Boys basketball rankings: Cartersville new No. 1 in AAA

Cartersville is the new No. 1 team in Class AA after previous No. 1 Dawson County’s two losses.

Six Top 10 teams in Class AAAAAA lost to unranked teams last week, so lots of shuffling.

Here are the rankings with a report in each class, plus this week’s games between ranked teams.

Please note that W-L records are based on reported scores. A few Saturday results were not tracked down at press time that might’ve affected the rankings. If you see errors or omissions, let us know.

Games between ranked teams this week:


No. 1 Tift County (AAAAAA) at No. 8 Westover (AAAA)

No. 8 Norcross at No. 5 North Gwinnett (AAAAAA)

No. 6 South Atlanta at No. 10 Grady (AAAA)

No. 4 Buford at No. 6 North Hall (AAA)

No. 7 Washington County at No. 10 Thomson (AAA)


No.  8 Tucker at No. 1 Miller Grove (AAAAA)

No. 2 North Cobb at No. 7 Hillgrove (AAAAAA)

No. 9 Westside-Augusta (AAA) at No. 4 Laney (AA)

No. 6 Dublin (AA) at No. 6 Wilkinson County (A)

No. 7 Lanier County at No. 9 Turner County (A)


1. Tift County (12-2)

2. North Cobb (13-3)

3. Shiloh (12-2)

4. Wheeler (8-4)

5. North Gwinnett (13-3)

6. Peachtree Ridge (11-6)

7. Hillgrove (15-2)

8. Norcross (10-6)

9. Roswell (11-5)

10. Archer (13-5)

Notes: Six ranked teams lost last week to unranked teams – North Gwinnett (to Alpharetta 55-52 on Saturday), Morrow (to Luella), Hillgrove (to Kennesaw Mountain), Westlake (to Douglas County), Norcross (to Mill Creek) and Archer (to South Gwinnett). … Morrow and Westlake dropped out of the rankings, replaced by Peachtree Ridge and Roswell, which have several nice wins. P’Ridge (11-6) has beaten North Gwinnett, Norcross, Archer, Mill Creek and Alpharetta. Roswell (11-5) has beaten Milton, Wheeler and Alpharetta. … No. 3 Shiloh also beat Archer and followed that with a 50-42 victory over Orr 50-42 on Saturday in a showcase tournament in Milwaukee. MaxPreps ranks Orr the No. 11 team overall in Illinois. At 6-1, Shiloh has moved into first place in Region 8. Luella bat previous No. 5 Morrow on Tuesday but lost to Walton 68-60 on Saturday, missing out on a chance to be ranked. … Alpharetta, a 2012 final four team, has won five straight after a 3-7 start.


1. Miller Grove (15-3)

2. Allatoona (13-3)

3. Effingham County (13-3)

4. Lithia Springs (13-3)

5. Bainbridge (9-3)

6. Mays (9-4)

7. Sequoyah (15-3)

8. Tucker (10-5)

9. McIntosh (12-5)

10. Mount Zion-Jonesboro (11-4)

Notes: No. 2 Allatoona is playing in the Wally Keller Classic Showcase in Punta Gorda, Fla. next weekend against Riverview of Sarasota, Fla. (Fri.) and Bishop Verot of Fort Myers, Fla. (Saturday). … No. 3 Effingham County had a ‘’good loss’’ on Saturday when it lost to North Florida Institute 71-63 in overtime. NFI is ranked No. 1 in Florida’s Class 2A. … No. 5 Bainbridge has won seven straight and beat Northside-Columbus 68-59 on Saturday in a big Region 1 game. Northside (11-3) is close to being ranked. … No. 7 Sequoyah (15-3, 8-0) won a key Region 7 game over Pope 69-63 in double overtime Friday. Solomon Ajose scored 25. … No. 10 Mount Zion-Jonesboro (11-4) entered the rankings (replacing Clarke Central) despite being beaten by a strong Jonesboro team 44-39 on Saturday. … Mays beat previous No. 4 Tucker last week and remained No. 6 despite a loss to Lakeside-DeKalb in tough Region 6. … No. 9 McIntosh has won seven straight but needed overtime to beat 11-8 Starr’s Mill on Saturday. … Evans (12-3) nearly broke into the rankings but struggled to beat 2-12 Greenbrier 65-63 on Friday. … Also close was Northside-Warner Robins (12-5).

