Week 2 GHSA Girls Basketball State Rankings

Week 2 GHSA Girls Basketball State Rankings

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1. Brookwood (4-0)
2. Archer (2-0)
3. Norcross (2-0)
4. Carrollton (1-0)
5. Buford (1-0)
6. Peachtree Ridge (2-0)
7. McEachern (3-0)
8. Campbell (2-1)
9. Lowndes (1-0)
10. Hillgrove (3-1)


1. River Ridge (2-0)
2. Lovejoy (1-1)
3. Rockdale County (2-0)
4. North Forsyth (2-0)
5. Woodward Academy (2-1)
6. New Manchester (3-0)
7. Forest Park (0-1)
8. Rome (1-0)
9. Langston Hughes (0-1)
10. Brunswick (0-1)


1. Kell (2-0)
2. Warner Robins (2-0)
3. Bradwell Institute (3-0)
4. Maynard Jackson (2-0)
5. Northside-Columbus (0-1)
6. Hiram (1-1)
7. Jones County (2-1)
8. Union Grove (1-2)
9. Arabia Mountain (2-0)
10. GAC (1-2)

Class AAAA

1. Holy Innocents’ (1-1)
2. Griffin (2-0)
3. Luella (1-0)
4. Baldwin (0-1)
5. Stockbridge (2-0)
6. Westminster (1-2)
7. Chestatee (1-0)
8. East Forsyth (2-1)
9. Southwest DeKalb (0-1)
10. North Hall (1-0)

Class AAA

1. Hebron Christian (3-0)
2. Lumpkin County (2-0)
3. Wesleyan (1-0)
4. Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (0-0)
5. Pickens (2-0)
6. Carver-Columbus (0-2)
7. White County (2-1)
8. Cross Creek (2-1)
9. Dawson County (2-1)
10. Calvary Day (0-0)

Class AA

1. Mt. Paran (2-0)
2. Landmark Christian (2-1)
3. Central-Macon (1-0)
4. Josey (2-0)
5. Fannin County (0-1)
6. Laney (0-1)
7. Banks County (3-1)
8. Dodge County (1-0)
9. Thomson (1-0)
10. Northeast-Macon (0-0)

Class A D-I

1. Galloway (2-1)
2. St. Francis (1-1)
3. Elbert County (0-1)
4. Rabun County (1-0)
5. Woodville-Tompkins (2-1)
6. Swainsboro (0-0)
7. Heard County (1-0)
8. Screven County (0-0)
9. Tallulah Falls (1-1)
10. Trion (0-0)

Class A D-II

1. Lake Oconee Academy (4-0)
2. Taylor County (0-0)
3. Clinch County (0-0)
4. Schley County (0-0)
5. Turner County (0-0)
6. Montgomery County (0-1)
7. Mt. Zion-Carrollton (0-1)
8. Charlton County (0-0)
9. Telfair County (0-0)
10. Greenforest (0-1)

Though it’s incredibly early, a few teams have begun separating themselves as contenders and pretenders. A busy holiday tournament schedule will pit Top 10 teams against each other as programs prep for region play.

Class 7A is undergoing a rehaul with two new teams cracking the Top 10. No. 1 Brookwood took down Class 6A No. 2 Lovejoy 54-51 behind Ohio State-signee Diana Collins’ 14 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. No. 3 Norcross got 23 points from Jania Akins in a 63-59 win over Class A D-I No. 1 Galloway and saw new additions Veronaye Charlton (18) and Mariyah Valrie (12) combine for 30 points. No. 4 Carrollton rises after trouncing Class 4A No. 9 Southwest DeKalb 59-35 at Girls Night Out. No. 6 Peachtree Ridge beat Class 5A No. 8 Union Grove 44-34 while No. 10 Hillgrove slipped a spot after losing 74-57 at Class 4A No. 1 Holy Innocents’. South Forsyth (1-2) and Cherokee (1-2) drop out. The War Eagles were beat 77-65 by No. 2 Archer and were upset by North Paulding 58-50 at the Gladiator Showcase, tumbling all the way from No. 4 to unranked. Cherokee is a victim of a tough schedule, losing to Class 6A No. 1 River Ridge 64-38 and Class 3A No. 1 Lumpkin County 65-53 at the Sandy’s Spiel Tip-Off Classic, hitting 11 threes in the loss and receiving 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals from freshman Lyla Griffith. No. 7 McEachern debuts after Jada Bates scored 17 points in the Indians’ 43-34 win over Class 5A No. 10 GAC at the Parkview Tip-Off Classic. No. 8 Campbell opened the year with a tough 61-57 loss to Class 6A No. 2 Lovejoy and has subsequently rolled past Stephenson (55-28) and Chamblee (67-25) to make it into the Top 10.

