The Tucker girls team staked its claim to the No. 1 spot in Class AAAAA when the new girls basketball rankings are released on Sunday with a 46-45 victory over Stephenson on Tuesday.
Tori Robinson scored the game-winning layup with 1:08 to play. Erykah Davenport had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Tigers, who are 17-3 overall and 11-0 in Region 6-AAAAA. Kaliyah Mitchell scored 14 points to lead Stephenson (18-3, 9-2), which missed four free throws in the final minute.
Tucker, ranked No. 2 this week, won both meetings against top-ranked Stephenson this season, beating the Jaguars 53-48 on Nov. 30 behind a 23-point, 10-rebound effort from Davenport. The Tigers also beat third-ranked Miller Grove 48-39 last weekend. Tucker was ranked No. 1 earlier this season before suffering consecutive losses to Miller Grove and Westlake in the Peach State Classic.
*Tight race: The No. 2-ranked Effingham County boys team (15-4, 8-1) suffered its first region loss and fell into a tie for first place in 3-AAAAA when it was upset by Jenkins on Tuesday. Paris Baker scored 12 points for Jenkins (11-7, 8-1) and held heavily recruited Effingham forward Jakeenan Gant scoreless in the first half. “This was our biggest win yet,” Jenkins coach Bakari Bryant told the Savannah Morning News. “Our motto all season has been IGYB or I got your back, and the kids lived up to it tonight. It was a total team effort.”
*Scoreboard: Tuesday was a rough night for ranked boys teams in Class AAAAA as Effingham County, Sequoyah, Tucker and Northside-Columbus lost and three others won by six points or less. Stephenson was the only ranked girls team to lose. Here’s how the top 10 boys and girls teams fared on Tuesday:
#1 Miller Grove did not play
Jenkins 53, #2 Effingham County 49
#3 Allatoona 59, Rome 54
#4 May 51, Arabia Mountain 45
Creekview 58, #5 Sequoyah 49
Stephenson 51, #6 Tucker 49
#7 Lithia Springs 60, Villa Rica 57
#8 McIntosh 61, Northgate 45
#9 Mount Zion-Jonesboro 71, Union Grove 49
Harris County 61, #10 Northside-Columbus 55
#2 Tucker 46, #1 Stephenson 45
#3 Miller Grove did not play
#4 McIntosh 46, Northgate 17
#5 Kell 54, Riverwood 26
#6 Creekview 53, Sequoyah 47
#7 Osborne 63, Sprayberry 56
#8 Flowery Branch 61, Apalachee 38
#9 Forest Park 57, Drew 36
#10 Cedar Shoals 50, Salem 48