AAA basketball blog: Five girls teams to watch

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

Washington County: Simply put, the Lady Hawks are the team to beat. Led by Allisha Gray and Shonterria Kitchens, have won 59 straight games, and they’ve won by at least 10 points in the last 29. The defending state champions whipped Westside-Augusta in the 3-AAA championship game.

St. Pius: Emma Ucinski and Anna O’Donnell lead an experienced Lady Lions club that features 11 seniors. St. Pius (24-4) has held 16 teams to 30 points or less, and they had won 11 straight before falling to Columbia in the 5-AAA final.

Columbia: The Lady Eagles (19-5), who won the state title in 2010 and lost in the state semifinals last year, don’t put up flashy numbers – they’re led in scoring by Zuri Frost and Miah Spencer, both at 12 points per game – but they play great defense. Frost averages nearly five steals per game, and Columbia held St. Pius wo 28 points in the 5-AAA final.

Drew: Rutgers signee Precious Person headlines the Lady Titans (23-5), who stumbled in the 4-AAA final against Sandy Creek but have been dominant throughout the year. The Drew girls went to the state tournament last in their first season of varsity play, and they’re a threat to go deep into the tournament.

Westover: The Lady Patriots (25-2) fell in the Region 1-AAA final but they may be the most dangerous No. 2 seed in the field. Seniors DyTiesha Dunson and Iesha Young combine to average 38 points per game. If they can bounce back from the disappointment of losing to Crisp County in the region title game, they’ve got a chance.

30 comments Add your comment

ron

February 23rd, 2012
10:51 am

Yes the lady Hawks are the team to beat,they are a more seasoned team with balance and a pressing defense that forces turnovers into easy baskets.

Jake

February 23rd, 2012
12:07 pm

Lets just give the title to WACO now…No one can beat them this year! Thats including the overrated metro Atlanta teams.. If they played Columbia and St. pius x ten times they would win ten times.. They are clearly the best team in Georgia!!! Allisha Gray is GA Ms. Basketball this year..PERIOD!!!! get over it!!!!

Ga BBALL Fan

February 23rd, 2012
12:29 pm

I wouldn’t go that far Columbia is a very good team. That is more than capable of beating WACO.

Sandersville Ga!!!!

February 23rd, 2012
12:57 pm

They don’t have anyone who can stop Allisha Gray! If they could barly stop the guard from St.Puis x, than Allisha will score 50 points on them!! Trust.. having seen columbia play..They will Choke in the big game! Like they almost did agianst St.Pius x!!! The lil guard takes to many bad shots for them to win…Allisha Gray can beat them by herself!!!!

Ga BBALL Fan

February 23rd, 2012
1:13 pm

St.pius stayed in that game because they slowed it down and played a tough zone. WACO likes to press and run. which plays right into the hands of a much deeper Columbia team. Waco only plays seven girls. They are the champs and the Gray kid is very good but Columbia has played both Buford and Norcross and each team has a girl ranked higher than Gray. Alisha Gray will not beat Columbia by herself they will force someone else to score. Should be quite a match up if WACO can get by Westover and St. Pius x

jake

February 23rd, 2012
1:23 pm

I don’t think Davis or DeShields is ranked higher than Allisha.. They are just the products of the over hype of metro Atlanta.. No one gives teams or players from south Georgia any respect..Allisha is much better than both of those girls!!

Ga BBALL Fan

February 23rd, 2012
1:42 pm

Check ESPN rise top 60 for 2013 Davis from Buford #2 player in the country, Deshields #3 and Gray #8. I have seen all three play and I think DeShields is the best of them. Gray may be the best scorer among the three.

a few observations

February 23rd, 2012
1:51 pm

You south Ga fans are too sensative! Really? you don’t have to diss other schools to support your teams! Gray is a good kid, probably a good player as well.. but do you have to diss Columibia to make that point? The article said you were the team to beat..why couldn’t you be happy with that? you gotta get on here and start dissing other schools. I hope Columbia runs you guys out the gym if you play..Respect is earned not given! Beat some of the good teams then you will earn the respect you are seeking!

ATLnative

February 23rd, 2012
4:02 pm

Drew Lady Titans all the way!!!

WCHS

February 24th, 2012
2:19 am

Undefeated two seasons. Clearly we the best team in the state. So we have earn respect. We WILL win another title this year. And you can take that to the back and deposit that..

vchandler

February 24th, 2012
7:59 am

There is no over hype in Diamond. This young lady was a key component as a Freshman on the 18 and under Olympic Team.

WACKO

February 24th, 2012
8:47 am

WACO..If you were really that good you wouldn’t have to talk about it..or brag about it! and If Alisha Gray was all that you wouldn’t have to tell us about it, we would probably already know about her. But, since you are on here talking so much it makes me think you are hiding something.. Everyone knows you only play six players and don’t have anyone over 6feet in the team, we already know alisha gray scores 3/4 of all the points you have and that your coach can’t play anyone off the bench until you are up 70 points..lol we know this already, we know you have a winning streak that is impressive considering the victories are agianst a bunch of teams know one has heard of.. Tell us something we don’t know about WACKO? like how you plan on beating eastside.. then Westover, then maybe Carrolton and St.piusx etc..then tell us how you plan on Beating Columbia again? Tell us something we don’t know already! The pressure is on..what you gonna do?

GAFan

February 24th, 2012
9:55 am

@WACKO just a thought.. WACO won the 2011 State Championship. So if you were as big of a fan as you claim to be, no one would have to tell you about them.

Rural Champs vs Metro Champs!

