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Lovejoy boys clinch top seed in Region 4

By Doug Gorman

The Lovejoy Wildcats go into the first round of the Region 4-AAAAA tournament on a roll.

Lovejoy clinched the Region 4-AAAAA title Friday night with a 72-60 victory against Newnan.

Derek Brooks led the way with 30 points for Lovejoy. Michael Sloan scored 15 and Daashon Pryor with 11.

Lovejoy could easily find itself in a rematch with Newnan when it opens play in the first round of the tournament on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at Starr's Mill.

Newnan begin play against the winner of last night's Newnan/McIntosh play in game from Monday night.

Lovejoy head coach Mac McConnell has received an invidual honor as he has been named an assisant coach for the GACA North-South All-Star Game.

Jonesboro's Toney Douglas and Henry County's Carvelle Taylor has been named to the South squad.

Also, a No. 1 seed: The Riverdale Lady Raiders also enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed. Head coach Derick Powell's club has been ranked in the Class AAAAA coaches poll throughout the season.

The Lady Raiders, who went to the Class AAAAA Final Four a year ago, begin their quest for a return visit to the Class AAAAA state tournament on Wednesday night when they take on the winner of the Starr's Mill and McIntosh play in game beginning at 8:30 p.m.

A visit to Tyrone: The North Clayton boys and girls basketball teams join Forest Park in the Region 4-AAAA tournament at Sandy Creek.

The North Clayton girls won't play their first game until Friday because of the No.-2 seeding in the event. The Lady Eagles have already clinched a spot to the Class AAAA state tournament and will now play for seeding this week at the region event.

Road-tripping to Warner Robins: Teams from Clayton and Henry County will be well-represented in the Region 2-AAAAA tournament starting today. The Jonesboro girls, and the Stockbridge and Henry County boys are all ranked in the Class AAAAA poll.

Action begins at Houston County High School starting today with four contests as Stockbridge takes on Eagle's Landing in a girls game at 4 p.m., Morrow plays Mt. Zion (boys) at 5:30, Warner Robins takes on Henry County girls at 7 p.m. and Westside takes on Eagle's Landing at 8:30 p.m.

The Jonesboro, Stockbridge and Henry County boys will play their first games Wednesday.

Keep an eye on: Fans may want to follow the progress of Jonesboro senior Toney Douglas this week at Houston County High School.

Douglas, who had a triple double on Friday night and scored 37 points, is closing in on the Clayton County all-time scoring record held by Karl Hollingsworth.

Douglas currently has 2,292 career points. Hollingsworth's record total is 2,352.

Jonesboro 47, Warner Robins 43 (girls): The game went to overtime Friday night, but when the dust settled, the Lady Cardinals held off Warner Robins in the season finale by four.

Shade' Smith led the way for Jonesboro with 11.

Lake Dow advances: The Lake Dow girls basketball team advanced to their state tournament Monday after beating Grace of Columbus 34-24 in their region tournanment. Lydia Ham led Lake Dow with 13 points and 13 rebounds while Heidi Reagan added 11 points and 17 rebounds.

The Lake Dow girls and boys play Friday in the state semi-finals at Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula. Both the boys and girls play Forest Park Christian Academy.

The state finals are Saturday.

Mt. Vernon girls advance: In a thrilling down-to-the-wire finish, the Mt. Vernon girls' basketball team advanced to the state championships of the Georgia Christian Association tournament Friday afternoon in Lawrenceville after beating Open Bible Christian School 47-45 in overtime.

Mt. Vernon now plays Killian Hills Friday at 1:30 p.m.

It will be the third meeting this season between the two teams. The Lady Crusaders have won the first two games against Killian Hills. In the overtime victory, Jessie Bailey scored 19 and Rebecca Little had 14. Becca Estes and Sam Bailey had 7 each. Earlier in the week, Mt. Vernon rolled to a 60-20 win against King's Way.

Little led the way for Mt. Vernon with a 20-point performance. Jessie Bailey scored 14.

Can't be overlooked: The Eagle's Landing boys have won just seven games in the 2003-04 season but have played well in many games and have gotten a couple of upsets this season. One of the biggest upsets of the year was when Eagle's Landing beat Jonesboro on Jan. 30.

"Our guys play hard," Eagle's Landing head coach David Edinger said.