Jeff Haws’ Top 10 List

At The List HQ, we do everything we can to be inclusive.

It’s hard during football season, when we pretty much can’t keep a thought in our heads that doesn’t involve football. As you can probably imagine, it really annoys our friends.

But during basketball season, there’s more than one kid on the block, and it’s not all about the boys.

The girls are doing amazing things on the court too and, like us with our inclusive style, we love when a school excels on both the boys and girls sides of the hardwood.

So here are the top 10 schools where both the boys and girls win big.

10. Mays

It’s been a few years since Mays got its hardware, but back to back boys titles in 2004-05 aren’t long forgotten by the Raider faithful. Since then, they’ve regularly won 20-plus games, have a finals appearance in 2010 and are currently ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAA. The girls have been a fixture in the state playoffs, typically advancing to at least the second round, and they totaled 48 wins in the two seasons 2008-10.

9. Fayette County

The girls got their title two years ago, the first for the school on either the boys or girls side, and then lost by 1 in the 2012 quarterfinals. The boys have made their own runs in recent years, winning 29 games and losing by 2 to Rockdale County in the 2011 semis, and pushing eventual champion Miller Grove before losing 96-87 in the 2009 quarters.

8. Tucker

The boys are typically in the mix, winning a state title in 2007 and making it to multiple state finals in the past six seasons, the girls haven’t been among the elite most of that time. But they won 19 games in 2012, and now they’re ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAA, giving the Tigers a nice one-two hoops punch.

7. Buford

The girls are carrying most of the load here, winning three straight titles from 2009-11, then losing in the finals to Lovett last season. They’re right back ranked No. 1 this year too, so it looks like they’re in position to make another run. The boys don’t have a title, but they’re sitting at No. 2 in AAA this season, they were in the finals two years ago, and they’ve been regular 20-game winners in recent years.

6. Southwest DeKalb

There’s no need to justify this selection on the girls side, with three straight Class AAAA titles 2008-10, then a return to the finals last year, where they lost to Miller Grove. The boys may not have a title to their name, but they’ve mostly been a very good program lately, even joining their girls counterparts in the finals last season.

5. Greater Atlanta Christian

Always good to see a school where both teams are collecting titles. The boys won it all in 2010 and 2011 after losing to Dublin in the semifinals in 2009. The girls got titles of their own in 2001, 2002 and 2007, and they were in the semifinals in both 2010 and 2011.

4. Wesleyan

What more can we say about the Wesleyan girls? Well, they’re ranked No. 1, trying to become only the second girls team ever to win six straight titles, and that would also give them a mind-boggling 9 out of 10 and 10 of 12. Meanwhile, the boys have been up and down, but their titles in 2008 and 2010 are good enough to place the Wolves high on this list.

3. Miller Grove

Both the boys and girls are defending state champs from Class AAAA, and both are ranked in the top 5 this year in AAAAA. The boys have been a top program for awhile – winning four straight state AAAA titles – but the girls are relative newcomers to the spotlight. Now with four straight 20-win seasons, though, they look like they’re here to stay.

2. Norcross

Yeah, the boys had a bit of a down year last season, but they’re back in the top 5 this year, and they have four state titles since 2006. On the girls side, they’re almost as good, winning it all in 2010 and 2011 before losing in the semifinals last year. Ranked No. 2, they’re among the favorites to get back to the top in 2013.

1. Columbia

There’s really not much way to top the Eagles in this category. Between the boys and girls, they’ve won five of the past six Class AAA titles, and they’re both No. 1 in Class AAAA this season. When you’re talking pure basketball school in Georgia, this is the top of the heap.

Now we want to know what you think. Who did we leave out? Who shouldn’t have been on the list? What percentage of the boys teams would the Wesleyan girls beat by double digits? Let us know in the comments here or on Twitter at @ajcprepsports.

2 comments Add your comment

Warrior

February 6th, 2013
11:59 am

Can’t argue with anyone on your list. I would say some are more tradition than current day. NCobb girls have been to the Elite 8 last two years and are currently 22-3. Boys went to Elite last year and ranked 2nd in state. I like what we have cooking over here.

Say It Aint So

February 6th, 2013
1:19 pm

What happened to South Atlanta? The boys squad was a shoe in to the finals for a good 5-6 yr stretch.