Basketball rankings: Buford girls take No. 1 spot from St. Pius

12:58 pm Jan. 25, 2015

Buford, which has won 10 consecutive games and is 18-3 overall, is the new No. 1 girls team in Class AAAA, climbing one spot in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution rankings.

Moving down is St. Pius (19-2), led by All-America guard Asia Durr, after suffering a 61-40 loss on Saturday to Class AAAAAA No. 6 Mountain View. Jonesboro (20-1) moved up one spot to No. 2, while St. Pius fell to No. 3.

Buford

Saturday basketball scores

8:53 pm Jan. 24, 2015

Hilton Invitational (at Norcross High School)
Boys

DeMatha (MD.) 61, Pebblebrook 54

Jenkins 70, Winston Salem Prepatory (N.C.)

Lee (Ala.) 54, Greater Atlanta Christian 50

Montrose Christian (MD.) 80, Convenant Christian 66

Norcross 72, Madison County 64

North Gwinnett 59, Christ School (N.C.)

High School Basketball Scores
Boys

Allatoona 58, New Manchester 39

Alexander 76, Lithia Springs 71

Archer 67, Central Gwinnett 60

Athens Christian 86, Commerce 40

Berkmar 63, South Gwinnett 56

Blessed Trinity 51, Therrell 32

Cartersville 65, Cass 47

Clinch County 48, Hawkinsville 45

DeMatha

Jarrell, Crawford County running through Region 4-AA

9:05 am Jan. 24, 2015

There’s arguably no boys team in AA hotter than Crawford County, and few players putting up better numbers than its star junior William Jarrell. Through his first 15 games, the 6-foot-4 guard was averaging 25.8 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He’s only improved on those numbers lately, putting up 52 points, 19 rebounds, 13 assists, nine steals and seven blocks in a pair of Eagles wins

Grovetown girls upset two ranked teams in four days

8:00 am Jan. 24, 2015

Here’s a look back at some of the top stories from the week in Class AAAAA basketball:

*Hot at the right time: No girls team in AAAAA had a better week than Grovetown. The Warriors upset fifth-ranked Cross Creek 52-50 on Tuesday and then beat No. 8 Greenbrier 61-46 on Friday to remain in the hunt for the top seed in 2-AAAAA Division A. Three Grovetown players – Naomi Hughes (16

Bowdon hires North Gwinnett defensive coordinator to replace Hochstetler

5:24 am Jan. 24, 2015

North Gwinnett defensive coordinator Robert Andrews is the new head coach at Bowdon, replacing retired 300-game winner Dwight Hochstetler, the Class AA school in Carroll County announced on Friday.

Andrews has been North’s defensive coordinator since 2013. He held the same post with Grayson from 2005 to 2012 and was part of Grayson’s 2011 Class AAAAA championship team that featured All-America defensive end Robert Nkemdiche. Grayson had 26 shutouts in those

Boys: Cedar Grove 70, North Clayton 62

9:59 pm Jan. 23, 2015

Cedar Grove found itself in an bad situation on Friday. A second-period flurry by North Clayton had left the Saints trailing by 12 at the half and not looking anything like the No. 3-ranked team in Class AAA.

But after a bit of soul searching at halftime, Cedar Grove was able to completely erase the deficit in the third quarter and run away with a 70-62 win.

“We went up on the

No. 1 St. Francis girls continue hot run, beat Fellowship Christian 59-35

8:49 pm Jan. 23, 2015

By Score Atlanta

The Fellowship Christian girls used a 10-5 run to cut the halftime deficit to seven points (26-19) before No. 1 St. Francis erupted and outscored the host Paladins 20-4 in the third quarter and ran away with a 59-35 Region 6-A victory.
“We weren’t defending the cutters in that first half and that’s one of the things we stressed at the break,” explained St. Francis head coach Aisha Kennedy.

Asia Durr, Keke Calloway have 40-point games

9:23 pm Jan. 22, 2015

–St. Pius star Asia Durr scored 43 of the Golden Lions 51 points in a win over Columbia on Tuesday. The Golden Lions have won 71 consecutive regular-season region games. They host Cross Keys in a Region 6-AAAA game tonight and will face a stern test from Mountain View on Saturday. That game is at 4 p.m., at Wesleyan.

–Mary Persons senior Keke Calloway poured in 41 points and pulled down

Landmark-Greenforest boys, St. Francis-Osborne girls headline weekend slate

4:01 pm Jan. 22, 2015

BOYS
No. 6 Landmark Christian (16-3, 8-1 in Region 5) at No. 3 Greenforest Christian (17-1, 8-0), Friday.  Both teams are in the top half of the Georgia High Schools Association/MaxPreps Class A power ratings. The winning team should get a significant boost and will have the inside track to be the top-seeded team in the region tournament.  Greenforest’s only loss of the season was to Class AAAAAA Pebblebrook, perhaps the