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HERALD PREP PEEK: Weekly high school basketball breakdown

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

HERALD TOP 5 POLL:

BOYS:

1.) Monroe............................................................ 21-3

Winners of nine in a row, The Tornadoes continue to hold down the top spot with a huge showdown today for region No. 1 seed with Westover. Next: vs. Westover at the Civic Center, today, 8:30 p.m.

2.) Bainbridge........................................................... 21-2

The streak has now reached 18 wins in a row as the Bearcats are officially one of the hottest teams in the state -- regardless of classification. Next: vs. Lee County, today, 7:30 p.m.

3.) Terrell County................................................................... 17-3

The Greenwave don't get penalized for losing to Herald No. 1 Monroe in another close game as they get set for another deep run at state in Class A. Next: at Calhoun County, today, 7:30 p.m.

4.) Deerfield...........................................................................................18-3

The Knights move up one spot this week after easily beating region No. 2 Sherwood for a second time.

DWS, the No. 1 region seed, has won 14 games in a row. Next: Region 3-AAA tourney, Thursday, 8:30 p.m.

5.) Dougherty ................................................................................ 9-6

The Trojans only played once last week, a loss to Monroe, as they drop to No. 5 but remain in the poll because they're still one of the area's best. Next: vs. Americus-Sumter at Civic Center, today, 7 p.m.

GIRLS:

1.) Westover.................................................... .....20-3

The return of leading scorer DyTiesha Dunson propels the Lady Pats to two huge regions wins against Crisp last week, and they've now won seven in a row. Next: vs. Monroe, today at Civic Center, 5:30 p.m.

2.) Americus-Sumter ................................................17-4

The Lady Panthers won two and lost one last week, but hold the No. 2 spot thanks to leading scorer Jayme Gilbert, who continues to will A-S to wins. Next: vs. Dougherty, today at Civic Center, 4 p.m.

3.) Bainbridge............................................................17-5

The Lady Bearcats, winners of nine in a row, have a stranglehold on the 1-AAAA title and just need to beat Lee County tonight in their final sub-region contest. Next: vs. Lee County, today, 6 p.m.

4.) Dougherty................................................................14-5

The Lady Trojans are back on track after winning two in a row against two city rivals but face a huge game tonight vs. the No. 2 Lady Panthers. Next: vs. Americus-Sumter, today at Civic Center, 4 p.m.

5.) Lee County............................................................12-10

The Lady Trojans, winners of 4-of-5, replace Pelham at No. 5 after the Lady Hornets lost to Mitchell County and Lee beat No. 2 Americus-Sumter a week ago. Next: at Bainbridge, today, 6 p.m.

Teams eligible for poll: Albany, Monroe, Dougherty, Westover, Sherwood Christian Academy, Deerfield-Windsor, Terrell County, Terrell Academy, Pelham, Westwood, Mitchell County, Miller County, Bainbridge, Seminole County, Early County, Randolph-Clay, Randolph Southern, Southwest Georgia Academy, Southland,

Americus-Sumter, Lee County, Worth County, Calhoun County.

Poll voted on by Herald sports staff.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

"We had a good look at the last shot and it didn't fall. She did get fouled. That's why I was going after the ref. But he said he couldn't talk to me. You know how officials are.''

Antonia Tookes,

Pelham girls coach after her team lost to Mitchell County, 56-53, on Saturday when Ta'Shaunessy Reese, who hit 3 treys in the second half, missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer as contact was made by a Mitchell County player

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GAMES OF THE WEEK:

(Game times reflect girls game first,

followed by the boys game)

Tonight:

Monroe vs. Westover, 5:30, & 8:30 p.m. **

Dougherty vs. Americus-Sumter, 4 & 7 p.m.**

Lee County at Bainbridge, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Friday:

Americus-Sumter at Westover. 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Cook at Early County, 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Region 3-A finals, teams TBD, 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Saturday:

Terrell County at Americus-Sumter, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

GISA Region 3-AAA girls and boys championship games, 5 & 6:30 p.m. at Darton College

**denotes game being played at Civic Center

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BY THE NUMBERS:

28:

The number of rebounds pulled down by Lee County's Daquenna Moore on Tuesday night in a big 68-65 Region 1-AAAA win against Thomas County Central, which beat Lee earlier this year. Moore scored 20 points in the win, and then returned on Saturday with a 24-point, 14-rebound night in a 52-47 win against Houston County to avenge another earlier region loss.

