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Week 9 Girls Rankings

Class AAAAAAA

  1. Westlake (16-1)
  2. Collins Hill (16-2)
  3. Norcross (17-3)
  4. Newton (15-2)
  5. Cherokee (16-2)
  6. North Forsyth (16-2)
  7. South Gwinnett (16-1)
  8. Hillgrove (12-4)
  9. Colquitt County (16-4)
  10. McEachern (9-5) 

Class AAAAAA

  1. Lovejoy (18-1)
  2. Winder-Barrow (13-3)
  3. Harrison (15-4)
  4. Creekview (11-6)
  5. Lanier (15-3)
  6. Forest Park (14-3)
  7. Northview (14-4)
  8. Alpharetta (14-2)
  9. Stephenson (13-5)
  10. Tucker (14-5) 

Class AAAAA

  1. Buford (15-2)
  2. Flowery Branch (16-4)
  3. Harris County (17-2)
  4. Bainbridge (18-2)
  5. Villa Rica (15-0)
  6. Arabia Mountain (15-1)
  7. Ware County (14-2)
  8. Dutchtown (15-3)
  9. Carrollton (13-4)
  10. Fayette County (12-4) 

Class AAAA

  1. Carver-Columbus (18-1)
  2. Henry County (17-1)
  3. Spalding (14-2)
  4. Northwest Whitfield (16-2)
  5. Luella (13-4)
  6. Madison County (13-5)
  7. Marist (14-2)
  8. Baldwin (16-2)
  9. Westover (15-2)
  10. Cross Creek (14-4) 

Class AAA

  1. Greater Atlanta Christian (13-3)
  2. Beach (16-1)
  3. Johnson-Savannah (11-3)
  4. Franklin County (18-0)
  5. Central-Macon (14-2)
  6. Lovett (14-4)
  7. Tattnall County (15-4)
  8. North Murray (13-5)
  9. Hart County (13-5)
  10. Sonoraville (12-4) 

Class AA

  1. Laney (16-0)
  2. Banks County (16-3)
  3. Swainsboro (13-2)
  4. Washington County (13-3)
  5. Putnam County (14-2)
  6. Rabun County (14-3)
  7. Josey (16-2)
  8. Dodge County (13-2)
  9. Model (13-3)
  10. Bryan County (15-2)

Class A-Private

  1. Holy Innocents’ (16-1)
  2. Wesleyan (15-2)
  3. St. Francis (12-3)
  4. Our Lady of Mercy (15-1)
  5. Calvary Day (16-1)
  6. Stratford Academy (13-2)
  7. Prince Avenue Christian (15-1)
  8. Christian Heritage (14-3)
  9. Landmark Christian (9-8)
  10. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (12-5) 

Class A-Public

  1. Greenville (16-1)
  2. Pelham (15-1)
  3. Telfair County (16-2)
  4. Macon County (13-2)
  5. Wilcox County (12-4)
  6. Wheeler County (12-2)
  7. Terrell County (12-2)
  8. Marion County (14-4)
  9. Bowdon (13-4)
  10. Georgia Military College (15-0)

Just like on the boys’ side, we have two new No. 1’s this week. In Class AAAAAAA, everything was status quo with the top seven remaining unchanged. No. 3 Norcross highlighted the action by stomping Brookwood 59-29 and beating Bearden (TN) at the Krossover Classic, 57-53. No. 5 Cherokee beat Woodstock 63-41 and No. 6 North Forsyth drilled rivals South Forsyth (59-37) and West Forsyth (78-24). No. 9 Colquitt County falls one spot after going 1-1 at the Rose Classic Super Jam. The Lady Packers defeated T.C. Williams (VA) 55-47 before losing to Rock Creek Christian Academy (MD) 75-53. No. 8 Hillgrove debuts after knocking out North Cobb (15-3). The Lady Hawks handled the Lady Warriors 51-34 and picked up wins over Marietta 66-46 and at Woodstock 58-41. Hillgrove now has its sights set on rival No. 10 McEachern. The Lady Hawks take the short eight-minute ride over on Tuesday and have a chance to take firm control of Region 3. The Lady Indians struggled to beat Marietta 62-55 last week.

No. 1 Lovejoy regains control of the top spot in Class AAAAAA for the first time since Week 4. The Lady Wildcats held off No. 6 Forest Park 52-48 on the road. No. 3 Harrison drops two places after losing to Class 5A No. 1 Buford 57-35. The Lady Hoyas survived No. 4 Creekview in double overtime 29-26 before the loss to Buford. Creekview surges up five spots after their defensive war with Harrison and their blowout of rival Sequoyah (14-3), who falls out of the Top 10. The Grizzlies sucked the life out of the Lady Chiefs winning 46-21 in the War Lodge after holding Sequoyah to a 5-point first half. Creekview has now won five consecutive meetings with their Hickory Flat foes. No. 8 Alpharetta plummets four spots after an upset 42-37 loss at Johns Creek.  New to the poll this week is No. 10 Tucker, who returns for the first time since Week 5.

Down six spots in Class AAAAA is No. 8 Dutchtown. Eagle’s Landing avenged a 49-41 loss by beating the Lady Bulldogs 54-46. The Lady Eagles (12-6) are now knocking on the door of the Top 10 and are back in the thick of things in Region 4. No. 4 Harris County had a strong week, beating Veterans 50-35 and winning at McIntosh 65-52. The Villa Rica basketball program is now a combined 31-0 as the No. 6 boys are 16-0 and the No. 5 girls are 15-0. Chasing the Wildcats in Region 7 are No. 9 Carrollton and Rome (14-2). The two meet in Carrollton on Tuesday. No. 10 Fayette County earned a hard-fought Region 3 win at Starr’s Mill in overtime, 57-50.

