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South, Hiram take aim at region titles
by Marcel Pourtout
February 05, 2014 11:31 AM | 2060 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Marcel Pourtout<br>South Paulding basketball players Chandler Burks, Khalia Hackett and Darrel Wilson before practice earlier this season.
Staff / Marcel Pourtout
South Paulding basketball players Chandler Burks, Khalia Hackett and Darrel Wilson before practice earlier this season.
With the conclusion of region contests during the regular season this week and the region tournament starting this upcoming Monday, two Paulding programs have placed themselves in position to contend for a region championship.

The Hiram girls’ basketball team has continued its stellar campaign, posting 19 wins through Feb. 1 and an undefeated record in Region 5-AAAAA play. The Hornets’ last loss came on Dec. 30 of last year against South Gwinnett. Since then, they’ve won nine consecutive contests and hold a two-game edge in the standings over Woodland (Bartow).

“We’re in a good position right now as far as seeding for the region tournament,” Hiram head coach Michelle Caldwell said. “We emphasize to our kids every day that being on top means you are going to get everyone’s best when they play you. We take no one lightly and demand that the girls bring focus and intensity into every contest because that’s the only way you can continue winning.”

The Hornets have a balanced roster with sophomores Anicka Cephas, Jayda Dooley and Macey McBrayer each averaging more than seven points scoring per contest. Dooley has averaged a team-high 7.7 rebounds a game while Amari Price grabs four steals a contest.

The South Paulding boys’ basketball team has already set its program record for most wins in a single season at 20 victories through Feb. 1.

The Spartans have dropped only three contests this season and have won 18 of their last 19 games including a decisive 66-29 home victory over Rockmart this past Saturday.

South Paulding has one of the most experienced units in the county bolstered by a senior class including leading-scorer Cody Williams, Jordan Roberts, Khalia Hackett, Darrell Wilson and Chandler Burks.

“This team has a lot of leadership and enjoys playing together,” South Paulding head coach Gil Davis said. “The goals are for us to play well down the stretch and put ourselves in a good position seed-wise to perform well at the region tournament and beyond that.”

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