Central-Carrollton (20-3) Notable Wins: Sonoraville 2x, Rome by 4Notable Losses: LaGrange by 1 The Lions have feasted in West Georgia and are a virtual lock for the one-seed in Region 7. Central hasn’t been ranked due to strength of schedule…
Notable Wins: Sonoraville 2x, Rome by 4
Notable Losses: LaGrange by 1
The Lions have feasted in West Georgia and are a virtual lock for the one-seed in Region 7. Central hasn’t been ranked due to strength of schedule and bad losses to 6-14 Villa Rica (53-50) and 10-11 Southeast Whitfield (61-57), but nonetheless for the most part the Lions have done what they are supposed to do – beat teams the should beat. They are a stingy defensive team that does a good job spacing the floor on offense, finding shooters likeand Jay Harding. is a talented sophomore with a knack for creating offense on the perimeter using a sharp pull-up jumper and holds the ability to score in bunches from beyond the arc. has flourished as a do-everything playmaker, a tough-nosed slasher that sees the floor off the dribble as a facilitator. The Lions are playing with extreme confidence and expect to win each time out, currently riding an 8-game winning streak. Region 8 is a tough first-round crossover, but in front of a packed house with the belief to win, a Sweet 16 berth isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Notable Wins: Central-Carrollton by 1, Whitewater 2x,
Notable Losses: Carrollton by 35, South Paulding by 11, Trinity Christian by 36, Fayette County 2x
Outside of a 36-point loss to Trinity Christian who they beat by 18 points three days later, LaGrange has firmly planted themselves as the second-best team in Region 4. The Grangers have yet to grab a win against a ranked opponent but are a live dog with a balanced scoring attack between, Garrett Jacobsen, Jaquarious Hurston, Isaiah Green and Jaylen Young all cracking double digits consistently throughout the year.
Notable Wins: North Hall by 25, North Hall by 31
Notable Losses: Blessed Trinity by 19, Walnut Grove by 9, Seckinger by 10, North Oconee by 19, Madison County by 6
Chestatee played spoiler last year when they upset Madison County to get to the state playoffs. The War Eagles are enjoying a banner season, 15 wins the third-most in school history. After finishing 10-19, Chestatee has improved on winning close games, 3-0 in games decided by two points or less. The War Eagles will need to punch above their weight class over the final weeks of the season however, playing in one of the state’s most competitive regions. They are 13-1 against teams under .500 (the one loss being top 10 ranked Walnut Grove in OT) but just 2-7 against teams with a winning record. Chestatee prides themselves on hard-nosed man-to-man defense and rely onto dominate around the rim on offense, a springy high-flyer and a habitual double-double machine. is a steady senior guard that defends on-ball and has shown the ability to score at multiple levels while is another dynamic two-way standout, a versatile defender and a crafty playmaker. Josh Bull provides splash plays sporadically and Eli Parlier is a gritty glue guy. If the War Eagles can scratch out a state tournament berth, they would have a potentially favorable first round matchup.