Tonight is either going to be extremely exciting or badly boring.
It really all depends on Mother Nature.
There are several intriguing prep basketball match-ups scheduled for tonight -- including crosstown rivals Model and Armuchee facing off in Region 7-AA action — but there is a chance some of the games in the local area could be postponed due to dangerous road conditions brought on by Thursday’s rain and freezing temperatures.
Naturally, the players are hoping for clear skies and clear roads.
“The team is going to be pretty upset (if the Model-Armuchee game is postponed),” said Armuchee junior Jordan Burkett. “We’re ready to play. This is one of the biggest games of the season ... and we’ve been excited about playing it.”
As of late Thursday night, there had been no reports of any games being called off. But local coaches were aware the schedule could change.
Pepperell girls head coach Judson Cox said he was watching the weather closely, and said he had been in contact with Murray County coach Mitchell Hill to discuss possible make-up dates if the need arose.
If it turns out that most — or all — the games are played as scheduled, tonight could prove highly significant for several teams in Greater Rome.
Here’s a look at the match-ups and a few of the storylines to keep an eye on:
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE AT DARLINGTON: The Darlington girls will carry plenty of momentum into tonight’s game after knocking off No. 1-ranked Southwest Atlanta Christian, 47-46, on Saturday.
The victory allowed the Lady Tigers to take over sole possession of first place in 6-A/A with a 4-0 subregion record.
The Darlington boys are also coming off a win. They downed SACA, 75-72, on Saturday night behind a 27-point effort from Jeremiah McClure.
For the Darlington teams, tonight’s game will be the third game of a six-game “homestand” that continues through Jan. 25. The Darlington teams then close the season with five straight road games.
MURRAY COUNTY AT PEPPERELL: The Pepperell boys just keep on winning, including downing Dade County last Friday. Tonight, the Dragons (7-6, 4-1) will be looking to atone for their only region loss, which came at the hands of Murray County on Dec. 7 on the road.
The Pepperell girls, meanwhile, have dropped three straight region games while dealing with a series of injuries. They will be without Elizabeth Davis (concussion), Leah Rowell (ankle) and Casey Padgett (ankle) again tonight.
MODEL AT ARMUCHEE: On paper, tonight’s games at Armuchee might not look too appealing. But don’t let the records fool you. There should be plenty of enthusiasm and intensity for these two games.
The Model boys are coming off an impressive road win at Murray County and the Devils (10-7, 4-3) will be looking to post their second win of the season against their crosstown rivals. Armuchee, meanwhile, seems to be on the verge of a breakthrough victory. The Indians have lost eight games this by eight points or less, including three games in which they had a chance to tie the game or take the lead on their final possession.
The Model girls dropped into second place after suffering a loss at home to Calhoun last week, but the Lady Devils (14-4, 6-1) have since posted two victories, including a last-second win over Darlington.
The Armuchee girls (8-9, 4-3) have won four of their past six games, and are in position to earn one of the top four seeds for the region tourney if they keep surging.
WOODLAND AT ROME: The Rome boys are engineering a mid-season turn around, having won five of their past eight games after opening the season with 11 straight losses. They’ve won two straight region games, with Desmond Johnson helping lead the way. He scored 16 points in Tuesday’s win over North Paulding.
The Rome girls have also won two straight region games, by taking care of two of the Paulding sisters -- East and North. They’ll have a golden chance to extend their surge tonight against a Woodland team that has lost six of its eight region games.
CHATTOOGA AT COOSA: The Coosa boys always seem to get hot late in the season, and tonight would be a good time for them to start their traditional surge. They have had a week off since their last game (the Eagles beat Armuchee last Friday) after having their scheduled game against Dade County on Tuesday be postponed due to travel concerns.
The Coosa girls are enduring a rough stretch that has included four straight region losses, and they have been limited to 26 points or less in all four losses. However, the Lady Eagles beat Chattooga earlier this season, 36-34, in Chattooga.