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Herald Top 5 Prep Basketball Poll -- Week 18

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

Herald Top 5 High School Basketball Poll

BOYS

1.) Monroe.................................................19-0

The Tornadoes -- who are now also #1 in all of Class AAA -- sit five games from closing out a perfect regular season. Next: at Perry, today, 7:30 p.m.

2.) Terrell County......................................16-4

The Greenwave move up two spots after beating previous No. 2 Westover on Saturday in their rematch. Next: at Baker County, today, 7:30 p.m.

3.) Westover.............................................17-3

The Pats find themselves outside the Top 2 for the first time all season, but will have another shot at No. 1 Monroe on Friday. Next: at Worth County, today, 7:30 p.m.

4.) Bainbridge..........................................17-4

Bainbridge drops, despite not losing, after the Bearcats struggled to beat a lowly TCC team and narrowly edged a smaller Cairo squad. Next: vs. Americus-Sumter, today, 7:30 p.m.

5.) Deerfield-Windsor.............................20-1

The Knights continue to roll, crushing Tiftarea and locking up the regular-season region title by beating rival Westfield . Next: vs. Brookwood, today, 8 p.m.

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GIRLS

1.) Bainbridge....................................19-2

Bainbridge almost suffered its third loss, but came back from an 18-point halftime deficit vs. TCC to win by 18 -- and remain No. 1. Next: vs. Americus-Sumter, today, 6 p.m.

2.) Randolph-Clay.............................19-3

R-C locked up the regular-season region title this week by moving to 9-0 in 1-A play and haven't lost to anyone since early January. Next: at Miller County, Friday, 6 p.m.

3.) Westover....................................16-3

WHS has won five in a row and 7-of-8 as they begin a big stretch of region games that will determine where this year's 1-AAA tourney is held. Next: at Worth County, today, 6p.m.

4.) Albany........................................10-8

After winning 7-of-8 -- and nearly upsetting Region 1-AA No. 1 Thomasville -- the Squaws break into the Top 5 poll for the first time all year Next: vs. Berrien, today, 6 p.m.

5.) Lee County................................18-5

With losses to TCC and No. 1 Bainbridge (by 17 points) in the last week, the Lady Trojans slip from No. 4 to No. 5 with three games left. Next: at TCC, today, 7 p.m.