Class AAAA No. 1 Carver-Columbus helped send Americus-Sumter (14-3) out of the Top 10 with a 69-51 defeat. The Lady Panthers also lost to new Region 1 representative, debutant No. 9 Westover 51-45. Elsewhere, No. 2 Henry County suffered their first loss of the year at the Elite Showcase in New York City, losing to Shenendehowa (NY) 73-51 after beating No. 5 Luella 68-61 at home. No. 7 Marist beat Class A-Private No. 9 Landmark Christian in convincing fashion, 54-35. No. 8 Baldwin falls two spots after a 55-48 loss at Burke County. The Braves now have to deal with newly ranked No. 10 Cross Creek on Tuesday. The Lady Razorbacks have been powered by freshman Jordyn Dorsey, who is averaging 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Cross Creek replaces Jefferson (13-5) in the rankings after the Lady Dragons fell to St. Pius X, 49-39.

In Class AAA, No. 4 Franklin County made a statement behind Mya Jones’ 28 points in a 64-46 win at No. 9 Hart County. Out of the poll are Peach County (11-6) and Haralson County (13-2). Peach County was thumped by No. 5 Central-Macon 42-22 while the Rebelettes lost to returnee No. 8 North Murray 50-49. Debuting in the poll is another Region 6 team, No. 10 Sonoraville. The Lady Phoenix have been paced by youngsters Alexa Geary (2021) and Maliyah Parks (2020). Sonoraville already holds a 60-51 win over Haralson County coming back on January 5.

The race in Class AA is tightening up as No. 1 Laney withstood another scare from No. 7 Josey, 67-60 to remain perfect. No. 8 Dodge County’s troubling trend continues. Every time I’m ready to push all my chips to the middle of the table to pronounce Dodge County as a legit title contender, the Squaws flop. They sink six spots after a 71-52 blowout home loss against No. 4 Washington County, who leaps five spots after also adding a 53-42 win at Southwest-Macon. No. 3 Swainsboro climbs two positions after dropping Metter (13-4) from the Top 10 with a 59-43 loss. The hottest team in Class AA however, is none other than No. 2 Banks County. The Lady Leopards have played a gauntlet thus far and it is paying off. The winners of 10-straight shoot up six positions after winning at No. 6 Rabun County 59-49 and hammering No. 5 Putnam County 61-40. At the bottom of the rankings, No. 10 Bryan County debuts behind the play of sophomore Olonna Rawls. The Redskins host Metter on Tuesday to cement their Top 10 status.

Everyone is streaking in Class A-Private, meaning there’s not much room for movement among the top seven. No. 1 Holy Innocents’ has won 14-straight after beating Hoover (AL) at the Krossover Classic 53-48. No. 4 Our Lady of Mercy now has 15-straight victories under their belt after a 50-38 win at newly ranked No. 10 ELCA. Remember the name Weronika Hipp. The freshman from Poland is averaging 24 points per game and knocking down 45% of her three-pointers. She was named MVP of the European FIBA Championships while playing on her U16 team back in Europe.  No. 5 Calvary Day has run up 13-straight wins while No. 6 Stratford Academy beat rival Tattnall Square in overtime 50-41 to make it nine in a row. No. 7 Prince Avenue Christian knocked Athens Academy (14-3) from the Top 10 to earn their 14th straight W. No. 8 Christian Heritage scrapped out a 64-62 win at Class A-Public No. 9 Bowdon.

It will be extremely difficult for someone to take back the perch in Class A-Public from new No. 1 Greenville. Mississippi State-signee Brittany Davis is the best player in the classification and one of the best in the entire state, averaging 32.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 7 steals and 2.3 blocks. The Lady Patriots beat No. 8 Marion County 68-58 to secure their spot as the team to beat now that No. 3 Telfair County faltered against No. 5 Wilcox County and Wichita State-commit Trajata Colbert, who dumped in 24 points in the 45-30 upset. No. 4 Macon County handed Marion County their second loss of the week, 52-44. It took overtime for No. 6 Wheeler County to fend off Savannah Country Day, 55-48. No. 10 Georgia Military College sinks three spots even though they are the class’ lone unbeaten. The Lady Bulldogs won three nail-biters, beating 7-9 Hancock Central (36-33), 10-3 Glascock County (46-42) and 3-14 Aquinas (35-32).

Week 8 Girls Rankings

Class AAAAAAA

  1. Westlake (13-1)
  2. Collins Hill (14-2)
  3. Norcross (14-3)
  4. Newton (13-2)
  5. Cherokee (13-2)
  6. North Forsyth (14-2)
  7. South Gwinnett (14-1)
  8. Colquitt County (14-3)
  9. North Cobb (13-2)
  10. McEachern (7-5)

Class AAAAAA

  1. Harrison (13-3)
  2. Lovejoy (15-1)
  3. Winder-Barrow (11-3)
  4. Alpharetta (13-1)
  5. Sequoyah (12-2)
  6. Forest Park (13-2)
  7. Northview (11-4)
  8. Lanier (13-3)
  9. Creekview (9-5)
  10. Stephenson (10-5)

Class AAAAA

  1. Buford (11-2)
  2. Dutchtown (14-2)
  3. Flowery Branch (13-4)
  4. Harris County (13-2)
  5. Bainbridge (16-2)
  6. Villa Rica (12-0)
  7. Arabia Mountain (13-1)
  8. Ware County (11-2)
  9. Carrollton (11-4)
  10. Fayette County (10-4)

Class AAAA

  1. Carver-Columbus (16-1)
  2. Henry County (15-0)
  3. Spalding (12-2)
  4. Luella (13-3)
  5. Northwest Whitfield (13-2)
  6. Baldwin (14-1)
  7. Madison County (10-5)
  8. Marist (12-2)
  9. Americus-Sumter (13-1)
  10. Jefferson (11-4)

Class AAA

  1. Greater Atlanta Christian (11-3)
  2. Beach (13-1)
  3. Johnson-Savannah (9-3)
  4. Franklin County (16-0)
  5. Central-Macon (12-2)
  6. Lovett (12-4)
  7. Hart County (11-4)
  8. Peach County (11-4)
  9. Tattnall County (12-4)
  10. Haralson County (11-1)

