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- Richmond Academy at Grovetown: Those around Richmond Academy were impressed with the Warriors earlier in the season, when they lost to the Musketeers by 18. Grovetown brings a three-game winning streak into this one against Region 3-AAAA's top team.
- Dublin at Laney (Saturday): The defending Class AA champions come to town to take on the Wildcats. Dublin beat Laney by nine last year. Laney plays host to Southeast Bulloch tonight, if you want a preview.
- Butler vs. Glenn Hills (at Cross Creek): The two teams tied atop Region 3-AAAA battle to see who will take command with three weeks left in the regular season.
- North Augusta at Aiken: The top team in Aiken County takes on the county's top team from a year ago. This is the first of two meetings between the schools over the next three weeks.
- Kenay Phillips: The Josey guard has led her team to consecutive victories and scored 19 points in a big win over Hephzibah last week. Phillips leads the Eagles in scoring, steals and assists.
- Dominique Thomas: The Westside senior filled in for the ailing Allen Elmore (flu) to score a season-high 10 points in a key win over Glenn Hills. It was the first time Thomas reached double figures this season.
1. Richmond Academy: The Musketeers' 15 consecutive victories and 12-0 Region 3-AAAA record trump any rÃ©sumÃ© in the area at the moment.
2. Laney: The Wildcats are undefeated against everyone except Swainsboro. The Tigers have defeated Laney twice, by two and five points, both times capitalizing on Laney mistakes in the game's final minute.
3. Aquinas: The Irish could possibly take a 13-game winning streak into Class A top-ranked Wilkinson County on Feb. 6.
4. Josey: The Eagles' strong play has set up a streak of meaningful games over the next two weeks; games against Evans, Richmond Academy and Laney all loom.
5. Midland Valley: No shame in losing at Dreher. The challenge for the Mustangs will be winning their next three games in preparation for the rematch.
1. Laney : OK, maybe the Wildcats should have been No. 1 all season. They have regrouped nicely since somehow losing to Hephzibah, winning six in a row by an average of 27.3 points.
2. North Augusta: The Yellow Jackets control their own fate in Region 5-AAAA. Seven more wins would deliver them the title.
3. Butler: Anyone know the last time it won a region girls hoops title? The Bulldogs start a big stretch of games tonight against Glenn Hills, which beat them by two earlier in the year.
4. Washington County: The Golden Hawks are unbeaten against opponents Class AAAA or smaller and have just one loss overall.
5. Glenn Hills: The Spartans are still tied for Region 3-AAAA lead, but their year-long reign could come crashing down this weekend with games against Butler and Hephzibah.
ON THE RISE
- Warren County girls: Their pressure suffocated Lincoln County in a 55-point win this week, rarely allowing the Red Devils across halfcourt. Five years ago, the Screaming Devils didn't win a game. This year, a region title and deep playoff run could be coming.
- Lakeside girls and boys: They collected a little more than $200 at their game against Evans last week to donate to the Red Cross for Haiti relief. They planned to raise funds this week as well.