GET OUT TONIGHT
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.