Class AA

  1. Laney (14-0)
  2. Dodge County (12-1)
  3. Putnam County (12-1)
  4. Rabun County (12-2)
  5. Swainsboro (11-2)
  6. Josey (15-1)
  7. Model (11-3)
  8. Banks County (13-3)
  9. Washington County (10-3)
  10. Metter (11-3)

Class A-Private

  1. Holy Innocents’ (14-1)
  2. Wesleyan (12-2)
  3. St. Francis (9-3)
  4. Our Lady of Mercy (13-1)
  5. Calvary Day (14-1)
  6. Stratford Academy (11-2)
  7. Prince Avenue Christian (12-1)
  8. Landmark Christian (7-7)
  9. Christian Heritage (12-3)
  10. Athens Academy (12-2)

Class A-Public

  1. Telfair County (14-1)
  2. Greenville (13-1)
  3. Pelham (12-1)
  4. Wheeler County (10-2)
  5. Macon County (10-2)
  6. Terrell County (10-2)
  7. Georgia Military College (12-0)
  8. Wilcox County (9-4)
  9. Marion County (13-2)
  10. Bowdon (11-3)

 

Yet again, there is no movement in Class AAAAAAA, but No. 10 McEachern is on the verge of dropping out if they suffer an in-state loss. Their saving grace with their 7-5 record is that three losses have come in national tournaments. The Lady Indians’ listed results keep changing on MaxPreps, making it even harder to follow. A team that has been easy to track however has been No. 1 Westlake. The Lady Lions steam-rolled Wheeler 68-43 and Eagle’s Landing 78-51. No. 4 Newton beat rival Rockdale County 70-44 on the road. No. 8 Colquitt County has won 8-straight since their 55-46 loss to Westlake. The Lady Packers went into Camden County and earned a 51-42 win followed by a 55-34 thumping of Tift County.

No. 1 Harrison holds firm atop Class AAAAAA with No. 2 Lovejoy and No. 3 Winder-Barrow scoring great wins, close behind. The Lady Hoyas beat No. 5 Sequoyah in Hickory Flat 60-51. Lovejoy sent shockwaves through the state with a wildly impressive 55-49 win over Class 5A No. 1 Buford at the Big South Shootout. The Lady Doggs edged their evenly matched rivals, Class 5A No. 3 Flowery Branch, 50-49 in Hall County, Olivia Nelson-Ododa with 29 points and the game-winning free throw. No. 4 Alpharetta made a statement in Region 7 with their 59-53 win over the bipolar No. 7 Northview Lady Titans. River Ridge (11-4) and Northside-Warner Robins (11-3) exit the Top 10 after the Knights lost 54-36 to newly ranked No. 9 Creekview while the Eagles dropped in overtime at Valdosta 54-52. No. 10 Stephenson reenters the poll with a 38-36 win at Grayson.

In Class AAAAA, No. 1 Buford still has the target on their back even after their loss to Lovejoy. No. 3 Flowery Branch finally slips a spot, giving way to No. 2 Dutchtown. Region 1 places No. 4 Harris County and No. 5 Bainbridge. The Lady Tigers drilled Warner Robins 64-33 while the Bearcats took out Veterans 61-38. No. 6 Villa Rica can officially say they are the team to beat in Region 7. The Wildcats knocked Rome (10-2) from the Top 10 with a 66-51 victory and now sit at 7-0 in the region, with No. 9 Carrollton in second-place at 5-1, their lone loss to Villa Rica. Replacing Rome is No. 10 Fayette County. The Lady Tigers beat McIntosh 55-37 and travel to Starr’s Mill (11-4) on Tuesday with first-place in Region 3 up for grabs.

There were no changes in Class AAAA.  No. 2 Henry County blasted Locust Grove 81-49. No. 3 Spalding dispatched of Southwest DeKalb 66-52. No. 6 Baldwin holds onto their spot in the middle of the rankings even after suffering their first loss of the season at the Big South Shootout to Class 3A No. 2 Beach, 66-47.  No. 7 Madison County grinded out a 60-55 win at St. Pius X. No. 8 Marist did the same, beating the Golden Lions 28-26.

Class AAA No. 2 Beach looked good at Duluth, beating Baldwin and taking care of Duluth 53-33 at the Big South Shootout. No. 4 Franklin County has quietly run their record up to 16-0. They beat Stephens County at Currahee Arena 67-23. The Lady Lions will see a major test on Friday as they travel to No. 7 Hart County. No. 5 Central-Macon beat Southwest-Macon 61-46 and sent the Patriots out of the Class 2A Top 10. No. 10 Haralson County sinks three spots after losing to Sonoraville 60-51.

Region 8-AA has been one of the best groupings in the classification this year with No. 3 Putnam County, No. 4 Rabun County and No. 8 Banks County. The top five teams in the region (Elbert County & Monticello included) have a combined 57-18 record. Putnam County drops one position this week after Elbert County defeated them 54-52. Banks County took care of Elbert County 49-38 at Elbert and now the Lady Leopards have a Region 8 championship rematch at Rabun County on Tuesday to further sort out the logjam atop of the standings. Region 2 has some talent as well with No. 5 Swainsboro and newly ranked No. 10 Metter, who replaces Southwest-Macon after the Patriots lost to Central-Macon and Westside-Macon. Swainsboro won at St. Vincent’s 59-46, the much-improved Saints dropping to 10-2 after a 12-16 season. Metter gets a chance to prove their worth as they visit Swainsboro on Tuesday for a crucial region bout.

The trusty Sandy’s Spiel Rankings survived a coin-flip game in Class A-Private as No. 1 Holy Innocents’ defeated their bitter rival No. 2 Wesleyan 48-34 at Wesleyan, leading to no changes in the poll this week. No. 5 Calvary Day earned a nice 60-49 win over Woodville-Tompkins while No. 7 Prince Avenue Christian dispatched of prestigious Region 8 foe Lakeview Academy 54-34 at Lakeview.

