The top-ranked Miller Grove boys lost to a Georgia team for the first time this season when they were knocked off 58-56 by Chamblee on Friday.
It was the ninth loss of the season for Miller Grove, which went 1-8 against out-of-state teams over the past month. The last Georgia team to beat Miller Grove was Southwest DeKalb, which won 61-56 in the region championship game last season. Miller Grove has won the past three Class AAAA championships.
“It was just our night,” Chamblee coach Caesar Burgess said. “We were making some shots, and it was a night when they didn’t play their best. But we got out to an 18-5 lead and were ahead by double digits for a lot of the night.”
Isaiah Mason and Jade McClendon scored 16 points each to lead Chamblee, which improved to 14-4 and maintained its hold on first place in Region 6-AAAA Division A. Second-place Tucker handed the Bulldogs their only region loss, and the teams meet again on Feb. 10 in the final game of the regular season.
“If it was all over now, I’d be pretty happy, but there’s still a long way to go,” Burgess said. “And the road still goes through Miller Grove. They’re still the top program.”
*Rockdale girls fall: It has been a wild few days for the 10th-ranked Rockdale County girls team. The Bulldogs opened the week with a 41-17 victory against Heritage-Conyers on Tuesday in a game that was shortened to one half because of a leak in the roof at Rockdale County. Then on Friday, the Bulldogs lost to Salem 57-47 in a game that left the teams in a virtual tie with Cedar Shoals in Region 8-AAAA Division B with one loss each. Rockdale County, outrebounded 37-22, was playing without power forward Kree Clark, who missed the game because of a death in the family. Freshman Ayanna Mitchell led Salem with 23 points, including 16 in the second half. In the boys game, C.J. Wilson scored 30 points to lead Rockdale County to a 72-68 victory.
*Race tightens in 4-AAAA: The seventh-ranked Forest Park girls team’s hopes of an undefeated season in region play ended on Friday with a 52-39 loss to Jonesboro. Forest Park remains in first place at 12-1 in the region, just ahead of Jonesboro (11-2) and Mundy’s Mill, which entered Friday’s game against Morrow at 10-2. Forest Park won the earlier meeting against Jonesboro 47-44 on Dec. 2. The Panthers beat Mundy’s Mill 51-46 on Jan. 6 and will play the Tigers again on Tuesday. Forest Park was the state runner-up in 2011.
*Battles for first in 2-AAAA: The Brunswick boys and Richmond Hill girls moved into first place in Region 2-AAAA Division A with victories in their doubleheader in Brunswick on Friday. Brunswick’s boys (14-3, 5-1) got 26 points from Marquice Jones in a 57-51 victory over Richmond Hill (12-5, 3-2). Richmond Hill’s girls got double-doubles from Keeara Jackson (25 points, 15 rebounds) and Aliyah Johnson (22, 16) in their 68-66 victory. Richmond Hill is 15-1, 5-0, with its only loss coming to second-ranked Statesboro 70-40 on Nov. 22. Brunswick is 10-6, 5-1.