Posted: 4:54 pm Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Basketball rankings: Washington County boys, girls teams No. 1 in AAA 

By Todd Holcomb

Five of Georgia’s No. 1-ranked basketball teams lost last week, and only one – Columbia’s boys in Class AAAA – stayed in the top spot in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s high school rankings.

The new No. 1 teams are Allatoona’s boys (AAAAA), Washington County’s boys and girls (AAA) and Whitefield Academy’s boys (A).

Losing their top rankings were Miller Grove’s boys (AAAAA), Savannah’s boys (AAA), Aquinas’ boys (A) and Buford’s girls (AAA).

Wheeler, the No. 1-ranked boys team in AAAAAA, almost became the sixth top team to lose but defeated Wenonah of Birmingham 83-82 on Saturday with a buzzer-beating shot by guard Avery Patterson in a showcase event at Norcross. Wenonah is Alabama’s reigning Class 5A champion.

None of the former No. 1 teams suffered what could be called a bad loss.

In AAAAA, Miller Grove (17-5) was beaten by Roselle Catholic, New Jersey’s all-classification champion in 2013. But Allatoona, the new No. 1, is the only unbeaten remaining in the classification. Miller Grove, the defending champ,  has one loss in Georgia, to Columbia.

Savannah’s boys lost to defending AAA champ and city rival Johnson. Buford’s girls were beaten soundly by Wesleyan, the No. 1 team in AA. Savannah and Buford were replaced at the top by Washington County, the only school in any classificaiton with both teams in the top position.

And now that Aquinas and Savannah have been bumped. Washington County also is the only school outside of metro Atlanta with a No. 1 team

In A, Aquinas lost to Augusta rival Laney, the No. 3 team in AA, 64-63 on Monday. Whitefield Academy became the new No. 1 after defeating No. 4 St. Francis and No. 5 North Cobb Christian last week.

Columbia lost to Region 6-AAAA rival South Atlanta but held its ranking. The Eagles have only two losses, one to Tucker, the No. 3 team from AAAAA.



1. Wheeler (17-4)

2. Westlake (21-1)

3. Tift County (19-2)

4. North Gwinnett (19-3)

5. Norcross (15-5)

6. Hillgrove (18-4)

7. Walton (17-3)

8. Milton (12-6)

9. Pebblebrook (16-4)

10. Douglas County (15-4)


1. Allatoona (21-0)

2. Miller Grove (17-5)

3. Tucker (16-3)

4. Jenkins (18-2)

5. Clarke Central (19-1)

6. Stephenson (14-6)

7. Warner Robins (16-2)

8. Sprayberry (18-4)

9. Villa Rica (18-4)

10. M.L. King (13-8)

Class AAAA

1. Columbia (16-2)

2. Eagle’s Landing (15-4)

3. Alexander (16-3)

4. Fayette County (14-5)

5. South Atlanta (15-5)

6. Rutland (17-3)

7. Glenn Hills (16-4)

8. Eastside (17-2)

9. Liberty County (15-6)

10. Sandy Creek (15-4)

Class AAA

1. Washington County (17-1)

2. Morgan County (17-4)

3. Cartersville (18-2)

4. Johnson-Savannah (15-4)

5. Savannah (15-3)

6. Buford (15-5)

7. Elbert County (17-3)

8. Cedar Grove (13-5)

9. Thomson (14-1)

10. Blessed Trinity (17-4)

Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian (22-0)

