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Westover regains top spot in Fab 5 Hoops Poll

Randolph-Clay girls maintain No. 1 spot

Dallis Smith

Dallis Smith

The Christmas Tournaments across the area helped produce a shake-up in The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll this week. There’s a familiar face back at No. 1 on the boys side in Westover, while Randolph-Clay’s girls continue to keep the top spot locked down on the girls side.

The Holiday Tournaments are over and most teams finish playing their nonregion opponents later this week. For the next month and half, it’s serious business as region play will heat up.

Westover took back over the top spot after former No. 1 Worth County had its eight-game winning streak snapped when they lost to Portal in the Portal Christmas Tournament last week. Westover, which has been idle since the final game of the U-Save-It Classic on Dec. 23, will play host to the No. 2 Rams next Tuesday night in a battle for first-place in the Region 1-AAAA standings.

Westover coach Dallis Smith has guided the team to five straight wins. If the Patriots can close their games strong over the next month, they have an excellent chance to contend for the region crown.

“I think coach is satisfied but not happy … we could have done better,” guard Mike Green said after the Patriots’ last victory, an 80-67 win over Cedar Grove. “We’re getting there. I think only time will tell how good we can be.”

A trio of Region 1-A teams occupy the final three spots. Seminole County and Calhoun County, who were both idle last week, remain at Nos. 3 and No. 4 respectively in this week’s poll, while Randolph-Clay also remains at No. 5. The Red Devils scored three big wins in the Thomasville HoopsFest Tournament to win their fourth straight.

Randolph-Clay won’t get a chance at Seminole County again until the region tournament. However, they do have two games remaining with Calhoun County – on Jan. 17 and on Feb. 8 in Edison.

The top two spots on the girls side are familiar with Randolph-Clay and Pelham maintaining holds on those positions. Dougherty is still at No. 3 despite a pair of losses to powerhouse programs in Alabama last week.

Westover moves up a spot to fourth after being idle last week.

The fifth spot is occupied by a newcomer as Mitchell County makes its debut this week. The Lady Eagles’ three losses this season have come against Randolph-Clay twice and Pelham. Mitchell has lost to Randolph-Clay by a combined eight points, including a 60-55 setback in the championship game of the Thomasville HoopsFest Tournament last week.

Last week’s No. 4 — Monroe — fell out of the poll after its fourth consecutive loss.

Herald Fab 5 Basketball Polls

BOYS:

1) Westover…………………..9-2

2) Worth County……………..9-2

3) Seminole County…………….6-1

4) Calhoun County……………..9-0

5) Randolph-Clay……………….8-2

GIRLS:

1) Randolph-Clay……………….8-0

2) Pelham……………….……….7-0

3) Dougherty…………………….8-3

4) Westover………………………8-3

5) Mitchell County…………….…7-3

Albany Herald Fab 5 High School Basketball Poll

BOYS

1) Westover (9-2) – The Patriots have been off since their last win, an 80-67 victory over Cedar Grove in the U-Save-It Classic. They are riding a five-game winning streak.

Next: at Terrell County, 7:30 p.m., Saturday

2) Worth County (9-2) – The Rams had their eight-game winning streak broken in the Portal Holiday Classic, losing to Portal. But Worth County rebounded to beat South Effingham. They played Jenkins County late last night.

Next: at Berrien, 7:30 p.m., Friday

3) Seminole County (6-1) – The Indians have been off since they defeated Pelham on Dec. 21.

Next: at Bainbridge, 7:30 p.m., Friday

4) Calhoun County (9-0) – The Cougars are the area’s last unbeaten team.

Next: at Dougherty, 7:30 p.m., Saturday

5) Randolph-Clay (8-2) – The Red Devils scored three key victories in the Thomasville HoopsFest Tournament and have won four in a row.

Next: at Eufaula (Ala.), Friday, 8:30 p.m.

GIRLS

1) Randolph-Clay (8-0) – The Lady Red Devils scored three big wins in the Thomasville HoopsFest Tournament over Twiggs County, Bainbridge and Mitchell County.

Next: at Eufaula (Ala.), Friday, 7 p.m.

2) Pelham (7-0) – The Lady Hornets continue to win big. They took a pair of lopsided victories over Wilcox County and Thomas County Central last week, then played Lowndes late last night in the finals of the Turner County Holiday Tournament.

Next: at Cook, 6 p.m., Saturday

3) Dougherty (8-3) – The Lady Trojans lost a pair of games in the BallN Powher Tournament in Alabama last week, falling to Hoover (Ala.) 66-38 and Hazel Greene 69-38.

Next: at Calhoun County, 6 p.m., Saturday

4) Westover (8-3) – The Lady Patriots were idle last week.

Next: at Terrell County, 6 p.m., Saturday

5) Mitchell County (7-3) – The Lady Eagles have been playing well and quietly slip into the poll. They won two of three in the Thomasville HoopsFest Tournament. Their only loss was to Herald No. 1 Randolph-Clay.

Next: at Valdosta, 6 p.m., Friday