Although the Class A Public girls basketball season has not reached the midpoint of the season, top teams and players are beginning to emerge:
Montgomery County (8-1, 3-0 Region 4)
The Eagles suffered the first loss (49-45 OT) of the season to Class 3A No. 5 Pierce County on Dec. 28 in a holiday tournament and will continue region play Tuesday at Wilcox County. Montgomery County is outscoring opponents 533-334 and is tied with Dublin (3-0) atop the Region 4 standings.
Lake Oconee Academy (7-1, 1-0)
The Titans have lost one game – 42-34 against Stratford Academy on Dec. 3 – and since, Lake Oconee has been flawless with victories against Westminster Christian (53-31), Augusta Prep (61-26) and Commerce (58-47). The Titans will travel to Lincoln County on Tuesday for a Region 8 game.
Taylor County (8-2, 5-0)
Taylor County dropped its second game of the season to the host team in the Oscar Wimberly Classic at Lamar County (57-30), ending an eight-game winning streak. The Vikings will face Westside-Macon on Thursday in the Wimberly before continuing region play against Greenville on Tuesday at home.
Jaliyah Zackery, Taylor County
The junior shooting forward is scoring 20.4 points per game. In the 64-43 victory against Crawford County on Dec. 17, Zackery scored 23 points to go with teammate Trista Bennett’s 19 points. In the Vikings’ 52-48 victory against Schley County on Dec. 14, Zackery scored 18 points. Bennett, a sophomore, added 15 points.
Marley Bell, Montgomery County
The younger of the two Bells, sophomore Marley is averaging 20 points, 13 rebounds, nearly six steals and two blocks per game. Combined with her sister, Makyla, the duo has helped Montgomery County to an 8-1 start. The 5-8 shooting guard scored 22 points in the Eagles overtime loss to Pierce County.
Makyla Bell, Montgomery County
Speaking of Makyla, the 5-4 senior point guard is averaging 16.2 points, 3.2 assists six rebounds and three steals per game. She has scored a season-high 23 points twice -- against Toombs County in a 57-33 victory and against Ware County in a 50-44 victory. She scored 22 points twice in victories against Hawkinsville.
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Class A Public girls top-10
1. Lake Oconee Academy
2. Montgomery County
4. Taylor County
5. Schley County
6. Charlton County
7. Mount Zion-Carroll
8. Screven County
10. Dooly County
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