Week 6 Girls Rankings


  1. Norcross (15-1)
  2. Collins Hill (12-0)
  3. McEachern (5-4)
  4. Mill Creek (11-1)
  5. Archer (9-2)
  6. Westlake (9-3)
  7. Newton (8-1)
  8. Hillgrove (7-4)
  9. Colquitt County (9-2)
  10. Brookwood (8-4) 


  1. Harrison (9-1)
  2. Winder-Barrow (8-4)
  3. Douglas County (10-2)
  4. Grovetown (8-4)
  5. Mays (5-4)
  6. Sequoyah (10-0)
  7. Lovejoy (9-2)
  8. Northview (11-1)
  9. Stephenson (8-4)
  10. Jonesboro (7-4) 


  1. Buford (8-0)
  2. Flowery Branch (9-2)
  3. Southwest DeKalb (10-3)
  4. Griffin (13-0)
  5. Warner Robins (13-0)
  6. Carrollton (9-0)
  7. Maynard Jackson (9-1)
  8. Villa Rica (11-1)
  9. Arabia Mountain (9-0)
  10. Harris County (10-2) 

Class AAAA

  1. North Oconee (10-1)
  2. West Hall (9-3)
  3. Carver-Columbus (11-1)
  4. Cross Creek (8-4)
  5. Columbus (7-2)
  6. Northwest Whitfield (7-3)
  7. Sandy Creek (7-1)
  8. Jefferson (8-3)
  9. Perry (10-2)
  10. Americus-Sumter (8-2) 

Class AAA

  1. Beach (11-1)
  2. Johnson-Savannah (12-1)
  3. Greater Atlanta Christian (10-4)
  4. Ringgold (10-2)
  5. Hart County (10-1)
  6. Monroe (8-1)
  7. Redan (8-2)
  8. Calhoun (11-3)
  9. Franklin County (8-2)
  10. Haralson County (8-3) 

Class AA

  1. Laney (9-1)
  2. Model (8-2)
  3. Dodge County (8-1)
  4. Rabun County (11-1)
  5. Vidalia (8-1)
  6. Fitzgerald (6-0)
  7. Heard County (10-2)
  8. Dade County (10-3)
  9. Hapeville Charter (8-2)
  10. Dublin (5-2)

Class A-Private

  1. St. Francis (8-3)
  2. Holy Innocents’ (9-1)
  3. Wesleyan (10-2)
  4. Lakeview Academy (10-2)
  5. Pinecrest Academy (8-2)
  6. Landmark Christian (9-3)
  7. Calvary Day (9-2)
  8. Fellowship Christian (5-3)
  9. Christian Heritage (6-4)
  10. Tattnall Square Academy (6-3) 

Class A-Public

  1. Pelham (10-0)
  2. Wheeler County (9-1)
  3. Greenville (9-1)
  4. Telfair County (9-1)
  5. Woodville-Tompkins (10-3)
  6. Macon County (6-0)
  7. Treutlen (7-3)
  8. Taylor County (7-2)
  9. Terrell County (6-2)
  10. Wilcox County (7-4)


Over in South Carolina, the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational was as good as it gets with a handful of Georgia powers in attendance. One of those state championship favorites was Class AAAAAAA No. 1 Norcross, who went 3-1 with their lone loss coming to eventual tournament champion Monacan, VA 58-57.  Along the way the Lady Blue Devils knocked off Wesleyan 58-53. Back in Georgia, No. 6 Westlake and No. 9 Colquitt County were tested at the Peach State Classic. The Lions went 2-1 with a win over Colquitt 45-42. The Packets finished 1-2 with losses to Southwest DeKalb and Westlake. Lambert and Camden County drop out. The Wildcats shouldn’t have been ranked last week as there was an error on MaxPreps saying they beat Calvary Day when they actually lost 48-41. Replacing Camden County is No. 8 Hillgrove. The record isn’t sexy, but the Hawks have played a tough non-region schedule and head into a stingy Deep South Classic field with host No. 10 Brookwood, who reappears in the poll after a 55-46 victory over Lambert. The Broncos draw North Forsyth in Round 1 of the tournament, a great matchup between two Top 10 worthy squads.

