Final regular-season basketball rankings: Where are the best region tournaments?

I wrote a story for Tuesday’s AJC about the best 10 region tournaments in metro Atlanta. I’m going to cut and paste that, while adding these tournaments from around the state …

8-AAA boys: West Hall (21-4) is the favorite, but Gainesville (17-7 and Franklin County (19-5) are in the mix at Winder-Barrow.
2-A boys: Wilcox County (19-2) and Lanier County (20-4) got byes to the semifinals.
7-AA boys: Dade County (23-3) and Rockmart (24-2) are the top teams at Georgia Highlands.
3-AAA girls: Washington County (24-0) and Grovetown (23-1) are the favorites at Burke County.
6-AAA boys: Carrollton (17-5) and Troup (19-3) are the top teams playing in LaGrange.

Here are what I think are the 10 most interesting region tournaments this week in metro Atlanta.

4-AAAAA girls: Fourth-ranked North Cobb (22-3) won its last seven regular-season games, beating three ranked teams, to snatch the No. 1 seed. Contending are No. 5 McEachern (19-5), No. 6 Campbell (19-6) and former No. 1 Hillgrove (18-4). The semifinals and finals are Thursday and Saturday at McEachern.
5-AAAAA boys: Look for No. 3 Wheeler (19-6) to face No. 6 Walton (19-6) in the final Saturday at Etowah. These East Cobb rivals split in the regular season.
7-AAAAA boys: It’s the only tournament that features four Top 10 teams — No. 2 Peachtree Ridge (20-4), Collins Hill (18-6), No. 5 Norcross (16-9) and No. 8 North Gwinnett (17-7). They play today through Saturday at Mill Creek.
7-AAAAA girls: No. 1-ranked North Gwinnett (19-5) could face defending state champion Norcross (21-3) in Saturday’s final at Mill Creek. North Gwinnett is 2-0 against Norcross this season.
3-AAAA girls: No. 2 Fayette County (20-5), No. 6 Alcovy (22-2) and No. 8 McIntosh (23-3) are state-ranked, but only the top two finishers this week at Woodland in Stockbridge will get a home playoff game in the first round.
4-AAAA boys: No. 8 Lovejoy (22-3) beat No. 9 Jonesboro (22-3) in December and got a bye to the semifinals and an automatic berth into the state tournament, but the title in this deep if unspectacular region will be determined Saturday at Mundy’s Mill.
6-AAAA boys: Top-ranked Miller Grove (24-1) is no shoo-in to win this stacked region that includes Tucker (20-4), Chamblee (15-9), Southwest DeKalb (19-5) and Mays (15-9). Tucker is the host school.
6-AAAA girls: No. 1-ranked Chamblee (23-0) will try to keep its unbeaten record at Tucker in a region that includes 2010 champion Southwest DeKalb (17-8) and 2010 Class AAAAA runner-up Redan (18-3).
6-AA boys: Defending state champion Greater Atlanta Christian (20-5) beat South Atlanta (24-1) in December, but South Atlanta is unbeaten since and has the No. 1 ranking. Expect them to play again Saturday at Maynard Jackson in Atlanta, but they’ll have to get through No. 10 Buford (18-7) and Decatur (18-7).
6-AA girls: Defending champion Buford (21-3) and fifth-ranked GAC (19-6) have split their meetings this season. They would play Saturday at Maynard Jackson.

1. Milton (23-2)
2. Peachtree Ridge (20-4)
3. Wheeler (19-6)
4. Collins Hill (18-6)
5. Norcross (16-9)
6. Walton (19-6)
7. South Gwinnett (19-6)
8. North Gwinnett (17-7)
9. Harrison (19-6)

10. Campbell (19-6)

Class AAAA1. Miller Grove (24-1)
2. Sequoyah (25-0)
3. Fayette County (23-2)
4. Bainbridge (23-2)
5. Rockdale County (19-5)
6. Brunswick (23-2)
7. Tucker (20-4)
8. Lovejoy (22-3)
9. Jonesboro (22-3)
10. Southwest DeKalb (19-5)

