Posted: 4:48 pm Sunday, January 12th, 2014

High school rankings: Power shift occurs in Gwinnett girls basketball 

By Todd Holcomb

There’s a new order in Gwinnett County girls basketball this week as Archer, a 4-year-old school outside of Lawrenceville, is No. 2 in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Class AAAAAA rankings.

Archer (15-1) and Parkview, the former No. 2 team, swapped places after Archer’s 51-42 victory last week in a critical Region 8 game. Archer has made the state playoffs the past two years but never advanced past the round of 16 or been ranked as high as No. 2.

Meanwhile, another 4-year-old school with a Lawrenceville address, Mountain View (13-4), moved into the rankings for the first time at No. 9. The Lady Bears made the playoffs for the first time last season and lost in the first round. This weekend, they defeated Mill Creek and 2013 state runner-up North Gwinnett on consecutive days and claimed first place in Region 7-AAAAAA.

Meanwhile, Norcross, the defending state champion in the highest class, fell four spots to No. 8 after a 46-38 loss to Duluth. Norcross had beaten Duluth 13 straight times.

The No. 1 teams for boys and girls remained the same in all six classifications, and there are only 13 new teams in the rankings in a week of relative calm.

Newly ranked boys teams are Milton for Marietta in AAAAAA, Warner Robins and Sprayberry for Apalachee and M.L. King in AAAAA, Alexander for Westover in AAAA and Pelham and Crawford County for McIntosh County Academy and Taylor County in AA

Newly ranked girls teams are Mountain View for Hughes in AAAAAA; Grovetown for Evans in AAAAA, Morgan County, Chapel Hill and Peach County for Southwest-Macon, Central-Carrollton and North Oconee in AAA, Armuchee and Westside-Augusta for Calhoun and Taylor County in AA  and Calvary Day for Eagle’s Landing Christian in A.

Won-lost records may not include games not reported before deadline.

BOYS

Class AAAAAA

1. Wheeler (11-4)

2. North Gwinnett (15-2)

3. Tift County (14-2)

4. Westlake (15-1)

5. McEachern (12-2)

6. Norcross (12-5)

7. Hillgrove (13-3)

8. Walton (13-1)

9. Milton (10-5)

10. Douglas County (12-2)

Class AAAAA

1. Miller Grove (12-4)

2. Allatoona (16-0)

3. Tucker (12-1)

4. Jenkins (12-1)

5. Clarke Central (14-0)

6. Effingham County (10-6)

7. Stephenson (11-3)

8. Villa Rica (15-3)

9. Warner Robins (14-2)

10. Sprayberry (12-4)

Class AAAA

1. Columbia (11-1) …

2. Fayette County (10-2)

3. Rutland (12-2)

4. Eagle’s Landing (12-4)

5. South Atlanta (10-4)

6. Jonesboro (12-4)

7. Glenn Hills (11-4)

8. Alexander (10-3)

9. Liberty County (13-4)

10. Sandy Creek (11-3)

Class AAA

1. Savannah (13-2)

2. Washington County (11-1)

3. Cartersville (14-2)

4. Elbert County (12-1)

5. St. Pius (16-1)

6. Morgan County (11-4)

7. Buford (10-5)

8. Johnson-Savannah (10-3)

9. Cedar Grove (8-5)

10. Thomson (10-0)

Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian (17-0)

2. Vidalia (16-0)

3. Laney (12-4)

4. Manchester (11-3)

5. Calhoun (14-1)

6. Model (13-2)

7. Jefferson (11-4)

8. Pelham (9-3)

9. Crawford County (11-3)

10. Northeast-Macon (8-5)

Class A

1. Aquinas (10-3)

2. Athens Christian (12-2)

3. North Cobb Christian (13-3)

4. Whitefield Academy (9-5)

5. St. Francis (10-5)

6. Calhoun County (13-0)

7. Greenforest Christian (9-7)

8. Wilkinson County (12-3)

9. Seminole County (11-1)

10. Dooly County (12-1)

GIRLS

Class AAAAAA

1. McEachern (10-2)

2. Archer (15-1)

3. Parkview (14-2)

4. North Forsyth (16-0)

5. Hillgrove (15-2)

6. Douglas County (13-1)

7. Brunswick (14-1)

8. Norcross (13-1)

9. Mountain View (13-4)

10. Westlake (12-4)

Class AAAAA

1. Tucker (13-2)

2. Southwest DeKalb (14-2)

3. Effingham County (15-1)

4. Salem (11-2)

5. Stephenson (11-4)

6. Forest Park (11-6)

7. Drew (12-3)

8. Hiram (14-3)

9. Sequoyah (14-4)

10. Grovetown (12-4)

Class AAAA

1. Redan (14-0)

2. Columbus (13-1)

3. Cross Creek (14-1)

4. Carrollton (12-2)

5. Columbia (7-2)

6. Monroe (13-4)

7. Woodland-Stockbridge (12-3)

8. Chestatee (14-3)

9. Mary Persons (13-2)

10. Burke County (14-2)

Class AAA

1. Buford (14-1)

2. Washington County (12-0)

3. Beach (16-0)

4. St. Pius (14-3)

5. Tattnall County (13-2)

6. Dodge County (12-1)

7. Decatur (11-3)

8. Morgan County (10-2)

9. Chapel Hill (12-3)

10. Peach County (12-3)

Class AA

1. Wesleyan (14-2)

2. Kendrick (12-0)

3. Laney (15-1)

4. Pelham (12-0)

5. Bleckley County (11-2)

6. Greater Atlanta Christian (12-5)

7. Putnam County (12-1)

8. Pepperell (13-2)

9. Armuchee (11-5)

10. Westside-Augusta (12-3)

Class A

1. St. Francis (12-1)

2. Holy Innocents’ (13-0)

3. SW Atlanta Christian (12-4)

4. George Walton Academy (14-1)

5. Randolph-Clay (10-2)

6. Calvary Day (7-1)

7. Darlington (10-4)

8. Turner County (14-2)

9. Claxton (12-3)

10. Gordon Lee (10-4)

4 comments
itsonlywrite
itsonlywrite

Clarke Central is verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry quick.  They should go deep in the playoffs. 

Basketballguru
Basketballguru

I still dont understand how North Gwinett and Tift County are ranked higher than Westlake when Westlake has played a stronger schedule and has a better record. They Have beaten Jonesboro, Fayette County, South Atlanta, and Douglas County.  All top 10 schools in there respective classes.  Our only loss came to Lincoln in which we only lost by 5. Sidenote the team we lost to Lincoln of New York beat Wheeler by 16. 

Marietta Fan
Marietta Fan

Marietta hit a rough patch this week. We can redeem ourselves on Tuesday at Mceachern and Hillgrove next Tuesday

Blue Devil
Blue Devil

@Basketballguru No disrespect to the Westlake fans, but Tift county high school has beaten Westover, Buford, Savannah, and Wilkinson and these too are teams in the top 10 in their class with Savannah being number one in theirs. Also out of all the teams from Georgia that played #1 in the nation Montverde, Tift county played them the best. I'm just saying that Tift county is deserving of their position and has the resume to prove it.