2. Vidalia (21-0)

3. Laney (18-4)

4. Model (18-2)

5. Manchester (16-3)

6. Calhoun (16-2)

7. Pelham (15-3)

8. Jefferson (15-5)

9. Crawford County (15-4)

10. McIntosh County Academy (11-8)

Class A

1. Whitefield Academy (14-5)

2. Aquinas (14-4)

3. Greenforest Christian (14-7)

4. St. Francis (13-7)

5. North Cobb Christian (15-5)

6. Athens Christian (15-4)

7. Calhoun County (18-1)

8. Seminole County (14-2)

9. Holy Innocents’ (17-2)

10. Wilkinson County (14-5)



1. McEachern (16-2)

2. Archer (20-2)

3. Parkview (19-2)

4. Norcross (16-4)

5. Hillgrove (18-3)

6. Westlake (17-4)

7. North Forsyth (19-2)

8. Douglas County (16-3)

9. Hughes (18-2)

10. Brunswick (19-2)



1. Southwest DeKalb (19-2)

2. Tucker (17-3)

3. Effingham County (19-1)

4. Salem (18-2)

5. Drew (17-3)

6. Stephenson (14-5)

7. Hiram (19-3)

8. Osborne (15-6

9. Forest Park (15-7

10. Creekview (16-5)

Class AAAA

1. Redan (21-0)

2. Columbus (19-1)

3. Cross Creek (17-2)

4. Mary Persons (18-2)

5. Monroe (17-4)

6. Woodland-Stockbridge (15-3)

7. Chestatee (18-3)

8. Columbia (10-4)

9. Rutland (16-3)

10. Fayette County (13-6

Class AAA

1. Washington County (18-0)

2. St. Pius (18-3)

3. Buford (18-2)

4. Tattnall County (17-2)

5. Beach (19-1)

6. Morgan County (16-2)

7. Dodge County (16-2)

8. Chapel Hill (18-3)

9. Peach County (17-3)

10. Southwest-Macon (15-2)

Class AA

1. Wesleyan (19-2)

2. Kendrick (17-0)

3. Laney (22-1)

4. Pelham (18-0)

5. Greater Atlanta Christian (16-5)

6. Pepperell (17-2)

7. Armuchee (15-5)

8. Putnam County (17-2)

9. Bleckley County (15-4)

10. Vidalia (15-5)

Class A

1. Holy Innocents’ (19-0)

2. SW Atlanta Christian (16-4)

3. St. Francis (16-2)

4. George Walton Academy (18-1)

5. Randolph-Clay (15-3)

6. Calvary Day (13-2)

7. Gordon Lee (16-4)

8. Claxton (17-3)

9. Darlington (13-6

10. Mount Paran Christian (15-3)


BasketballTopFan((c) would like to wish all the high schools boys and girls basketball teams the best of luck and success !!!

Basketball is a GREAT game.

ToddHolcomb moderator

Observations on the girls rankings. These are from Chip Saye, who coordinates the girls rankings.

*There is a new No. 1 team in Class AAA this week. Undefeated Washington County moves up a spot from No. 2 after the previous No. 1 team, Buford, suffered a 61-39 loss to Wesleyan on Saturday and dropped to No. 3. Defending state champion St. Pius moves up one spot to No. 2.

*The other five No. 1 teams – McEachern (AAAAAA), Southwest DeKalb (AAAAA), Redan (AAAA), Wesleyan (AA) and Holy Innocents’ (A) – remained the same. Southwest DeKalb and Holy Innocents’ became No. 1 teams last week. McEachern, Redan and Wesleyan have held the top spots since we began doing the polls on Jan. 5.

*Redan (21-0), Washington County (18-0) and Holy Innocents’ (19-0) and three of only five unbeaten girls teams in Georgia. The others are both in Class AA – No. 2 Kendrick (17-0) and No. 4 Pelham (18-0).

*There are six new teams in the rankings this week: Brunswick replaces Mountain View in AAAAAA; Osborne and Creekview replaces Sequoyah and Grovetown in AAAAA; Fayette County replaces Carrollton in AAAA; Southwest-Macon replaces White County in AAA; and Vidalia replaces Union County in AA. Brunswick and Southwest-Macon were ranked this month. Osborne, Creekview, Fayette County and Vidalia are in the top 10 for the first time this season.

*The Class A top 10 remained exactly the same as it was last week. No. 5 Randolph-Clay and No. 6 Calvary Day were the only teams to lose, and both losses came against strong Class AAAA teams (Randolph-Clay lost to No. 2 Columbus, and Calvary Day lost to South Effingham).

ToddHolcomb moderator

Here are more comments on the boys rankings. Didn't want to clog up the  original story with it. :) 

AAAAAA notes – Jaylen Brown scored 30 points in Wheeler’s 83-82 victory over Wenonah. … Pebblebrook is ranked for the first time this season, and probably the first time in a few years. The Falcons defeated previously fifth-ranked McEachern on Tuesday, then formerly ranked Marietta 52-45 on Saturday, and is tied for first place in Region 4 with Hillgrove. They also have a victory over Berkmar, a team that might’ve gotten the No. 10 spot if not for a loss to Shiloh last week. … Westlake moved up one spot after beating two ranked teams – Walton and Douglas County – last week. … Hillgrove moved up one spot despite losing Monday to Greater Atlanta Christian, the No. 1-ranked team in Class AA. The Hawks had three nice wins last week – Marietta 64-45, McEachern 67-55 and Sparkman, Ala., 70-63. …

