Girls basketball rankings: Tucker returns to No. 1 in Class AAAAA

Tucker reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the Class AAAAA girls basketball rankings this week after knocking off previous No. 1 Stephenson 46-45 in a Region 6-AAAAA game on Tuesday.

It was Tucker’s second victory of the season against Stephenson, which fell to No. 2. Tucker was ranked No. 1 earlier this season before losing consecutive games against Miller Grove and Westlake in the Peach State Classic during the first week of January. Fellow Region 6 team Miller Grove remains No. 3.

The other five No. 1 teams – North Gwinnett in AAAAAA, Columbia in AAAA, Buford in AAA, Wesleyan in AA and Southwest Atlanta Christian in A – held their positions for another week, despite losses by two of them.

North Gwinnett lost 46-29 on Tuesday to Norcross, which moved up from No. 3 to No. 2. North Gwinnett and Norcross split two regular-season meetings, but North Gwinnett has fared a bit better than Norcross against an equally challenging schedule. That was enough to keep the top spot.

Parkview dropped from No. 2 to No. 3. The Panthers are the only remaining undefeated team in Class AAAAAA, although their schedule has not been as difficult as those of the top two teams.

Buford was the other No. 1 team to lose, falling to Wesleyan 44-40 on Saturday.

Three new teams entered the rankings. Southwest DeKalb, another 6-AAAAA team, claimed the No. 9 spot in AAAAA after a 65-33 victory on Saturday against Forest, the previous No. 9 team. Hughes replaced Mountain View at No. 10 in AAAAAA, and Dutchtown took Carrollton’s spot in Class AAAA.


1. North Gwinnett (19-1)

2. Norcross (17-4)

3. Parkview (21-0)

4. Cherokee (19-1)

5. Alpharetta (18-3)

6. Woodstock (15-5)

7. North Cobb (18-3)

8. North Forsyth (18-3)

9. Hillgrove (16-6)

10. Hughes (16-2)


1. Tucker (18-3)

2. Stephenson (18-3)

3. Miller Grove (17-3)

4. McIntosh (18-2)

5. Kell (15-2)

6. Creekview (16-4)

7. Flowery Branch (19-1)

8. Cedar Shoals (18-2)

9. Southwest DeKalb (15-7)

10. Osborne (16-4)

Class AAAA

1. Columbia (15-2)

2. Cross Creek (20-0)

3. Woodland-Stockbridge (21-1)

4. Redan (17-1)

5. Jonesboro (17-4)

6. Fayette County (14-4)

7. South Effingham (21-0)

8. Sandy Creek (15-4)

9. Marist (10-5)

10. Dutchtown (14-5)

Class AAA

1. Buford (14-4)

2. Washington County (19-1)

3. St. Pius (18-3)

4. North Oconee (18-2)

5. Sonoraville (20-1)

6. Beach (18-3)

7. Chapel Hill (18-3)

8. Dawson County (18-2)

9. Decatur (16-5)

10. Elbert County (17-4)

Class AA

1. Wesleyan (18-4)

2. Laney (22-0)

3. Kendrick (20-0)

4. Calhoun (18-1)

5. Thomasville (17-1)

6. Greater Atlanta Christian (16-5)

7. Pelham (17-3)

8. Dublin (19-3)

9. Model (14-5)

10. Bremen (16-5)

Class A

1. SW Atlanta Christian (19-2)

2. Darlington (15-5)

3. Randolph-Clay (19-2)

4. Holy Innocents’ (15-5)

5. Gordon Lee (16-5)

6. St. Francis (13-8)

7. George Walton Academy (14-3)

8. Towns County (16-3)

9. Calvary Day (15-1)

10. Turner County (15-3)

18 comments Add your comment


January 27th, 2013
9:33 pm

Please tell me how Tift Co girls are UNRANKED? I realize it’s easy to stay in the metro Atlanta and in the north part of the state, but c’mon, do your job.


