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Todd Holcomb

Basketball rankings: Miller Grove retakes No. 1 over Allatoona; Columbia still on top despite losses

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One slip and Allatoona’s boys basketball team is out of the No. 1 spot in the Class AAAAA rankings while Columbia is still on top in AAAA despite three losses in eight days.

Allatoona (22-1) lost to Iroquois of Kentucky 50-49 on Saturday in the King of the Blue Grass Showcase in Louisville. Allatoona had been one of only three unbeaten boys teams in Georgia.

The others, still unbeaten entering the final week of the regular season, are Greater Atlanta Christian and Vidalia, the top two teams in Class AA.

Five girls teams remain unbeaten. Three are ranked No. 1 in their classes – Redan (AAAA), Washington County (AAA) and Holy Innocents’ (A). The others are Kendrick and Pelham, the No. 2 and No. 4 teams in AA.

The new No. 1 boys team in AAAAA is Miller Grove, despite five losses. Miller Grove has won state titles each of the past five seasons. Miller Grove has lost to three out-of-state teams. The Wolverines also have lost to fifth-ranked and defending champion Norcross of AAAAAA and No. 1 Columbia of AAAA.

Columbia’s hold on the No. 1 ranking in AAAA also might be called sketchy. The Bulldogs have lost to three out-of-state teams, plus fifth-ranked South Atlanta, a region rival. But other highly ranked teams in AAAA have more in-state losses, including No. 2 Eagle’s Landing, the team that beat Columbia in the 2013 state final.

Columbia, which has won state titles four of the past six years, went 1-2 last weekend in Orlando. Its losses were to Greensboro Day, the No. 2 team overall in North Carolina, and American Heritage, the No. 12 team in Florida, according to MaxPreps rankings. MaxPreps rated Columbia’s schedule as the second-toughest in AAAA behind Fayette County’s before the Florida tournament, where Columbia also had a victory over Shiloh, a AAAAAA team.

There are only four new teams in the rankings this week. They are Worth County for Sandy Creek (AAAA boys), Portal for Wilkinson County (A boys), South Effingham for Chestatee (AAAA girls), and Johnson-Savannah for Chapel Hill (AAA girls).

But there were several significant games.

Tri-Cities’ boys upset Westlake, which fell to No. 4 from No. 2 in Class AAAAAA. Buford’s boys upset No. 2 Morgan County, avenging an early-season loss, and moved up a spot to No. 5 in AAA. Morgan County fell to No. 6.

Parkview’s girls defeated Archer 55-52 on Friday. They swapped places in the rankings, Parkview moving to No. 2 in AAAAA, Archer dropping to No. 3. Douglas County held on to the No. 8 spot in AAAAAA with a 56-49 victory in overtime Saturday against Hughes, which fell from No. 9 to No. 10. Brunswick, which has wrapped up the regular-season title in Region 1, moved up a spot to No. 9.

BOYS

Class AAAAAA

1. Wheeler (17-4)

2. Tift County (21-2)

3. North Gwinnett (21-3)

4. Westlake (21-2)

5. Norcross (17-5)

6. Hillgrove (18-4)

7. Walton (18-3)

8. Milton (13-7)

9. Pebblebrook (16-4)

10. Douglas County (17-4)

Class AAAAA

1. Miller Grove (17-5)

2. Allatoona (22-1)

3. Tucker (17-3)

4. Jenkins (20-2)

5. Clarke Central (20-1)

6. Stephenson (15-6)

7. Warner Robins (18-2)

8. Sprayberry (18-4)

9. Villa Rica (18-4)

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

Class AAAA

1. Columbia (17-4)

2. Eagle’s Landing (15-4)

3. Alexander (17-3)

4. Fayette County (15-5)

5. South Atlanta (15-5)

6. Glenn Hills (17-4)

7. Eastside (18-2)

8. Liberty County (17-6)

9. Worth County (19-4)

10. Rutland (17-4)

Class AAA

1. Washington County (19-1)

2. Johnson-Savannah (17-4)

3. Cartersville (19-2)

4. Savannah (17-3)

5. Buford (17-5)

6. Morgan County (18-5)

7. Elbert County (18-3)

8. Blessed Trinity (18-4)

9. Thomson (15-2)

10. Cedar Grove (13-6)

Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian (23-0)

2. Vidalia (23-0)

3. Laney (18-4)

4. Model (19-2)

5. Manchester (18-3)

6. Calhoun (17-2)

7. Pelham (17-3)

8. Jefferson (17-5)

9. Crawford County (16-4)

10. McIntosh County Academy (12-8)

Class A

1. Whitefield Academy (15-5)

2. Aquinas (16-4)

3. Greenforest Christian (16-7)

4. St. Francis (13-7)

5. North Cobb Christian (16-5)

6. Athens Christian (17-4)

7. Calhoun County (19-1)

8. Seminole County (15-2)

9. Holy Innocents’ (17-2)

10. Portal (19-3)

GIRLS

Class AAAAAA

1. McEachern (17-2)

2. Parkview (21-2)

3. Archer (21-3)

4. Norcross (17-4)

5. Hillgrove (18-3)

6. Westlake (18-4)

7. North Forsyth (20-2)

8. Douglas County (17-3)

9. Brunswick (21-2)

10. Hughes (18-3)

Class AAAAA

1. Southwest DeKalb (20-2)

2. Tucker (17-3)

3. Salem (19-2)

4. Drew (17-3)

5. Effingham County (20-2)

6. Hiram (19-3)

7. Osborne (16-6)

8. Stephenson (15-6)

9. Forest Park (16-7)

10. Creekview (17-5)

Class AAAA

1. Redan (22-0)

2. Columbus (20-1)

3. Cross Creek (18-2)

4. Mary Persons (20-2)

5. Monroe (18-4)

6. Columbia (10-4)

7. Rutland (17-3)

8. Woodland-Stockbridge (17-4)

9. Fayette County (13-6)

10. South Effingham (19-4)

Class AAA

1. Washington County (20-0)

2. St. Pius (19-3)

3. Buford (20-2)

4. Tattnall County (19-2)

5. Beach (21-1)

6. Dodge County (19-2)

7. Morgan County (17-3)

8. Southwest-Macon (15-2)

9. Peach County (17-4)

10. Johnson-Savannah (17-5)

Class AA

1. Wesleyan (19-2)

2. Kendrick (18-0)

3. Laney (23-1)

4. Pelham (20-0)

5. Greater Atlanta Christian (17-5)

6. Pepperell (17-2)

7. Armuchee (16-5)

8. Putnam County (18-2)

9. Bleckley County (16-5)

10. Vidalia (16-5)

Class A

1. Holy Innocents’ (19-0)

2. SW Atlanta Christian (19-4)

3. St. Francis (16-2)

4. George Walton Academy (20-1)

5. Randolph-Clay (17-3)

6. Calvary Day (15-2)

7. Claxton (19-3)

8. Gordon Lee (17-5)

9. Darlington (13-6)

10. Mount Paran Christian (15-3)

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