Game: Marietta Blue Devils at North Paulding Wolfpack (girls)
Date: Feb. 2
Last meeting: Marietta 62, North Paulding 45 (Jan. 16, 2018)
Prediction: Marietta 55, North Paulding 50
North Paulding’s Region 3AAAAAAA doubleheader at home against Marietta on Friday highlights the final week of action before region tournaments begin to determine spots in the state playoffs.
The Wolfpack boys’ team dropped its region home contest to McEachern 78-37 on Jan. 23. North Paulding’s girls squad lost its game to McEachern 73-44 the same day.
East Paulding hosts Carrollton in a Region 7AAAAA doubleheader on Friday. The Raiders’ boys team dropped its region road contest at Cass 91-63 on Jan. 24. Brian Whitaker has been promoted to the team’s head coach after previously being the assistant coach replacing Joby Boydstone. East Paulding’s girls team fell to Cass 74-29 the same day.
Staying in the region, Hiram hosts Woodland (Bartow) for its doubleheader on Friday. The Hornets’ girls team dropped its game to Cass 58-44 on Jan. 23. Karrington Powell had a team-high 11 points and Audre’Ana Judie had 10 points in the loss. Powell grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds for a double-double while De’aja Dennard had 11 rebounds as well. The Hornets’ boys team also lost to Cass 43-40 the same day.
Paulding County High School visits Kell on Friday to round out local doubleheaders in the area. The Patriots’ boys team dropped its game to Woodland 63-60 on Jan. 24. Paulding County High School saw its girls squad to Woodland the same day 37-31
Alexander hosts Mays in a Region 5AAAAAA doubleheader on Thursday. The Cougars’ boys team earned a 62-55 region home win over South Paulding on Jan. 23. Alexander also won its road contest at New Manchester the previous evening 63-51. The Cougars’ girls squad also picked up a victory over South Paulding on Jan. 23 by the score of 54-51.
Staying in the region on Thursday, Douglas County High School visits Northgate for its doubleheader. The Tigers’ boys team stayed in the top half of the region standings with a 95-35 home win over Northgate on Jan. 16. Rickey Clark scored a team-high 21 points while Cam Copeland posted 16 points and Malik Battle and Rodney Lewis each had 13 points. Copeland also grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for a double-double and Battle dished out a team-high seven assists. The team has dropped only one road contest out of 12 this season.
“So far, we are doing pretty good in the region,” Douglas County HS coach Hollis Bethea said. “The guys have really focused on doing what we got to do to win these games. Also, we have a collection of guys to contribute to our success this year. Rodney has provided good leadership. Jeremiah Smith and Ernest Randle have provided much needed rebounding, defense and scoring inside. Our bench has been strong this season with guards JJ Richards and Marquise Collins providing a lot of energy and defense as well as scoring.”
The Tigers’ girls team stayed undefeated in region play with a 64-33 home win against Northgate on Jan. 16. Amari Robinson scored a team-high 24 points along with grabbing 24 rebounds for a double-double in the victory. Raven Mitchell and Alana Gibbs each posted nine points as well for Douglas County HS.
New Manchester hosts South Paulding for its doubleheader in the region on Friday. The Jaguars’ boys team earned a 56-49 region road win at Creekside on Jan. 23. New Manchester’s girls team also defeated Creekside 61-36 the same day led by a team-high 12 points and eight rebounds from Kyndall Golden. Makaila Cange had a team-high 11 rebounds as well for the Jaguars.
Lithia Springs visits North Springs for its Region 6AAAAA doubleheader on Thursday. The Lions earned a 74-34 region home win over Banneker on Jan. 23 led by team-high 20 points from Anthony Hardy. Terrence Ashford had 15 points and Christian Horton had 10 points. Omarion Smith grabbed a team-high nine rebounds with nine blocks while Karee Anderson had eight rebounds. The Lions’ girls team also earned a win over Banneker the same day with a 66-39 triumph. Demeara Hinds had a team-high 16 points while Amira Williams had 13 points and Sheryl Sarpong had 10 points.
Chapel Hill visits Troup County for its region doubleheader on Friday. The Panthers’ girls team looks to rebound from its 66-34 region road loss to Sandy Creek on Jan. 23.
King’s Way Christian visits Peoples Baptist Academy for a region doubleheader on Thursday.