Westover’s Kyle Baker shoots over Terrell County’s Joseph Ward during their showdown Saturday. The Herald No. 2-ranked Pats have another big game this week against city rival Monroe — the Fab 5 Poll’s top-ranked team. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ALBANY — Monroe is still perfect — both the girls and the boys — and both still sit atop The Herald’s Fab 5 polls.
The Monroe girls (7-0) made a statement with a 53-45 win against No. 2 Crisp County in a showdown between the top two teams in the poll — the first of many likely 1 vs. 2 duels Southwest Georgia will see this season — and the Monroe boys survived with a 65-64 overtime win against Albany High and a 40-39 win at Crisp.
Now things get interesting.
The Tornadoes (6-0) meet No. 2 Westover (4-1) on Friday at home in a showdown of the top two boys teams. Westover is coming off a big win against Terrell County (73-53) and beat the Greenwave for the first time in three years to stay at No. 2.
This matchup is huge every season and normally comes later in the schedule, but it’s here now and folks better get there early if you want a seat in the Tornadoes’ gym, which will most certainly have a standing-room only crowd.
There was one move made this week on the boys side when Randolph-Clay (4-1) swapped spots with Bainbridge (1-2) after the Bearcats lost to state No. 2 Tift County and Thomasville. The Red Devils are rewarded for winning four in a row, while No. 5 Mitchell County (4-1) won three games last week, including a big win at home against Calhoun County, to stay at No. 5
Seminole’s boys are 3-0 and on the bubble. They face Randolph-Clay tonight and might make their way into the Top 5 with a win. The Seminole girls are also 3-0 and also could shake up the poll with a win against Randolph-Clay today.
The only change in the girls poll was the debut of Pelham’s Lady Hornets (1-0), who finally played a game last Friday. Sophomore Briunna Freeman led the way with 15 points as Pelham beat Lee County, 58-19, to start the season.
Westover’s girls dropped to 4-4 last week and fell out of the Fab 5 Poll, but the Lady Pats could make a statement tonight against No. 2 Crisp County at home.