Football has been settled. Now, all eyes are on winter sports. (Not to disrespect winter sports and its athletes, who have been at it for a month or so now.)
At any rate, basketball is one of the aforementioned with Tuesday featuring a full slate of competition.
One pitted two local squads against each other in a non-region contest, Warner Robins at Houston County.
The first won both. The Demonettes, in a back-and-forth battle that saw the lead change hands a number of times, won 46-37. The Demons won 64-57. They improved to 6-3 overall and will get their first taste of Region 1-AAAAA competition when they travel to Ware County (3-7) Friday. The girls improved to 8-2 and will take only a Lady Gator squad that is 5-2 and has won three straight.
Elsewhere, Veterans was at Coffee for each team’s first taste of Region 1-AAAAA competition.
The Warhawks won 60-50. They improved to 8-0 (1-0) while also dropping the Trojans down to .500, 5-5 (0-1). Veterans actually trailed after one, 21-11, but outscored Coffee 14-4 in the second quarter to go into the locker room with both tied at 25. The Warhawks then outscored the Trojans 20-6 in the third and won despite a 19-15 fourth in favor of the host.
The girls’ struggles on the other hand, continued. They lost 54-33, their second-straight loss. They also fell to 3-7, 0-1. Coffee improved to 9-2, 1-0.
It led 12-5 after one and 26-15 at the break. It outscored Veterans 14-6 in the third and 14-12 in the fourth.
Also, Howard was at Northside in a non-region affair. Not good news if you’re a Lady Husky or Husky looking for your first win. Neither got it. The Lady Eagles rolled past their visitor 63-23. The Eagles trounced the Huskies 75-42. Tre Grane had 15 points and Kaleb Jackson 12 to lead the offense. Jordan Brown had 10 rebounds and six blocks to lead the defense.
Northside’s girls improved to 4-1. Howard’s fell to 0-4. Northside’s boys improved to 6-2. Howard’s dropped to 0-5.
And finally, Perry hosted West Laurens in a Region 4-AAAA matchup. The boys won 69-62. (The girls’ result was unknown.)
The Raiders led the game 28-19 but were held scoreless in the second. The Panthers on the other hand, put up 25 that quarter to lead 44-28 at the break. They held on despite being outscored in the third and fourth, 18-11, 16-14, respectively.
Perry improved to 2-3, 1-2. West Laurens fell to 3-7, 1-2.