Holiday tournaments are taking place all over the Southeast this week. Here’s a recap of some of the top action involving Georgia’s Class AAAA teams:
*Peach State Holiday Invitational (at Holy Innocents’): Alcovy and Rockdale County remained undefeated and were part of a 5-1 day for Class AAAA teams in the first round of the 32-team girls tournament on Tuesday. Alcovy used a 26-4 run in the second half and improved to 10-0 with a 56-41 victory over Duluth. Meagan Tucker scored 12 points and Ashley Williams had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Alcovy, which will meet Greater Atlanta Christian in the second round of the White bracket on Wednesday. Rockdale County improved to 8-0 and advanced to a second-round matchup against Region 8-AAAA rival Apalachee with a 66-56 victory over Seneca (S.C.) in the Silver bracket. Other AAAA winners on Tuesday were Forest Park (over Webb School, Tenn.), Apalachee (over Jordan, N.C.) and Northside-Warner Robins (over Dudley, N.C.). Fayette County lost to Riverdale (Tenn.), which will face Buford in the second round.
*Converse Invitational Classic (at Columbia High School): Southwest DeKalb was sent to the consolation round of the 18-team boys tournament with a 67-55 loss to Eagle’s Landing on Tuesday. Eagle’s Landing, a Class AAA semifinalist last season, will face Buford in the quarterfinals at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Tucker advanced to the quarterfinals against Norland (Fla.) with a victory on Monday against Meridian (Miss.) Other Georgia teams in the quarterfinals are Crisp County, Columbia and M.L. King. The tournament, which runs through Friday, includes 12 Georgia teams as well as teams from Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida.
*Upward Classic (at Spartanburg, S.C.): Georgia boys teams went 1-3 against South Carolina opponents in the opening round of play at Dorman High School. Class AAAA Chattahoochee lost for the first time this season in the opening game, dropping a 67-47 decision to Lancaster. Markus Terry and Jaron Blossomgame scored 20 points each for Chattahoochee, which will play Class AAAAA McEachern at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the consolation round. McEachern lost its first-round game to Dorman 77-65. In other games involving Georgia teams, Norcross defeated Spartanburg 70-59 and Whitefield Academy lost to Hillcrest 57-51.
*Kingdom of the Sun Tournament (at Ocala, Fla.): The North Clayton boys team remains undefeated against Georgia opponents but fell to 7-2 overall with an 81-47 loss to Montverde Academy (Fla.) in the first round on Tuesday. North Clayton moves into the consolation round, where it will face Lake Weir (Fla.) in a 10:30 a.m. game on Wednesday. The 16-team tournament, which includes 14 teams from Florida in addition to Basha High School of Arizona and North Clayton, concludes on Friday. North Clayton’s other loss this season came against Memphis East of Tennessee.
*Elsewhere: Eight boys teams and eight girls teams will begin play on Wednesday in the Deep South Classic at Brookwood High School. Class AAAA teams in the field are the Alcovy and Flowery Branch boys and the Chattahoochee girls. … Fayette County’s boys lost to Simon Kenton (Ky.) 58-53 in the first round of the Lexington Catholic Holiday Classic on Monday but rebounded with a 73-65 victory over John Hardin (Ky.) on Tuesday.