Girls basketball rankings: Stephenson takes over No. 1 in AAAAA

Stephenson and Tucker traded spots at the top of the Class AAAAA girls basketball rankings this week and Miller Grove moved up to No. 3, giving Region 6 the top three positions in the classification.

Tucker beat Stephenson 53-48 in the teams’ first meeting on Nov. 30, but Stephenson is 11-1 since then against a difficult schedule, with its only loss coming against West Ashley, S.C. in late December. Tucker is 2-2 over its last four games but will have a chance to reclaim its spot at the top with games against Miller Grove and Stephenson coming up in the next 10 days.

The No. 1 teams in the other five classifications remained the same this week – North Gwinnett in AAAAAA, Columbia in AAAA, Buford in AAA, Wesleyan in AA and Southwest Atlanta Christian in Class A. Wesleyan held on to No. 1 despite a loss on Saturday, a 49-46 setback against Southwest Atlanta Christian.

The big game of the upcoming week takes on place in Class AAAAAA on Tuesday, when No. 2 Norcross travels to No. 1 North Gwinnett in a battle for the Region 7-AAAAAA lead and likely the No. 1 spot in next week’s rankings.

Class AAAAAA

1. North Gwinnett (15-0)

2. Norcross (14-2)

3. Parkview (16-0)

4. Cherokee (15-1)

5. Alpharetta (13-3)

6. Woodstock (10-5)

7. North Cobb (14-3)

8. Hillgrove (13-4)

9. McEachern (9-7)

10. Valdosta (14-1)

Class AAAAA

1. Stephenson (16-2)

2. Tucker (14-3)

3. Miller Grove (15-3)

4. McIntosh (15-1)

5. Osborne (14-2)

6. Kell (12-2)

7. Flowery Branch (15-1)

8. Creekview (13-4)

9. Forest Park (11-6)

10. Cedar Shoals (14-2)

Class AAAA

1. Columbia (12-2)

2. Cross Creek (16-0)

3. Woodland-Stockbridge (18-1)

4. Redan (12-1)

5. Jonesboro (13-4)

6. LaGrange (12-1)

7. Fayette County (7-4)

8. Carrollton (11-4)

9. Howard (11-2)

10. Chestatee (14-3)

Class AAA

1. Buford (11-3)

2. Washington County (14-1)

3. St. Pius (13-3)

4. North Oconee (12-2)

5. Sonoraville (16-1)

6. Beach (14-3)

7. Chapel Hill (12-3)

8. Dawson County (14-2)

9. Elbert County (14-3)

10. Decatur (12-5)

Class AA

1. Wesleyan (13-4)

2. Laney (16-0)

3. Kendrick (15-0)

4. Greater Atlanta Christian (13-2)

5. Calhoun (13-1)

6. Thomasville (13-1)

7. Model (11-4)

8. Pelham (11-3)

9. Dublin (15-3)

10. Lovett (9-7)

Class A

1. SW Atlanta Christian (14-1)

2. Holy Innocents’ (11-3)

3. Randolph-Clay (14-2)

4. Darlington (10-4)

5. Gordon Lee (12-4)

6. Towns County (14-2)

7. St. Francis (8-7)

8. George Walton Academy (11-3)

9. Calvary Day (10-1)

10. Wilkinson County (12-1)

19 comments Add your comment

True Story

January 13th, 2013
9:38 pm

How are you a Top 10 team when you have 4 losses, I am pretty sure other programs have 4 or less. What are these rankings based off of?

K-man

January 13th, 2013
11:28 pm

True Story…..I hear you loud and clear! Teams like Wesleyan and Greater Atlanta Christian will always be highly ranked simply because they can recruit! They don`t have down years…..they just pick and choose or reload. Other public schools may have good years …but can`t get past these kind of all star teams! It`s really an unfair advantage!

KnowGBall

January 14th, 2013
8:44 am

I have seen the top three in AAAAAA. I would rank Norcross, Parkview, North. Norcross (obvious), Parkview (strong but very weak schedule), North (couple of good players). Also saw the best team in state, Wesleyan. They beat Buford at Christmas. Wesleyan has great players along with the best pg that I have seen. Coach is pretty good also.

WoodstockParent

January 14th, 2013
9:15 am

I think you have to look at strength of schedule. Take Woodstock, for instnace, with 5 losses. 4 of those are to teams that are state ranked. 3 of those losses are by a combined total of 11 points!!! The other loss was to a TN team in a Christmas tournament. They have played a brutal non-region scheudule up to this point, and 3 tough games in a Christmas tournament. Oh yeah, and they beat Hillgrove.

