The regular season for local teams came to a close this past weekend. It did so with Veterans’ girls and Warner Robins’ boys at the top of the standings in their respective divisions.
The Lady Warhawks finished 7-1. That lone loss came Friday to Harris County. Despite 21 points from Tamia Luckey and 15 by Staci Jones, Veterans still lost 61-53. The Lady Bulldogs, who came out on top last year via a 9-0 region record, also finished 7-1, but the nod – with the two splitting their meetings – went to the Lady Warhawks for a better overall record. They are 22-3. Harris County is 19-5.
Warner Robins’ girls, beat Thomas County Central 51-41 Friday and finished in third in 1-AAAAA at 4-4, 14-9.
The Demons, finishing first for the fourth-straight year (counting a sub-region in 2015-16), also beat the Yellow Jackets Friday. They finished the regular season 6-2 in 1-AAAAA, 19-6 overall.
Just behind them in second was Veterans. The Warhawks, 60-54 winners at Harris County Friday, finished 5-3 in division play, 16-9 overall. Harris County finished 5-3 also. It also had a better overall record, 16-8, but lost twice to the Warhawks during the regular season.
Over in 1-AAAAAA, Houston County’s boys finished third at 2-6 (14-9). Two of those losses came this past weekend. The Bears fell to Valdosta 73-68 on the road Friday and then came up one-point short to Lee County on Saturday. Houston County lost it 60-59.
Valdosta and Northside – 68-59 losers at Coffee on Friday and 80-75 losers to West Laurens (non-region) at home on Saturday – finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Each had 2-6 region record but each also found their place via head-to-head competition and/or overall record. The Eagles were 5-19 overall, the Wildcats 11-12 overall.
Coffee, 8-0 (22-3), was first followed by Lee County (15-1), 6-2.
On the girls’ side, Houston County fell to 54-36 to Valdosta Friday and 50-39 to Lee County on Saturday. That kept them winless at 0-8 (5-16 overall) and at the bottom of the division.
Northside’s girls, 39-36 winners in overtime over Coffee on Friday and 59-45 losers to West Laurens on Saturday, finished second. The Lady Eagles were 5-3 in the division, 15-18 overall.
Valdosta finished first in 1-AAAAAA with a 7-1 record (21-3 overall).
In 2-AAAA, Perry’s boys finished sixth among the six teams. The Panthers, falling 69-64 at Spalding on Friday, were 2-8 (5-17). Upson-Lee, 10-0, 23-1, was first followed by West Laurens, 8-2, 16-9.
From there it was Howard (5-5, 13-11), Spalding (3-7, 6-18) and Mary Persons (2-8, 7-18).
The Lady Panthers finished third. They also came up short to Spalding on Friday, 47-29, but finished the division 6-4 (13-9 overall). The Lady Jaguars were first at 9-1, 19-5, followed by West Laurens, 7-3, 18-7.
Next up will be region tournaments and/or matchups to determine seeding for the GHSA state tournament slated to begin Feb. 15.