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.