The Olivia Nelson-Ododa tour went to the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational and nearly captured the championship. Class AAAAAA No. 2 Winder-Barrow went 3-1, beating Wesleyan 65-60 and falling to Monacan in the finals 54-49. In the loss Nelson-Ododa finished with 16 points and 22 rebounds. In Region 5 play, No. 3 Douglas County held off No. 5 Mays at Mays 67-60. Mays holds firm at No. 5 even with the loss due to strength of schedule. The two square off again on January 7. Stephenson leaps Jonesboro for No. 9 in the state after the Cardinals were tripped up by Holy Innocents’ 53-39 at the War Eagle Classic.

Class AAAAA is shaping up to be tons of fun with No. 1 Buford as the early favorite. They crushed Morgan County 74-17 heading into the holiday break. Southwest DeKalb jumps Griffin for No. 3 in the state. The Panthers won the Peach State Classic beating Tucker (52-46), Colquitt County (60-51) and No. 7 Maynard Jackson 72-58 in the title game. Jackson moves up after beating Westlake 46-38. The Jaguars likely would have been ranked much higher to start the year if I knew that Southwest Atlanta Christian’s two best seniors (6-foot-5 Dominique Banks & 5-foot-7 Tiamya Butler) had transferred to Jackson. In effect, SACA would have never been ranked to open the year. No. 5 Warner Robins hosts No. 10 Harris County on January 6.

It’s now nine straight wins for No. 2 West Hall heading into Lanierland. The Spartans won the Holidays on the Hardwood Championship in North Carolina over Cherokee, NC 76-71. No. 3 Carver-Columbus pounded No. 5 Columbus 69-53, dropping them three spots in the Class AAAA poll. Heritage-Catoosa departs the rankings after a 60-45 loss to Ringgold and is replaced by No. 10 Americus-Sumter, who drilled Monroe 61-40 at the Phoebe Sumter Shootout, the Tornadoes first loss of the year.

No. 1 Beach and No. 2 Johnson-Savannah will battle for Region 3-AAA supremacy all season long and even though it wasn’t a region game, it was Beach’s turn to stun the Atomsmashers. The Bulldogs won the Memorial Health Holiday Classic Championship in overtime 62-56 just six days after losing 45-42 on a buzzer beater to Johnson. The Bulldogs take ahold of No. 1 and will see Johnson for the third time on January 27. No. 4 Ringgold had a strong week, beating Christian Heritage 56-37 and Heritage-Catoosa, their rival, 60-45. Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe drops out after losing to Heritage-Catoosa 68-43. Replacing them is No. 10 Haralson County, who knocked Pepperell out of the AA poll with a 60-39 victory.

No. 2 Model is starting to heat up in Class AA, beating Darlington 56-47 and Rome 60-54. Dodge County leaps Rabun County for No. 3 due to more resume building wins, their most recent coming at Wayne County 50-45. Bryan County and Pepperell exit the Top 10. Bryan County was upset by Long County while the Dragons have dropped three straight by double digits. Entering is No. 9 Hapeville Charter and No. 10 Dublin. The Hornets have some sting and are a team to keep an eye on with a High Major player leading the way.

There’s shuffling along the top of Class A-Private with St. Francis reclaiming No. 1 even after two losses at the Nike Tournament of Champions. The Knights have played the toughest schedule in the state and are still a force in Georgia. Holy Innocents’ climbs up to No. 2 after a clean week with a win over Jonesboro. Wesleyan went 2-2 at the CresCom Invitational, their only two losses coming to GHSA opponents in Winder-Barrow and Norcross. Darlington has lost two in a row and is out of the rankings, replaced by No. 10 Tattnall Square Academy.

No. 1 Pelham is a monster in Class A-Public, beating Tift County 40-38 just to show their dominance from the state’s smallest classification. Below Pelham there were some state-changing results. Wheeler County jumps up two spots to No. 2 following No. 3 Greenville and No. 9 Terrell County’s losses. Greenville was upset by Cook 73-71, but rebounded with an 81-75 win over Turner County, knocking the Rebels from the poll.  Terrell County lost to Taylor County 49-41; not a terrible result at first glance. But the Greenwave fall six spots to No. 9 and Taylor County drops two spots to No. 8 after the Vikings were demolished by No. 6 Macon County 67-35, who debuts in the Top 10. The Bulldogs are officially a problem led by junior Jasmine Larry who is posting 23.4 points, 5.8 assists and 5.8 steals per game. Ranking just ahead of the ‘Dogs is Woodville-Tompkins. They defeated Calvary Day 49-47. Treutlen holds at No. 7 after a 64-59 win over No. 10 Wilcox County and a 64-62 loss to No. 4 Telfair County.