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Region 5A girls’ race heads down home stretch
by Greg Oshust
February 05, 2013 09:31 AM | 3599 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Holy Innocents’ sat atop the standings as the Region 5A girls’ basketball race entered the final week of the regular season.

The 5A tournament gets under way next week at Pace. The top four teams in the standings will receive first-round byes.

The Lady Bears were 16-5 overall and undefeated in 5A play at 9-0 — a game and a half ahead of second-place Paideia (17-6, 6-1) in the 12-team league — going into their game with Lovett last Friday.

“We are excited about where we are as a team right now,” coach Tony Watkins said. “I think the Region 5A tournament will be very competitive, so we will have to play well if we want to win a region championship.”

Holy Innocents’ is also sitting pretty in the latest GHSA Class A power ranking at No. 2. The top 16 teams in the poll at the end of the region tournaments advance to the state tournament.

“We try not to look at [the power rankings] right now,” Watkins said. “We still have a few region games left, so the remaining schedule is our focus. After the completion of the regular season, we will begin to concentrate a little more on the power rankings to look at possible matchups.”

The Lady Bears finish the regular season Friday at home against Greenforest Christian.

Pace is also in the mix with a 9-12 overall record and 6-2 region mark — tied for third with Greenforest (16-6, 6-2) as of last Friday.

The Lady Knights, who conclude their regular-season schedule Friday at Our Lady of Mercy, are in the running for a state tournament spot with a No. 14 ranking in the Class A power poll.

Atlanta International (13-3, 5-3) was also in position to earn a first-round bye in the 5A tournament as it went into its game with Our Lady of Mercy last Friday.

The Eagles are in a good position to qualify for the state tournament at No. 8 in the power ranking.

AIS ends the regular season Saturday at Galloway.

Further back in the standings are Galloway (8-10, 3-6) and Mount Vernon Presbyterian (8-10, 2-6), who were in ninth and 10th place as of last Friday.

Mount Vernon wraps up the regular season Friday at home against Landmark Christian.

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