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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Herald 'Prep Peek'

Fab 5 Poll

BOYS

1.) Monroe 19-2

The Nadas are a perfect 12-0 and with three games left they could be the first team to ever go wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the Fab 5. Next: at Terrell County, 7:30 p.m., Friday.

2.)Westover 15-5

The Patriots, who got a scare before beating Albany in OT on Friday, have only lost to two teams — Monroe (three times) and nationally-ranked Tift County (twice). Next: at Crisp, 7:30 p.m., today.

3.) Mitchell County 18-3

The Eagles are playing strong down the stretch and if they beat Seminole on Friday they will be the top-seed in the upcoming Region 1-A tourney. Next: vs. Seminole, 7:30 p.m., Friday.

4.) Seminole County 15-3

The Indians are No. 4 in the Class A state power rankings and have lost only one game to a Class A team all season — a 55-54 loss in OT to Mitchell. Next: vs. Early County, 7:30 p.m., today.

5.) Bainbridge 14-4

The Bearcats are 3-1 in the region and face one of the biggest Region 1-AAAAA games of the season tonight when they play host to Lee County. Next: vs. Lee County, 7:30 p.m., today.

GIRLS

1.) Randolph-Clay 19-2

The Lady Red Devils have won 18 of their last 19 — including 10 in a row — and are set to host the region tourney as the No. 1 team in the Class A state power ratings. Next: vs. Stewart, 6 p.m., today.

2.) Dougherty 15-5

No one is hotter than the Lady Trojans, who have won seven in a row and avenged two earlier region losses to Crisp and Monroe last week, knocking off the No. 2 Lady Tornadoes, 51-50, to leap-frog from No 4 to No. 2 in the Fab 5 Poll. Next: vs. Worth County, 6 p.m., Friday.

3.) Monroe 16-6

The Lady Tornadoes slip from No. 2 to No. 3 after a tough loss to Dougherty, but they will still be at home in the Region 1-AAAA tournament. Next: at Terrell County, 6 p.m., Friday.

4.) Pelham 17-3

The Lady Hornets have lost just once in Class AA, and they get a chance for revenge when they meet Thomasville, which beat Pelham 40-39 on Jan. 11, on Friday. Next: at Berrien, 6 p.m., today.

5.) Mitchell County 13-8

The Lady Eagles have a big game on Friday against Seminole County, which just knocked previous No. 5 Calhoun County out of the poll. Next: vs. Seminole County, 6 p.m., Friday.


Quote of the week

“I saw the ref raise his arm and call it a charge, and I said, ‘Yes! Yes!’ It was like a bomb went off in my head. It just exploded. I just started grabbing (teammates), and we were celebrating like it was a party.’’

Ra’Keta Shelton,

Dougherty senior on when she saw the referee wipe out Monroe’s Key Key Price’s basket at the buzzer because of a charging call that ensured a 51-50 victory.


Games of the week

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

Tonight:

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

Stewart County at Randolph-Clay, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Westover at Crisp County, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Friday:

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

Seminole County at Mitchell County, 6 & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday:

Randolph-Clay at Terrell County, 6 & 7:30 p.m.


By the numbers

9: Number of consecutive points — all crucial — scored by Westover’s T.J. Cromer, who hit a shot at the buzzer to send the game into OT, and then scored Westover’s first seven points in OT to help beat Albany, 75-73, on Friday.

13: The state power ranking for the Seminole Lady Indians, who may go up in the rankings this week after beating No. 9 Calhoun County. They face No. 8 Mitchell County on Friday. Only 16 teams will earn berths in the Class A state playoffs.


Area hoops schedule

Today

6 p.m.

Grace Christian girls at Randolph Southern

Westover girls at Crisp

Albany girls at Worth

Americus-Sumter girls at Cairo

Pelham girls at Berrien

Early County girls at Seminole County

Stewart County girls at Randolph-Clay

Lee County girls at Bainbridge

6:30 p.m.

Terrell Academy girls at DWS

Georgia Christian girls at Crisp Academy

Calvary Christian girls at Southland

Sherwood girls at Westwood

7:30 p.m.

Grace Christian boys at Randolph Southern

Westover boys at Crisp

Albany boys at Worth

Americus-Sumter boys at Cairo

Pelham boys at Berrien

Early County boys at Seminole County

Stewart County boys at Randolph-Clay

Lee County boys at Bainbridge

8 p.m.

Terrell Academy boys at DWS

Georgia Christian boys at Crisp Academy

Calvary Christian boys at Southland

Sherwood boys at Westwood

Thursday

6:30 p.m.

Tiftarea girls at Sherwood

Byne girls at Randolph Southern

8 p.m.

Tiftarea boys at Sherwood

Byne boys at Randolph Southern

Friday

5:30 p.m.

Fullington Academy girls at Grace Christian

6 p.m.

Worth girls at Dougherty

Monroe girls at Terrell County

Miller County girls at Baker County

Seminole County girls at Mitchell County

Thomasville girls at Pelham

Northside Columbus girls at Bainbridge

Crisp County girls at Cairo

6:30 p.m.

DWS girls at Calvary Christian

Terrell Academy girls at Westwood

Crisp Academy girls at Randolph Southern

Southland girls at Brookwood

SGA girls at Sherwood

7 p.m.

Fullington Academy boys at Grace Christian

Lee County girls at Harris County

7:30 p.m.

Worth boys at Dougherty

Monroe boys at Terrell County

Miller County boys at Baker County

Seminole County boys at Mitchell County

Thomasville boys at Pelham

Northside Columbus boys at Bainbridge

Crisp County boys at Cairo

8 p.m.

DWS boys at Calvary Christian

Terrell Academy boys at Westwood

Crisp Academy boys at Randolph Southern

Southland boys at Brookwood

SGA boys at Sherwood

8:30 p.m.

Lee County boys at Harris County

Saturday

2 p.m.

Grace Christian girls at Melody Live Oak (Fla.)

3:30 p.m.

Grace Christian boys at Melody Live Oak (Fla.)

Baker County girls at Schley County

5 p.m.

Baker County boys at Schley County

6 p.m.

Albany girls at Colquitt County

Calhoun County girls at Worth County

Randolph-Clay girls at Terrell County

Brooks County girls at Mitchell County

Bainbridge girls at Hardaway

7 p.m.

Northside Columbus girls at Lee County

7:30 p.m.

Albany boys at Colquitt County

Calhoun County boys at Worth County

Randolph-Clay boys at Terrell County

Brooks County boys at Mitchell County

Bainbridge boys at Hardaway

8:30 p.m.

Northside Columbus boys at Lee County