The Harlem High School girls basketball team dropped just its second game of the season last week as they were upended by Josey 48-47.
The loss ruined an amazing game from Ebony Wells. The talented sophomore poured in 33 points for Harlem in the loss.
The loss puts Harlem in a tie with Butler atop the Region 3-AAAA standings at press time with a 15-2 mark in the region, and a 18-2 record overall.
The Lady Bulldogs finally got a little respect, too, earning their first state ranking of the season last week at No. 10 in AAAA. Harlem also has posted a solid 3-1 mark against its two toughest opponents in Region 3-AAAA.
The Bulldogs split their two games against Butler, which is also 15-2 in the Region (19-5 overall), and they swept the two regular-season games against perennial power Hephzibah (16-7, 14-3).
Harlem has a leg up on the second tier of the region seeding tie-breaker because of its two wins over Hephzibah. To determine the tie-breaker, you look at head-to-head, which Butler and Harlem split. You then take each region win, and count the number of overall wins for the region foe you defeated. Add up all the total victories, and compare Harlem's score versus Butler's.
Based on that somewhat complicated tie-breaker, Harlem will hold a slight edge over Butler if Harlem won its game Tuesday. Therefore, they could earn the top seed for next week's region tournament, which starts Tuesday at Josey.
Lady Lions remain perfect in region
The Augusta Christian girls had to put together an amazing fourth quarter run in order to stay undefeated in Region 2-AAA. ACS found itself down 29-28 after three quarters Saturday night, but Keith Walton's squad was just getting warming up. The Lions outscored Cardinal Newman 26-14 in the final stanza to earn their 16th win of the season 54-42.
More important, the Lady Lions improved to a perfect 8-0 in region play. Elizabeth Alewine led a balanced attack with 16 points. Lindsay Banks and Amaura Brandt each chipped in with 14 points.
Knights' recent skid continues
Evans opened the season with an amazing 16-1 mark and appeared primed for a Region 3-AAAA title.
Since then the Knights have dropped four of their past six games, including a 53-52 heartbreaker to Cross Creek last week. Nine different players scored for the sixth-ranked Evans, but no one was able to reach double digits in the one-point loss.
The Knights closed their region schedule Tuesday at Richmond Academy. The Musketeers, who are ranked No. 3 in the state, have wrapped up the top spot in the region tournament as they stand 15-2 in Region 3-AAAA, 21-3 overall, and have a three-game lead on Evans.
The game is still huge for the Knights, who need a victory and a Glenn Hills loss to lock up the No. 2 seed for next week's region tournament.
Cross Creek also knocked off ARC earlier in the week, so it is certainly a team to watch in the region tournament.
Ashley Brown's County Basketball Team Rankings
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