Class AAA1. Columbia (22-3)
2. Troup (19-3)
3 West Hall (21-4)
4. Carrollton (20-5)
5. Henry County (20-4)
6. Gainesville (17-7)
7. Murray County (22-2)
8. Butler (18-7)

9. Washington County (21-3)

10. Westover (16-9)

Class AA1. South Atlanta (24-1)
2. Greater Atlanta Christian (20-5)
3. Laney (24-0)
4. Thomasville (22-3)
5. East Hall (20-5)
6. Rockmart (24-1)
7. Dade County (22-3)
8. Northeast-Macon (20-2)
9. Vidalia (23-2)

10. Buford (18-7)

Class A1. Wilkinson County (23-0)
2. Greenville (22-3)
3. Whitefield Academy (22-3)
4. Wilcox County (19-2)
5. Wesleyan (22-3)
6. Terrell County (20-3)
7. Pace Academy (21-3)
8. North Cobb Christian (23-2)
9. Lanier County (20-4)

10. Paideia (20-5)


1. North Gwinnett (19-5)

2. Bradwell Institute (25-0)

3. North Cobb (22-3)

4. Norcross (21-3)

5. McEachern (18-5)

6. Campbell (19-6)

7. Parkview (20-4)

8. Brookwood (22-2)

9. Milton (15-4)

10. Stephenson (19-5)

Class AAAA
1. Chamblee (23-0)

2. Fayette County (20-5)

3. Douglas County (24-0)

4. Forest Park (20-5)

5. Chattahoochee (23-2)

6. Alcovy (22-2)

7. Redan (18-3)

8. McIntosh (23-3)

9. Statesboro (21-3)

10. Clarke Central (20-4)

Class AAA
1. Washington County (24-0)

2. Columbia (20-5)

3. Dalton (25-0)

4. Grovetown (23-1)

5. Westover (22-3)

6. Walnut Grove (24-1)

7. Sandy Creek (20-3)

8. Chestatee (21-4)

9. LaGrange (19-2)

10. St. Pius (20-5)

Class AA
1. Kendrick (25-0)

2. Vidalia (25-0)

3. Laney (24-1)

4. Thomasville (21-2)

5. Greater Atlanta Christian (19-6)

6. Buford (21-3)

7. Fannin County (21-1)

8. Northeast-Macon (22-3)

9. Screven County (19-3)

10. Model (21-5)

Class A
1. Wesleyan (23-2)

2. Taylor County (23-1)

3. SW Atlanta Christian (21-4)

4. Bryan County (22-3)

5. St. Francis (19-2)

6. Darlington (21-4)

7. Towns County (23-1)

8. Pace Academy (20-4)

9. Calvary Day (21-4)

10. Turner County (19-5)

91 comments Add your comment

Al Beeski

February 14th, 2011
3:11 pm

Todd, thanks for the update, besides Milton (AAAAA) & Miller Grove (AAAA), I think most tournaments will be up for grabs. Who are your favorites across the board (I know you love making these early pix so everyone you didnt pick can jump on your case!) Living in S Ga, I haven’t had opportunity to see too many teams from Metro. South Ga isn’t as talented as years past,however, it still should be an exciting 4 weeks of hoops!!!!

Stephen Carter

February 14th, 2011
3:46 pm

There is not mention of Region 5 AAAA. This Region has exemplified nothing short of the Big East in the NCAA. A lot of Teams are capable of beating anyone, as this Region is up for grabs. Lithia Springs continues to reload an inspite of a very young team could be headed for State again. Chapel Hill, Villa Rica, and Alexander can win in a close game@


February 14th, 2011
4:06 pm

Lets not forget about an Outstanding Season of Performance by Region 3-AAAAA Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers. They have successfully dismantled every team they came up against this season. They are the “ONLY” Class AAAAA Ladies Varsity Basketball team to be undefeated in the regular season.