In Class A-Public, Turner County (9-4) was bounced from the poll with a 71-56 loss at No. 8 Wilcox County. No. 9 Marion County slips two spots after an upset loss to Manchester, 55-46. Things don’t get easier for the Eagles as they travel to No. 2 Greenville on Tuesday.  The same goes for Turner County, as they host No. 1 Telfair County on Tuesday. Debuting in the Top 10 is No. 10 Bowdon. Over in the predominately private Region 6, the Red Devils have been sneaky good, sitting at 11-3 after a 9-16 campaign. Bowdon has strong wins over Class 7A 9-6 Kennesaw Mountain (43-42), Class 2A 10-4 Rockmart (66-49), Class A-Private 8-3 Mt. Paran (51-44) and Class 4A 9-5 Central-Carroll (50-39). Their three losses have come against No. 2 Greenville 78-55, at rival Bremen 64-43 (who they beat 62-47 in the rematch) and to Class 5A No. 6 Villa Rica 61-46.

Week 7 Girls Rankings

Class AAAAAAA

  1. Westlake (11-1)
  2. Collins Hill (13-2)
  3. Norcross (12-3)
  4. Newton (11-2)
  5. Cherokee (12-2)
  6. North Forsyth (11-2)
  7. South Gwinnett (12-1)
  8. Colquitt County (11-3)
  9. North Cobb (11-2)
  10. McEachern (7-4) 

Class AAAAAA

  1. Harrison (10-3)
  2. Lovejoy (13-1)
  3. Winder-Barrow (9-3)
  4. Sequoyah (10-1)
  5. Northview (10-3)
  6. Alpharetta (12-1)
  7. Forest Park (12-2)
  8. Lanier (10-3)
  9. River Ridge (10-3)
  10. Northside-Warner Robins (9-2)

Class AAAAA

  1. Buford (9-1)
  2. Flowery Branch (11-3)
  3. Dutchtown (14-2)
  4. Harris County (10-2)
  5. Bainbridge (15-2)
  6. Villa Rica (10-0)
  7. Arabia Mountain (11-1)
  8. Ware County (8-2)
  9. Rome (8-1)
  10. Carrollton (8-4) 

Class AAAA

  1. Carver-Columbus (15-1)
  2. Henry County (13-0)
  3. Spalding (11-2)
  4. Luella (11-3)
  5. Northwest Whitfield (11-2)
  6. Baldwin (11-0)
  7. Madison County (8-5)
  8. Marist (10-2)
  9. Americus-Sumter (12-1)
  10. Jefferson (10-4) 

Class AAA

  1. Greater Atlanta Christian (9-3)
  2. Beach (11-1)
  3. Johnson-Savannah (8-3)
  4. Franklin County (13-0)
  5. Central-Macon (10-2)
  6. Lovett (10-3)
  7. Haralson County (9-0)
  8. Hart County (8-4)
  9. Peach County (8-3)
  10. Tattnall County (9-4) 

Class AA

  1. Laney (13-0)
  2. Putnam County (11-0)
  3. Dodge County (10-1)
  4. Rabun County (10-2)
  5. Swainsboro (9-2)
  6. Josey (13-1)
  7. Model (10-3)
  8. Banks County (10-3)
  9. Washington County (9-3)
  10. Southwest-Macon (7-3) 

Class A-Private

  1. Holy Innocents’ (12-1)
  2. Wesleyan (11-1)
  3. St. Francis (8-3)
  4. Our Lady of Mercy (11-1)
  5. Calvary Day (12-1)
  6. Stratford Academy (9-2)
  7. Prince Avenue Christian (9-1)
  8. Landmark Christian (6-7)
  9. Christian Heritage (10-3)
  10. Athens Academy (9-2) 

Class A-Public

  1. Telfair County (11-1)
  2. Greenville (11-1)
  3. Pelham (9-1)
  4. Wheeler County (9-2)
  5. Macon County (8-2)
  6. Terrell County (9-2)
  7. Marion County (12-1)
  8. Georgia Military College (11-0)
  9. Turner County (7-3)
  10. Wilcox County (7-4)

 

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018. With national schedules in play, a handful of teams in Class AAAAAAA lost, but there is no movement in amongst the poll. No. 1 Westlake suffered their first loss of the year to nationally ranked No. 10 Mercer County, KY 77-73. No. 2 Collins Hill lost to No. 4 Riverdale, TN 70-61. No. 5 Cherokee lost in the Deep South Classic Championship to Class A-Private No. 1 Holy Innocents’ by 23 while No. 7 South Gwinnett cruised past Class 3A No. 8 Hart County 70-45.

Class AAAAAA No. 5 Northview sinks three spots after losing to Hillgrove in the opening round of the Deep South Classic, 58-47. The Lady Titans rebounded with wins over Dacula (57-49) and Class 4A No. 7 Madison County (53-50). No. 1 Harrison went 2-1 at the KSA Holiday Tournament while No. 2 Lovejoy swept through the FBI Classic, posting a 3-0 mark.  No. 7 Forest Park went 2-0 at the Ball N Prep Invitational. Centennial (8-5) exits the poll after a week following a 1-2 showing out of state. The Knights are replaced by No. 9 River Ridge, who cracks the rankings for the first time. Sophomore transfer Savannah Samuel has been one of Cherokee County’s best players, dumping in 19.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game from her swingman position. The 6-foot Collins Hill transfer is a game-changer in Region 6.

No. 2 Flowery Branch romped its way to another Lanierland championship in Class AAAAA, beating East Hall for the title 64-44. No. 3 Dutchtown went 2-1 at the Holiday Basketball Classic in Palm Beach, one win coming via forfeit. No. 10 Carrollton slides two spots after a 1-2 showing at the Boo Williams Christmas Classic. Cedar Shoals’ (9-5) time in the poll was short-lived. The Lady Jaguars are out after losses to Class 3A No. 5 Central-Macon and Class 2A No. 9 Washington County. No. 9 Rome debuts in the rankings, coming off an impressive 74-71 win over Class 4A No. 4 Luella at Philips Arena.

