Jenkins boys making defense “sexy”

7:39 am Jan. 29, 2015

Jenkins coach Bakari Bryant said he’s found a way to sell his boys basketball team the notion that “playing defense is sexy.” While others may be happy to play at a breakneck pace, the Warriors are happiest when they’re in a lockdown mode. It’s one reason the team is off to a 17-3 start and ranked No. 2 in Class AAA.

“Most of all we play defense,” Bryant said. “A lot

Westminster girls continue growth … Region 1 girls showdown

6:00 am Jan. 27, 2015

Four years ago Westminster basketball coach Heather Karvis made the decision to promote four ninth graders to the varsity basketball team. She saw great potential in the group and chose to throw them into the fire rather than bring them along slowly. Today the program is reaping the benefit.

The Wildcats, with that group now seniors, have lived up to that potential. Westminster is now 17-4 and ranked No. 9 in

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

Big weekend in Savannah … Dawson girls back in action … S. Atlanta closes in

9:30 am Jan. 22, 2015

This is a busy weekend for Johnson High in Savannah. The Atom Smashers could find themselves back in the mix for the Region 1-AAA Division B championship or relegated to a No. 3 seed, depending on how things play out.

No. 5 Johnson (16-3) tonight hosts No. 2 Jenkins (15-3), which leads the subregion with a perfect 8-0 record and has won six straight games. On Saturday the Atom Smashers play

South Atlanta boys take different approach … Big game for Banks-East Hall

6:15 am Jan. 20, 2015

Michael Reddick has had some great teams and coached some great players over his 17 seasons at South Atlanta. But he’s never quite had a team like this one.

The No. 9-ranked Hornets are 14-4 and have won four straight since losing to Greenville, Ala., in the Dwight Madison tournament in Montgomery, Ala. But unlike past teams that have included two players when went on to be selected as Mr. Georgia

South Atlanta girls knock off Decatur … Kendrick’s 43-game win streak ends

8:23 am Jan. 17, 2015

The South Atlanta girls had a lot to prove when they journeyed to Decatur High on Friday night. The No. 5-ranked Hornets were undefeated, but didn’t really have a signature win against a high quality opponent.

They have one now.

Coach Akisha Graham’s team survived with a 53-51 win over No. 4 Decatur, a victory that means a lot.

“These girls really wanted this because they were ranked one spot ahead of us,”

No. 4 Decatur girls to get test from No. 5 South Atlanta … Waco challenges Laney

7:10 am Jan. 15, 2015

The No. 4 Decatur girls are in the midst of a great season. But they’ll get a definite midseason checkup on Friday night when they host No. 5 South Atlanta.

It will be a big night for coach Sarah Coleman’s Bulldogs. The boys team will play the first game of the night and there will be a short break for the annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony. Then the girls will

Cedar Grove-Blessed Trinity boys highlight schedule

8:03 am Jan. 13, 2015

They’re on different sides of Region 4-AAA, but the league will get a better idea of its pecking order after tonight’s game between No. 4 Cedar Grove and No. 8 Blessed Trinity in Ellenwood.

Cedar Grove (11-2) leads Division A with a 5-0 record, one game ahead of No. 10 South Atlanta. The Saints are led by forward Jacara Cross, guard Chris Fredrick, guard Benjy Parrish and guard Kenneth Lewis.

Blessed Trinity

No. 1 Laney boys, Kendrick girls prevail … Milestone for Dawson’s Bearden

9:10 am Jan. 10, 2015

The No. 1- ranked boys and girls teams in Class AAA boys won their games on Friday night to highlight an interesting evening in the classification.

Boys

JaShawn Brooks scored 20 points and was 7-for-7 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter to lead No. 1 Laney to a 72-65 win over No. 3 Butler. Butler (14-2) led by as many as 10 points in the first half before Laney came