If anyone had a chance to deny Veterans’ girls an undefeated Region 1-AAAAA slate it was Harris County. The Lady Tigers, the first time they met, came up just short, 40-38.
That was back on Jan. 7. Friday, this time at the home of the Lady Warhawks, was more of the same. In fact, round two needed overtime to decide a victor.
In the end, that was Veterans, 58-55. As a result, the girls finished the division 8-0 and will enter the region tournament Tuesday as the No. 1 seed. (Note: It was the second time in school history the girls have done it. They finished 12-0 back in 2015.) They also notched their 23rd win – their 15th-straight – with just two losses, while Harris County fell to 3-4, 12-10. It still has a region game left, Saturday, against Thomas County Central (currently 0-7 and in the bottom of the division).
Against the Lady Warhawks, the Lady Tigers led 11-9 after one. All 11 of those points belonged to Sydney Stewart. She finished with 22 points. Seventeen of those came in the first half as she went five-of-five from 3-point range. That helped Harris County keep it close, 27-23, at the half. It was also 35-all after three and 50-50 at the end of regulation. Journey Carter did most of the damage down the stretch for the Lady Tigers. She had 18.
For the home squad, Stacie Jones finished with 22. Tamia Luckey had 13. Jones was six-of-nine from the free-throw line. Luckey went eight-of-10. Both hit key ones to start the extra period, which was one in which the Lady Warhawks scored the first six points. Jones also had 16 rebounds and three blocks.
Veterans’ boys also won, 90-67. They improved to 7-1 and will also represent the region as the No. 1 seed. They are also 23-2 overall. Harris County, like their counterparts, fell to 3-4. They stand at 13-11 overall.
Elsewhere, Warner Robins’ girls and boys kept pace in the division with wins. The Demonettes beat Thomas County Central 51-31 to improve to 5-3, 14-11. They will enter the region tourney as the No. 2 seed.
The boys, up 16-7 after one and 40-9 at the half, rolled 80-30. They improved to 6-2, 19-4. They, too, locked in the second seed.
At Valdosta, in Region 1-AAAAAA action, it was nothing doing for Houston County’s girls.
The Lady Wildcats have been virtually unstoppable on the court and this occasion was no different. The girls, their 19th-straight win, won 66-44. They improved to 7-0, 22-2.
The Lady Bears still managed to lock in the second seed despite the fact they and Coffee might – but not likely – finish the division with the same record.
“Not likely” is because the Lady Trojans’ last game is at Valdosta. If they should pull off the miracle, however, they would be 4-4, same as the Lady Bears. The two split head-to-head action, but if it came down to it, Houston County has the best overall record. They are 15-8. Coffee is 9-13.
Houston County’s boys won their matchup by the slimmest of margins, 65-64. That still left them in the fourth spot at 3-5, 10-11 overall. The Wildcats are currently in the No. 2 spot but have a really good chance of jumping ahead of Lee County for No. 1. The Trojans are 6-2, 17-6. Valdosta, if it can get past Coffee (4-3, 15-7) would get the tiebreaker nod by virtue of the fact it beat Lee County twice during the regular season.
Then there’s Northside. The Eagles finished in fifth. They lost 62-52 to Coffee Friday at home. That put them at 1-7, 11-12.
The Lady Eagles have a better outlook. They beat Coffee 53-39 to improve to 3-5, 14-8. That puts them in fourth heading into Monday’s start of the tournament.