Class AAAA front-runner No. 1 Carver-Columbus took their first loss at the Ball N Prep Invitational, losing to Alabama power Ramsay 68-46. No. 2 Henry County won the Chuck Miller Classic by besting Parkview 66-36. No. 7 Madison County has played one of the hardest schedules in the classification. They went 1-2 at the Deep South Classic, losing to Brookwood in 3OT 96-93 and to Class 6A No. 5 Northview 53-50. No. 6 Baldwin is on the move, up two spots after beating Class 3A No. 5 Central-Macon 66-62. No. 9 Americus-Sumter is hot, moving to 12-1. The Lady Panthers took out a good Tift County team 37-30 at the Ronalda Pierce Classic.

In Class AAA, No. 1 GAC dropped two games in Naples to No. 10 Mercer County, KY 84-68 and to Male, KY 74-64. No. 4 Franklin County made easy work in Augusta, going 3-0 at the Monterrey Christmas Classic, drilling Grovetown (43-19) and Cross Creek (49-23). No. 5 Central-Macon survived its gauntlet, going 2-1. The Lady Chargers defeated Class 2A No. 9 Washington County for the second time this year 53-49 and beat previously ranked Cedar Shoals 49-45 before falling to Baldwin. Dawson County (8-5) falls out of the Top 10 as the Lady Tigers await for Kaylee Sticker’s return. They finished 1-2 at the Cherokee, NC Christmas Tournament. No. 10 Tattnall County moves back into the poll.

As each week passes by, No. 2 Putnam County looks more and more like a true state title contender in Class AA. The War Eagles had a great week, beating Class 6A No. 10 Northside-Warner Robins (57-56), Upson-Lee (64-48) and Griffin (59-50). No. 4 Rabun County slips one spot after losing to undefeated Mountain Heritage, NC, 71-53. No. 9 Washington County defeated Cedar Shoals 52-47. Dublin (7-2) departs from the rankings to make way for debutant No. 10 Southwest-Macon, who beat the Irish 68-41 at home. The Lady Patriots’ only losses this season have come against ranked opponents: Central-Macon 55-31, at Washington County 61-57 and at No. 5 Swainsboro 63-52.

Class A-Private No. 1 Holy Innocents’ won the Deep South Classic by beating Dacula (68-35), Hillgrove (68-48) and in the championship game, Class 7A No. 5 Cherokee 58-35. No. 2 Wesleyan went 3-0 at the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational. No. 9 Christian Heritage plummets four spots after losing to Pickens 50-45 and to Coahulla Creek 56-52.  No. 8 Landmark Christian had a tough week but holds firm at No. 8 after going 0-3 in their out-of-state tournament.  Lakeview Academy (6-6) disappointed at Lanierland, going 1-2, losing to North Hall (53-46) and Chestatee (56-38), forcing the Lady Lions out of the Top 10. They are replaced by returnee and Region 8 foe No. 10 Athens Academy. The Lady Spartans earned a nice 44-37 win over Galloway.

Not much is going on in Class A-Public other than Woodville-Tompkins’ (9-5) slide out of the Top 10 after being ranked No. 6 last week following their 46-44 win over No. 6 Terrell County on Dec 22. The Lady Wolverines were upset by Emanuel County Institute 48-40. They are replaced by familiar face No. 10 Wilcox County. Elsewhere in the poll, No. 9 Turner County is getting in a grove. Outside of a bad 75-57 loss to Crisp County, the Lady Rebels dispatched of Treutlen 58-45 and more impressively, Fitzgerald 61-60.

Week 6 Girls Rankings

Class AAAAAAA

  1. Westlake (9-0)
  2. Collins Hill (10-1)
  3. Norcross (12-3)
  4. Newton (10-1)
  5. Cherokee (10-1)
  6. North Forsyth (11-2)
  7. South Gwinnett (9-1)
  8. Colquitt County (8-3)
  9. North Cobb (9-2)
  10. McEachern (5-3)

Class AAAAAA

  1. Harrison (8-2)
  2. Northview (8-2)
  3. Lovejoy (10-1)
  4. Winder-Barrow (9-3)
  5. Sequoyah (10-1)
  6. Alpharetta (12-1)
  7. Forest Park (10-2)
  8. Lanier (10-3)
  9. Northside-Warner Robins (7-1)
  10. Centennial (7-3)

Class AAAAA

  1. Buford (9-1)
  2. Flowery Branch (8-3)
  3. Dutchtown (12-1)
  4. Harris County (8-2)
  5. Bainbridge (12-2)
  6. Villa Rica (9-0)
  7. Arabia Mountain (11-1)
  8. Carrollton (7-2)
  9. Cedar Shoals (8-3)
  10. Ware County (6-2)

Class AAAA

  1. Carver-Columbus (12-0)
  2. Henry County (10-0)
  3. Spalding (10-0)
  4. Luella (11-2)
  5. Madison County (7-3)
  6. Northwest Whitfield (11-2)
  7. Marist (10-2)
  8. Baldwin (8-0)
  9. Jefferson (8-3)
  10. Americus-Sumter (9-1)

Class AAA

  1. Greater Atlanta Christian (8-1)
  2. Beach (11-1)
  3. Johnson-Savannah (8-3)
  4. Franklin County (10-0)
  5. Central-Macon (8-1)
  6. Lovett (10-3)
  7. Haralson County (7-0)
  8. Hart County (6-3)
  9. Peach County (8-3)
  10. Dawson County (7-3)

