AAAA basketball blog: Fayette boys, Salem girls off to hot starts

Here are some of the top stories in Class AAAA basketball this week:

*Another hot start for Fayette’s boys: The Fayette County boys team, which reached the state semifinals before losing to runner-up Rockdale County last season, is 4-0 after a 73-38 victory over Class AAAAA Stephenson on Saturday. The Tigers opened the season by beating Morrow 82-66, Clarke Central 62-53 and Jonesboro 43-41. Ekene Anachebe, a 6-foot-9 center who has signed with Old Dominion, scored 25 points in the season-opener and is averaging 15.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 7.3 blocks through four games. Anachebe will be joined at Old Dominion by Keenan Palmore, who averaged 20.8 points and 10.3 rebounds for Paideia last season.

*Back to its winning ways: The Salem girls team averaged 23 victories per season and reached the state tournament five times from the 2004-05 season through 2009-10, so last year’s 5-19 record was a big step back. The Seminoles appear to be on the right track this season, opening with five consecutive victories that included lopsided wins against Henry County (57-24), Lanier (55-26) and Woodland-Stockbridge (43-28). A big part of the resurgence is the arrival of Ayanna Mitchell, a 6-foot-2 freshman center. Mitchell had an impressive debut, scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Henry County. She also led the team in scoring with 14 points against Lanier and 15 against Woodland. Salem has a first-year coach in Rochone Dilligard.

*Making way for football: Tucker’s games at Lakeside-DeKalb, originally scheduled for Friday night, have been moved to Saturday because of Tucker’s football game at Northside-Warner Robins in the Class AAAA semifinals on Friday. The boys game will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by the girls at 7. Tucker also is scheduled to play a girls/boys doubleheader against Marist at home on Dec. 9 as part of the DeKalb Elite Hardwood Classic, but the Tucker-Marist games will be rescheduled if they conflict with a Tucker appearance in the football state championship game, which will be held at 8 that night at the Georgia Dome. Tucker’s boys and girls will play Miller Grove on Dec. 10 in the Hardwood Classic.

8 comments Add your comment

OTT

November 30th, 2011
2:50 pm

Sucker Tigers will not have to worry about playing any more football Friday night after NWR Eagles clown stomp them back on over to Dekalb County.

Techster

November 30th, 2011
2:51 pm

Salem Parent

November 30th, 2011
3:31 pm

Good to see Salem girls back to their winning ways. My daughter played an integral part of four 20 plus win seasons. It was disappointing to see last season play out. Congrats to the Lady Noles. Ohhhh dont forget about the Salem Noles boys. They are off to a great start. Love seeing DT rocking the house with the treys and the dunks

BBALLFAN12

December 1st, 2011
6:34 am

COME ON,GIVE THE SALEM BOYS SOME LOVE,THEY ARE OFF TO THERE BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY 5-0 .DEDRICK TURNER LEADS THEM IN SCORING AS A JUNIOR AND IS GETTING ALOT OF D-1 LOOKS.KEEP UP THE HARD WORK GUYS.

CoachA

December 2nd, 2011
11:42 am

Can anyone point me to the box scores for Georgia High School Basketball games. I am new to the area and cannot find any reference tho the weekly scores on this site or anywhere else for that matter.

G-dub

December 2nd, 2011
2:10 pm

@Coach A, give up coach, you can barely find scores and anything more than that it aint gonna happen. Try ghsa.com

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