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FAB 5 POLL: Dougherty, Americus-Sumter girls break into poll

Dougherty’s Takiya Davis dribbles past Westover’s Mykesa Smith during Friday’s game, which the Lady Trojans won, 54-49, to move into the Herald Fab 5 Poll for the first time this season.

Dougherty’s Takiya Davis dribbles past Westover’s Mykesa Smith during Friday’s game, which the Lady Trojans won, 54-49, to move into the Herald Fab 5 Poll for the first time this season.

Fab 5 Poll

Boys

1.) Monroe 14-2

2.) Westover 12-4

3.) Bainbridge 9-3

4.) Albany 9-5

5.) Mitchell County 14-3

Girls

1.) Randolph-Clay 14-2

2.) Monroe 13-5

3.) Pelham 12-3

4.) Dougherty 8-5

5.) Americus-Sumter 9-4

ALBANY — Monroe is No. 1.

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The Tornadoes are likely to stay right there at the top of the Fab 5 Poll the rest of the regular season. That’s reality after they beat No. 2 Westover for the third time (66-62) on Saturday night. They’re 8-0 in Region 1-AAAA and need a couple of more wins in the region to clinch the top seed, but there doesn’t appear to be anything or any team slowing down Monroe.

The rest of the boys poll stayed intact except for the No. 5 spot, where Mitchell County replaced Seminole County after the Eagles beat the Indians, 55-54, in OT. That sets up a big game on Saturday at Mitchell, where the Eagles face No. 4 Albany High, which has won five Region 1-AAAA games in a row. The Indians have a big game at home tonight against Crisp County.

The girls poll had a lot of movement, just not at the top.

Randolph-Clay might not budge from the No. 1 spot for the rest of the season. The Lady Red Devils (14-2) have won 14 of their last 15 games and are tied for the top spot in the Class A state power rankings. They face rival Calhoun County and Super 6er Brandi Buie on the road Friday in another big test.

Monroe’s girls stay at No. 2 despite their horrendous shooting display in the Civic Center in a 37-22 loss to Westover on Saturday. Even Westover coach Lewis Smith attributed Monroe’s nightmarish game to the rare and difficult adjustment players have to make in the huge Civic Center environment. Monroe also deserves to stay at No. 2 based on the season’s résumé.

The Lady Patriots hustled and outplayed Monroe and would have been in the Fab 5 Poll if they had not lost to Dougherty on Friday night.

Dougherty is one of the hottest teams in SW Georgia, thanks in part to the emergence of Ra’Keta Shelton, who scored 46 points and grabbed 40 rebounds in wins against Westover and Albany over the weekend. Quannesha Gatling, a savvy guard, Amber Ward, who can bury the trey, and Takiya Davis, another quick guard, are other reasons Dougherty is on the rise. The Lady Trojans, who enter the poll at No. 4 after beating Westover and Albany, meet No. 5 Americus-Sumter on the road tonight in a huge Region 1-AAAA game.

Americus-Sumter debuts in the poll after beating No. 4 Crisp County, which dropped out of the poll after losing to the Lady Panthers and Turner County last week. Seminole County, which was No. 5, was knocked out of the poll by Mitchell County, which is sitting on the bubble and might move right back into the poll next week.