AAAA basketball blog: Five girls teams to watch

Here are five girls teams to watch in the Class AAAA basketball tournament, which begins on Friday:

*Chamblee or Douglas County: The only first-round game involving two top 10 teams has No. 2 Douglas County at No. 5 Chamblee. The winner will be favored to reach the semifinals at Gwinnett Arena, although No. 6 Creekview lurks as a potential stumbling block. Douglas County was ranked No. 1 until a 70-50 loss to Kell in the 5-AAAA semifinals. Chamblee was ranked No. 1 last season entering its region tournament but was upset in the quarterfinals and failed to make the state tournament.

*Fayette County: The defending state champion Tigers could have fallen off this season after losing a talented senior class that included 2011 AAAA player of the year Brianna Banks, but they will enter the state tournament with the No. 1 ranking and a 16-game winning streak. Fayette County beat eighth-ranked Alcovy 50-39 last week in the Region 3-AAAA championship game, and the Tigers haven’t lost to a Georgia team since falling 38-34 in overtime against McIntosh on Dec. 6.

*Jonesboro: Forest Park was the team to beat in 4-AAAA after finishing as state runner-up in 2011, but Jonesboro established itself as the region’s best by beating Forest Park in two of three meetings, including a 55-45 overtime victory in the region final. The seventh-ranked Cardinals have won 10 consecutive games since back-to-back losses to Mundy’s Mill and Laney in mid-January. Jonesboro has a difficult draw, however, with the possibility of playing No. 3 Statesboro in the second round and Fayette County in the quarterfinals.

*Miller Grove: The Wolverines won the championship in DeKalb-heavy Region 6-AAAA, and that’s significant because teams from DeKalb County have won six of the past eight Class AAAA titles. Miller Grove has won 11 consecutive games and beat Chamblee 53-52 in overtime in the region final. The Wolverines have a clear shot at reaching the semifinals because there are no other top 10 teams in its quarter of the bracket.

*Richmond Hill: The Wildcats have been a bit under the radar this season, especially after a 70-40 loss to Statesboro on Nov. 22. But Richmond Hill responded by winning 22 of its next 23 games, including a 59-50 victory over Statesboro in the Region 2-AAAA championship game, and enters the state tournament at 25-2 and ranked No. 9. Aliyah Johnson scored 26 points in the region final. Richmond Hill and Statesboro appear to be the best shots to end metro Atlanta’s nine-year hold on the AAAA girls title.

11 comments Add your comment

Chris

February 22nd, 2012
10:11 am

Let’s go Bre and Tori lead the Lady Cardinals of Jonesboro to the title!!!!!

Demonfan1

February 22nd, 2012
11:56 am

Don’t count the Warner Robins Demonettes out. When they are ticking they are clicking and the ticking is on. Final Four!!!!!

Mr. Wolverine

February 22nd, 2012
12:18 pm

MG, an up-in-coming program, are legit contenders to win it all. Like the capsule stated, MG should reach the quarterfinals, but could possibly face a battletested Osborn team that is coached up pretty well. MG, only has one senior, on its roster and will return all key components next season.

Furthermore, the team will add a middle school group that won two consecutive championships and a 35-0 record.

Fayette, Chamblee, Douglass County are all tough teams that have been to the Final Four in previous years. I also will not count out 2011 runner-up Forest Park.

In my opinion, teams such as Creekview, Richmond Hill, Stateboro, and Warner Robins have to prove themselves to be considered as a legitimate contender. Good luck to all teams!

Go! Wolverines! Go!

Rubin Hood

February 22nd, 2012
4:26 pm

80% of the teams in this field have not had the pleasure of playing agianst Delino DeShields daughter yet.

Chris

February 22nd, 2012
5:00 pm

Desheilds is a good player but other teams have good players also. She cant win it by herself

Clayton Co Bred

February 22nd, 2012
8:52 pm

Well its that time of the year when that Fayette County girls team make its move. Watch hpw that program demolish each opponeny it faces. Back to the Championship game again. Two peat State Champs. I just get tired of being beat by this team year in and year out. Please go away so others will have a chance.

Silly Willy

February 22nd, 2012
9:47 pm

@Rubin Hood none of these teams will play against Diamond DeSields. She plays for Norcross who is in AAAAA. These teams are all in AAAA.

@Silly Willy.

February 22nd, 2012
10:00 pm

Thanks for correcting them. That is so funny. And for the other post above. If she is that good, put her on the floor by herself against the other 5 players. Basketball is a team effort. It takes 5 players from each team. If you want to be an individual player, take up golf, track or tennis.

Warner Robins Demons

February 23rd, 2012
10:27 pm

My Demonettes are final four bound!

FCHS lady bulldog fan

February 25th, 2012
9:34 am

As for Miller grove’s quarter of bracket, GACA Coaches poll latest ranking has Forsyth Central as #10. They have been playing very well the past several games. Will be tough to beat Miller Grove but not impossible. Hoping for an upset for the “underdog”. Go Dawgs! 1st Sweet Sixteen appearance since 1986!

bully jumper

February 26th, 2012
2:52 pm

So much for Richmond Hill, watch out for dem 229 girlz, GO BAINBRIDGE,BEARCATS !!!!!