot with 1.9 seconds remaining. Jordan Brown led the Cougars with 20 points. The teams are scheduled to meet again on Feb. 5 at Centennial.
*Friday’s best boys game: First place in Region 6 will at stake when the top-ranked Wheeler boys face No. 2 Kell on Friday at Wheeler. Kell (11-4, 6-0) is undefeated in region play and sits a half game ahead of Wheeler (12-3, 6-1), which lost to third-place South Cobb in region play in early December. Both teams are led by five-star recruits – Wheeler sophomore guard Isaiah Collier (offers from Florida, Mississippi and Texas Tech) and Kell junior guard Scoot Henderson (12 offers, including Georgia, Florida and Auburn). Wheeler was the Class 7A champion last season, while Kell lost to eventual champion Dutchtown in the 5A semifinals.
*Still undefeated: The only remaining unbeaten boys team in Class 6A is fifth-ranked Richmond Hill, which moved to 12-0 overall and 4-0 in Region 2 with victories over Statesboro (67-57) and Bradwell Institute (61-43) last week. The victory over Statesboro was the Blue Devils’ first region loss and put Richmond Hill in sole possession of first place. The Wildcats will look to strengthen their hold on the top spot Tuesday night when they travel to Brunswick, which also has one region loss. Richmond Hill was the Region 2 champion last season. On the girls’ side, Westlake, Buford (9-0) and Statesboro (11-0) are the only remaining undefeated teams.
*Sprayberry girls take the lead: The Sprayberry girls team moved into first place in Region 6 with a 70-66 victory over Kell on Friday in a matchup of top-10 teams. No. 6 Sprayberry (9-2, 6-0) got 22 points from Flau’Jae Johnson and 13 from Janelle McDaniel in winning its seventh consecutive game. Kell’s Crystal Henderson, the Cobb County player of the year last season as a freshman, finished with 36 points, eight 3-pointers, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. No. 7 Kell (9-3, 5-1) must rebound quickly this week, as it travels on Tuesday to Kennesaw Mountain, which is tied with Pope for third place in the region, one game behind Kell.