By Derrick Mahone
North Clayton coach Martisse Troup does not believe that it is too early in the season to label a game important.
"Every game is important," Troup said with a straight-face as he conducted practice Monday afternoon. The Eagles have a huge Region 4-AAAA contest today as they entertain Ola.
North Clayton, Ola and Jonesboro are locked in a three-way tie for second place in Region 4-AAAA behind Stockbridge heading into the holiday break. The Eagles are 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the region while Ola brings a 4-1, 3-1 mark into the 7:30 p.m. contest. Tip-off for the girls' game is schedule for 6 p.m.
North Clayton has won two straight since a 75-70 loss to Forest Park.
"We just have to stay consistent," Troup said. "There is never a good loss, but that loss to Forest Park got my leaders focus back. Sometimes it does take a loss to make you see things."
In Class AA, Henry County travels to Putnam County for a key boys' Region 4-AA matchup. Putnam County is 5-0 overall, but at 1-0 in the region, the War Eagles in a four-way lead with Northeast-Macon, Southwest-Macon and Henry County for the region lead. Overall, Henry County is 2-2 with losses to Region 4-AAAA teams Dutchtown and Stockbridge.
Mundy's Mill girls' host Region 4-AAAAA opponent Newnan as the Tigers try to keep pace with region leader Westlake. The Tigers enter the game at 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the league. Mundy's Mill only loss was to Chapel Hill 73-70 earlier this month. Coach Lonnie Farmer will try to keep his team focus in not overlooking Newnan in anticipation of Friday's contest with Westlake, a quarterfinalist from last season.
Entering the game, Mundy's Mill is averaging 63 points while only giving up 45 points per game.
Another girls' game of interest is Union Grove hosting Douglass in a Region 2-AAAAA matchup. Union Grove is trying to rebound from consecutive losses to Newton and Eagle's Landing. The Wolverines enter the game at 4-2 and 1-1 while Douglass is 5-2 and 0-2 in the region.
Douglass snapped a two-game region skid with a non-region win over Riverdale on Saturday. This is the Astros final regular-season game from the 2009 portion of its schedule as they round out the year with two holiday tournaments. Douglass is led by Georgia signee Khaalidah Miller, a four-year starter.