I am hoping for a clean sweep of the post season tournament for Bradwell Institute. I would love to see how these Class AAAAA Lady Varsity Basketball match up against this year’s Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers. I don’t know too much about the Gwinette County Teams, but again, it will be exciting to see how these teams play against each other.


February 14th, 2011
7:15 pm

Buford girls will win 6AA–sorry GAC


February 14th, 2011
7:44 pm

@sportsfan31313: No final words. Lets leave it for the hardwood. Let the games begin, and good luck to all the teams. On another note, I checked the prepcountry site today and they have more regions brackets up. Tried to let hj know, hopefully they’ll have them all up tomorrow, I hope. Again good luck and lets see where this years tourney ends.


February 14th, 2011
8:28 pm


I agree. I respect the fact how you support your Gwinette County Teams. I am from South Georgia and a HUGE Bradwell Institute Fan in addition to Region 3-AAAAA. :-) Although I am not a guru for the Gwinette County Teams other than I do know that a few have some State Titles in some Sports but I will say that In Football, I do like Grayson, and I am also like Peachtree Ridge. Gwinette County is one of the fastest growing Counties in Georgia with a enormous amount of wealth. They can practically buy whatever they want. Even a State Title. :-) Ok Ok Ok Rudbuck just kidding. I didn’t get the opportunity to see the Brackets today due to the amount of work I had today. but I will check again tomorrow. Yes Good Luck to all of the teams as the tournament begins.

Devil Lover

February 14th, 2011
8:44 pm

AAAAA region7 should have an exciting region tournament this week. I predict Peachtree Ridge vs. North Gwinnett and Norcross vs. Collins Hill in the semi finals. Either Mill Creek and or Meadow Creek could be spoilers.

I am picking Norcross to play Peachtree Ridge in the finals. They split this year and are playing on a neutral court at Mill Creek. There should be some good basketball played Friday and Saturday.

Paul Mokeski

February 15th, 2011
10:16 am

Region 6-AAAA: Boys and Girls has the best comp. MG should win the boys, and Chamblee the girls, but it’s spots 2, 3 & 4 that’ll make it a great tourney

Langston Hughes DAD

February 15th, 2011
2:51 pm

Keep an eye out for Langston Hughes Boys. 2-AAAAA I know, you are saying where’s Langston Hughes. We are a 2nd year school and this is the 1st year we are allowed to compete in post season play. You’ll know who we are soon enough. regular season we are 2nd in the region, but that will change after the regional tournament! I guaranteeeeeeeeeee!

Langston Hughes DAD

February 15th, 2011
2:52 pm

We’re in Fairburn, just south of the Airport.


February 15th, 2011
4:17 pm

@Todd: I must say thanks to you guys. This years coverage of High School basketball got off to a better start. The coverage started much earlier than in previous years. We know football rules down here, but you guys tried some early coverage of basketball and did a much better job. Now for the new task at hand, the regionals have started, and though I know it’s early, some of the early games have been played and wondering if we coul;d at least get the scores of these games. It would be a big plus. Keep up the good work.


February 15th, 2011
5:24 pm

@SPRTSFAN31313: Thanks, but I am not a fan of the Gwinnett teams, don’t live there. I just enjoy the game and have to stick to the facts. Hey if I saw Lowndes. LaGrange or any other team play a strong schedule (regional and national) I would give them their props too. I’m in North Fulton, big fan of Centennial, but Centennial though they are scrappy and lightning quick, lack what they had the last few years, height. So the Miltons have the run of the region, especially when they broke up region 6, which last year included Centennial, Milton, Wheeler and Walton and all top 10 teams Now those Gwinnett teams have 5 of the top 10 teams in 5-A and beat up on each other on the boys side and the girls do much of the same, including the defending champ, So I think the girls championship somehow has to come thru Gwinnett. But as I said previously, let the games begin, it will be and interesting 4 weeks ahead.


