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

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

HERALD TOP 5 POLL:

BOYS:

1.) Monroe.........................................................................................16-3

The Tornadoes hold on to the top spot once again, having won four in a row -- including vs. Class AAAAA Lowndes -- and six of their last seven. Next: at Crisp County, tonight, 7:30 p.m.

2.)Bainbridge ...................................................................................17-2

The Bearcats, winners of a staggering 14 games in a row and 17 of their last 18, go back to No. 2 over Terrell County this week after the Greenwave lost to Randolph-Clay. Next: at TCC, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

3.) Terrell County.............................................................................13-2

The Greenwave had won nine in a row and were making a case for No. 1, but a loss to region rival Randolph-Clay drops them from No. 2 last week to No. 3. Next: vs. Stewart County, tonight, 7:30 p.m.

4.) Westover........................................................................................12-8

The Pats continue to be hot and cold, beating state power Thomasville two weeks ago, but losing to Tift County for the second time this year Saturday, this time by 20. Next: at Dougherty, tonight, 7:30 p.m.

5.) Deerfield...........................................................................................14-3

The Knights, 12-1 in their last 13 games -- having won 10 in a row -- replace Dougherty in the Top 5 this week as DWS breaks into the poll for the first time all season. Next: at Calvary, tonight, 8 p.m.

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GIRLS:

1.) Americus-Sumter ......................................................................13-3

For the first time this season, there is a new No. 1 girls team after the Lady Panthers beat previous No. 1 Westover in a 1 vs. 2 showdown. Next: vs. Cairo, tonight, 6 p.m.

2.) Westover .....................................................................................15-3

The Lady Patriots drop for the first time this year out of the No. 1 spot after losing to Americus, but will get a chance to exact revenge in the rematch Feb. 11. Next: at Dougherty, tonight, 6 p.m.

3.) Dougherty...................................................................................12-3

The Lady Trojans have won 11 of their last 12 games and their only loss was a narrow 3-point defeat to Herald No. 1 Americus-Sumter. They face No. 2 WHS tonight. Next: vs. Westover, tonight, 6 p..m.

4.) Bainbridge................................................................................13-5

After starting out the year a little rough around the edges, the Lady Bearcats are finding their groove, winning four in a row and six of their last seven. Next: at TCC, Friday, 6 p.m.

5.) Pelham.....................................................................................13-4

The Lady Hornets, who started 7-0, have won just six of their last 10, but the big test comes tonight at Seminole County in the battle for No. 1 in the region. Next: at Seminole County, tonight, 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:

"I think (Dekoven) plays basketball in his sleep. Because he is always prepared, always ready to play.''

Charles Brown,

Terrell County guard on teammate Dekoven Ware after Ware's 36-point, 16-rebound performance in a win against Calhoun County last Friday, marking the biggest game by any boys player all season in Southwest Georgia

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GAMES OF THE WEEK:

(Game times reflect girls game first, followed by the boys game)

Tonight:

Westover at Dougherty, 6, & 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Friday:

Worth County at Monroe, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

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

Cook at Albany, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday:

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

Terrell County vs. Westover, 4 & 8:30 p.m. **

Albany vs. Dougherty, 5:30 & 7 p.m. **

** denotes game being played at Civic Center

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BY THE NUMBERS:

1:

Number of shots that Terrell County's Dekoven Ware missed last Friday against Calhoun County as Ware went 17-of-18 from the floor and dropped 36 points in the Greenwave's region win.

14:

The number of games in a row the Bainbridge's boys basketball team have won, dating back to Dec. 17 as the Bearcats' last loss came on Dec. 14, and -- to take it a step further -- they've actually won 17 of their last 18.

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AREA SCHEDULE:

Today

6 p.m.

Pelham girls at Seminole

Mitchell County girls at Miller County

SGA girls at Valwood

Monroe girls at Crisp Co.

Albany girls at Fitzgerald

Quitman girls at Calhoun County

Westover girls at

Dougherty

Webster girls at Randolph-Clay

Cairo girls at Americus

6:30 p.m.

Deerfield girls at Calvary

Southland girls at Sherwood

Terrell Academy girls at Brookwood

7:30 p.m.

Cairo boys at Americus Pelham boys at Seminole Mitchell County boys at Miller County

Quitman boys at Calhoun

Webster boys at Randolph-Clay

SGA boys at Valwood Monroe boys at Crisp Co.

Albany boys at Fitzgerald

Westover boys at Dougherty

Stewart boys at Terrell County

8 p.m.

Deerfield boys at Calvary Southland boys at Sherwood

Terrell Academy girls at Brookwood

Friday

6 p.m.

Worth girls at Monroe

Thomasville girls at Early

Seminole girls at Mitchell County

Randolph-Clay girls at Quitman County

Bainbridge girls at TCC Baker County girls at Pelham

Terrell County girls at Webster County

6:30 p.m.

Westfield girls at Southland

SGA girls at Fullington

Deerfield boys at Sherwood

Terrell Academy girls at Citizens Christian

7 p.m.

Lee County girls at Americus

Cairo girls at Westover

Dougherty girls at Crisp

7:30 p.m.

Baker County boys at Pelham

Seminole boys at Mitchell County

Bainbridge boys at TCC Cook County boys at Albany

Worth boys at Monroe Randolph-Clay boys at Quitman County

Terrell County boys at Webster County

Stewart boys at Calhoun Thomasville boys at Early County

8 p.m.

Deerfield boys at Sherwood

Westfield boys at Southland

SGA boys at Fullington Terrell Academy girls at Citizens Christian

8:30 p.m.

Cairo boys at Westover

Dougherty boys at Crisp County

Americus boys at Lee County

Saturday

4 p.m.

Terrell County girls vs. Westover at Albany Civic Center

5:30 p.m.

Albany girls vs. Dougherty at Albany Civic Center

6 p.m.

Calhoun County boys at Seminole

Bainbridge girls at Lee County

Early girls at Berrien

Americus girls at Marion County

Mitchell girls at Quitman

Randolph-Clay girls at Abbeville, Ala.

7 p.m.

Albany boys vs. Dougherty at Albany Civic Center

7:30 p.m.

Americus boys at Marion County

Bainbridge boys at Lee

Mitchell boys at Quitman

Randolph-Clay boys at Abbeville, Ala.

Early boys at Berrien

8:30 p.m.

Terrell County boys vs. Westover at Albany Civic Center

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