75:

Number of seconds that had ticked off the clock when Monroe's Rantavious Gilbert picked up his second foul of the night against Terrell County. Gilbert went to the bench and didn't return until the third quarter. When he came back, he scored four quick points to start a Monroe comeback that ended in a 52-46 win.

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AREA SCHEDULE:

Today

4 p.m.

Americus girls vs. Dougherty at Albany Civic Center

Region 3-AAA tournament, Sherwood girls vs. Southland at Darton

Region 3-A tournament, Westwood vs. Georgia Christian girls, at Crisp Academy

5:30 p.m.

Westover girls vs. Monroe at Albany Civic Center

Region 3-AAA tournament, Southland boys vs. Tiftarea at Darton

Region 3-A tournament, Westwood vs. Randolph Southern boys, at Crisp Academy

6 p.m.

Crisp girls at Worth

Lee girls at Bainbridge

Seminole boys at Miller

Early girls at Pelham

Mitchell girls at Baker

7 p.m.

Americus boys vs. Dougherty at Albany Civic Center

Region 3-AAA tournament, Tiftarea girls vs. Calvary Christian at Darton

Region 3-AA tournament, SGA vs. Fullington girls, in Dawson

Region 3-A tournament, Randolph Southern at Crisp Academy girls

7:30 p.m.

Crisp County boys at Worth

Lee boys at Bainbridge

Early boys at Pelham

Terrell County boys at Calhoun

Mitchell boys at Baker

8:30 p.m.

Region 3-AAA tournament, Westfield boys vs. Calvary Christian at Darton

Region 3-AA Tournament, SGA boys at Terrell Academy

Thursday

4 p.m.

Region 3-AAA tournament, Tiftarea-Calvary girls winner vs. Westfield at Darton

Region 3-AA tournament, SGA-Fullington girls winner at Terrell Academy

5:30 p.m.

Region 3-AAA tournament, Westfield-Calvary boys winner vs. Sherwood at Darton

Region 3-AA tournament, SGA-Terrell Academy boys winner vs. Fullington in Dawson

7 p.m.

Region 3-AAA tournament, Sherwood-Southland girls winner vs. Deerfield at Darton

8:30 p.m.

Region 3-AAA tournament, Southland-Tiftarea boys winner girls vs. Deerfield at Darton

Friday

6 p.m.

Lee girls at Calhoun County

Seminole girls at Quitman

Mitchell girls at Thomas County Central

Americus girls at Westover

7 p.m.

Pelham girls at Colquitt

Dougherty girls at Worth

Region 3-AA tournament, girls championship game, teams TBD, in Dawson

Region 3-A tournament, girls championship, Westwood-Georgia Christian winner vs. Randolph Southern-Crisp Academy winner, at Crisp Academy

7:30 p.m.

Seminole boys at Quitman

Americus boys at Westover

8:30 p.m.

Dougherty boys at Worth

Pelham boys at Colquitt

Mitchell boys at Thomas County Central

Cook boys at Early County

Region 3-AA tournament, boys championship game, teams TBD, in Dawson

Region 3-A tournament, boys championship, Westwood-Randolph Southern winner vs. Crisp Academy-Georgia Christian winner at Crisp Academy

Saturday

2 p.m.

Region 3-AAA Tournament, girls consolation game, team TBD, at Darton

3:30 p.m.

Region 3-AAA Tournament, boys consolation game, teams TBD, at Darton

5 p.m.

Region 3-AAA Tournament, girls championship game, team TBD, at Darton

6 p.m.

Bainbridge girls at Cairo

Brooks Co. at Albany

Terrell County girls at Americus

6:30 p.m.

Region 3-AAA Tournament, boys championship game, teams TBD, at Darton

7 p.m.

Callaway girls at Dougherty

7:30 p.m.

Terrell County boys at Americus

Bainbridge boys at Cairo

Brooks Co. at Albany boys

8:30 p.m.

Callaway boys at Dougherty