February 16th, 2011
1:48 am

Watch out Brunswick is gonna be a sleeper in 4a they got 2 good big man and bunch of shooters


February 16th, 2011
9:51 am


Okay, I thought you lived in gwinette county and thought that your favorite team was out of the County. But I am ready for the tournamanet to begin. Number 1 seed out of Region3-AAAAA, Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers will play against Region 1-AAAAA number four seed Lowndes Lady the first round if Bradwell Institute wins the Region Tournamanet in which they should.


February 16th, 2011
11:37 am

The Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers are now number one in the Coaches Poll. I think this is the first time in school history or least in my time. Coach Faye Baker has really done an awesome job with these Young Ladies. This is quite an achievement, and recognition that should be duly noted. Congratulations goes out to them as well.

Class AAAAA Rankings

1. Bradwell Institute(3-AAAAA) 25-0
Last Week Ranked 3

2 . North Cobb(4-AAAAA) 23-3
Last Week Ranked 4

3. Norcross(7-AAAAA) 21-3
Last Week Ranked 2

4. North Gwinnett(7-AAAAA) 19-5 –
Last Week Unranked

5. Brookwood(8-AAAAA) 23-2
Last Week Ranked 1

6. Campbell(4-AAAAA) 20-6
Last Week Ranked 5

7. Alpharetta(6-AAAAA) 20-4
Last Week Ranked 6

8. McEachern(4-AAAAA) 18-5
Last Week Ranked 8

9. Stephenson(2-AAAAA) 19-5
Last Week Ranked 7

10. Milton(6-AAAAA) 16-4 –
Last Week Unranked


February 16th, 2011
2:50 pm

don’t think Buford has the man power to be Laney this year.

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February 16th, 2011
4:23 pm

@sportsfan31313: Getting a little ahead of yourself, they must play the regional tournament this week first to find to determine the statre tournament seeds. Bradwell plays Johnson, Savanah tonight and Lowndes plays Tift County in the first round.


February 16th, 2011
4:25 pm

Sorry I meant Lowndes and Tift play Thursday.


February 16th, 2011
6:01 pm


“Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers will play against Region 1-AAAAA number four seed Lowndes Lady the first round if Bradwell Institute wins the Region Tournament in which they should.”

That is what I stated earlier…….


February 16th, 2011
6:02 pm

Yes I know. Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers plays Johnson of Savannah tonight.


February 16th, 2011
6:52 pm

Lagrange High lady grangers are only ranked #9 in AAA??? They are 19-2 and made it to the final four last year with 3 freshman starting! They will be back again this year despite not getting any respect from AJC or GACA polls


February 16th, 2011
9:28 pm

Anyone at any of the games. We need updates if you are out there. Some of the scores are coming in slow.


February 16th, 2011
10:31 pm

Chamblee lost by 2 in ot. Had perfect season coming into game. Hate it for those kids.


February 16th, 2011
11:45 pm

Well Chamblee becomes first season undefeated team to get totally knocked out of the state tournament.


February 17th, 2011
12:19 am

SWD lost also to Carver. Very tough region when top ranked team in state and reigning 3-time champion lose and miss out on state tournament. Both were contenders for state title.

Gwinnett Does it Better

February 17th, 2011
2:45 am

@ SportsFan31313….the girls title is staying in gwinnett this year…and how can u put any team above North Gwinnett? They have beaten Norcross (defending state AAAAA champs remember?) twice this year. Who else has done that? No one…Also no other region is as stacked in the state in basketball as 7-AAAAA is (girls or guys), and that’s a fact.


February 17th, 2011
8:45 am

Why even have a regular season if a high ranked team loses in the first round of the regional then they are out of the state tournament. It’s like Pee Wee baseball.


February 17th, 2011
8:55 am

Would you rather they go straight to the state tournament without a regular season. It’s call either one of 2 things, and upset or a team that plays a weak regular, untested season and then choke in the post season.


February 17th, 2011
9:46 am

it’s sarcasm. I am not a fan of Collins Hill but they were eliminated by Mill Creek last night and they were ranked number 4 in AAAAA competition. Mill Creek won 2 games all season in the region. So Collins Hill is out and they had a very good regular season and played good competition. Seems unfair to me.


