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Posted: February 8, 2017 8:17 p.m.

Newton discovers its opponent in Friday region tourney game

Anthony Banks | The Covington News/

Senior guard Darvin Jones twists his way through the lane for a score in a recent game.

Thanks to South Gwinnett's 67-62 win over Archer Wednesday night in the first round of the Region 8-AAAAAAA tournament, the Newton Rams will face the Comets Friday night at 8:30 p.m. at Archer High School in Snelleville. 

Newton bested the Comets in both of its regular season contests, defeating South Gwinnett 78-58 on the road on Dec. 9, and then again by a count of 82-63 on Jan. 20. 

By beating the tournament hosts, the Comets raised their record to 14-9 overall. Despite an upset loss to Shiloh last Tuesday, the Rams are still considered the No. 1 team in Georgia and the 22nd ranked squad nationally by MaxPreps. 

The Rams (24-1 overall) enjoyed a first round bye in the region tournament after claiming the regular season region title. The girls also had a first round bye after finishing second in the region, and will play the winner of the South Gwinnett-Rockdale game which is currently in progress.   


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