Tuesday was a night in which basketball teams in Region 2A-AAAAA had a chance to take a stranglehold on the subregion.
With wins, the Grovetown High School girls and the Evans boys would have run their region records to 5-0 with four games to play while holding tiebreakers over two of the other three county teams heading into play Friday.
Lakeside and Greenbrier had other thoughts.
The Knights were perfect in the county last year, but days before Tuesday’s contest with Lakeside, head coach Kevin Kenny was concerned because the game would be the team’s fourth in five days against a talented Panthers’ squad.
The Panthers took a 12-4 lead after one quarter, going on to the 52-40 win.
With the Panthers now just a game behind in the subregion standings, the teams’ matchup on Friday at Evans could be for first place.
Of course, Grovetown and Greenbrier will have a lot to say about things in the meanwhile, so there’s no telling how it will all play out. The Warriors and Wolfpack each have one win in the subregion, so first place is out, but they are dangerous and could derail those ahead of them.
Like the Knights, the Lady Warriors entered Tuesday with a chance at putting both Evans and Greenbrier two games back, but the Lady Wolfpack pulled out the overtime win, pulling both teams to one game behind.
The home floor hasn’t been kind to the frontrunners in the girls’ race as Evans and Greenbrier won at the other’s gym while Grovetown and Greenbrier have done the same. Grovetown held serve against Evans, so I almost expect that Evans did as well against Grovetown Friday, throwing the race into a three-way tie heading into the final three subregion games of the year.
I think I went out on this limb last year and it broke from underneath me, but with the way the teams are playing, the region tournament being held at Greenbrier and the records of the teams in the other half of the region, it looks like Columbia County should get at least three teams to the state tournament this year. Of the four teams, Northside, Warner Robins is the only team with a winning record and Warner Robins leads the under .500 crowd with a 7-12 mark.
Like I said, I’m back on the limb, but I have faith in the girls’ teams.
I don’t know how far out on the branch I’ll step for the boys, if only for the simple reason that the teams in subregion 2B are the opposite of their girls’ squads. Three teams are well above .500 with Warner Robins at a stellar 16-2. Does that mean our guys don’t have a shot? Not at all, but the road appears to be tougher than the girls’ side of the ledger.
County wrestlers will be at Northside Friday and Saturday at the region traditional meet which is the first step to sectionals and on to the state competition. Grovetown finished up an impressive year by beating Burke County, 49-21, and Richmond County, 60-21, on Tuesday.
Augusta Christian will be participating in the South Carolina Independent School Association state wrestling individuals this weekend as well.
In swimming, Augusta Prep is headed to the Georgia Independent School Association state meet at Georgia Tech on Saturday. County schools are competing in the CSRA Championships on Tuesday and then will head to Atlanta on February 6 for the state competition.
I’ll be out for a while, so my best wishes to all our competitors.