Class AA

  1. Laney (10-0)
  2. Putnam County (8-0)
  3. Rabun County (9-1)
  4. Dodge County (10-1)
  5. Swainsboro (9-2)
  6. Josey (13-1)
  7. Model (10-3)
  8. Banks County (8-3)
  9. Washington County (7-2)
  10. Dublin (6-1)

Class A-Private

  1. Holy Innocents’ (9-1)
  2. Wesleyan (8-1)
  3. St. Francis (8-3)
  4. Our Lady of Mercy (9-1)
  5. Christian Heritage (9-1)
  6. Calvary Day (11-1)
  7. Stratford Academy (6-2)
  8. Landmark Christian (6-4)
  9. Lakeview Academy (5-4)
  10. Prince Avenue Christian (6-1)

Class A-Public

  1. Telfair County (11-1)
  2. Greenville (9-1)
  3. Pelham (9-1)
  4. Wheeler County (9-2)
  5. Macon County (6-1)
  6. Woodville-Tompkins (9-4)
  7. Terrell County (7-2)
  8. Marion County (10-1)
  9. Georgia Military College (9-0)
  10. Turner County (5-2)

Class AAAAAAA No. 1 Westlake took home the Peach State Classic Championship, beating No. 8 Colquitt County 55-46, Maynard Jackson 77-36 and Tucker in the championship game, 61-40; three wins against teams that were ranked last week. No. 2 Collins Hill was just as impressive with a 56-48 win over Class 5A No. 1 Buford at the Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic. No. 3 Norcross went 2-2 at the CresCom Bank Invitational.

No. 6 Alpharetta tumbles four spots in Class AAAAAA after losing to debutant No. 10 Centennial, 37-34. No. 4 Winder-Barrow finished 2-2 at the CresCom Bank Invitational. No. 8 Lanier is down one position after losing to Class 5A No. 7 Arabia Mountain 59-48. Tucker (7-4) departs from the Top 10 even after a 67-61 upset of Class 4A No. 4 Luella at the Peach State Classic. The Lady Tigers got beat by Westlake and lost on Dec. 15 to Mt. Zion-Jonesboro 61-57; a defeat that would have knocked Tucker from the polls last week if they would have reported the score to MaxPreps on time.

There are three new faces in the Class AAAAA Top 10. No. 7 Arabia Mountain, No. 9 Cedar Shoals and No. 10 Ware County. The Rams were squeezed out of the poll a few weeks ago but reemerge following 10-straight wins including a 59-48 win over Lanier. The Jaguars upset Class 7A No. 9 North Cobb 55-47 to earn their spot while the Gators won the Shane’s Rib Shack Tournament Championship by beating Class 2A No. 5 Swainsboro 62-53 and Class 4A No. 7 Marist 49-42. Out of the rankings are Maynard Jackson (7-2), Eagle’s Landing (9-5) and Southwest DeKalb (7-5). The Jags got hammered at the Peach State Classic on their home floor by Class 7A No. 1 Westlake 77-36 and by Class 4A No. 4 Luella 67-49. The Eagles suffered a 40-37 loss at St. Pius X while the Panthers went 2-2 at the Tarkanian Classic. At the top of the rankings, No. 1 Buford suffered their first loss of the year to Class 7A No. 2 Collins Hill. No. 2 Flowery Branch finished 2-1 at the KSA Holiday Tournament while No. 4 Harris County tallied a 2-2 showing at the CresCom Bank Invitational, beating Fayette County 68-59 in the process.

In Class AAAA, No. 1 Carver-Columbus won the William H. Shaw Christmas Tournament. No. 4 Luella clawed their way to a 2-1 record at the Peach State Classic. No. 5 Madison County jumps No. 6 Northwest Whitfield after their 50-42 win over Class 2A No. 8 Banks County. No. 9 Jefferson defeated West Hall 47-40, denying the Lady Spartans reentry into the Top 10 for at least another week.

No. 3 Johnson-Savannah climbs two spots in Class AAA thanks to their revenge win over No. 2 Beach, 48-43. No. 6 Lovett falls two positions after losing to Dutch Forks, SC 50-42 and Greenbrier 48-37 at the Savannah River Shootout. No. 5 Central-Macon won the State Bank & Trust Championship with a 65-44 win over Class 2A No. 9 Washington County. No. 10 Dawson County clings onto the final spot after a 61-45 loss at West Hall.

No. 1 Laney no longer seems unbeatable in Class AA. The Wildcats slipped by Cross Creek 62-59 and had to rally from down 25-8 to newly ranked No. 6 Josey to pull out a 70-57 victory. The Josey Lady Eagles pop up in the rankings at 13-1. With their measuring stick game finally in tow against Laney, there is confidence that Josey is a legit Top 10 team. Last season the Eagles put together an 18-9 record, but were steamrolled by Laney 74-32, 72-35 and 76-33. Outside of Laney’s two scares, the biggest result in the classification came in Region 8 where No. 2 Putnam County blasted No. 3 Rabun County 82-53. Jashanti Simmons poured in 25 points followed by Hailey Hyman’s 22 and Rykia Pennamon’s 18 to overpowered the LadyCats and Georgia Stockton’s game-high 38 points. Up three spots is No. 4 Dodge County, who continues to be a nightmare for larger schools. The Squaws stunned Wayne County 52-51 by outscoring the Lady Jackets 32-11 in the fourth quarter. Speaking of Class AA on Class AAAAA crime, No. 9 Washington County defeated Warner Robins 52-47.

Class A-Private No. 3 St. Francis went 3-1 at the CresCom Bank Invitational, beating Class 5A No. 4 Harris County 72-48 and eventually falling in the championship game to the No. 5 ranked team in the nation, New York’s Christ the King 67-61. No. 6 Calvary Day rises two spots after drilling Class A-Public No. 6 Woodville-Tompkins 69-40. Fellowship Christian (3-6) exits the Top 10. The one-man show of Colorado-signee Cameron Swartz hasn’t been enough to win games. They fell to No. 8 Landmark Christian 60-58 and finished 1-2 at the War Lodge Invitational. Replacing the Lady Paladins is returnee No. 10 Prince Avenue Christian.