Class AAAA

1. Columbia (14-1)

2. Glenn Hills (14-0)

3. Marist (9-2)

4. Eagle’s Landing (12-5)

5. Monroe (14-2)

6. South Atlanta (12-2)

7. Jonesboro (13-4)

8. Westover (12-4)

9. Statesboro (16-3)

10. Grady (11-4)

Notes: No. 1 Columbia, perhaps the state’s best team in all classes, edged No. 3 Marist 46-45 on Saturday. … No. 4 Monroe beat No. 8 Westover 66-62 on Saturday. Jabari McGhee scored 30 points, 28 in the first three quarters, according to the Albany Herald. Three of Westover’s four losses are to Monroe. … No. 6 South Atlanta lost to Raines of Jacksonville 69-59 in Jacksonville on Friday. Raines is a good Florida team but has lost to Georgia teams Norcross (67-39) and Centennial (51-47).  … No. 7 Jonesboro bounced back from an overtime loss to No. 3 Eagle’s Landing on Jan. 5 to go 3-0 and scored a nice win over Mount Zion 44-39 on Saturday. … No. 9 Statesboro is new to the rankings after giving Wayne County its first loss 53-44 on Friday. Statesboro’s only losses are to ranked teams (Effingham County, Westover, Glenn Hills). … No. 10 Grady moved into the rankings and will play No. 6 South Atlanta on Tuesday. Grady’s only losses are to Morrow (twice), Marist and MaxPreps’ second-ranked team in Alabama, Wenonah, 69-65. … Alexander (9-4) dropped out of the rankings after losses to Shaw and LaGrange.

Class AAA

1. Cartersville (17-0)

2. Morgan County (12-4)

3. Savannah (13-2)

4. Buford (10-5)

5. Johnson-Savannah (9-5)

6. North Hall (14-1)

7. Washington County (12-3)

8. St. Pius (12-4)

9. Dawson County (14-2)

10. Thomson (8-3)

Notes: Previous No. 1 Dawson County lost to No. 3 Buford 53-46 and No. 6 North Hall 56-42 last week. Buford plays North Hall on Tuesday. … The new No. 1 is Cartersville (17-0), which hasn’t gone as far as the state quarterfinals since 1999. … Buford is playing in the Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament on Saturday against host school Xenia, Ohio, and Monday against Kattering Fairmont. … No. 5 Johnson of Savannah drove to Virginia on Saturday (after a Friday night game) to play nationally renowned Oak Hill Academy and lost 84-59. Johnson junior point guard and LSU commit Tim Quarterman scored 35 points. “Quarterman was the best player tonight in a gym full of great players,” Johnson coach Utaff Gordon told the Savannah Morning News. … North Murray (14-2) dropped out of the rankings after losing to Gordon Central 58-52 on Friday. North Murray plays at No. 1 Cartersville on Tuesday. … Woodward Academy dropped out of the rankings after losing to St. Pius and Landmark Christian last week. … SPX dropped in at No. 9 and plays a big one against Cedar Grove on Friday.

Class AA

1. Manchester (13-2)

2. Greater Atlanta Christian (14-3)

3. Vidalia (16-1)

4. Laney (11-4)

5. Bleckley County (13-2)

6. Westside-Augusta (10-3)

7. Dublin (14-4)

8. Jordan (7-4)

9. Josey (11-6)

10. Taylor County (10-5)

Notes: Same top five here.  Westside is new at No. 6 with no losses of record against Georgia teams. Westside plays No. 4 Laney on Friday. …No. 7 Dublin stayed in the rankings despite a loss to Jones County. … No. 9 Josey stayed in the rankings despite a loss to AAAA Butler. … Dade County and Calhoun are out after losing, Dade to Pepperell and Calhoun to Murray County. … Westminster

Class A

1. North Cobb Christian (14-2)

2. Athens Christian (13-1)

3. Greenforest Christian (13-3)

4. Mitchell County (14-3)

5. W.D. Mohammed (15-1)

6. Wilkinson County (12-1)

7. Lanier County (13-2)

8. Seminole County (11-3)

9. Turner County (12-3)

10. Aquinas (11-5)

Notes: No. 1 North Cobb plays at home against St. Francis (10-5) on Tuesday and on the road at Mount Paran Christian (12-2) on Friday. Neither opponent is ranked, but either could be. St. Francis beat then-No. 8 Mount Paran 74-48 on Saturday, days after Mount Paran’s win over Whitefield Academy. … No. 4 Mitchell County beat then No. 8 Seminole County 55-54 in overtime on Friday. … No. 7 Lanier County (13-2, 5-0) has the lead in Region 2 after previous No. 3 Wilcox County stumbled against Clinch County, losing 77-74. Lanier plays No. 9 Turner County (12-3) on Friday and Wilcox (11-3) on Saturday.  … Wilkinson County (12-1) and Lanier County (13-2) entered the rankings. Mount Paran and Wilcox County departed.

