It's test time this weekend for Herald No. 2 Greenwave

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DAWSON -- They've won eight in a row and are soaring up the polls, running the floor as well as any team in Southwest Georgia.

But there is no slowing down for the Terrell County Greenwave, who face one of the biggest weekends of their season, starting tonight with back-to-back region games against rivals from Calhoun and Randolph-Clay, before coming to Albany on Jan. 29 for a game against Westover in the Albany Civic Center.

"These are big games for us,'' Terrell County coach John Davis said Thursday night. "The rankings are OK. We moved to No. 2 in The Herald and we're No. 4 in the state poll, and all those things are good. But we're looking at two sub-region games this weekend, and these sub-region games are more important.''

Terrell County will be at home tonight against Calhoun and then the Greenwave travel to Randolph-Clay for a big rivalry game on Saturday night.

"Calhoun is a rival, and Randolph-Clay has always been a rival,'' Davis said. "This weekend is very important.''

Terrell County is 12-1 and unbeaten in Region 1B-A, which is the northern half of Region 1-A. The region has been split into zones, and the Greenwave haven't lost a game to any Region 1-A team, north or south, but Calhoun and Randolph-Clay, which play in the same sub region as Terrell County, both have their eyes on a possible region title.

"Those programs have been successful in the past and have been successful this year,'' said Davis, whose team beat Randolph-Clay, 77-71, on Dec. 11, but will face Calhoun for the first time tonight.

Calhoun, 8-3, has lost twice in the region, but the Cougars beat Randolph-Clay, 88-79, last Friday in Edison in a big Region 1B-A game. Marquez Williams had a 27-point night in the victory.

Randolph-Clay has seen new coach Ogelsby Jackson turn the program around. The Red Devils are 12-5 but two of those losses have come to Herald No. 3 Bainbridge, a Class AAAA power, and one to Thomasville, ranked No. 3 in the state Class AA poll.

Both Randolph-Clay and Calhoun have been looking up at Terrell County, which has won the last four region titles and has beaten everyone except Herald No. 1 Monroe this season. The Greenwave are simply the team to beat in Class A.

"I can't explain how good it would feel to beat Terrell County,'' Calhoun coach Marcus Shaw said Thursday night. "We have to be patient. We can't rush. They're known for their pressure and we can't let them rush us.''

Williams is averaging 15 points a game for Calhoun, and Vincent Powell leads the Cougars with a 17-point average. But beating the Greenwave means slowing down Super 6er Terel Hall, who averages almost 20 points and eight assists a game and runs the floor for a team that brought back four starters from last year's Final Four squad.

The biggest hole in the lineup was inside, where Dekoven Ware has been the surprise of the season -- at least outside Dawson. Ware, who is only 6-feet, is Terrell County's tallest player.

"We're real proud of that young man,'' Davis said. "He's 6-feet tall and he plays like he is 6-5. He plays with determination and heart.''

So does Terrell County, which has been on a roll as of late and is coming off a big 52-43 win against Class AAA Westover last Saturday.

"We've picked up some speed, picked up some motivation and we're playing better defense,'' Davis said. "We're in the driver's seat in the region right now and we want to maintain that. We need two wins this weekend to maintain.''