In Class A-Public, No. 7 Terrell County’s win over No. 3 Pelham was short-lived, the Green Wave dropping four spots after a 46-44 loss to No. 6 Woodville-Tompkins, the Lady Wolverines still yet to be beaten by a fellow Class A-Public school. No. 2 Greenville pushed Class 4A No. 1 Carver-Columbus to the brink, 78-72 at the William H. Shaw Christmas Tournament. At the same event, No. 8 Marion County won the small schools bracket. Mitchell County (4-3) exits the poll on a two-game losing streak. They are replaced by No. 10 Turner County (5-2).

Week 5 Girls Rankings

Class AAAAAAA

  1. Westlake (6-0)
  2. Collins Hill (9-1)
  3. Norcross (10-1)
  4. Newton (9-1)
  5. Cherokee (9-1)
  6. North Forsyth (8-1)
  7. South Gwinnett (9-1)
  8. North Cobb (8-1)
  9. McEachern (5-3)
  10. Colquitt County (6-2) 

Class AAAAAA

  1. Harrison (7-2)
  2. Alpharetta (9-0)
  3. Northview (7-2)
  4. Lovejoy (9-1)
  5. Winder-Barrow (7-1)
  6. Sequoyah (8-1)
  7. Lanier (8-2)
  8. Forest Park (7-2)
  9. Northside-Warner Robins (7-1)
  10. Tucker (5-3) 

Class AAAAA

  1. Buford (8-0)
  2. Flowery Branch (6-2)
  3. Dutchtown (9-1)
  4. Harris County (6-0)
  5. Bainbridge (11-2)
  6. Villa Rica (8-0)
  7. Maynard Jackson (6-0)
  8. Eagle’s Landing (8-4)
  9. Carrollton (3-2)
  10. Southwest DeKalb (4-3)

Class AAAA

  1. Carver-Columbus (9-0)
  2. Henry County (10-0)
  3. Spalding (10-0)
  4. Luella (9-1)
  5. Northwest Whitfield (8-1)
  6. Madison County (4-3)
  7. Baldwin (7-0)
  8. Marist (7-1)
  9. Americus-Sumter (9-1)
  10. Jefferson (5-3) 

Class AAA

  1. Greater Atlanta Christian (8-1)
  2. Beach (11-0)
  3. Franklin County (9-0)
  4. Lovett (9-1)
  5. Johnson-Savannah (7-3)
  6. Central-Macon (4-1)
  7. Haralson County (4-0)
  8. Peach County (7-2)
  9. Dawson County (6-2)
  10. Hart County (4-3)

Class AA

  1. Laney (7-0)
  2. Rabun County (7-0)
  3. Swainsboro (8-0)
  4. Model (8-2)
  5. Putnam County (7-0)
  6. Banks County (5-2)
  7. Dodge County (9-1)
  8. Fitzgerald (3-1)
  9. Dublin (6-1)
  10. Washington County (5-1) 

Class A-Private

  1. Holy Innocents’ (7-1)
  2. Wesleyan (6-1)
  3. St. Francis (5-2)
  4. Our Lady of Mercy (8-1)
  5. Christian Heritage (8-1)
  6. Stratford Academy (4-2)
  7. Landmark Christian (5-4)
  8. Calvary Day (8-1)
  9. Fellowship Christian (2-3)
  10. Lakeview Academy (3-3)

Class A-Public

  1. Telfair County (9-1)
  2. Greenville (7-0)
  3. Terrell County (7-1)
  4. Pelham (8-1)
  5. Wheeler County (6-2)
  6. Macon County (4-1)
  7. Woodville-Tompkins (7-3)
  8. Marion County (6-1)
  9. Mitchell County (4-1)
  10. Georgia Military College (8-0)

It’s still early in Class AAAAAAA, but as of right now, it looks like we might officially have a few new leaders in the clubhouse to win the state championship as No. 9 McEachern continues to fall back into the pack. The Lady Indians were beat by debutant No. 8 North Cobb on the road, 57-51. The Lady Warriors’ only loss this season has come to No. 5 Cherokee, 58-44. The Lady Warriors from Canton picked up a 54-39 win at River Ridge while No. 4 Newton hammered a good Grayson team 63-43 and slipped past Mill Creek 58-54. Cherokee and Newton benefit the most from McEachern and No. 10 Colquitt County’s slides. The Lady Packers were knocked off by Class 5A No. 5 Bainbridge 47-42 and now have the unenviable task of playing No. 1 Westlake at the Peach State Holiday Classic on Wednesday. The Lions are coming off an 85-54 mauling of Douglas County. No. 2 Collins Hill is hot on Westlake’s track, scoring impressive wins over Mountain View (81-33) and Class 6A No. 1 Harrison (42-39) at the Queens of the Hardwood Classic. Brookwood (5-2) exits from the poll after losing to Class 6A No. 7 Lanier.

Yes, that’s right, we have a new No. 1 in Class AAAAAA: No. 1 Harrison. Even with the Lady Hoyas’ 42-39 loss to Class 7A No. 2 Collins Hill, Harrison showed they can impose their will and control the tempo of any game. They defeated Region 6 opponent River Ridge 59-48 prior to their loss. No. 4 Lovejoy lost their hold of No. 1 thanks to a 56-53 loss to Stephenson (6-4) who drops out of the rankings after losing to No. 10 Tucker 48-38. Lovejoy played without star sophomore Anaya Boyd due to an eye injury, but with the stakes so high and the top teams so even, there is limited room for error. Region 7 now places teams two and three in No. 2 Alpharetta and No. 3 Northview. They will clash for first-place on January 4 at Alpharetta. The Lady Titans have a tough road ahead before worrying about the Lady Raiders. They tip-off the Deep South Classic against Hillgrove at Brookwood on the 28th. Lovejoy wasn’t the only team to falter this week as No. 5 Winder-Barrow is down two spots following their upset 63-58 loss to No. 7 Lanier, who reenters the poll. The Longhorns also beat Brookwood 48-46 behind Jamyah Montissol’s 21 points – 12 coming in the fourth quarter. No. 8 Forest Park beat Tucker 62-44 in convincing fashion. No. 9 Northside-Warner Robins earned a 43-36 win over Class 3A No. 6 Central-Macon.

