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Herald Prep Peek: includes Fab 5 poll, Numbers of the Week, Quote of the Week, and schedule

Westover’s Josh Black grabs a rebound in a game earlier this season. The Patriots have grabbed the No. 1 spot in the Fab 5 .

Westover’s Josh Black grabs a rebound in a game earlier this season. The Patriots have grabbed the No. 1 spot in the Fab 5 .

ALBANY — What a 24-hour performance!

Westover’s Patriots beat No. 1 Monroe, 61-50, then turned around on the next night to beat new No. 1 Albany High, 54-51, knocking off two unbeaten teams to climb from No. 3 to No. 1 in the Fab 5 poll.

Westover (8-3) has three losses but has avenged all of them, beating state-ranked Thomasville, which beat the Pats on opening night, and taking down Albany High, which had beaten the Patriots twice.

Herald Super 6er Dequan Green didn’t play for Westover in the second loss to Albany High, and it was Green, who scored 14 points and hit a 3-pointer to beat the Indians last week.

Albany High now sits at No. 2, and Monroe is waiting in the wings at No. 3.

The Tornadoes (6-1) have plenty of opportunities to take back the No. 1 spot they held since the preseason. They face Albany High Jan. 7 and meet Westover a week later on Jan. 13.

They also end the season with huge games, meeting Westover on Feb. 7 and Albany High in the regular-season finale on Feb 10.

There have been so many big showdowns early this season, shaking up the poll, but the heat of the season is just beginning, and the poll could change several times.

Bainbridge stayed at No. 4 and Early County is still at No. 5 in the boys poll.

The girls poll stayed intact as Westover’s girls are on a long break. Dougherty hammered three teams in a tournament in Macon to stay at No. 2. Americus-Sumter lost to Tift County, but hangs on at No. 3 and Pelham and Calhoun County round out the top five.

FAB 5

BOYS

1.)Westover 8-3

The Patriots knocked off previous No. 1 Monroe, 61-50, and No. 1 Albany, 54-51, within 24 hours to leapfrog their way from No. 3 to No. 1 in the poll. Next: at Cairo, 7:30 p.m. Jan 3.

2.) Albany ...6-1

The Indians lost on a shot at the buzzer to Westover, and even though they have beaten the Patriots twice, it’s always the last game that carries the most weight. Next: at Fitzgerald, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3.

3.) Monroe 6-1

Monroe lost to Westover then bounced back with a win against Dougherty, and will have at least two chances to beat Westover and two games against Albany to move back to the top of the poll. Next: vs. Wilcox, TBA, Friday in the Tift County McDonald’s Tournament.

4.) Bainbridge 5-3

The Bearcats lost to Tift County, 39-37, but have been in every game. They have two losses in OT and a two-point loss this year. Next: at Capital City Tournament, TBD, Thursday.

5.) Early County......................................................................................7-0

The Bobcats took the week off but will play three games in a tournament this week. They’re still perfect. Next: vs. TBD, Florida vs. Georgia Tournament, tonight.

GIRLS

1.) Westover .....10-0

The Lady Patriots are in the middle of a long two-week break and don’t play again until next week. Next: at Cairo, Jan. 3, 6 p.m.

2.) Dougherty ......................................................7-1

The Lady Trojans destroyed three teams in a tournament at Macon last week, and have looked unstoppable after losing a close game to Westover three weeks ago. Next: vs. TBD, at Brewton Parker Tournament, Thursday.

3.) Americus-Sumter.....................................................7-1 The Lady Panthers bounced back from their only loss with a 56-51 win against Lee County and a 75-29 win against Macon County. Next: vs. Crisp County, 6 p.m., Jan. 6.

4.) Pelham......................................................................7-1

The Lady Hornets will take a seven-game winning streak into the McDonald’s Tournament, where they play an early morning special this week. Next: vs. Coffee County in Tifton, 8:30 a.m. , Thursday.

5.) Calhoun County....................................................6-3

They took a three-game winning streak into the long break, and return to the court next Friday. Next: at Quitmam County, Jan. 6, 6 p.m.

Quote of the Week

“I just got the ball and I wanted to win the game, and it happened. Big time players make big time plays.’’

