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Basketball: Battle of top 2 teams highlights interesting Tuesday schedule

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

It won’t have any playoff implications, but perhaps the best matchup of the night on Tuesday will be the Class 4A No. 1 Jefferson girls playing host to Class 2A No. 2-ranked Rabun County at The Arena.

Both teams were projected to win their respective regions coming into the season and should give each a stern test before returning to region action on Friday.

There are several key showdowns on Tuesday on both the girls and boys side as a full slate of games is on tap.

For the girls, Gainesville (9-6, 0-4 Region 6-7A) is still looking for its first region win in the state’s highest classification. They dropped a heartbreaker in double-overtime to South Forsyth last week and will travel to No. 6 North Forsyth (11-2, 4-0 Region 6-7A) on Tuesday.

After a 35-day layoff due to coronavirus, Class 6A No. 6 Buford (9-0, 1-0 Region 8-6A) is starting to get in form. The Lady Wolves won four times last week and travel to surging Winder-Barrow (8-4, 2-1 Region 8-6A) which has won six straight.

In Region 8-4A, Flowery Branch  (4-8, 2-1 Region 8-4A) faces a crucial road game at No. 10 Cedar Shoals  (8-2, 3-1 Region 8-4A) with a chance to climb into second place.

Three teams are still unbeaten in Region 7-3A and White County (5-7, 4-0 Region 7-3A) heads to No. 2-ranked Lumpkin County (11-3, 4-0 Region 7-3A) in a battle for the top spot. Gilmer (8-2, 3-0 Region 7-3A) travels to Cherokee Bluff (5-11, 1-4 Region 7-3A).

On the boys side, Gainesville (10-6, 2-2 Region 6-7A) looks to rebound against last-place North Forsyth (4-11, 0-4 Region 6-7A) on the road.

In Region 8-6A, No. 9 Buford (11-2, 2-0 Region 8-6A) will try and keep pace with Lanier and Dacula atop the standings traveling to always-tough Winder-Barrow (8-4, 1-2 Region 8-6A).

In Region 7-3A, No. 9 Dawson County (9-5, 3-1 Region 7-3A) is coming off a win over previously-ranked Cherokee Bluff (9-6, 4-1 Region 7-3A) and both teams will try to keep pace with each other and White County (7-5, 4-1 Region 7-3A) with big region tilts. Dawson County plays host to West Hall and the Bears entertain Gilmer, while the Warriors face a tough road contest at Lumpkin County (6-7, 2-3 Region 7-3A).

In Region 8-A Public, No. 4 Towns County (6-1, 1-0 Region 8-A Public) travels to Commerce (3-10, 1-1Region 8-A Public) to try and stay atop the region standings.

(Check below for Tuesday through Thursday night's schedule.)

AREA BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR Tuesday, Jan. 12
(Games listed by highest classification)
(Games begin at 6 p.m. with girls unless otherwise noted)

REGION 6-7A
Gainesville at North Forsyth* -- 94.5 FM The Lake

REGION 8-6A
Buford at Winder-Barrow*
Habersham Central at Stephens County

REGION 8-5A
Apalachee at Jackson County*
Greenbrier at Johnson, 5 p.m.*

REGION 8-4A
Chestatee at Madison County*
Flowery Branch at Cedar Shoals*
Rabun County at Jefferson

REGION 7-3A
Gilmer at Cherokee Bluff*
Union County at North Hall
West Hall at Dawson County*
White County at Lumpkin County*

REGION 8-A PUBLIC
Towns County at Commerce*

REGION 6-A PRIVATE
Lakeview Academy at Fellowship Christian*


AREA BASKETBALL SCHEDULE FOR Thursday, Jan. 14
(Games listed by highest classification)
(Games begin at 6 p.m. with girls unless otherwise noted)

REGION 8-5A
Jackson County at Loganville*

(* -- denotes region contest)
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