CONYERS - On the final night of subregion play, the Salem girls and the Rockdale boys have some unfinished business left to settle.
The Lady Seminoles (18-6 overall, 8-1 8-AAAA South) can wrap up the subregion title and a No. 1 seed in next week's region tournament with a win tonight over Cedar Shoals (15-8, 7-2) in Athens.
In an interesting side note, the Heritage girls will also be pulling for their cross-county rivals tonight. The Lady Patriots (17-6, 7-2) will finish second in the subregion and earn the No. 2 seed provided that they win at Alcovy (2-19, 2-7).
If Cedar Shoals prevails, then the Lady Jaguars will claim the subregion title. Salem and Heritage will be tied for second and, since the tie cannot be broken with any tiebreakers, it would come down to a coin flip at Sunday's coaches meeting to decide the No. 2 and 3 seeds.
Obviously, the No. 2 seed is the more advantageous draw since that team will receive an automatic bye to the quarterfinals and only have to win one game to qualify for a state tournament berth.
Salem won the first meeting against Cedar Shoals 73-63 in Conyers. In that game, Salem senior forward Courtney Hurt scored a school-record 41 points.
"I've said all along that Cedar Shoals was going to play a key role in deciding who won the subregion," Salem coach Bill Roberts said. "We beat them 73-63 at our place, and we needed every one of Courtney's 41 points to do it. It should be a great game."
Meanwhile, the Rockdale girls (6-15, 2-7) need a victory over visiting Eastside (4-16, 1-8) to clinch the No. 4 seed.
If the Lady Eagles prevail, there could be a three-way tie for the No. 4 seed at the end of the night between Eastside, Rockdale and Alcovy, which will have to be broken at the coaches' meeting.
On the boys side, things are much simpler.
Heritage (19-5, 8-1), which has already wrapped up the subregion title, plays at Alcovy (9-12, 4-5) tonight. The Patriots already know they will play Thursday in the region quarterfinals at 8:30 p.m. at Dacula High School.
The Rockdale boys (12-9, 5-4) need a victory over visiting Eastside (11-12, 3-6) to wrap up the No. 2 seed. The Eagles beat the Bulldogs 38-37 in Covington.
The Bulldogs will finish second even if Cedar Shoals (17-7, 5-4) beats Salem (8-16, 2-7), because they swept the season series with the Jaguars.
There are also two other possibilities that could involve tiebreakers. Rockdale, Cedar Shoals and Alcovy could all end up tied with 5-5 subregion marks, while it's also possible that Rockdale and Alcovy could finish tied at 5-5.
Jeff Gillespie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SideBar: 8-AAAA South standings