Dequan Green

Westover player whose 3-point shot beat Albany, 54-51, to win the U Save It Tournamentand and move the Pats to No. 1 in the Fab 5 poll.

By the Numbers

1

Number of teams that have scored more than 41 points on Monroe this season as the Tornadoes have slammed the door on every team except Westover, which handed Monroe its only defeat — a 61-50 loss last week. Monroe came back the next night and held Dougherty to 30 points in a 45-30 win.

56

The combined points scored by Americus-Sumter’s Ashley Howard, who ripped the nets for a career-high for 29 points, and Lee County’s Super 6er Daquenna Moore, who scored 27 in a losing cause as Americus-Sumter went on to win, 56-51.

31

Number of combined rebounds Monroe’s Jabari McGhee grabbed in back-to-back nights as he had 19 rebounds against Westover and came back with 12 rebounds against Dougherty. He also scored 40 points in those two games.

SCHEDULE

Tonight

TIMES TO BE DETERMINED

Randolph-Clay boys at Taylor County Christmas Tournament vs. TBD

Dougherty girls in Great Southern Shootout in Macon vs. TBD

Wednesday

10 a.m.

Terrell County girls in 2nd Annual McDonalds Invitational Classic vs. Colquitt County

1 p.m.

Terrell County boys in 2nd Annual McDonalds Invitational Classic vs. Cook County

TIMES TO BE

DETERMINED

Westwood girls at Tatnall Christmas Tournament vs. TBD

Crisp County at Tift High School Tournament at Tift vs. TBD

Randolph-Clay boys at Taylor County Christmas Tournament vs. TBD

Randolph Southern at Lakeside Christmas Tournament vs. TBD

Early County boys in Florida vs. Georgia Tournament vs. TBD

Wednesday

10 a.m.

Terrell County in 2nd Annual McDonalds Invitational Classic vs. Wilcox County

1 p.m.

Terrell County in 2nd Annual McDonalds Invitational Classic vs. Thomas County Central

TIMES TO BE

DETERMINED

Bainbridge girls in Thomasville Hoopfest vs. TBD

Crisp Academy at Glenwood, Alabama Tournament vs. TBD

Southland boys and girls in home tournament in Americus vs. TBD

Early County boys at Florida vs. Georgia Tournament vs. TBD

Westwood girls at Tatnall Christmas Tournament vs. TBD

Deerfield boys and girls at Border Wars Classic vs. TBD

SGA boys and girls at Southland Holiday Tournament vs. TBD

Randolph-Clay girls at Thomasville Hoopfest vs. TBD

Lee County girls at Thomasville Hoopfest vs. TBD

Lee County boys at Thomasville Christmas Tournament vs. TBD

Thursday

8:30 a.m.

Pelham girls in McDonalds Invitational Classic vs. Coffee County

1 p.m.

Pelham boys in McDonalds Invitiational Classic vs. TBD

TIMES TO BE

DETERMINED

Bainbridge boys in Capital City Classic vs. TBD

Crisp Academy at Glenwood, Alabama Tournament vs. TBD

Southland boys and girls in home tournament vs. TBD

Early County boys at Florida vs. Georgia Tournament vs. TBD

Westwood girls at Tatnall Christmas Tournament vs. TBD

Dougherty girls at Brewton Parker Tournament vs. TBD

Deerfield boys and girls at Border Wars Classic vs. TBD

Miller County boys at GA/FLA-Showcase vs. TBD

Randolph-Clay girls in Thomasville Christmas Tournament vs. TBD

Friday

5:30 p.m.

Fullington girls at Crisp Academy

Pelham girls in McDonalds Invitiational Classic vs. TBD

7 p.m.

Pelham boys in McDonalds Invitational Classic vs. TBD

Fullington boys at Crisp Academy

TIMES TO BE

DETERMINED

Southland boys, girls in home tournament vs. TBD

Randolph-Clay girls at Thomasville Hoopfest vs. TBD

SGA boys and girls at Southland Holiday Tournament in Americus vs. TBD

Seminole County boys at GA/FLA Shootout vs. TBD