February 17th, 2011
9:47 am

GISA star scores 3000th point
don’t know if this is the right forum to post but Trinity Christian School in Dublin GA had Sr, Ga Southern signee score her #3000th point last week, quite a feat in any class.
Anyone know of other GISA or GHSA’s to hit this milestone


February 17th, 2011
9:55 am



February 17th, 2011
10:28 am

All I know is that SWD boys better take care of business at 5:30 today against Marist.


February 17th, 2011
10:46 am

Gwinnett Does it Better ,

I like your Confidence. We will just have to wait and see. Bradwell Institute is not 25-0 for nothing. Yes North Gwinette did beat Norcorss twice. But have you ever thought that Norcross was over-rated? Gwinette County Fans stated that about Camden County, But they have beaten all of the Metro Atlanta Teams when they played them. Well, up until this past Fall. It would be a great show down if the two Bradwell Institute and North Gwinette meet in the finals….


February 17th, 2011
11:08 am

Bradwell………26-0……..Round 1 to Bradwell, they beat up on a very very weak team in Johnson, Savannah!


February 17th, 2011
11:36 am


The play the hand that is givien to them. They don’t pick nor choose the region that they play in They said the exact same things about Camden County in Foootball. Come on now. Geeze!!!!


February 17th, 2011
11:41 am

@ Mr. Coach: Totally agree with you, it’s region and State tourney time. You cannot take anyone for granted. Every team is hungry to be 1 of the 4 teams to represent in state bracket, and sometime all it takes is 1 win to fall into that group. It’s a whole new season, just ask 5A #1 rank Chamblee girls and and top seed 7AAAAA Collins Hill boys, who are now out of the tournament.


February 17th, 2011
11:52 am


Sorry about the number of victories. I was mistaken. If you have ever played sports you can have a bad shooting night and lose. It’s not all about being hungry.


February 17th, 2011
12:14 pm

You are correct,on any given night you never know what could happen, another factor to the tournament.


February 17th, 2011
1:17 pm


“Bradwell………26-0……..Round 1 to Bradwell, they beat up on a very very weak team in Johnson, Savannah!”

No they trounced, and hammered Johnson Of Savannah.


February 17th, 2011
2:17 pm

You are suppose to trounce weak teams………LOL! U must admit Johnson, Savannah is the bottom of the barrel in 3AAAAA, everyone in 3-AAAAA beat up on Johnson, and some as convincingly. They won 2 games, and the 2 teams they beat have a combine total of 21 wins, way less than Bradwell. So beating Johnson is not a test, YET!


February 17th, 2011
2:57 pm


I wont go on the blogs saying that Bradwell Institute is “SUPPOSE” to beat Johnson Of Savannah. Was North Gwinette “SUPPOSE” to beat Norcross? This is the tournament and the regular season is of the past now. It’s 0-0 to start, and when you are so sure that you are “SUPPOSE” to beat a team, that is when you mess up. Look at Chamblee and Collins Hill? You see what happened to them?


February 17th, 2011
3:00 pm


Playing the Savannah teams are not an easy task as you may believe it to be. They do play very good basketball, and deserve more respect than this. Beach, Windsor Forest etc. (Varsity Ladies) Beach has been a force to reckoned with for 30 years.


February 17th, 2011
3:16 pm

6AAAA miller grove is the clear cut favorite but do not look over the Tucker Tigers!


February 17th, 2011
5:32 pm

Lets see…….Collins Hill lost to a Mill Creek team that has played 10 games against top 10 opponents and was 14-11. Chamblee girls lost to a Miller Grove team that was 17-8 and also played 4 games against top 10 teams. On the other hand B.I. beat a team that won 2 games all year
Yes C.H. and Chamblee “SHOULD HAVE” won, and B.I. was “SUPPOSE” to win. As you see the competition was much stronger for the 2 losing teams. Hey if the B.I. girls go all the way I’ll bow and have nothing but respect for them. Well I have said my piece, goodluck to B.I. and all the teams still in. Will wait and see how the state tourney starts.


