Posted: 10:50 am Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Class A Blog: Revenge for Mt. Vernon; Big week ahead for Darlington girls; Randolph-Clay girls keep rolling
By S. Thomas Coleman
Mt. Vernon gets revenge. The Mustangs routinely take their lumps in football. Competing in one of the toughest regions in Class A, Region 5, Mt. Vernon is 7-24 over the last three seasons, including a 1-9 record in 2013. But the Mustangs are flipping the script in basketball. Though currently unranked, Mt. Vernon is 11-1 and sits at No. 5 in the Georgia High Schools Association/MaxPreps private power rating, used to determine the 16 teams that will advance to the state playoffs. The Mustangs have put up some big numbers on teams, including 40-point wins over Providence Christian and Strong Rock Christian, and blowouts of teams from higher classifications like Class AAA Henry County (83-58) and Class AA Wesleyan (74-43). Mt. Vernon is led by senior guard Keon Douglas, junior forward Miles Rance, both of whom play football, and sophomore guard Jared Harper.
Big week ahead for Darlington. Darlington, ranked sixth in the state and perennially one of the best programs in Class A, has a huge week coming up. First, the Tigers will travel to Chickamauga to face rival Gordon Lee, currently ranked No. 9. Then on Saturday, Darlington will welcome No. 2 Holy Innocents’ to Rome for a bit non-region game. Darlington is paced by senior guard Mary Beth Atha, who is averaging 20 points and three rebounds per game.
Randolph-Clay keeps rolling. The Red Devils, ranked No. 4, have lost just one game this season, and that was by three points (54-51) to Monroe of Albany, ranked No. 8 in Class AAAA. Located in the deep southwest Georgia town of Cuthbert, Randolph-Clay, the public school runner up last season, is led by a big front line that features 6-foot-1 junior center/forward Brianna Thornton and 6-2 center Kobi Thornton, along with senior guard Brandi Buie.