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

Athens Christian boys overtake St. Francis for No. 1 in private power ratings; St. Francis girls still No. 1 but SCD jumps SACA for No. 2

1:01 pm Jan. 28, 2015

With less than two weeks to go in the regular season, the Athens Christian boys have leapfrogged St. Francis and vaulted back into the No. 1 spot in the Georgia High Schools Association/MaxPreps power ratings for this week. Calhoun holds on to the No. 1 public school spot.

On the girls side, St. Francis continues to hold the No. 1 spot in the private school power ratings while Savannah Country Day

A pair of top-10 girls games highlight weekend slate in AA

9:21 am Jan. 28, 2015

We’re coming down to the wire on the regular season, and the urgency is picking up. Though region tournaments provide a lifeline to the postseason, the importance of seeding shouldn’t be underestimated. The deeper a team can get into the region tourney without having to face a top seed, the better the chances at landing at home game in the state playoffs.

Nailing down the No. 2 seed looks like it

Knockdown Class AA battle: Pace Academy boys beat Holy Innocents’ 68-66

8:48 pm Jan. 27, 2015

By Score Atlanta

The Class AA third-ranked Holy Innocents’ boys had top-ranked Pace Academy on the ropes Tuesday night with a 47-34 lead entering in the closing minute of the third quarter. But the Knights rallied to tie it at 66 and with 2.7 seconds left senior Elijah Holifield drilled a game-winning pull-up jumper to give Pace Academy a thrilling 68-66 road victory in a packed gym at Holy Innocents’.

“Elijah is

Pace Academy, Holy Innocents’ rematch takes center stage Tuesday night

9:28 am Jan. 27, 2015

The weekend will bring some big girls games (Wesleyan at Lovett, Thomasville at Early County) with big region implications. But Tuesday’s marquee is all about the action on the boys side, starting with No. 1 vs. No. 3.

Also below: this week’s schedule for all the top-10 teams, and a look back at last week’s top performers.

No. 1 Pace Academy at No. 3 Holy Innocents’

Since a loss to Class AAAAA North

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

Basketball rankings: Buford girls take No. 1 spot from St. Pius

12:58 pm Jan. 25, 2015

Buford, which has won 10 consecutive games and is 18-3 overall, is the new No. 1 girls team in Class AAAA, climbing one spot in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution rankings.

Moving down is St. Pius (19-2), led by All-America guard Asia Durr, after suffering a 61-40 loss on Saturday to Class AAAAAA No. 6 Mountain View. Jonesboro (20-1) moved up one spot to No. 2, while St. Pius fell to No. 3.

Buford

Saturday basketball scores

8:53 pm Jan. 24, 2015

Hilton Invitational (at Norcross High School)
Boys

DeMatha (MD.) 61, Pebblebrook 54

Jenkins 70, Winston Salem Prepatory (N.C.)

Lee (Ala.) 54, Greater Atlanta Christian 50

Montrose Christian (MD.) 80, Convenant Christian 66

Norcross 72, Madison County 64

North Gwinnett 59, Christ School (N.C.)

High School Basketball Scores
Boys

Allatoona 58, New Manchester 39

Alexander 76, Lithia Springs 71

Archer 67, Central Gwinnett 60

Athens Christian 86, Commerce 40

Berkmar 63, South Gwinnett 56

Blessed Trinity 51, Therrell 32

Cartersville 65, Cass 47

Clinch County 48, Hawkinsville 45

DeMatha