With the holidays now over, local high school basketball teams are set to begin the stretch drive of the season.
Here is a look at key games this week:
It starts tonight when the Newnan Cougars return to Region 2 7A action at home against Pebblebrook.
In the boys contest, Newnan comes into the game with a 6-8 record and still searching for its first region win after dropping contests to Wheeler and East Coweta.
The Cougars are coming off games at the New Manchester tournament where they beat Riverdale 55-37, but lost to Villa Rica 58-44.
They face a Falcons squad that is 11-5 and 2-0 in the region. Pebblebrook traveled to California for a holiday tournament and dropped three games to squads from Washington, Arizona and California.
However the Falcons were competitive in two of the three games, losing to Mount. Si 66-62 and Mayfair 63-60.
The Falcons’ two region victories so far came in a 63-60 win over East Coweta for the Indians’ only loss of the year, and a double-overtime win against Campbell.
This will the third team from Coweta County Pebblebrook has faced this year. Pebblebrook also beat Heritage 75-65 right before the Christmas break.
In girls action, the Lady Cougars come into the region contest with a 5-9 record and a 1-1 mark in region play.
Newnan beat Wheeler 53-40, but lost to East Coweta 48-45 in league action.
Right before Christmas, the Lady Cougars knocked off Lithia Springs, but lost Carrollton and Troup in the Carrollton High School Tournament.
The Lady Falcons are 13-1 and 2-0. Pebblebrook has won six in a row, and seven of its last eight, including a 64-39 win over East Coweta.
Therrell at East Coweta: The East Coweta Indians made a couple of loud statements during the first half of the season, rolling to a 14-1 record overall and a 2-1 mark in league play.
The Indians return home Friday night for a non-region game against Therrell riding a six-game winning streak.
The Indians’ only loss came against Pebblebrook in a region contest. East Coweta knocked off Westlake 88-74 and rival Newnan 62-53.
The Indians are coming off a lengthy break after playing their last game on Dec. 22, a 89-67 victory at Callaway.
Therrell should offer a challenge for the Indians. The Panthers enter the game with an 11-4 record.
Therrell enters the Friday night’s non-region game against the Indians after playing in the Lake City Classic and losing its last game to Kell 67-63.
In the girls game, the Lady Indians enter the contest against the Lady Panthers with a 3-11 overall record and a 1-2 record in the region.
The Lady Indians are riding a two-game winning streak, that includes a 48-45 victory over Newnan and a 61-58 overall Callaway.
Therrell comes into the game with a 4-6 record overall. The Lady Panthers are in the middle of a three-game losing streak.
Northgate at South Paulding: The Vikings basketball teams hit the road Friday searching for their first Region 5 6A wins and trying to snap losing streaks.
It will be the second meeting this year between the two region teams.
The Northgate boys enter the region contest with a 6-8 overall record and a 0-5 mark in league play.
Northgate has lost three games in a row.
It’s last win came on Dec. 21 against Ola.
South Paulding enters the game with a 12-4 overall record and a 6-1 record in the region.
South Paulding has won three of its last four games, but dropped a contest to Therrell in its last game.
Northgate fell to South Paulding 75-31 in the first meeting on the Vikings’ own floor.
In girls action, the Lady Vikings enter the game with a 4-8 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the region.
South Paulding enters the game still searching for its first victory of the year and comes into the game with an 0-15 record.
The Lady Vikings are trying to snap a two-game losing streak.
In the first meeting between the two teams, Northgate won 53-38
Calvary Christian at Heritage: The Lady Hawks come into Friday night’s non-region game riding a 10-1 record.
The Lady Hawks lost to host Central Christian in a holiday tournament final right before taking a break.
Calvary Christian comes into the contest with a 1-3 record.
In boys action, Heritage enters the second half of the season with an 8-6 record overall record and a 3-0 mark in league play.
The Hawks stayed busy over the holiday, playing six games and getting wins against Oldsmar Christian from Florida and Lithonia.
They take on a Calvary Christian squad that is 8-2 and riding a seven-game winning streak.
Trinity Christian at Elite Scholars: Trinity travels to Morrow Friday for a Region 5 1A doubleheader.
In boys action, the Lions enter the game with a 6-9 overall record and a 0-1 mark in region play.
Trinity enters the contest trying to snap a three-game losing streak.
The Lions played four games in the Tournament of Champions going 1-3 with a victory over Hiram.
Elite Scholars comes into the contest also trying to break a three-game losing streak.
The Trinity girls enter the region contest with a 5-7 overall record and a 0-1 record in league play.
The Lady Lions have lost two games in a row.
Elite Scholars come into the girls game with a 7-6 overall record and a 1-0 record in league play.
Lafayette Christian at Central Christian: The Central Christian Lady Crusaders stretched their winning streak to 68 games right before the holidays with a victory over Heritage in the finals of their own holiday tournament.
With the win, the Lady Crusaders improved this season’s record to 8-0 overall.
Friday night they take on LaFayette Christian in a GICAA region game.
LaFayette enters the contest with a 1-5 record. It’s only victory came in a 29-25 win over Heirway Christian.
In boys action, Central comes into the game with a 2-0 record in the region.
Victories this year include wins over Harvester, Skipstone and Holy Ground.