Posted: 9:17 am Saturday, January 11th, 2014
By David Purdum
With a talented, senior-laden lineup, Redan’s girls appear to be the team to beat in AAAA. But two-time defending state champion Columbia isn’t going to make it easy.
Redan built a 22-point halftime lead, but had to hold on for a 75-74 win over Columbia on Friday.
“We were hot in the first half,” said Redan coach Jerry Jackson. “They got hot in the second half.”
Redan (14-0, 2-0 Region 6-AAAA) is the only undefeated AAAA girls team in the state.
Columbia hosts Redan in the rematch Jan. 18
–Region 5-AAAA, the classification’s toughest region in football, also is setting up to be one of the top AAAA boys basketball regions. The region features the No. 2- and No. 3-ranked teams in Sandy Creek and Fayette County respectively. But it was unranked Alexander that sat atop the region at 3-0, after a 67-44 win over LaGrange on Friday. Sandy Creek hosted Alexander on Saturday night.
–Tylik Evans hit all five of Rutland’s 3-pointers and finished with 26 points in the Hurricanes’ win over Perry. No. 6 Rutland is tied with Veterans atop Region 2-AAAA. Veterans won at Rutland, 51-50, on Dec. 3. The second meeting is slated for Friday.
Evans hit a game-winning 3-pointer to give Rutland the region championship last season.
–The Chestatee girls, who have reached the Sweet 16 four out of the past five seasons, are poised to make another run. The War Eagles improved to 14-3 and 2-0 in Region 8-AAAA with a 55-31 win over Monroe Area on Friday.
–Veterans girls came from behind in the final minutes to hand No. 3 Mary Person its first region loss in a 38-34 upset Friday.