Concord has won the South Piedmont Conference girls' title the last two years, but their reign may come to an end this year.
Hickory Ridge has been hot in conference play, starting 5-1 and staying right near the top of the title chase.
But conference newcomers Jay M. Robinson looks like the team to beat, starting the season with 11 straight wins and five conference wins after moving down from 4A last year.
Two games this week will sort out the top three teams and show who will have the advantage going into the second half of the season: Concord at Hickory Ridge and Robinson at A.L. Brown.
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Next week, Robinson will meet Concord in another crucial SPC game.