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FAB 5 POLL: Seminole boys take over No. 1

Seminole County coach Kevin Godwin and his Indians take over the No. 1 spot in The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll this week. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)

Seminole County coach Kevin Godwin and his Indians take over the No. 1 spot in The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll this week. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)

After a trio of Region 1-AAAA boys basketball teams took turns beating each other last week, The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll has a new look.

Seminole County, which has lost just once this season, takes over as the new No. 1 after former No. 1 Worth County lost last Friday. The team that knocked Worth County out of the top spot, Monroe, makes its debut this season at No. 5.

The top girls teams remain the same, just in a different order. The Pelham girls remain No. 1, while former No. 2 Dougherty falls to No. 4 after losing to Westover last Friday.

Last week’s No. 3, the Monroe girls, move up a spot to No. 2 after knocking off No. 4 Westover Saturday at the Albany Civic Center.

The Seminole County boys won their sixth straight game after disposing of Mitchell County and Stewart County over the weekend, improving to 11-1.

The team they replaced at the top spot — Worth County — fell to No. 2 despite beating Westover last week in a key Region 1-AAAA battle. The Rams, however, lost at Monroe on Friday.

Westover fell to No. 3 after being ranked No. 2 last week. The Patriots rebounded from last Tuesday’s loss to Worth County by downing Dougherty on Friday, then holding off Monroe Saturday night in the Albany Civic Center.

Calhoun County is still the lone unbeaten team in the area and maintains its hold at No. 4. The Cougars visit Randolph-Clay this Friday in a key Region 1-A sub-region game.

Monroe defeated Worth County last Friday, handing the Rams’ their first region loss of the season. The victory elevated the Tornadoes into the fifth spot.

“We’re going to try to build off this win,” Monroe coach Marquis Davis said after beating Worth County. “It’s a big win for us.”

With Worth County, Westover and Monroe going 1-1 against each other last week, it makes for some interesting basketball as the final three weeks of the regular season play out — especially in Region 1-AAAA.

“This region thing is something else,” Westover boys coach Dallis Smith said. “It’s tough. You better come to play every night because on any given night, you can get beat.”

On the girls side, one thing that hasn’t changed is Pelham’s hold on the No. 1 spot. The Lady Hornets went 3-0 last week, including a big 51-37 victory over Thomasville, which went to the Class AA semifinals last year.

Monroe moved up a spot after going 2-0. The Lady Tornadoes topped Westover on Saturday for the second time this season and remain undefeated in Region 1-AAAA play.

The Lady Tornadoes have a two-game lead and if they continue, they will host the region tournament as the top girls team serves as the host site.

“There’s still a long way to go,” Monroe girls coach Cheryl Cheeks said. “We’ve got to keep working to get better.”

No. 3 Westover could have moved up to No. 2 after beating Dougherty on Friday. However, Monroe cooled off the Lady Patriots on Saturday. Westover has still won three of its last four.

Dougherty falls to No. 4 after its loss to Westover, but the Lady Trojans are just a game behind Crisp County for second place in Region 1-AAAA. The two teams meet again on Jan. 21 in Cordele.

Randolph-Clay comes in at No. 5 after going 1-1 last week.

Herald Fab 5 Basketball Polls

BOYS:

1) Seminole County……………11-1

2) Worth County……………….13-3

3) Westover…………………….12-3

4) Calhoun County……………..13-0

5) Monroe………………………8-5

GIRLS:

1) Pelham……………………..12-0

2) Monroe…………………….13-4

3) Westover…………………..11-4

4) Dougherty…………………10-4

5) Randolph-Clay……………10-2

Albany Herald Fab 5 High School Basketball Poll

BOYS

1) Seminole County (11-1) – The Indians have been largely unchallenged since their only loss of the season on Dec. 17 against Lee County.

Next: vs. Terrell County, 7:30 p.m., today

2) Worth County (13-3) – The Rams fell from No. 1 after losing to Monroe on Friday night. Worth is still in first place in Region 1-AAAA.

Next: vs. Crisp County, 7:30 p.m., today

3) Westover (12-3) – The Patriots went 2-1 last week, including a big win over Monroe on Saturday night at the Albany Civic Center.

Next: vs. Tift County, 7:30 p.m., today

4) Calhoun County (13-0) – The Cougars remain as the area’s last unbeaten boys team. They have a brutal schedule the next two weeks.

Next: at Quitman County, 7:30 p.m., today

5) Monroe (4-2) – The Tornadoes scored a key win over Worth County last week only to have Westover cut down their momentum on Saturday.

Next: vs. Cairo, 7:30 p.m., today

GIRLS

1) Pelham (12-0) – The Lady Hornets continue to roll to easy victories. Beating Thomasville 51-37 last week was huge.

Next: at Early County, 6 p.m., today

2) Monroe (13-4) – The Lady Tornadoes have won five straight, including cooling off Westover with a 37-32 victory on Saturday.

Next: vs. Cairo, 6 p.m., today

3) Westover (11-4) – The Lady Patriots beat Dougherty on Friday before Monroe snapped their three-game win streak on Saturday.

Next: vs. Tift County, 6 p.m., today

4) Dougherty (10-4) – Dougherty lost just their second region game of the season last week. The Lady Trojans rebounded to beat Albany on Saturday.

Next: vs. Americus-Sumter, 6 p.m., today

5) Randolph-Clay (10-2) – The Lady Red Devils went 1-1 last week, including an upset loss to Class AA Early County.

Next: vs. Calhoun County, 6 p.m., Friday