Prep hoops guide
By Matt Middleton | Staff Writer
Friday, January 08, 2010

GET OUT TONIGHT

BOYS

- Westside at Richmond Academy: Patriots are playing everyone in Region 3-AAAA tough a year after struggling to a bottom-third finish.

- Dreher at South Aiken: Thoroughbreds have played a challenging early schedule and open region play at home against the defending champion.

GIRLS

- Lakeside vs. Butler (at Glenn Hills): Both one-loss Region 3-AAAA teams will try and keep pace behind first-place Glenn Hills.

- North Augusta at Orangeburg-Wilkinson: Region schedule continues to toughen for Yellow Jackets, who must travel to a team that made the state finals last year.

STAR WATCH

- Rod Hall: The Laney junior pumped in a season-high 38 points at Jefferson County earlier in the week and has already made 22 3-pointers this year.

- Kayla West: The North Augusta junior has scored at least 18 points her past four games, including 20 in a big win over Irmo on Tuesday. The loss was Irmo's first in the region.

TOP 5

BOYS

1. Laney: Just one loss, at home Dec. 11 to Swainsboro, in a game that was essentially decided at the buzzer.

2. Richmond Academy: Based on early results, 20-0 record in Region 3-AAAA seems pretty likely.

3. Burke County: Would be fun to see the Bears in Richmond Academy's region, where no one has emerged as clear No. 2 team.

4. North Augusta: Yellow Jackets are 1-2 in region, but have still won nine of first 11.

5. Aquinas: Anyone playing more exciting, eye-pleasing basketball than Robert Turner (23.5 ppg), please stand up.

GIRLS

1. Hephzibah: Recent win over Laney proves Rebels playing the best, right now, of a tough group to figure out.

2. Laney: Only thing keeping Wildcats from the top is a loss to Hephzibah.

3. Glenn Hills: On top of Region 3-AAAA, but 17-point nonregion loss to Laney is puzzling.

4. North Augusta: Has quality wins over Butler and, most recently, Irmo.

5. Butler: Bulldogs only one basket away from ruling their region.

ON THE RISE

Midland Valley boys: The Mustangs returned four starters from a disappointing 11-15 team, but they open Region 5-AAA play tonight with a 9-2 record.

Washington County girls: A state playoff team a year ago, Washington County has started the season winning 11 of 12 and zooming up the state rankings.

From the Friday, January 08, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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