Thursday, January 18, 2018

State's best teams (#1 Glenn Hills, #2 Aiken, #5 Laney, #6 North Augusta, #1 Laney girls, and #1 North Augusta girls) headline AugBball's coverage schedule the next several days

Friday's main event between top 5 teams is for the 2A region's top spot.


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Friday (Jan 19)


2A Takeover

Glenn Hills girls at #1 Laney - 7:00 P.M.


Laney's "big 3" - De'sha Benjamin (left), Jhessyka Williams (middle), Jaiden Hamilton (right)


After winning a pair of games last weekend over #6 Josey and #3 (class 3A) Johnson, the defending state champion Laney (18-0, 7-0) will be an overwhelming favorite to continue its undefeated streak against Glenn Hills, which has won only 2 games this season.

#1 Glenn Hills at #5 Laney - 8:30 P.M.


Seniors D'Juan Griffin (left) and Timmy Sellers (right)


Laney (14-3, 5-1) has provided the Spartans (18-0, 8-0) with their most difficult tests of the season, falling to class 2A's top team by 1 point in a region contest at Glenn Hills, and losing to the Spartans 51-46 on a neutral floor at a holiday tournament. Friday's main event showdown will be the third meeting of what may become a 4 part series if the rivals meet again come region tournament time.

#8 Silver Bluff at Barnwell


The Bulldogs' (10-5, 2-1) only region loss came to #4 ranked Calhoun County last Friday.

Ke'Andre Williams and Jadakiss Wright (pictured) each scored 16 to lead SB to a win Tuesday.


Saturday (Jan 20)


#9 Baldwin at #8 Washington County


Baldwin will seek revenge for an earlier loss at home against WACO (12-5, 5-3).

Baldwin (14-5, 5-0) and WACO (12-5, 5-3) each rely on a core group of underclassmen. But Baldwin's attack, described in this post from the first weeks of the season, is centered around the perimeter of the court. If Monday's game at Evans High was a good indicator, WACO's strength lies in its tall and deep front line, which is featured here:



Tuesday (Jan 23)


"4A Frenzy" heavyweight games in South Carolina


#1 North Augusta Lady Yellow Jackets at Aiken


Junior Mya Burns (left) and senior Sarah Crews (right)


The Lady Yellow Jackets (15-1, 2-0) played only two close games this season, and both were against out of state opponents. I don't expect Tuesday's game to be the third close contest for NA.

#6 North Augusta at #2 Aiken


Senior Tez Collins (left) and junior Nazae Baltimore (right)


If the Yellow Jackets (12-5, 1-1) are able to recover from Tuesday's loss at home to South Aiken and get by Midland Valley on the road this Friday, this coming Tuesday's game at Aiken (14-1, 3-0) will be for the top spot in the region.

Midland Valley at South Aiken


Seniors Melvin Mckie (left) and Anthoney Ray (right)


Both Midland Valley (7-10, 1-1) and South Aiken (8-5, 1-1) have the chance, by winning Friday, to enter Tuesday's matchup with 2-1 records, which is no easy feat in this region.

Region Standings and Background for 4A Frenzy


SC's top 4 teams will play each other for state playoff positioning Tuesday.



Remember, unlike in Georgia, South Carolina has no region tournaments. So the results of this 4A region's 8 game regular season schedule will determine state playoff seeding. Nowhere, except college football I guess, are regular season region wins more important.

Also, next Friday #2 Aiken will host South Aiken, which knocked off #6 North Augusta this past Tuesday to move into a three way tie with North Augusta and Midland Valley. This is a fun heavyweight region, the best and most competitive in the area, in my opinion.

Also Tuesday - 2A Takeover


Butler at #5 Laney


Seniors Donald Henley (left) and Drez McBride (right)

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