After breaking into the Class AAAAA rankings at No. 10 last week, look for the Meadowcreek boys to climb higher this week after three strong results.
The Mustangs (14-4, 8-1), who have now won 10 straight games, made a big enough statement with wins of 71-68 at No. 4 Central Gwinnett last Tuesday and 93-73 over South Gwinnett three days later to pull into a tie with the Black Knights atop the Region 8-AAAAA standings.
Throw in a 66-55 win over Anacostia of Washington, D.C., at the Atlanta National Invitational Showcase on Saturday at Norcross and coach Billy Davis' team seems to be hitting its stride.
"It was a great week," Davis said after Saturday's win over Anacostia. "After this week, I feel like we're ready to compete with anybody in the state. This is a real competitive team."
The biggest guns the Mustangs had this week were senior post Lavon Hooks and junior guard Shaquille Morris.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Hooks averaged 16.7 points and 11 rebounds for the week, while the 6-1 Morris, who just became eligible after sitting out the fall semester following his transfer from Berkmar, averaged 14.7 points and four assists.
Holmes, sweet Holmes
Even though Mountain View is in just its first year of existence, Bears guard Bailey Holmes put up a couple of school records that future generations will have a hard time matching anytime soon late last week.
The 5-5 senior erupted for 35 points, including hitting eight 3-pointers, in Mountain View's 65-60 loss to Eastside on Friday in Covington.
The latter figure is believed to tie her for the third most single-game 3-pointers made by a girls player in Gwinnett County history.
Melissa Newkam of North Gwinnett (2002-03 season), Abbie Daniel of Dacula (2004-05) and Shelbie Pool of Mill Creek (2006-07) also made eight 3-pointers in a game during their careers.
The county record is believed to be 10, set by South Gwinnett's Mandi Dudish during the 2006-07 season, followed closely by Comets teammate Alex Winchell, who hit nine in a game during the same season.
Several big boys and girls games that should have a major impact on region races are on tap in the county tonight.
Included are a pair of huge boys games when Region 8-AAAAA co-leader Central (16-2) travels to South Gwinnett (14-4), which is just a game and a half behind the Black Knights and Meadowcreek, and Region 7-AAAAA leader and No. 3 Norcross (14-2) plays host to Peachtree Ridge (13-5), which is tied for second with Mill Creek. In addition, Parkview's second-ranked girls (18-0) can grab an even tighter hold on the Region 8-AAAAA top spot when the Panthers travel to second-place Brookwood (14-5).