AAAAA notes – Six of the Top 10 lost, and three of the six lost twice. … Miller Grove lost on to Roselle Catholic, New Jersey’s all-classification champion in 2013, but took charge of Region 6 with victories over ranked opponents M.L. King (67-56) and Stephenson (62-56).  … Allatoona became the new No. 1 team, however. The Bucs defeated Fayette County (former No. 2 team in AAAA). Allatoona is unbeaten overall. Miller Grove has five losses, one in Georgia (Columbia) that weighs heavily in the rankings discussion. … Stephenson remained ranked despite losing three of its last four games. Those losses came to No. 1 Miller Grove, Marietta of Class AAAAAA, Houston of Tennessee (ranked No. 8 in Class AAA of that state). Stephenson’s victory came against third-ranked Tucker. … Clarke Central, previously ranked No. 4, fell from the unbeaten when defeated on Monday by Morgan County, the No. 3 team in Class AAA. … Jenkins, which looked sharp in a 94-77 victory over previous No. 6 Effingham County, moved up to No. 4. (Tucker beat Jenkins in December.) … Effingham County dropped out of the rankings after losing to Jenkins (not bad) and Glynn Academy (not so good). But Jakenan Gant, perhaps the state’s top prospect, was injured and did not play against Glynn. …M.L. King remained ranked despite its eighth loss. That came to No. 1 Miller Grove. All eight of MLK’s losses have comes to Georgia teams ranked in AAAAAA or AAAAA, none by more than six points until Miller Grove’s 67-56 win. … No. 7 Warner Robins beat Northside 53-51 in a key Region 2 game.

AAAA notes – Six Top 10 teams lost in this class, also. No. 1-ranked Columbia lost to South Atlanta 70-66 on Friday but kept its top ranking after long debate. South Atlanta had been upset by unranked Marist 58-54 earlier in the week. … Eagle’s Landing, the defending champion, stayed put at No. 1 despite a seven-game winning streak. EL had too many losses to justify jumping to the top spot. Those include games against Stephenson, Mount Zion (avenged), Buford and GAC, all pretty good teams. Columbia’s losses are to South Atlanta and Tucker (No. 3 in AAAAA). Columbia has beaten Miller Grove, the No. 1-ranked team in AAAAA. Columbia also has a win over Meridian, a top-five team in all classes in Mississippi. … Alexander made the biggest jump, from 7th to 3rd, after its 64-47 victory over previous No. 2 Fayette County this week. Alexander has won 12 straight games and leads Region 5 with a 9-0 record ahead of Fayette and Sandy Creek, two other Top 10 teams. … Glenn Hills has won 10 straight games. … Westover is out of the rankings, and Eastside in. Westover lost to Americus-Sumter on Tuesday. … Liberty County lost to Jenkins (49-38) and Statesboro (39-37) last week but stayed in the rankings.

AAA notes - Savannah lost to rival Johnson 51-47. Savannah had beaten Johnson in December. Both have one loss in the region. … Morgan County beat Clarke Central 76=67 in the MLK Showcase and No. 5 Elbert County on Saturday and jumped two spots to No. 2. … Blessed Trinity lost to Woodward Academy 57-54. Blessed Trinity had won 11 straight, but its most recent loss also had been to Woodward, 60-43 in December. BT still leads Woodward in the region, so kept its Top 10 ranking. Cedar Grove leads.

AA notes - None of the top eight teams lost and thus each held its positio. No. 1 GAC beat Hillgrove, a Top 10 team from AAAAAA, 69-65 on Monday. No. 2 Vidalia beat 10th-ranked McIntosh County Academy 74-52 on Friday. MCA remained in the rankings despite eight losses. Region 4-AA Crawford County rejoined the rankings at No. 9, replacing region rival Northeast, which lost to Monticello on Tuesday.

A notes – Former No. 1 Aquinas lost to Laney 64-63 on Monday. … New No. 1 Whitefield Academy beat No. 4 St. Francis 71-63 and No. 5 North Cobb Christian 64-43 last week. … St. Francis also lost to Providence Day of North Carolina 74-70. … Athens Christian, previously ranked No. 2, lost twice – to Pebblebrook and Johnson of Gainesville. … Calhoun County is back in the rankings after bombing No. 8 Seminole County 79-66. That was strange because Calhoun County had lost recently by 25 to Randolph-Clay, and Seminole had beaten Randolph-Clay by 20. … Dooly County (16-2) dropped out after a loss to Hawkinsville in Region 4. Hawkinsville has won seven straight. … Wilkinson County stayed in the rankings despite losing to Portal.


@ToddHolcomb Hey, I'm just wondering where does Portal actually sit in your rankings?  They're 17-3, won the rematch against one of those loses, lost to a 4A school, man-handled the defending state champions in Wilkinson and a close second in the power rankings to Seminole.  I know you don't cover that area or many public 1A schools but Portal should probably be somewhere in your top 10 after an 18 point win in a game that was never even close against Wilkinson