28 comments Add your comment

Old Coach

January 13th, 2013
6:44 pm

How can Holy Innocent’s not be ranked in A? They 3rd in Power Poll for Private schools.

Henry County Warhawks Fan

January 13th, 2013
8:57 pm

Can the the Warhawks get some love. Finally playing in the right classification after being forced to play up the past two years. Only lost to one AAA school this season and have played a tough none region schedule against several of your rank teams. Have three Sr being recruited by D-1 schools.


January 13th, 2013
9:37 pm

Yeah, just think what Henry County could do if they had a coach.


January 13th, 2013
10:41 pm

What about upstart Lithonia (9-5) vs #3 Marist on Tuesday. Lithonia has beat South Atlanta and lost Columbia by 9.

Decatur 4 Life

January 14th, 2013
8:56 am


You’re right Lithonia is a sleeper this season for sure but they seem to just play well at home, although the Marist game is at home also they need more consistent play on the road to be taken seriously. I was impressed by them last week against my Columbia Eagles even though we were without a starter and had a bad shooting night, Lithonia played well.

Todd Holcomb

January 14th, 2013
10:42 am

‘’How can Holy Innocent’s not be ranked in A? They 3rd in Power Poll for Private schools.’’

I don’t respect the GHSA’s power rating that much. Not sure all the games have been reported to make it accurate. That said, HI could easily be ranked. I’m amazed at the depth in Class A.

‘’What about upstart Lithonia (9-5) vs #3 Marist on Tuesday. Lithonia has beat South Atlanta and lost Columbia by 9.’’

Thanks for pointing out that game. I was listing only games between ranked teams, but Lithonia-Marist should be a good one.

Todd Holcomb

January 14th, 2013
10:48 am

”It not Johnson-Savannah it is Sol C Johnson. There is on one Savannah High and that is The High.”

Can’t disgree w/ that. AJC’s style has always been to call it Johnson-Savannah to differentiate between Johnson of Savannah and of Gainesville. Same with Northside-Warner Robins and Northside-Columbus. There used to be a Northside-Atlanta. Few schools are called by their ”full name’ either in the media or in general. M.L. King might be the only one. Is Mary Persons a person? Langston Hughes and Maynard Jackson are slowly becoming Hughes and Jackson, or Jackson-Atlanta (since there’s a Jackson High in Butts County). Maybe formal names are better. I’d also have to make changes for Lucy Laney and Benjamin Mays in these rankings.

Savannah hoopers

January 14th, 2013
11:15 am

Kool thanks for the info it just when we play teams out of our region or in our new region they seems to think that Johnson is Savannah High, because they see Johnson-Savannah. I have had to explain around 3times we are the Bluejackets and they are Atom smashers! They think Johnson were back to back region champs and State runner-up. Just want my boys to get there credit that all.


January 14th, 2013
1:03 pm

Holy Innocents is a good team and should be ranked somewhere in the top 10. I saw them Saturday destroy Padiea. They have great size in the twins and #11, and number 1 and 20 can really shoot from deep.


January 14th, 2013
1:15 pm

I think Wheeler should be 2.. Its not a team in Cobb County That can match up with them. They are playing very well. Great Defense and Great Team ball on Offense. Elijah Staley is a monster.. hes playing on another level right now.. Avery Patterson& Jerron Love look very well also. Daniel Giddons controls the Defensive boards!


January 14th, 2013
1:16 pm

Todd, a couple mistakes in the notes under AAAAA. Number 2 Allatoona (not Kell) is playing in the Wally Keller Classic Showcase in Punta Gorda, FL (not Charlotte) this weekend against Riverview of Sarasota, Fla. (Fri.) and Bishop Verot of Fort Myers, Fla. (Saturday). I appreciate the coverage the AJC gives us…which gives us much more coverage than our local paper!

Savannah hoopers

January 14th, 2013
1:47 pm

I like the enter action of the AJC just wish when it come to Savannah it is all about one player. Savannah High has been a hot bed of talent the last couple of years. Back to Back region champs, State runner-up (Milton Coach Boyd beat us ? around that and we played up 2 Classes 5A, Crawford Square Champs, Bi-Lo champs, and just one Sweet 16 in South Carolina all in the past two season. T@m and Sol C Johnson Who? Bluejackets baby will see come State time.