February 24th, 2012
10:49 am

@gafan.. that was the past. Columbia won in 2010 and was in the final 4 last year.. So what???..Both of them are in the past! I don’t hear their fans talking about how great they are or were, and they actually have more to brag about being that both teams have won championships and continue to be in championship winning mode! Have some class for crying out loud.. act like you been here before. I know you live in the country but you don’t have to act country!.. WACO might need to be called the Rural Ga champs..since thats how their fans act!lol If they play Columbia for the championship this year it would be the Rural Champs vs the metro champs!lol stop crying so much!

macon fin

February 24th, 2012
12:00 pm

why is it so hard for girls basketball players in macon to get college coaches to come out and see them play. macon has alot of good girls basketball players they just get looked over i always here people talking about atlanta and somewhere in north ga.

Sharon Johnson

February 24th, 2012
1:49 pm

I think the reason it might be defficult is that the defenition of good players is different for that area than it is for girls in the Atlanta/Gwinett area. What is considered good in Macon might not really be that good in Gwinett. There is a hugh exposure difference in what Metro girls are exposed to and even basketball game oppurtunities compared to what the smaller area’s are exposed too. In Highschool ball and AAU ball. So College coaches are naturally going to go where they can see a lot of good teams/kids in a high volume area..not really one girl in the area (unless its Alisha Gray)lol..but whats sad and selfish is that her team mates can’t get any attention off her success because the schools that come out are only looking at Alisha Gray. Don’t think pat summit was looking at anyone else on that team or on the teams she plays agianst .. I think smaller areas should host more AAU exposure tournaments or play in more exposure tournaments in Metro Atlanta..In Metro you can get a coaches eye just playing in some of the big game opportunities available.

Ga BBALL Fan

February 24th, 2012
10:33 pm

St. Pius X goes down in the 1st round.Wow!

Bucs Fan

February 24th, 2012
11:41 pm

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Bucs Fan

February 24th, 2012
11:58 pm

Allatoona has been ranked all season, but still no love. Going into the tourney as the Region 7 champs, they defeated Gainesville tonight 54-45. Elise Spann continued her dominance scoring 26 pts., 6 assists, and 5 steals. Over 1,000 points as a Jr…not bad.

WCHS

February 25th, 2012
2:29 am

@WACKO oh you asking what we gonna do huh? truth is all we do is WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN. Defeated east side by 40 homie. Westover the next victim. We will repeat for another state this year. And so what we bragging hell we winning. Think we have every reason too 58 game win streak and counting. . and those earned every bit of it.

Hawk

February 25th, 2012
9:35 am

WCHS I am glad you are as excited as I am but don’t cut our Girls short. Our winning streak is 60 and be careful. We are great but we do have our hands full this Tuesday with one of the best teams in the state and that is Westover out of Albany. Can’t wait because it going to be a great game. If you live close you may want to travel to Sandersville to see this game. We will be glad for you to come on down to the Hawks Nest.

Hawk

February 25th, 2012
9:37 am

Opps, left is out. Oh well!!! Can’t wait because it is going to be a great game. That is what happens when you don’t read over your typing.

atlanta bball player

February 25th, 2012
10:27 am

I agree with deshields, davis being 1-2 players but they have a sophmore from cartersville hs thats fast catching up with them KAYLYN ERBY is the truth.

Ga BBALL Fan

February 25th, 2012
1:12 pm

Cartersville did not make it out of the 1 st round.

congaman

February 25th, 2012
2:51 pm

You have got to be kidding me? Irby talk again?! Good player, yes. A better player- look to Allatoona High and take in Elise Spann…one of the best point guards in the state…without a doubt! Irby was shut down completely vs. single coverage against the Bucs. Spann led the way to victory with 26 last night while being defended baseline to baseline with a box an one.

burkeboyjp

February 25th, 2012
6:54 pm

for all yall haters and non believers i am not from waco i am from burke county and i know good basketball and good basketball teams and waco is that alisha gray is the best girls player in the state og georgia and will be the #1 player in the country by the end of her this year going into her senior year and waco will win the championship again undefeated and will not be contested and for yall to keep saying they havent played anybody i dont think u win championships by not playing anybody they had to beat somebody i guess all of those atlanta and macon county schools suck because they beat all of them to win the championship last year and is on pace to doing the samething this year and even though yall say they only play 6 or 7 players well it must be working because no one can beat them havent done it in 60 games yet if it aint broke why fix it just let it go other teams waco is the best team in the state and will prove it again by winning it all again undefeated mark my words and alisha gray should be miss baskeball in georgia hands down no one has done more for their team than she has no comparison and no competition and try and stop her if u want to but u want prevail because shon kitchens can not be stopped either

ron

February 26th, 2012
8:21 am

Let’s not forget our geography,Waco is middle Georgia not south Georgia. It may be south of metro Atlanta but geographically it’s located in middle Georgia.
It will be interesting Tuesday night when Westover comes to visit Waco. Westover is a southwest Georgia team from Albany,Georgia.

Son of waco

February 28th, 2012
8:33 pm

waco girls win 57-46……..we had westover down by 20 going into the 4th quarter……..who’s next

GOLDEN HAWK

February 28th, 2012
10:23 pm

So much for a tough Westover team coming in…..Nothing or no one will stop WACO!

burkeboyjp

February 29th, 2012
8:55 pm

and to all the folks that said westover was going to put waco out and that they was their competition if they are competition i feel sorry for the rest of 3AAA like i said washington conty state champs once again and alisha gray will not and can not be stopped