AAAA basketball blog: Chamblee girls, Lovejoy boys make statements with first-round victories

Here are five teams that made a statement with first-round victories in the Class AAAA boys and girls basketball tournaments, which resume with second-round games on Tuesday and Wednesday:

*Bainbridge girls: Bainbridge (17-11) was the only No. 4 seed to survive the first round of the girls tournament, and in the process the Bearcats took down one of the state’s hottest teams. Ninth-ranked Richmond Hill (25-3) was the Region 2-AAAA tournament champion and had lost just once since Nov. 22, but Bainbridge won 62-53 behind 21 points from Briana Wade. The Bearcats face a second-round meeting with 2011 state runner-up Forest Park, which survived a 35-34 battle with McIntosh in the opening round.

*Chamblee girls: Fifth-ranked Chamblee had the better seed (No. 2 from Region 6-AAAA) but the lower ranking against No. 2 Douglas County, which was a third seed after an upset loss to Kell in the 5-AAAA tournament semifinals. Chamblee emerged as the highest-ranked team remaining in its quarter of the bracket after a 54-47 victory in which it held Douglas County all-state candidate Christin Mercer scoreless in the second half. Chamblee will face Habersham Central in the second round.

*Liberty County boys: Liberty County and Marist were the only No. 4 seeds to advance in the boys tournament, but Liberty County’s victory was more impressive because Marist played a Lithia Springs team that finished seventh in its region but got hot in the 5-AAAA tournament. Liberty County (21-7) routed Region 1-AAAA champion Northside-Warner Robins 75-58 to break a two-game losing streak. The Panthers, who are 10-7 over the past 17 games, now face another road test at Lovejoy.

*Lovejoy boys: Lovejoy is not a typical No. 3 seed, and the Wildcats proved it with a 63-57 victory that knocked third-ranked Fayette County (25-3) out of the tournament. Lovejoy won the regular-season championship in 4-AAAA but had to settle for the third seed after losing to North Clayton in the semifinals of the region tournament. Jermaine Hough scored 17 points to lead Lovejoy (24-5), which built a 30-14 halftime lead and held off Fayette County’s second-half rally.

*Rockdale County boys: Rockdale County (20-8) was the state runner-up in 2011 and won the 8-AAAA South title this season but entered the state tournament as a No. 3 seed after losing to Cedar Shoals in the region tournament semifinals. The Bulldogs moved one step closer to a championship game rematch with Miller Grove by beating seventh-ranked Woodland-Cartersville 77-73 in the first round. Rockdale will face Marist this week for the right to play the Miller Grove-Loganville winner on Friday in the quarterfinals.

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sportsnut

February 27th, 2012
11:36 am

The Wildcats are Back !

That dude

February 27th, 2012
1:53 pm

Lovejoy looked real good Friday night against Fayette Co. Their point gaurd (don’t know his name and can’t remember his number) was lights out. He really impressed me. Plus Lovejoy took Fayette’s best shot late in the game when their big man was in foul trouble and eventually fouled out. Lovejoy also seemed to be really well coached.

C-town

February 27th, 2012
2:17 pm

Looking for those Alcovy boys to get by Bainbridge tomorrow. Bainbridge has been pretty good the last couple years, but its a long trip to Covington. Hoping the guys take care of business at home to set up a possible matchup with North Clayton this weekend in Ft Valley. Take it one game at a time Tigers, keep the dream season alive. Looking towards next year, Alcovy, Rockdale Co., Newton, and Lovejoy in the same region should be a lot of fun

G-dub

February 27th, 2012
3:20 pm

Sound like Lovejoy will be a great runner-up this year because you can look good against any team on any given night but I don’t see them beating Miller Grove.

bully jumper

February 27th, 2012
6:49 pm

Country boyz from the 229 (Bainbridge) will have Alcovy on their heels from the tip off, ..Bainbridge by 10. TOO E-Z.

bully jumper

February 27th, 2012
6:51 pm

Also look for Forrest Park to fall to the 229 girlz of Bainbridge.

bully jumper

February 27th, 2012
6:52 pm

Forrest Park goes down harrrrdddddd.

gakat1

February 27th, 2012
8:49 pm

Saw Alcovy boys for the first time last week and came away impressed. Usually see 50 or 60 HS games each year and wanted to see boys and girls, even the girls looked pretty solid.

But the Tucker kid really impressed me as a polished Jr, on both ends of the floor. Got a feeling he is a sleeper for all state next yr. Planning on going Wed again. Anybody with any other info on tucker or Alcovy????

southsidefinest

February 27th, 2012
10:15 pm

@ bully jumper- Alcovy will beat Lameridge, I mean Bainbridge by 15 lol. They are well coach and they play hard for 32 minutes ask the former number 1 team in 4AAAA Fayette Co. Lovejoy is solid and they will make it to the final four. Forest Park, the state runner up,has the heart of the champion. After losing four starters to acl injuries they still ended up # 2 in their region.

sportsnut

February 28th, 2012
6:49 am

@ That Dude == His name is Jermaine Hough and he is the cornerback from the football team that wore No. 2. He is a fine player and controls the game well for the squad. He will be going to Jacksonville State next year to play football.

atlanta bball player

February 28th, 2012
6:40 pm

If rockdale county play and shoot like they did last week against woodland of cartersville, they can suprise anyone.

atlanta bball player

February 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

People are not mentioning Douglas county or Chatahoochie. Douglas county and alcovy will run and wear down most teams in the state and Chatahoochie has 3 6′7 starters including Clemson signee blossomgame and a pretty good point guard. Blossomgame and tony parker would be a good match up and i think blossomgame wins that because he will get parker in foul trouble.

Chris

February 28th, 2012
7:44 pm

Jonesboro 56 Statesboro 43

southsidesfinest

February 28th, 2012
8:55 pm

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southsidesfinest

February 28th, 2012
8:56 pm

@bully jumper: FP 60 BB-32 Looks like Bainbridge goes down hard!!

fayette fan

February 28th, 2012
9:32 pm

Fayette girls 54 – Northside WR 43

chris

February 28th, 2012
9:43 pm

see ya fri Fayette co vs. Jonesboro @ Fort Valley 4 pm

sportsnut

February 29th, 2012
7:36 pm

Lovejoy= 64= Liberty County=34=, So much for sleeping on Liberty County

southsidefinest

February 29th, 2012
10:33 pm

@Sportsnut, G.A.T.A

Newton rams

March 1st, 2012
12:02 am

Alcovy are a Great team with alot of depth! they play 10-12 guys a night and have probably the best gaurds in the state leading they way with Duke Football Signee Devon Edwards also Dairmid Williams, Rakeem Nelson, Deondre Butler, and 5-3 SO Juwan Henderson. These guards will pressure you all night along with 2 sleepers in the state as juniors 6′6 Justin Wallace and 6′7 Micheal Tucker who have great guard skills and with shooters everywhere on the floor they can be a dangerous team.. I don’t see them beating Southwest Dekalb but There definitely a final four team..

sportsnut

March 1st, 2012
6:24 am

Drew, Eagles Landing, Henry County, Jonesboro, North Clayton and Lovejoy. All from the “SCC “. The Southern Cresent Conference, are still alive for the State Crown. That is alot from one part of the State. In addition, there are 2 girl’s teams remaining in the hunt with Jonesboro and Forest Park.