57Cat

January 14th, 2013
10:41 am

I say against, watch out for the Lady Cats for Valdosta!

Todd Holcomb

January 14th, 2013
10:53 am

”Also saw the best team in state, Wesleyan.”

Wesleyan lost Saturday to Southwest Atlanta Christian. … Would enjoy watching a tournament among those teams you mentioned, plus SACA.

Todd Holcomb

January 14th, 2013
10:55 am

”How are you a Top 10 team when you have 4 losses.”

When your name is Wesleyan and you’re closing in on a sixth straight state championship.

only a matter of time

January 14th, 2013
11:12 am

“When your name is Wesleyan and you’re closing in on a sixth straight state championship.”
Hey Todd I heard that!!

Grand Canyon Univ..

January 14th, 2013
11:25 am

I think I saw the best team in the state this Friday when Columbia beat Redan..Columbia looked strong.. Wesleyan is a good team but they don’t consistantly play the best teams in the area and out side the area..You would think with them closing in on 6 titles they would get more respect in state and out of state, but they don’t because they don’t play anyone that matters. They beat Buford but lost to SACA?? But then again SACA beat Buford too! So maybe SACA might be the best!lol

bballfan

January 14th, 2013
12:35 pm

KnowGball, I know everyone’s entitled to their opinions but I will have to totally disagree with you saying Norcross, Parkview and then North Gwinnett. North Gwinnett went down to FL and won the Naples tournament. To do that, they had to be nationally ranked teams. I would say North, Norcross and Parkview. I’ve seen Parkview and they are a good team but I think North would beat them by 20 and Norcross would beat them by 10. A lot will be said tomorrow when North and Norcross hook up. I say North by 10+

KnowGBall

January 14th, 2013
2:26 pm

Saw SACA at Christmas tourney and thought the big girl could be really good in time. North in Florida really does not impress me. Norcross went to Oregon and lost so really depends on who they play. Tomorrow night should be a great game. I will take Norcross…not close. As far as a team, I will take Wesleyan…and no affiliation what so ever.

John Wooden

January 14th, 2013
4:33 pm

To: KnowGBall: Not so sure about Wesleyan this year. PG is nice, but not in class of North Gwinnett or Alpharetta to name a couple. Wing signed with Auburn and is a great player (Ferking). Coach is in an elite class. I assume she wants to stay at Wesleyan and not get into the college rat race, because she certainly could compete on the X and O game. The recruiting is probably what she doens’t want any part of. (No Wesleyan recruiting jokes please, different kind of recruiting for sure). I haven’t seen Parkview but I think North Gwinnett is the best team in the Metro area right now. At times Lexi Brown has too much mustard on the ball if you know what I mean, but when the game’s on the line, she is the real deal.

VChan

January 15th, 2013
9:45 am

Notre Dame football should tell you that being undefeated doesnt automatically make you the best team. As stated earlier, good/great teams schedule tough non region games to prepare them for battle. It’s better to have 2 or 3 losses and unpretty your record and be mentally prepared for the playoffs. I’m in class 6A and would have to say that N Gwinett is the class of our state right now. Don’t get so caught up in regular season rankings. Win with it counts.

VChan

January 15th, 2013
10:01 am

KnowBall. SACA has beaten Buford and Wesleyn this year. Their only loss was to a team with a PG going to Notre Dame from W. Virginia in a Christmas tournament on a buzzer beater. SACA is playing all classes and beating them, so that when tournament time comes they will be ready.

bballfan

January 15th, 2013
10:07 am

I think SACA is legit. They can play with pretty much anybody. The nice thing the blogs is we all put our 2 cents in and then we get to see them play it out on the court. You gotta love it!!

bballfan

January 15th, 2013
10:13 am

You have some lower classifications that can go up and more than hold their own with the 5A and 6A teams. I would say Buford, SACA, St Pius, Wesleyan, GAC and maybe Holy Innocents. I can’t throw Washington County in there because they play a somewhat weak schedule. I know you can’t control the region games but you can schedule tough non-region games if you know you have a strong team and not afraid to compete. At the end of the day, it’s all about being tested and ready come state playoff time.

Hey Todd

January 16th, 2013
11:44 am

How does a 16-0 team in South Effingham not even crack the girls top 10?

Darfan

January 17th, 2013
9:16 pm

bballfan- you might want to start throwing the Darlington Lady Tigers in there as well. They took down SACA the other night.

Hey Todd is right

January 19th, 2013
9:36 am

Those south effingham girls are now 18-0!!! Those same folks that watch beach’s girls need to make it out to effingham