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Region rivals square off in games that matter

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Lovejoy vs Mundy's Mill:

The Lovejoy Wildcats put their No. 3-ranking in the Class AAAA Gasports.com coaches' poll on the line tonight when they travel to nearby Mundy's Mill for a Region 4-AAAA contest against one of their biggest rivals.

Lovejoy enters the game with a 17-2 overall record and a 12-0 mark in Region 4-AAAA competition.

t will be the second meeting of the year between the two teams. In the first game, Lovejoy rolled to a 79-57 victory as Jermaine Hough and

DeAngelo Anthony each scored 14 points for the Wildcats.

Lovejoy has won six games in a row. Mundy's Mill (10-8 overall and 4-7 in Region 4-AAAA) is trying to win for the second time in a row after beating Forest Park on Tuesday night.

The Mundy's Mill girls (11-4 overall and 8-3 in Region 4-AAAA) have won three out of their last four games, and will try and get back on track in Friday's game after falling to No. 6-ranked Forest Park in their last game.

Morrow at Forest Park:

The Forest Park (14-5 overall and 12-0 in Region 4-AAAA) girls enter the game ranked sixth in the Gasports.com Class AAAA poll, moving up four spots this week.

Forest Park has won seven games in a row. Tonight, they will try and keep control of the region when they host Morrow (5-9 overall and 2-8 in Region 4-AAAA).

The Morrow boys (8-10 overall and 4-8 in Region 4-AAAA) are on a three-game winning streak after losing seven straight at one stretch. Forest Park (7-11overall and 4-9 in Region 4-AAAA) seeks a way to put an end to its five-game losing streak.

Drew at Henry County:

The Henry County Warhawks (15-3 overall and 9-1 in Region 4-AAA) moved up one spot in the latest Gasports.com Class AAA poll, and are now ranked sixth heading into tonight's game at home against Drew. The Warhawks are on a six-game winning streak.

Henry County last lost in the finals of the Chuck Miller Classic when it fell to Eagle's Landing 76-75 in overtime rigjht before Christmas.

Drew has won four of its last five games. The Warhawks beat Drew 54-49 the first time they played.

The Drew girls have won two games in a row and enter the game looking for their second victory this season against the Ladyhawks. The Lady Titans beat Henry County 47-38 earlier this year.

Dutchtown at Union Grove

No state rankings to brag about, just the renewal of an old-fashioned rivarly tonight when the Bulldogs meet the Wolverines.

Still, the Dutchtown boys (9-9 overall and 7-1 in Region 3A-AAA) is playing some of its best basketball this season, winning seven of its last eight games. Union Grove (10-6 overall and 6-2) lost 68-60 in the last meeting. Tonight's game is for first place the subregion.

The Dutchtown girls (11-7 overall and 5-3 in Region 3A-AAAA) , a Final Four team last year, are on a two-game winning steak this season. They take on a Union Grove squad (8-7 overall and 3-5 in Region 4-AAA) trying to get back on track after losing to Woodland.

Eagle's Landing at Stockbridge

The Eagle's Landing Golden Eagles (13-3 overall and 6-3 in Region 4-AAA) and Stockbridge Tigers (10-6 overall and 8-3 Region 4-AAA) will renew their basketball rivalry tonight in a key Region 4-AAAA contest.

In the first meeting between the two teams, Eagle's Landing held off Stockbridge 70-64.

The Golden Eagles will play the rest of the season without 6-8 sophomore Desmond Ringer, who is out for the rest of the year with an injury.

Eagle's Landing has won two in a row including a 65-63 wsin against Union Grove in overtime.

Stockbridge has won four of its last five games, but lost to Spalding County 59-58 in its last game.

The Stockbridge girls (9-9 overall and 8-3 in Region 4-AAA) will try and keep their solid region record in tact tonight and get above the .500 mark overall. The Eagle's Landing girls (5-9 overall and 4-5 Region 4-AAA) will attempt to get above the .500 mark in league play.

Other games tonight:

Alcoy at Woodland

Jonesboro at Mt. Zion

Griffin at Ola

SW Atlanta at Strong Rock Christian

Our Lady of Mercy at ELCA

Luella art Westlake

Banneker at Riverdale

Drew at Henry County