Region favorites GRC girls, Mason meet tonight

Published 12:18 am Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Since the preseason, the George Rogers Clark High School girls basketball team and Mason County have been considered the top two teams in the 10th Region.

In a preseason coaches poll and every weekly poll since, the Royals (14-4) and the Cardinals (17-2) have been 1 and 2 respectively.

GRC is riding a six-game winning streak, coming off a 65-55 over a tough Southwestern team last week.

The senior-laden Mason team is coming off a 77-14 dismantling of Montgomery County. The Royals have dropped their past two away games and GRC is undefeated at home.

Whitney O’Mara scores 14.2 points a game to lead Mason. Briana McNutt adds 11.6 points a game. Maddie Boone puts in about 7.8 a game.

McNutt and Boone are Mason’s best rebounders, pulling down 5.4 and 4.6 a game respectively.

Jasmine Flowers and Kennedy Igo each score 11.1 points a game to lead the Cardinals offfensively.

Sha’Maya Behanan adds 9.9 a game and Maleaha Bell puts in 8.9 a contest.

Hayley Harrison scores 8.8 a game while Elizabeth Hardiman adds 7.8

Behanan, Bell and Hardiman do a lot of work in the paint for GRC. Behanan grabs 7.6 boards a game while Bell snags 6.1 and Hardiman 5.5.

Harrison averages about 4.2 rebounds a game.

The Royals have won the past two meetings between the teams. Mason won at home, 49-42, last season. The Royals also won the 2015 10th Region Tournament Championship game, 51-47, which was also at Mason County.

The Cardinals won the last time the teams met in Winchester — a 45-43 final in January 2015.

The tip is set for 7:45 at Letcher Norton Gymnasium tonight.