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PREP BASKETBALL: Region tournament schedules coming into focus for coming week
Tre Clark
Newton's Tre Clark (pictured) along with fellow seniors Armani Harris and Tyrease Brown will guide the Rams in their Region 8-AAAAAAA title defense when region tournament action begins Wednesday.

COVINGTON, Ga. — Both the Newton and Eastside basketball teams know who they’ll face when their respective region tournaments begin next week. 

Both Eastside girls and boys teams clinched the No. 4 seed in the Region 4-AAAA tournament bracket released during Saturday’s region meeting. The Lady Eagles will face No. 5 seed Woodward Academy Monday at 4 p.m. It will be the first of a four-game first round set held at North Clayton.

Meanwhile, the boys will matchup against No. 5 seed Druid Hills on Tuesday at 4 p.m. — also the first of a four-game first round cluster of games. 

Dasia Burgess
Eastside's Dasia Burgess was last season's team MVP and should build on her outstanding junior season. -photo by Ben Ennis

The Lady Eagles (10-12, 6-8) split the regular season series with the Lady War Eagles (7-17, 5-9), winning 70-63 in overtime at Eastside back on December 7. But Eastside returned the favor with a 60-54 victory at Woodward on January 8 

Eastside’s boys squad (14-9, 9-5) swept the regular season series with Druid Hills (17-7, 9-5) edging the Red Devils, 69-67 on the road on December 14 and then besting them 60-51 at Eastside on January 22. The Eagles are looking to bounce back from their second heartbreaking loss to No. 4 Henry County Thursday. 

The Region 4-AAAA tournament will take place at North Clayton High in College Park. 

Over in Region 8-AAAAAAA, the Newton Lady Rams drew the fourth seed and, on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., will face a fifth-seeded South Gwinnett team that they’ve beaten pretty soundly in both regular season games. Newton (8-14, 2-6) fell 71-63 to Archer on senior night, however, marking its third loss in the last four games. 

The No. 8 boys squad drew the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will lock horns with Rockdale at 8:30 p.m. this coming Wednesday. Newton bounced back Friday night from a tough loss to Shiloh by defeating Archer 69-55 on senior night. All Region 8-AAAAAAA tournament games will be played at Grayson High in Loganville. 

Social Circle (18-7, 9-5) will play against Rabun County (5-19, 4-10) at Elbert County High on Monday at 4 p.m. 

Cain Woolfolk
Social Circle's Cain Woolfolk has been one of the Redskins' top performers in a banner 2018-19 season. -photo by Matthew Grimes

Here are all the first round matchups for both the Region 4-AAAA and Region 8-AAAAAAA tournaments. Teams need to win at least one game in their respective region tournaments in order to qualify for the state tournament. 

Region 4-AAAA Girls (Monday)

No. 4 Eastside vs. No. 5 Woodward Academy, 4 p.m.

No. 2 Luella vs. No. 7 Hampton, 5:30 p.m. 

No. 3 North Clayton vs. No. 6 Druid Hills, 7 p.m. 

No. 1 Henry County vs. No. 8 Salem, 8:30 p.m. 

Myles Rice
Eastside sophomore Myles Rice is playing his best basketball as the Eagles approach postseason play. -photo by Ben Ennis

Boys (Tuesday)

No. 4 Eastside vs. No. 5 Druid Hills, 4 p.m. 

No. 2 Woodward Academy vs. No. 7 Hampton, 5:30 p.m. 

No. 3 Salem vs. No. 6 North Clayton

No. 1 Henry County vs. No. 8 Luella 

Newton's Rachel Hilliard can help the Lady Rams clinch a state tournament berth with a big game Wednesday against South Gwinnett in the Region 8-AAAAAAA tournament. -photo by Anthony Banks

Region 8-AAAAAAA Girls (Wednesday) 

No. 4 Newton vs. No. 5 South Gwinnett, 4 p.m.

No. 3 Rockdale vs. No. 6 Shiloh, 7 p.m. 

No. 1 Grayson and No. 2 Archer have first round byes. 

Boys (Wednesday)

No. 4 South Gwinnett vs. No. 5 Archer, 5:30 p.m. 

No. 3 Newton vs. No. 6 Rockdale, 8:30 p.m. 

No. 1 Grayson and No. 2 Shiloh have first round byes.