No. 1 River Ridge is off to a quick start in Class 6A, beating last week’s Class 7A No. 8 Cherokee 64-38 and dissecting Class 3A No. 6 Carver-Columbus’ press at Girls Night Out, 77-41 as Kayla Cleaveland scored 17 points and Allie Sweet added 16. No. 2 Lovejoy holds tight following a 54-51 loss to Class 7A No. 1 Brookwood. No. 3 Rockdale County sent a statement, annihilating No. 10 Brunswick 96-56, sinking the Pirates six spots. Danielle Carnegie (24), Tre’Miyah Berry (20), Lia Edwards (16), Mariyah Moore (11) and Nylah Williams (11) overwhelmed Brunswick. No. 4 North Forsyth climbs two spots with a win over Dutchtown 72-43 at the Raider Classic. The middle of the poll disintegrated last week with four teams losing. No. 5 Woodward Academy lost 62-56 at Class 4A No. 2 Griffin, but moves up three spots after rebounding with a 74-56 win over Class 4A No. 6 Westminster at Hawks-Naismith, Kameron Herring dropping 24 points and 8 rebounds. No. 6 New Manchester scored three wins, all on the road beating Class 5A No. 6 Hiram 46-42, Pebblebrook 58-54 and last week’s Class 3A No. 9 Monroe 54-43 at Girls Night Out, climbing three spots in the poll. No. 7 Forest Park is down two slots following a 55-37 loss to Class 3A No. 1 Hebron Christian at the Parkview Tip-Off Classic. No. 9 Langston Hughes was blown out at home by Class 5A No. 1 Kell, 75-50 dropping two spots. Woodstock (1-3) is a casualty following an 0-3 week as they await the return of their suspended starters. The Wolverines lost to Class 4A No. 8 East Forsyth (62-43), Pope (48-30) and Johns Creek (53-49). No. 8 Rome surfaces in the rankings after a 64-44 win over West Forsyth at the Raider Classic. The Lady Wolves graduated a big chunk from last year’s team but return 5-foot-10 junior Breana Griffin and welcome 5-foot-10 sophomore Jermiya Winston back home after she moved to Cass for her freshman year and was a First Team All-Region selection.

Class 5A No. 1 Kell had no issue with last week’s Class 6A No. 7 Langston Hughes winning 75-50 on the road, Jada Peterson netting 24 points and Crystal Henderson dumping in 23. No. 2 Warner Robins rallied past last week’s Class 4A No. 2 Baldwin 51-47 at the HypeSouth Hardwood Invitational, South Carolina State-signee Jada Morgan scoring a game-high 14 points to help erase a 17-point deficit. No. 4 Maynard Jackson climbs six spots after routing a shorthanded No. 5 Northside-Columbus, who sinks two spots following a 63-26 defeat. The Patriots were without starters Ayonna Durand and Morgan Thomas. No. 6 Hiram is down a spot with a 46-42 loss to Class 6A No. 6 New Manchester. No. 7 Jones County fell 44-41 to Class 2A No. 3 Central-Macon at the HypeSouth Hardwood Invitational while No. 8 Union Grove was defeated by Class 7A No. 6 Peachtree Ridge 44-34 on the road. No. 10 GAC also slips a spot after losses to Class 4A No. 6 Westminster (53-47) and Class 7A No. 7 McEachern (43-34) with a win over last week’s Class 4A No. 10 Trinity Christian (60-32) sandwiched in between.

The top of Class 4A may be a tight race throughout the season. No. 1 Holy Innocents’ holds onto their spot after beating Class 7A No. 10 Hillgrove 74-57 but losing to a barebones Class 3A No. 3 Wesleyan at Hawks-Naismith, 62-59. No. 2 Griffin is up a spot with a 62-56 win over Class 6A No. 5 Woodward Academy in what was a sloppy turnover fest. Zy Thompson scored 26 points followed by Aaliyah Duranham’s 16 and Leah Turner’s 9 to hold off the War Eagles. No. 3 Luella survived Class A D-I No. 3 Elbert County 43-40 at Peach State Explosion, Mercer-signee Ariana Dyson collecting 15 points and 10 rebounds while Dutchtown transfer Zana Justice debuted with 10 points and 7 rebounds. No. 4 Baldwin blew a 17-point lead at the HypeSouth Hardwood Invitational and lost to Class 5A No. 2 Warner Robins 51-47, dropping the Bravettes two spots. No. 6 Westminster had a rocky week but maintain their position after beating Class 4A No. 10 GAC 53-47 but losing to Class A D-I No. 1 Galloway 71-45 and Class 6A No. 5 Woodward Academy 74-56 at Hawks-Naismith. No. 7 Chestatee took advantage of a Elle Blatchford-less Sequoyah at the Sandy’s Spiel Tip-Off Classic, jumping out to a 17-1 lead and cruising to a 64-45 victory. Riley Black dominated with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals. No. 8 East Forsyth lost West Georgia-signee Alison Hiddema to an ACL tear but managed to split this week, beating a shorthanded Woodstock 62-43 and falling to Rabun Gap 67-54.  No. 9 Southwest DeKalb couldn’t keep pace with Class 7A No. 4 Carrollton 59-35 at Girls Night Out. Trinity Christian (0-1) exits the poll following a 60-32 loss at Class 5A No. 10 GAC. No. 10 North Hall marks the third team from Region 8 to appear in the rankings. The Lady Trojans won at Union County 57-54 as Emmanuel-signee Kristina Peach scored 14 points and Amelia Shoemaker collected 8 points, 8 rebounds and drew 8 charges.

