NORTH FULTON, Ga. — For Region 7-AAAAAA teams, the hunt for a region title comes early. The 18 boys and girls programs began their region schedules last week in just the second week of the regular season.
Cambridge is off to a strong start this season, including two wins to open region play.
The Bears downed Chattahoochee 62-57 Tuesday behind a 21-point performance from junior guard Kamar Robertson. On Friday, Cambridge took down Pope who had beaten the Bears three times last season, including in the region tournament.
The Bears were led by Kyler Ingram’s 18 points, followed by Robertson with 17 and David Banks with 13.
Alpharetta also began region play with two wins.
The Raiders led throughout against Dunwoody on Tuesday in head coach Eric Blair’s debut region contest. Senior forward Ryan Jenei led Alpharetta with 21 points.
Jenei had a double-double against Johns Creek Friday in the Raiders’ 68-52 win. Coming off an injury that kept him sidelined much of last season, Brandon Barron has a breakout game, scoring 30 for the Raiders.
Centennial’s region fortunes got off to a thrilling start as the Knights downed North Atlanta on 3-point buzzer-beater from Logan Turner. Junior Rodney Howard led the team with 23 points and nine rebounds in the 62-59 win.
The Knights improved to 2-0 in region play with a 65-55 win over Northview Friday night.
Northview will still be searching for their first region win next week. The Titans battled with Pope throughout Tuesday’s contest, with the Greyhounds holding a slim lead at the half. But the Greyhounds proficient outside shooting and the defense shutting down lanes to the net allowed them to pull away in the fourth for a 66-50 win.
Chattahoochee and Johns Creek each played a single region game last week and both would be beaten.
The Cougars lost a close contest with Cambridge, 62-57 on Tuesday while Johns Creek fell to Alpharetta, 68-52, on Friday.
Alpharetta is still unbeaten after two weeks of play, including a tournament championship and a two wins to open their region schedule.
The Raiders downed Dunwoody 64-33 on Tuesday, outscoring the Wildcats 34-12 in the first half. Three Raiders scored in double digits led by freshman Sydnie Ward’s 21 points.
On Friday, the Raiders cruised to a 54-27 win over Johns Creek.
Defending region champions Northview won their 20th and 21st straight region game this week with wins over Pope and Centennial.
The Titans were led by Eden Sample’s career-high 24 points in the 65-45 win over Pope on Tuesday. Ashlee Austin, Maya Richards and Asjah Innis all scored in double figures.
The going was tougher against Centennial on Friday, with Northview squeaking away with a 59-55 win. Asjah Innis scored twice late to power the victory.
The Titans were led by Austin who scored 22 points, followed by 10 from Richards.
Centennial dropped to 1-1 in region play following Friday’s matchup with Northview. The Knights beat North Atlanta 50-38 on Tuesday behind 17 points from Shekinah Guthrie. Seven Knights scored in the game.
Cambridge opened region play with a 48-21 rout of Chattahoochee but fell to Pope 47-18 on Friday.
Johns Creek dropped their only region game last week to Alpharetta, scoring in single digits in each quarter. Eight players scored, led by Markiema Lancaster’s 15 points.
Under first-year head coach Randy Clemons, the young Chattahoochee Cougars are seeking their first win of the year.
The Cougars fell to 0-5 Friday night against Forsyth Central after dropping their region opener to Cambridge Tuesday.