Four of the area's hottest and best teams will be in one gymnasium tonight.
The girls' game will feature Class AAAA No. 7 Butler (17-1) at Class AAA No. 2 Josey (17-1) at 7 p.m.
In the boys' game, red-hot Butler (16-3) will be at red-hot Josey (12-4) at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Butler boys' coach John Kucela coached Josey from 1985-94, while Josey coach Emmett Rouse played under Kucela at Josey in the mid-1980s.
`I think it's going to be a packed house at Josey," Kucela said. "This game is all anybody is talking about. The girls' game should be a great game and then we will follow. It's a great rivalry we have with Josey and there are a lot of connections between the two teams, too."
Two former Josey players, Rod Ashmore and Marco Brown, are at Truett-McConnell Junior College in Cleveland, Ga. Truett-McConell is where Kucela coached for one year before coming back to coach Butler in 1994-95.
JACKET STUDENT SECTION:
One of the best home courts in the area is at North Augusta.
he student section at North Augusta has terrorized opponents. When North Augusta defeated South Aiken, 61-57, on Jan. 13, the students had a cheer of T-R-A-I-T-O-R! for former North Augusta-guard Kevin Muns and a cheer of S-A-T! for South Aiken center Tony Kitchings.
Against Lexington, the students chanted O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D! in reference to Lexington being ranked No. 3 and North Augusta at No. 7 before the Yellow Jackets 58-45 win that gave them sole possession of first place in the region. Aiken had to hear the cheer of R-E-G-I-O-N L-E-A-D-E-R-S throughout the game.
"Our student section is great," North Augusta coach Ron McKie said. "They give us a great home-court advantage. It's like being at Duke."
LAWRENCE IS ON FIRE:
efending Class AAA state champion Richmond Academy (18-0) will be at the Katie Lawrence-led Westside Patriots tonight at 7 p.m.
Lawrence, a senior shooting guard, has scored 100 points in her past three games, including a career-high and area-best 41 points in a win over Thomson on Friday. Westside and Thomson are tied for the Region 3-AAA, sub-region B lead with one week to go in the regular season.
Richmond Academy, winners of 35 consecutive games, leads Josey by one game for the Region 3-AAA, sub-region A lead with one week to go in the regular season. Josey and Richmond Academy will meet for the regular season title on Feb. 6 at Richmond Academy.
The girls' regular-season champions in both sub-regions will play host to the sub-region tournament on Feb. 10, 13-14.
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