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David Purdum

High school basketball: 4 teams poised for postseason runs

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AAAA boys

The Eastside boys began the season unranked, but, after a 17-2 start, the Eagles appear poised to make some noise in the postseason. Senior guard Treyvon Francis is among team leaders and helped the Eagles win 12 straight games, heading into Saturday’s game against Alcovy. Before Saturday, Eastside was the only unbeaten team in Region 8-AAAA play.

Alexander, another AAAA boys team that started the season unranked, has emerged as a legitimate threat out of arguably the classification’s toughest region. Heading into the weekend action, the Cougars had won 12 in a row, a streak that includes impressive Region 5-AAAA wins over No. 4 Fayette County and No. 10 Sandy Creek.

AAAA girls

If the Chestatee girls get hot from the outside, look out. Coach Web Daniel has said that this is best offensive team and wants his team to shoot more 3-pointers that anyone in the state. Senior guard Bridgette Kelly leads a bevy of 3-point shooters for Chestatee. Kelly scored 34 points in a 61-60 overtime win at Gilmer last week. The War Eagles had won eight in a row heading into last week’s weather-hampered schedule. Chestatee beat AAAAAA’s Collins Hill to start the season and also fell to AAAAAA’s Mill Creek by one. The War Eagles began the season unranked.

It seems silly to call a program that has won three of the last four state titles a sleeper, but Columbia’s girls appear to have taken a step back this season. After starting out at No. 1, the Eagles have fallen back to No. 8 in the AJC rankings. Columbia, however, has given No. 1 Redan its toughest test in a 75-74 road loss in early January.

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