Defending Class AAAAA state champion No. 1 Buford turned back No. 2 Flowery Branch for the fourth straight time dating back to last season, 58-48, but it still seems like the Lady Falcons are the team best equipped to challenge the Lady Wolves for a state title. No. 6 Villa Rica is making some noise, beating No. 9 Carrollton in Region 7 play, 67-60, dropping the Lady Trojans down six spots. Carrollton swept Villa Rica last year, but now it looks like the Wildcats are the early favorite to win the region. With Carrollton’s loss and No. 8 Eagle’s Landing’s 54-52 loss to Memphis Central at the Queens of the Hardwood Classic, No. 3 Dutchtown, No. 4 Harris County and No. 5 Bainbridge all rise into the Top 5. Dutchtown beat a good Locust Grove team 70-62 while Bainbridge took down Class 7A No. 10 Colquitt County 47-42 at Colquitt.

There will be a Class AAAA state championship rematch on Tuesday as No. 1 Carver-Columbus hosts rival Columbus. It will take a herculean effort for the Blue Devils to upset Class AAAA’s heavy state title favorite. No. 2 Henry County struggled with Eastside’s junk defense, double and triple-teaming Auburn-signee Brooke Moore, but Moore finally broke free late in the second half to help the War Hawks win 59-44. No. 10 Jefferson sinks five spots after losing at No. 6 Madison County 58-56. The Red Raiders held their own this week after losing in overtime to Class 2A No. 6 Banks County. They scored their win against Jefferson and followed up with a 64-56 win over Class 3A No. 10 Hart County. No. 5 Northwest Whitfield has a Region 6 showdown with red-hot 8-0 Pickens County. Coach Brandon Thomas has the Dragonettes clicking on all cylinders, but they haven’t played a well-oiled machine like the Lady Bruins. West Hall (7-4) exits the rankings after losing 46-44 at No. 8 Marist and to Banks County 55-36. No. 9 Americus-Sumter gets a crack at the Top 10 out of Region 1. Jykeria Long is averaging 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 5 steals for the Panthers.

While Class AAA No. 1 GAC has been taking care of business with wins over East Hall (78-44) and Mountain View (90-53), No. 2 Beach has done the same down on the coast. The defending state champs won their title game rematch with bitter rival No. 5 Johnson-Savannah 53-42 and will play the Atomsmashers again today for the Memorial Health Holiday Classic Championship. No. 6 Central-Macon is down three spots after a tough loss to Class 6A No. 9 Northside Warner-Robins, 43-36. North Murray (9-3) departs from the rankings following losses to Calhoun (49-44) and Murray County (53-45). Into the poll is No. 8 Peach County, who has played extremely well without Southern Miss-signee Daishai Almond, who suffered a season ending knee injury in the summer.

No. 1 Laney had a scare in Class AA, struggling to put away Butler 68-54. They rebounded however with an 80-57 win at Mays. No. 8 Fitzgerald falls five spots after a bad 60-55 loss at Cook. Last week’s teams four through eight all rise a position.  No. 6 Banks County could have jumped higher, but a 75-74 overtime setback against East Hall keeps their movement to a minimum. The Lady Leopards have played as tough a schedule as anyone in Class AA, earning wins over Class 4A No. 6 Madison County in overtime 60-53 and beating West Hall 55-36 last week. Berrien (8-3) disappears from the rankings following a 50-48 loss to Early County. They are replaced by No. 10 Washington County. The Golden Hawks have won five-straight including a 56-45 win over Bleckley County.

In Class A-Private, No. 1 Holy Innocents’ beat Lebanon (TN) 71-55 at the She Got Game Classic.  No. 2 Wesleyan raced past Fayette County 83-58 and No. 3 St. Francis fell to Hoover (AL) 53-51 at the Queens of the Hardwood Classic. No. 4 Our Lady of Mercy beat No. 9 Fellowship Christian 52-41, Florida State-signee Morgan Jones outscoring the Paladins with 42 points. No. 5 Christian Heritage is up five spots following their 57-42 win over Pinecrest Academy (3-4) knocking the Lady Paladins from the Top 10. Sisters Meghan and Kelsey Schneller are the twin engines for Coach Maggie Peeples’ Lions. Athens Academy (6-2) falls from the rankings after losing to returnee No. 10 Lakeview Academy 61-51. Making their first appearance in the poll is No. 8 Calvary Day. The Savannah-based Cavaliers hold wins over Jenkins (46-29) and Richmond Hill (54-39) to legitimize their resume.

Just like on the boys side, we have a state-altering upset in Class A-Public. No. 4 Pelham tumbles three spots after losing at No. 3 Terrell County 61-60, the Green Wave surging up five spots. That means defending state runner-up No. 1 Telfair County grabs the driver’s seat in Class A-Public after the Hornets were ranked No. 1 wire-to-wire last season. The Lady Trojans beat No. 5 Wheeler County for the second time this year on Saturday, 75-64 on the road. Ny’Asia Howard dropped 25 points while India Wells netted 22 and Brandy Mackey and Vashay Tillis each added 8 points. No. 8 Marion County suffered a bad loss to 2-5 Taylor County, 47-42, dropping the Eagles three spots. Wilcox County (6-3) exits the Top 10 after losing at Class 2A No. 7 Dodge County 50-34. They are replaced by undefeated No. 10 Georgia Military College. The Lady Bulldogs have gotten a spark from 5-foot-9 freshman Deandria Stephens, who is averaging 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals per game.