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PREP BASKETBALL PEEK: New Herald boys, girls Top 5 Poll; By The Numbers; Quote of the Week; Games of the Week; area schedule

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

HERALD TOP 5 POLL:

BOYS:

1.) Monroe 12-2

The Tornadoes lost for the first time -- and then lost again -- but rebounded with two huge wins, beating city rivals Dougherty (No. 4) and Albany to redeem themselves. Next: at Cairo, tonight 7:30 p.m.

2.) Bainbridge 12-2

The Bearcats have now won nine games in a row after starting the season 3-2, the biggest coming when they routed Tallahassee power Lincoln (Fla.). Next: vs. Malone (Fla.) tonight, 7:30 p.m.

3.) Westover 10-5

Westover beat two of the toughest teams on their schedule last week -- Cairo and state power Thomasville at the Civic Center -- but face No. 1 Monroe on Friday. Next: vs. Crisp County, tonight, 7:30 p.m.

4.) Dougherty 6-2

The Trojans lost for just the second time as they faltered late vs. Monroe, but downing a dangerous Crisp team Tuesday keep them at No. 4 this week. Next: at Americus-Sumter, Friday, 8:30 p.m.

5.) Terrell County 10-1

The Greenwave have won six in a row as their lone loss continues to be Monroe as Terrell heads into a huge game Saturday vs. Westover. Next: vs. Webster County, tonight, 7:30 p.m.

GIRLS:

1.) Westover .....11-1

It's hard to drop the Lady Patriots after a 10-0 start then a loss to state power Thomasville when they still have the best record in the Top 5. Next: vs. Crisp County, tonight, 6 p.m.

2.) Americus-Sumter................................................9-2

The Lady Panthers hop one spot this week thanks to another loss by former No. 2 Bainbridge and thanks to winning five of their last six games. Next: at Worth County, tonight, 6 p.m.

3.) Dougherty...........................................................10-2

The Lady Trojans are the hottest team in the area, having won eight in a row as they hop from No. 4 last week to No. 3 this week with a huge game vs. No. 2 Americus on Friday. Next: vs. Americus, Friday 7 p.m.

4.) Bainbridge..............................................................9-5 The Lady Bearcats lost one and won one last week, but haven't been their old consistent selves, and after their fifth loss, drop from No. 2 to No. 4 this week. Next: vs. Malone (Fla.), today, 6 p.m.

5.) Pelham................................................................10-2

The Lady Hornets lost a close game to Class AAA Cairo last week, but they've had a torrid start to the season and are still one of the best teams in all of Class A. Next: vs. Mitchell, Friday, 6 p.m.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

"I was scared, scared I would miss the shot and let my team down. But when I made the shot, I was so happy I didn't know what to do. I just jumped up and down. I just knew it was our game (at that point). We were the talk of the town, and we showed up."

--- Kiandra Guilford,

Dougherty girls basketball player after banking home a 3-pointer with 51 seconds left to give the Lady Trojans a 49-48 lead they wouldn't give back -- and propelling Herald No. 3 Dougherty to 10-2 and its

staggering 8th win in a row

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GAMES OF THE WEEK:

Tonight:

(Game times reflect girls game first,

followed by the boys game)

Sherwood at Deerfield, 6:30 & 8 p.m.

Malone (Fla.) at Bainbridge, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Crisp County at Westover, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Friday:

Westover vs. Monroe at the Albany Civic Center, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Dougherty at Americus-Sumter, 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Randolph-Clay at Calhoun County, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday:

SGA at Westwood, 3:30 & 5 p.m.

Pelham at Bainbridge, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Westover at Terrell County, 7 & 8:30 p.m

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BY THE NUMBERS:

8 & 9:

Number of games the Dougherty girls -- 8 -- have won in a row after starting 2-2, and the number of games -- 9 -- the Bainbridge boys have won in a row after starting the season 3-2.

28:

The number of points that Worth County scored on Monroe in the fourth quarter alone during Tuesday's stunner in Sylvester after The Herald No. 1 Tornadoes had allowed only 37.8 points the entire game in their previous five.

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AREA SCHEDULE:

Today

6 p.m.

Berrien girls at Albany

Americus girls at Worth

Lee girls at Northside, Warner Robins

Seminole girls at Mitchell

Malone (Fla.) girls at Bainbridge

Calhoun boys at Stewart

Quitman County girls at Randolph-Clay

Monroe girls at Cairo

Crisp Co. girls at Westover

Webster girls at Terrell County

Pelham boys at Baker

6:30 p.m.

Sherwood girls at Deerfield

Southland girls at Westfield

SGA girls at Brookwood

Terrell Academy girls at Fullington

7:30 p.m.

Quitman County boys at Randolph-Clay

Americus boys at Worth

Lee boys at Northside, Warner Robins

Seminole boys at Mitchell

Monroe boys at Cairo

Miller boys at Early Co.

Crisp Co. boys at Westover

Malone (Fla.) at Bainbridge

Berrien boys at Albany

Webster boys at Terrell County

Mitchell boys at Seminole

8 p.m.

Sherwood boys at Deerfield-

Southland boys at Westfield SGAboys at Brookwood Terrell Academy boys at Fullington

Friday

6 p.m.

Worth girls at Crisp County

Brooks girls at Early

Baker girls at Miller County

Mitchell girls at Pelham

Lee girls at Seminole

Albany girls at Thomasville

Westover girls vs. Monroe at Albany Civic Center

Terrell County girls at Quitman

Randolph-Clay girls at Calhoun

6:30 p.m.

Deerfield at Southland Fullington Academy girls at SGA

Tiftarea Academy girls at Sherwood

Citizen Christian Academy girls at Terrell Academy

7 p.m.

Dougherty girls at Americus-Sumter

Lee boys at Seminole

Worth boys at Crisp County

7:30 p.m.

Mitchell boys at Pelham

Albany boys at Thomasville

Westover boys vs. Monroe at Albany Civic Center

Terrell County boys at Quitman

Randolph-Clay boys at Calhoun

Brooks boys at Early

8 p.m.

Fullington Academy boys at SGA

Tiftarea Academy boys at Sherwood Academy

Deerfield boys at Southland Citizen Christian Academy boys at Terrell Academy

8:30 p.m.

Dougherty boys at Americus-Sumter

Saturday

3:30 p.m.

SGA girls at Westwood

4 p.m.

Deerfieldl girls at Terrell Academy

5 p.m.

SGA boys at Westwood School

5:30 p.m.

Deerfield boys at Terrell Academy

6 p.m.

Lee County girls at Americus

Pelham girls at Bainbridge

Stewart County girls at Randolph-Clay

Monroe girls at Colquitt County

7 p.m.

Westover girls at Terrell Academy

7:30 p.m.

Stewart County boys at Randolph-Clay

Lee County boys at Americus

Pelham boys at Bainbridge

Monroe boys at Colquitt County

8:30 p.m.

Westover boys at Terrell County

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