February 17th, 2011
5:42 pm


I’m a big follower of girls basketball in S. GA. BI is good. Ive watched them play at least 6 times. Beyond Myria and Coco the rest of the team are average at best. On any given night any team can be beaten, but lets be real, Norcross would beat BI 9 out of 10 times if they played.

Besides that, BI’s season record is very misleading. The only quality games Ive seen them play is during the summer. They had their full compliment of players when they played 4A Statesboro twice this summer and lost by more than 20. They eeked out a win against Savannah Christian (I assume they won because I left with 1min left and they were leading by 3).

So I appreciate your enthusiasm for BI but lets be real.


February 17th, 2011
10:58 pm

AJC poll has been off base lately. Kind of a joke when their #4 team doesn’t even qualify for state. Collins Hill and South Gwinnett over consistent winners like Newton, Tift Co who have gotten to Final Four with regularity. Newton at 22-4 (14-1 Region) clinched playoff birth coming off their 30-2 Final Four and Region Champ year last season. Can’t just put teams in poll because of their affluent region and location geographically. One person can’t decide an entire poll anyway. At least coaches poll has coaches opinions involved. Regardless of North vs South, making the playoffs is bottom line and making a run in them means something. We’ll see who does that. Milton is primed to win it all with their recruited team, so if you keep them #1 in poll, at least you’ll have 1 team accurately ranked.


February 17th, 2011
11:46 pm

@Bill: I understand your anguish at the AJC poll. But comparing the AJC and coaches poll, they both had Collins Hill at #4. So does that mean the coaches opinion is wrong also?


February 18th, 2011
9:26 am

Greetings RudBuck, and I’mjussay’n

Well we are not talking about this past summer, and we are definitely not talking about pre-season games. Statesboro is a very good team in Class AAAA. But if they Bradwell Institute Ladies now, they would lose. Now that is being real. Statesboro is not new to Bradwell Institute as Bradwell Institute and Statesbroro have always beaten up on each otherr years. Football, Basketball, Track and etc. Check the history. But the Bradwell Institute in the regular season and now is a very good team. And again, if you don’t know, you had better ask somebody from down there rather than checking the scores and the win loss record of the team that they are playing. I see that you did’nt mention Beach, or Windsor Forest Ladies. Beach has definitely been there. The past two years Bradwell Institute and Beach have been to the elite eight and the final four for the past two years. Bradwell Institute lost to Redan both times. One in the elite eight and once in the final four.


Well the Norcross you are talking about this year, I doubt seriously that tbey would beat Bradwell Institute. They wwre over-rated from the start, and we all know this. North Gwinette kicked their tails and took their names on both sides of the court. But I will agree with you as i have mentioned in my earlier comments. The regular season is over, and great jobs to the teams that went undefeated in the regular season. But it doesn’t mean anything if you can’t win your first Region tournament game. Example: Chamblee, and Collins Hill. It was mentioned that Bradwell Institute beat up on a weak Johnson Of Savannah who only won 2 games this year. Well I have’nt checked their record but i would believe that they have won more than two regular season games otherwise they would not have been in the Region Tournament. Nevertheless; it is time for Bradwell Institute to turn it up a notch and take no team for granted. There is absolutely nothing misleading about Bradwell Institute’s 26-0 record. They are No. 1 in Class AAAAA in the Coaches Poll so they see something in Bradwell Institute that you can’t see. But It is what it is. How do you dispute 26-0 overall, and 17-0 in Region 3-AAAAA? They have to play as a championship team should play, no matter who they play against at this point. You lose, and you go home. So if they beat up on Johnson of Savannah, sobeit. this is the tournament. They have to go all out. It is Bradwell Institute’s job to score the points. it is the opponent’s job to try to stop them. So, maybe you are in denial.


February 18th, 2011
9:29 am

Biill, RudBuck,

AJC Polls look more to past years win loss records, returning players, and strength of schedule. The Coaches polls goes off the current record I think. Correct me if I am wrong.