January 14th, 2013
2:29 pm

Cartersville won’t make it to the quarterfinals this year, either!


January 14th, 2013
2:31 pm

Yeah I think that Lithonia needs to be more consistent, but I think they are the biggest sleepers in Deklab County right now

Todd Holcomb

January 14th, 2013
2:57 pm

re: Allatoona – Thanks for the correction, Bucsfan.

re: Wheeler – They’d probably be #2 except for the loss to Roswell. Definitely think Wheeler can win the title, but got to base it on results, not potential. btw, Wheeler played an out-of-state team on Saturday, I believe. Can’t find a score. Will give Wheeler a call if I don’t get it soon. If someone knows, let us know.

re: Savannah & Johnson. I was talking w/ Coach Jordan last week in writing the story on dunkers. He half-jokingly said the best rivalry is Savannah is Savannah High vs. whoever has the next-best team in Savannah that year. I guess that’s Johnson this year.

John Wooden

January 14th, 2013
4:42 pm

Bucs Fan: I think Punta Gorda is in Charlotte County if I’m not mistaken.

To all: has anybody seen Alpharetta play? They are an enigma? Is that a word? I saw them twice last week and came away after the upset over N Gwinnett thinking this might be the best defensive coach in the area. I am very impressed with them. I know they lost some games early, but with their run last year into the Final 4, I’d not want to play them in the early rounds this year.


January 14th, 2013
7:47 pm

Johnson of Savannah is the best AAA team in Savannah, the region, and the state. It’s all about those ATOMSMASHERS!!!! Ask Coach Jordan of Savannah High, he knows it, he just can’t say it. SUSH – BE VERY VERY QUITE!!!!!!!!


January 14th, 2013
10:23 pm

The best team in the state is in AA – guess which one it is?


January 15th, 2013
9:08 am

Todd: The game this past weekend was canceled to my knowledge. I can double check for you though.

Savannah hoopers

January 15th, 2013
9:34 am

AAA Baller how can you be the best when Savannah high won the region back to back and lost in the state championship. How can you be the best when we beat yall this year. Right now you can only tie us LOL. No one told your star player to cuss out a teacher. Rumor has it some one took his SAT for him. No going to call his name but you know who. Ask Coach he will tell you Savannah High number ONe. Johnson aint nothing but paper Champions. Do this tell me what yall have won in the last couple years. Savannah High Region champs 10-11 and 11-12, Bi-lo champs 11-12, Crawford Square champs 11-12, State Runner-up 11-12 5A, Sweet 16 Champs 12-13 and we beat yall all ready this year. LOL U FUNNY GIVE ME FACTS NOT OPINIONS! Oh Harrison beat yall in the first round last year, you lost 2 Crawford Square games came in 4th place and we beat yall in the region. I just gave you the facts. LOL

Savannah hoopers

January 15th, 2013
9:44 am

Oh year we have 12 states Championship like 5 runner-ups. Johnson 1 state title. Sol C Who? Go look up baby. And we have 4 juniors and 1 Senior starting. So even next year we will be there you know this yall only year LOL. U lost to Savannah High, Valdosta, Marist, Archer, and Oak Hill Academy any time you play a good team you lose. Stick with the Island, Pierce Co, New Hampstead etc cup cakes teams. LOL any time a good team punch yall back you fold. LOL

Savannah hoopers

January 15th, 2013
9:55 am

Last thing I dont care about polls because they all opinions to some degree but letz look at the opinions right now AJC Savannah 3 Johnson 5 Maxprep State Savannah 34 State Johnson 42 state Region Savannah 1 Johnson 4. just in case you did not know the smaller the number the better. LOL


January 15th, 2013
2:21 pm

roswell win over wheeler was a fluke…tonight wheeler beats walton the school that beat roswell. then wheeler beats roswell round 2


January 15th, 2013
2:23 pm

i dont think wheeler played this pastweekend


January 15th, 2013
2:25 pm

It’s confirmed. Wheeler didn’t play this past weekend.


January 16th, 2013
8:57 pm

Marist crushed Lithonia on Tuesday by 18 pts.


January 17th, 2013
12:46 pm

northside, w.r. is113-4 and beat turner co. 99-77.just saying..


January 17th, 2013
2:36 pm

Wow, 113 wins! Long season …