January 28th, 2013
8:54 am

I am with Phil how in the world Tift girls are not ranked. I know you guys think no one below Macon can play basketball but c’mon show the girls some love!!! They don’t have any McDonald All Americans but they do have a good nucleus of players along with a pretty good coaching staff. They are doing it as a unit and should win the region and make a deep run in the playoffs.


January 28th, 2013
9:46 am

Phil, Hammer, who’s place would you have them take? I know the girls can’t determine who is in their region, but most if not all of the teams listed in the top 10 have another team or 2 in their region that is ranked. Also scheduling tough out of conference games could help. Either way, if they keep playing hard and winning, they’ll get their chance to make noise in the playoffs.


January 28th, 2013
9:58 am

Go Tucker Lady Tigers!!!!

Proud Panther

January 28th, 2013
11:27 am

Congratulations Langston Hughes Lady Panthers!!!!!


January 28th, 2013
1:46 pm

I noticed on their web site that almost 50% of the Wesleyan girl’s basketball team is made up of African American students. I wonder what percent of their student body is the same? Would be great if they had scheduled Kendrick HS.


January 28th, 2013
3:45 pm

I noticed on Mill Creek’s website that 95% of the Mill Creek girls soccer team is Caucasian. I wonder if the percent of their student body is the same.


January 28th, 2013
4:15 pm

Tommy, what was the purpose of asking that outrageously stupid question?

GHSA Format

January 28th, 2013
4:37 pm

AAAAA – 4 teams from Region 6 are in the top 10. The state bracket for basketball needs to change to the football method. One team from each region in each bracket. The only way you see your Region opponent again will be in the Final Four or Final.

BBall Coach

January 28th, 2013
8:44 pm

GHSA will never change bracket because it has to protect the teams from South Georgia, so easier for the North teams to cannibalize themselves through the first three rounds. Thought that when the playoffs were moved up to Tuesday, the GHSA would cross over in second round like football since the second round would be weekend games, but I guess that makes too much sense. Just like training the game officials in a standard way instead of association to association would produce a more uniform standard of calling games, but again makes too much sense.


January 29th, 2013
8:35 am

Why would Metro be afraid of South Ga?? This isn’t football! the reason Tift County and all the other south Ga teams get no love is simple..They don’t play anyone good! Simple they have inflated records based on a lot of wack games! last year WACO was 40-0 this year its CROSS CREEK or Tift co, but the results will still be the same in the end. The Championship will come back to Metro Atl.


January 29th, 2013
3:19 pm

@GHSA Format. I agree with you. For the last 2 years 4 teams from our regions (AAAAAA region4) Have had to drive to Fort Valley to play each other in the Elite 8. Makes sense to spread them out. I agree with you GradyBaby. It’s not opinion, it’s fact. Teams from the SEC in football battle tough comp weekly and it prepares them for the big show. Same in basketball.

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January 29th, 2013
11:07 pm

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Mr. 109

January 30th, 2013
8:39 am

Nice matchup Saturday in Region 5 AAAAAA. #4 Cherokee travels to #6 Woodstock. Close game earlier in the year but Woodstock’s big fouled out and Cherokee controlled the boards late.


January 30th, 2013
9:31 am

GradyBaby you are hilarious, it’s not like every team in the north is good. There are about 3 teams up there year in and year out that make the north look good get over yourself!!!! VC Tift could replace any of the teams that are 6-10, but like you said they just need to keep winning and everything will take care of itself. I am not saying that they are going to win STATE I’m just merely saying they deserve to be ranked somewhere in the AAAAAA Top 10

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January 31st, 2013
7:07 am

Hammer, you are so right about metro atlanta schools. It is always the same three schools in AAAAAA every year that make up their power. Tift could easily be placed in one of the reasons and give them a run for their money, like last year when Tift went to Milton and beat them in their house when they had not lost a home game in two plus years. Milton went on to win the State, plus this year they have beaten all the metro atlanta teams to date that they have faced (Mill Creek, Eagles Landing)Trust me there is talent in South Georgia.

Lady Devils BB

January 31st, 2013
9:01 am

So Glad to see Caroline Long back in the lineup for the Model Lady Blue Devils. Play hard Caroline. Lets go girls get. Play as a TEAM.