The Griffin High Bears and Lady Bears will start Region 3-AAAA Division A action against Union Grove at The House, with the Lady Bears trying to get their second straight home win and get over .500 while the Bears will be looking for a win, period. Also looking to win in front of the home crowd today will be the Spalding High Jaguars and Lady Jaguars, as they take on Region 4-AAA foe Henry County. Griffin starts varsity play at 7 p.m. for the girls, 8:30 p.m. for the boys while Spalding tips off at 6 p.m. for the girls and 7:30 p.m. for the boys.
Griffin Christian High and Faith Christian Academy will both hit the road today — the Crusaders and Lady Crusaders will travel to Atlanta to face the Holy Spirit Prep Cougars and Lady Cougars starting at 6 p.m. while the FCA Lions will travel to Auburn, Ala. to face Ballard Christian in an ICSGA league game, also at 6 p.m.
UNION GROVE (3-1) at GRIFFIN GIRLS (2-2): It was a family affair for the Griffin Lady Bears Tuesday, as cousins Shacoria Jones (16 points) and Jahmiya Clemons (12 pts) led the way in a 60-37 romp over Lamar County in the team’s home opener. The Lady Bears will look to make it two wins in a row tonight at the expense of the Lady Wolverines, a team which Griffin swept last season.
UNION GROVE (0-3) at GRIFFIN BOYS (0-4): One of these teams will get its first win of the season tonight at The House and new Bears head coach Prelvis Paster would love to get a win in front of the home crowd. The Bears, who split with UG last season, must keep turnovers down and get more rebounds in order to have a chance to win. Those two things cost Griffin against Lamar County Tuesday. With this being the region opener for both teams, the winner gets to reside in first place in the subdivision.
“It was rough to lose to Lamar County, but this is the one I would like us to get for sure,” Paster said.
HENRY COUNTY at SPALDING GIRLS (1-4, 1-0): The Spalding High Lady Jags were led by double-double machine Dee Dee Matthews Tuesday at Stockbridge (19 pts, 14 rebs) and they will need her to play like that again today in order for them to stay in first place in the region standings. Matthews did receive help from Ameshia Lindsey and Twandalette Cotton, who scored enough and pulled down 14 rebounds combined in the road victory. Last year, the Henry Ladyhawks swept the Lady Jags.
HENRY COUNTY (3-2, 1-0) at SPALDING BOYS (0-4, 0-1): The Jags were swept by the Henry WarHawks last year and to avoid a repeat of that, the Jags must hit their outside shots and play with intensity from the beginning. A balanced scoring attack wouldn’t hurt either, as Terence Brittian was the only Jags player in double figures Tuesday at Stockbridge with 11 points.
GRIFFIN CHRISTIAN GIRLS (1-3) at HOLY SPIRIT PREP: The Lady Crusaders travel to Atlanta to take on the Lady Cougars of Holy Spirit Prep and need to start strong this time, unlike Tuesday at home against The Weber School. Their chances of winning increases if they make their shots and play aggressively on defense. Leyah Brown (10 points, 9 rebounds) and Hannah Branham (8 points, 16 rebounds) did their part against Weber Tuesday.
GRIFFIN CHRISTIAN BOYS (2-2) at HOLY SPIRIT PREP: The Crusaders played a solid game in the win over Weber Tuesday, but head coach Mic Savage would love for his team to take care of the ball in the final minutes. The Crusaders guards dished out 22 total assists Tuesday and Austin Gill got another double-double (18 pts, 15 rebs) and if they get that type of performance today, they should get above .500.
FAITH CHRISTIAN BOYS (1-0) at BALLARD CHRISTIAN: The Lions won a close contest against Creekside Christian this week, 74-71, to get off to a good start. Beating Ballard in Auburn, Ala. was tough for the football team — maybe the basketball team can get revenge for that loss.