Lovejoy on a roll going into tonight's contest

By Anthony Rhoads

Both the Lovejoy Wildcats and Riverdale Raiders usually don't have any trouble scoring points but tonight's matchup will come down to defense.

Lovejoy head coach Mac McConnell said defense will definitely be a key factor in today's Region 4-AAAAA matchup at Lovejoy.

"We both can score points but whoever plays the best defense is going to win," he said.

Both teams are coming off victories on Saturday as Lovejoy beat Starr's Mill 66-53 while Riverdale beat Fayette County 84-69.

"They are playing really well right now and they are improving," McConnnell said. "They're going to play hard and will try to beat us at our place. It should be a pretty good game; it should be interesting."

Riverdale is in its first season under head coach David Boyd, the former head coach at Berkmar.

Lovejoy comes into the contest at No. 15 in Class AAAAA in the gabasketball.net state coaches' poll.

"We're playing better than we were," McConnell said. "We've some some improvement and we've won five straight."

The girls game will also feature one of the best teams in the state. The Riverdale Lady Raiders are ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAA.

The games will have an early start today. The girls tip off at 4:30 p.m. and the boys will start at about 6 p.m.

In other Region 4-AAAAA action, Mundy's Mill plays at Fayette County tonight.

In other Clayton basketball games today:

Chapel Hill travels to Forest Park today in Region 4-AAAA action.

The Forest Park girls, who had been in a slump are getting things back together.

The Lady Panthers improved to 8-10 overall and 6-5 in the region Friday with a 52-43 victory over Alexander. Marcquitta Head has been a catalyst Forest Park's turnaround and in Friday's game, she scored 18 points.

In other Region 4-AAAA action, Alexander plays at North Clayton.

In Region 2-AAAAA, Morrow travels to Eagle's Landing and Henry County is at Mt. Zion.

In other basketball games in the Southern Crescent today, Warner Robins is at Stockbridge and Carver-Atlanta is at Union Grove.