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
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Mount Vernon Presbyterian guard Autumn Burnette scored 43 points with 14 rebounds and seven steals in a 69-43 victory over Galloway last week, but there was nothing extraordinary about it for the 5-foot-10 junior.
Burnette scored …
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 …
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 …
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.
Hilton Invitational (at Norcross High School)
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
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