Teams come down homestretch of season
by Jason Greenberg
Jan 21, 2014 | 1040 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With about three weeks remaining in the regular season, Georgia high school basketball teams are nearing the homestretch and running out of time to improve their positioning for the playoffs.

With mostly region games ahead, this week will be critical for teams hoping to make the state playoffs come February.

BOYS

Adairsville is currently 5-3 in Region 5-AAA, tied for second in the standings alongside Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and just a half game ahead of Ringgold and North Murray. The last three weeks will be telling for the Tigers as they have a tough schedule, including games against Cartersville, LFO, Ringgold and North Murray.

First up is North Murray today at 7:30 p.m. and Cartersville on Friday at 8:30 p.m., both on the road. Adairsville will then host Woodland in a non-region game at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

In the same region as Adairsville, Cartersville has cruised to an 8-0 start and the team’s closest game in the region was a 19-point victory against LFO. The Canes should have little trouble with Sonoraville tonight on the road before facing Adairsville Friday. Cartersville defeated Adairsville 88-42 in the two teams’ last meeting on Dec. 13.

Meanwhile, Cass is currently dealing with the injury to the team’s top rebounder and second-leading scorer, Justin Reed. Reed will miss the game today at Pickens and Friday’s game at Gilmer.

Cass has lost its last three games and is now 1-3 in region play.

Like Cass, Excel has struggled as of late, losing four of its last five. The Eagles are 3-4 in region play, good enough for third in their sub-region, Region 6A-A. They will play three games in their region this week, including a matchup with the No. 2 team, Darlington, in the sub-region today at Excel. Excel goes on the road Friday to take on Gordon Lee and then back home the following day for a matchup with Southwest Atlanta Christian at 3:30 p.m.

Woodland also has an uphill climb and is sitting in eighth in Region 5-AAA with a record of 3-7. The Wildcats play North Paulding today at home. The last matchup between the two teams ended in a two-point victory for Woodland at North Paulding. Woodland will then travel to Adairsville for a matchup with the Tigers at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Woodland defeated Adairsville by a score of 63-57 at Woodland High on Jan. 11 the first time the two teams played.

GIRLS

The Adairsville girls basketball team has won its last four games, all region victories, and now sit at 7-1 in Region 5-AAA, good enough for second place behind Cartersville.

The Lady Tigers have another important three-game week, beginning today at home against North Murray at 6 p.m. North Murray is currently fourth in the region. Friday night’s matchup at Cartersville High will be the toughest for Adairsville as Cartersville is currently in first place in the region at 8-0. The Lady Tigers wrap up the week on Saturday at 3 p.m. at home against Woodland in a non-region matchup.

Similar to Adairsville, this week will be important for the Lady Canes in determining seeding for the region tournament. Cartersville plays Sonoraville today on the road at 6 p.m. Sonoraville is currently the third seed in the region standings. The Lady Canes defeated Sonoraville by six in the two teams’ last meeting on Dec. 10 at Cartersville High. The game should be close and carries playoff significance, as does Cartersville’s game Friday at Adairsville.

Cass is in a different position than Adairsville and Cartersville as the Lady Colonels are trying to move back up the region standings. Cass is now positioned as the fourth team in the standings in its sub-region, Region 7A-AAAA.

The Lady Colonels are coming off a lopsided loss against River Ridge and a loss to Gilmer County this weekend. They will face another talented opponent today at Pickens. Cass lost to Pickens 57-40 when the two teams met on Jan. 3. Pickens is currently just ahead of Cass in the region standings. It is a tough stretch of games for the Lady Colonels, but also an opportunity to move ahead in the standings.

After a rough start, the Excel girls basketball team has put together a three-game region winning streak. The streak puts the Lady Eagles at 3-3 in Region 6-A, good enough for third in sub-region A.

Excel will play a busy three-game region schedule this week, beginning with a home game today against Darlington, followed by a road game Friday at Gordon Lee and another home game Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against Southwest Atlanta Christian.

For Woodland, the Lady Cats are in second place in Region 5-AAAAA with a record of 9-2, 2 1/2 games ahead of third-place Rome, who Woodland beat Friday. As a result, the Lady Cats should be in a good position to challenge Hiram for the region title come tournament time. Woodland lost by five the first time it met Hiram on Dec. 6.

The Lady Cats will host North Paulding today and go on the road at Adairsville Saturday at 3 p.m. Woodland defeated Adairsville by a score of 58-53 during the teams’ first matchup on Dec. 16. The game today against North Paulding should come down to the end as the Lady Cats defeated North Paulding by one point on Jan. 3 at North Paulding.