AAA basketball blog: Five third-round games to watch

Five to watch in round 3 of the AAA state tournament

Columbia boys (28-1) vs. Carrollton (27-3): Columbia has had just one close game since the new year, and the Eagles appear to be on autopilot. In Carrollton though, Columbia faces an athletic and experienced club. Columbia has an extensive height advantage with Jarmal Reid, Chris Horton and Jhaustin Thomas, all of whom are 6-6 or taller, while Carrollton’s hopes probably lie in its outside shooters. If they find the hot hand, this one could be a lot of fun. If the game turns into a battle of second-chance points, Columbia will be very difficult to beat.

Eagle’s Landing boys (27-3) vs. Crisp County (20-9): Eagle’s Landing has turned two big mid-game leads into tightrope acts in the first two rounds of the state tournament, and they face a No. 1 seed for the second straight game in Crisp, which has also survived a pair of tight games. The records might seem to indicate a disparity, but both teams played tight games against Columbia in the Columbia Invitational.

Drew boys (26-4) vs. Henry County (18-12): This will be the third meeting between the two 4-AAA clubs. Henry won 74-73 on Jan. 7 behind a big night from Dre Soulder. Drew won 74-58 on Jan. 27 while shutting him down. Soulder would seem to be the key to which team advances to the state semifinals.

Washington County girls (29-0) vs. Albany-Monroe (20-8): The question here is the same as it has been now for 61 straight games: Can Washington County’s Allisha Gray be stopped? She scored 29 points in the second-round win over Westover. Monroe seems accustomed to tight games, having 11 games this season decided by five points or less.

Allatoona girls (26-4) vs. North Hall (23-7): It’s Allatoona star Elise Spann against Lady Trojan twins Mary Kate and McKenna Rushton. Since two straight losses on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3, Allatoona has won six straight, all by nine points or more. North Hall has won seven stright behind the Rushtons, each of whom has topped 1,000 career points.

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February 29th, 2012
11:48 pm

Great job WASHINGTON COUNTY……I`m A LANEY fan….but I`m rooting for you too! Do your thing!

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March 1st, 2012
7:07 am


March 1st, 2012
9:24 am

Let’s do this Lady Buc’s!

Bucs Fan

March 1st, 2012
12:29 pm

The Rushton twins are both seniors and topping 1,000 points is a great acheivement. Nontheless, I predict a solid battle as Junior Elise Spann has also topped 1,000 points and has a strong supporting core with Alexis Ezell in the paint and shooter Alyssa Dobson on the perimeter. Lets go Buc’s!!!


March 1st, 2012
5:27 pm

@ Cobber & Bucs Fan who is the go to guy on the boys team? What style do yall play looks like uptempo to me? Good luck Sat.

Towers High School

March 2nd, 2012
1:02 am

Allatoona shut us down Wed night. Their defense is stifling at times. We had a big 3rd quarter, but that was after we down somewhere around 19 at half time. We really had a hard time running our offense. They’re just OK offensively but defensively they were tough.
There was no one guy who I’d consider the go to guy. Like I said, they’re just OK offensively.


March 2nd, 2012
10:42 am

@ Towers – Overall, I agree with your comments above. I thought we played well against you in the first half & came out very flat in the second half…I think it was mainly due to having that large lead. As I stated in multiple blogs on here over the last couple weeks, we do play good defense every night. As all high school teams, our offense comes and goes….like it did Wednesday night. If you play good defense (which your team does) you have a chance to win almost every night even if you’re not on your game offensively. What makes our team tough is that we don’t have one guy to stop. We play well as a team and have five different players that can score +15 on any given night. In the Towers game, one of our best offensive player didn’t have a good game at all.


March 2nd, 2012
10:50 am

@ Chris – we really don’t have a style per se. We can go uptempo…we’ve scored as much as 92 pts this year with our bench playing the entire fourth quarter in that game. We beat South Cobb twice this year in uptempo games. We can also very effectively play a slower half court, physical/smash mouth style of game as well…i.e., that Towers game. We are just a fundamentally sound basketball team that usually will not force anything & will do out best to take advantage of anything that you give us. We are really that simple.


March 2nd, 2012
11:49 am

Columbia all the way.


March 2nd, 2012
12:39 pm

Whats does CHS middle school team look like?


March 2nd, 2012
4:51 pm

@coach which chs are you referring to? Columbia middle school ain’t that bad….they run the same exact system as the high school so its just natural as they transition to the jv or the varsity team…and the jv team was undefeated last year and only lost 2 games this year. The jv team is probably as big as most varsity teams I have seen this year. Columbia is talented top to bottom.


March 2nd, 2012
11:46 pm

@coach. Which school do u support


March 3rd, 2012
8:47 am

Waco will be playing in their back door,they’re expected to move on against Monroe. This is the second team they’ve played from Albany in four days.See ‘Ya!!! in Macon next week, hopefully Columbia can make it back to the “big dance.”.


March 3rd, 2012
9:52 am

I like the WACO team and i defend them a lot on these boards, but there fans are becoming a lil bit to much to take.


March 4th, 2012
3:18 pm

Charles Drew Titans all the way Leggo Leggo


March 4th, 2012
4:33 pm

Booker T Washington Keep Ballin!!! We look forward to playing Drew. Good Luck