There is separation beginning in Class 3A. No. 1 Hebron Christian defeated Class 6A No. 7 Forest Park 55-37 as Aubrey Beckham had 14 points and 11 rebounds. No. 2 Lumpkin County is still working North Georgia-signee Lexi Pierce back into game shape but haven’t had any issues with her not at 100% as the Indians blasted East Jackson 63-38 and triumphed over last week’s Class 7A No. 8 Cherokee 65-53 at the Sandy’s Spiel Tip-Off Classic. Averie Jones drained 5 threes en route to 26 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Emory-signee Mary Mullinax tallied 19 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals while Emmanuel-signee Kate Jackson dumped in 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal. No. 3 Wesleyan earned a huge win at Hawks-Naismith, toppling Class 4A No. 1 Holy Innocents’ 62-59 with only six available players, two fouling out forcing the team manager to suit up. Johanna Potter led the charge with 20 points while freshman Shayla Bahr scored 14 points and Chit-Chat Wright recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. No. 5 Pickens slides up a spot with a 54-40 win over Class 2A No. 5 Fannin County at the ETC Tournament. No. 6 Carver-Columbus drops, hammered by Class 6A No. 1 River Ridge 77-41 at Girls Night Out. No. 7 White County is up a spot after beating Habersham Central 59-50 and dispatching of a shorthanded Class 2A No. 7 Banks County at the Sandy’s Spiel Tip-Off Classic 51-29, Claire Beckman scoring 14 points and Kylie Watkins double-doubling with 11 points and 11 rebounds. No. 8 Cross Creek won at Grovetown 56-48 but slip in the poll after struggling to survive Westside-Augusta in overtime, 44-41. Monroe (0-2) and Oconee County (1-1) depart from the rankings. The Golden Tornadoes lost 54-43 to Class 6A No. 6 New Manchester at Girls Night Out while the Warriors fell to Central Gwinnett 55-43. No. 9 Dawson County is the fifth team from the seven-team Region 7 to enter the Top 10. The Tigers won 55-41 at Flowery Branch. No. 10 Calvary Day tips off their season today against Bulloch Academy and will be led by the best player in Savannah, Georgia College-signee Hannah Cail.

In Class 2A, No. 1 Mt. Paran defeated Hardaway 50-32, receiving 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks from Jessica Fields. No. 2 Landmark Christian beat Harrison 56-38 at the Parkview Tip-Off Classic. No. 3 Central-Macon edged Class 5A No. 7 Jones County 44-41 at the HypeSouth Hardwood Invitational, Alaya Grane and Taliah Grier scoring 12 points apiece. No. 5 Fannin County falls a spot after a 54-40 loss to Class 3A No. 5 Pickens at the ETC Tournament. No. 7 Banks County inches up a spot as they await the return of Emmanuel-signee Kamryn Grier. Without their double-double machine the Leopards have managed a 3-1 record, beating East Hall twice and crushing Jackson County 63-16. The Leopards fell to Class 3A No. 7 White County at the Sandy’s Spiel Tip-Off Classic 51-29 while missing two starters.  Murray County (0-1) sinks from the Top 10 after losing 65-60 to Northwest Whitfield at the Ridgeland Thanksgiving Classic. No. 9 Thomson debuts, fresh off a 74-36 win over Greene County at the Evans Tip-Off Classic.

Class A D-I No. 1 Galloway lost at Class 7A No. 3 Norcross 63-59 but rebounded with a 71-45 win over Class 4A No. 6 Westminster. No. 2 St. Francis is on the West Coast, playing in the Sharks and Sparks Shootout. The Knights beat Paramount, CA 69-49 in Game 1 as Sa’Mya Wyatt posted 13 points and 8 rebounds. No. 3 Elbert County suffered a 43-40 loss to Class 4A No. 3 Luella at Peach State Explosion, Niya Moon with 11 points in the loss. No. 4 Rabun County rises a spot following a convincing 75-53 win over St. Pius X at the Sandy’s Spiel Tip-Off Classic. After missing her sophomore season due to an ACL tear, Ellie Southards kicked off her junior season with 30 points and 5 threes. Lucy Hood tallied 19 points, 10 assists and 5 steals. No. 5 Woodville-Tompkins slips with a 54-51 loss to Richmond Hill. No. 7 Heard County survived Alexander 46-45. Bryan County (1-1) is out after a 71-40 loss to South Effingham. No. 9 Tallulah Falls enters the rankings becoming the third team out of Region 8 following a 51-36 win over Denmark at the Jackson EMC Tournament. Dayton-signee Denika Lightbourne surpassed 1,000 points in her career as she poured in 24.

No. 1 Lake Oconee Academy has had no problem dealing with the target on their back in Class A D-II. The Titans netted wins over Athens Christian 62-45 and East Jackson 44-37. There are no changes in the Top 10 although three teams did lose. No. 6 Montgomery County lost 46-24 to Ware County, No. 7 Mt. Zion-Carrollton fell 45-34 at Bremen and No. 10 Greenforest was drubbed by Stephenson 62-32.