Preseason girls basketball rankings

By Score Atlanta

The powers-that-be remain on top in the state’s larger classifications, while Class A and AA will undergo change and turnover due to the split of single-A to private and public state championship tournaments and the upheaval of regions and classes caused by reclassification.

McEachern lost some of the best players in the state from last year’s 33-0 state championship squad, but the Cooper sisters return to lead the No. 1 Indians on a quest for back-to-back titles.

Right on the Indians’ heels is Norcross, which won the 2010 and 2011 state championships. Diamond DeShields is back once again along with Shayla Cooper. A lot will be said about the best team in Class AAAAAA when Norcross and McEachern play in the season-opener on Nov. 14.

Miller Grove will look to repeat last season’s rare accomplishment when it won both the boys and girls state titles. A tough Region 6 slate, however, will test Miler Grove early and often with the likes of Stephenson and Southwest DeKalb. Allatoona could be a force in Class AAAAA after moving up from AAA.

Columbia and Jonesboro look like the top two squads in Class AAAA. Columbia shocked many with its 57-33 domination of defending state champ Washington County in the AAA final last year.

Speaking of Class AAA, Washington County looks to be the best bet to win the state title this season with Columbia now one classification above. However, with one superpower now in AAAA, another elite program moves into the classification in Buford. The Wolves possess multiple future college players and won three of four state titles in AA before moving up for this season.

In Class AA, Region 6 has three of the strongest favorites in defending champion Lovett, defending Class A champ Wesleyan and perennial-power Greater Atlanta Christian. Of the other programs in AA, Laney has the best shot of winning a championship.

In Class A, Region 6 is stacked with private school contenders. Southwest Atlanta Christian, Darlington ad St. Francis will battle throughout the season in region play, and could all end up in the private school tournament final four.

Towns County and Gordon Lee appear to be the class of the public schools in Class A.


1. McEachern

2. Norcross

3. North Cobb

4. North Gwinnett

5. Mill Creek

6. Alpharetta

7. Parkview

8. Alcovy

9. Woodstock

10. Hillgrove


1. Miller Grove

2. Stephenson

3. Forest Park

4. Allatoona

5. Southwest DeKalb

6. Cedar Shoals

7. Creekview

8. Kell

9. Salem

10. Rome


1. Columbia

2. Jonesboro

3. Cross Creek

4. Chamblee

5. Carrollton

6. Fayette County

7. Statesboro

8. Troup

9. Westover

10. Dalton


1. Washington County

2. Buford

3. East Hall

4. Oconee County

5. Cartersville

6. North Hall

7. Beach

8. St. Pius

9. North Oconee

10. Woodward Academy


1. Wesleyan

2. Lovett

3. Greater Atlanta Christian

4. Laney

5. Brooks County

6. Westside-Augusta

7. Heard County

8. Model

9. Putnam County

10. Taylor County

Class A (Private)

1. Southwest Atlanta Christian

2. Darlington

3. St. Francis

4. George Walton Academy

5. First Presbyterian

6. Holy Innocents’

7. Paideia

8. Strong Rock Christian

9. Pace Academy

10. Calvary Day

Class A (Public)

1. Towns County

2. Gordon Lee

3. Dooly County

4. Mitchell County

5. Claxton

6. Turner County

7. Greenville

8. Warren County

9. Charlton County

10. Wilcox County

6 comments Add your comment

VOR(Voice of Reason)

November 10th, 2012
12:09 pm

AAA: Washington County unfortunately lost their Gatorade Player of the Year, Allisha Gray to an ACL injury and will be out this season. St. Pius and Buford will fight for the Championship this year.
AAAAAA: North Gwinnett has Five Division One players in their starting line-up including players committed to Maryland, Penn State and Ole Miss. They will battle Norcross for the title this year.
AA: We will see a lot of good basketball coming from Region 6. Don’t forget about Model and Putnam.


November 12th, 2012
1:59 pm

Five (5) DeKalb public schools and one (1) private school in the preseason top ten. If that doesn’t speak about the talented ladies in DeKalb County, I don’t know what does.


November 12th, 2012
3:41 pm

Buford was roll unchallenged in AAA.

Son of Waco

November 12th, 2012
4:07 pm

Don’t sleep on Waco..When we won our first state title we wasn’t a one female team…Last year we was young, so yeah we was just that but this year we got experience and AAA will be shocked at how good we are without our star player….


November 13th, 2012
2:06 am

Watch out for SWD again this year. They may be rebuilding but they have some returning players and new pieces that can put together a complete puzzle to get them back to state again.

Dekalb County

November 14th, 2012
8:23 pm

Rebuilding is correct for SWD. Nothing to watch for this year, as Columbia also. Really, from what I know of Dekalb County girls basketball is very week this year. That goes for all of our teams. The Region is extremely week, based on the teams. What will be most interesting is who makes it to the playoffs and how far they last in the playoffs. That’s what is going to determine who has the better team in Dekalb. Now will any of them win STATE? I do not believe so. I hope someone can prove me wrong. Mean while, Let’s go DEKALB County.