It’s Region Championship Saturday in Georgia high school basketball. Two games match the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked girls teams in the state in their classifications.
Some of today’s top games –
- In Region 7-AAAAAA at Mill Creek, the top two girls teams in the highest class – No. 1 North Gwinnett and No. 2 Norcross – meet for the third time this season, this one for the region title at 5:30 p.m. They’ve split their two meetings. In the boys final at 7 p.m., No. 3 Norcross, the hottest team in AAAAAA, plays No. 8 Peachtree Ridge. AJC.com’s Stan Awtrey will be reporting live from Mill Creek.
- Columbia’s boys, ranked No. 1 in AAAA, play No. 5 South Atlanta in an 8 p.m. final. South Atlanta upset No. 2 Marist 46-41 on Friday. The final is at South Atlanta. In the girls final, it’s No. 1 Columbia against No. 2 Redan – the second No. 1 vs. No. 2 girls matchup of the day. AJC.com’s Jeff Hawks will be reporting from South Fulton.
- No. 1 Miller Grove and No. 10 Stephenson are playing for the Region 6-AAAAA title at Mays today at 8:30 p.m. Stephenson upset No. 5 Tucker to make it. In the girls final, No. 9 Southwest DeKalb against No. 3 Miller Grove. No. 1-ranked Tucker and No. 2-ranked Stephenson lost in the semifinals in what is probably the strongest girls region in the state. AJC.com’s Glennis Curry will be reporting from Mays.
- North Cobb’s boys, ranked No. 2 in AAAAAA, play No. 5 Hillgrove in the Region 4 final at 7:30 p.m. North Cobb’s girls, ranked No. 6 in AAAAAA, plays 2012 state champion McEachern in the girls championship at 6 p.m. AJC.com’s Chip Saye will be reporting from Marietta.
- No. 3 Eagle’s Landing plays No. 4 Jonesboro in the 4-AAAA final at Woodland in Stockbridge at 7:30 pm. The girls final also has ranked teams playing at 6 p.m. as No. 4 Woodland plays No. 5 Jonesboro. AJC.com Seth Coleman will be reporting from Woodland.
- In 7-AAA at North Hall, the boys final at 7:30 p.m. pits No. 4 Buford against No. 6 North Hall. The girls final at 6 p.m. has No. 1 Buford against No. 4 Dawson County.
- No. 4 Cherokee plays No. 7 Woodstock in the Region 5-AAAAAA girls final at Roswell. Wheeler’s boys, ranked No. 10, play Roswell right after. Though Wheeler is the No. 1 seed, Roswell has beaten Wheeler twice this season.
- In a battle of Augusta, No. 4 Westside plays No. 6 Laney in the 3-AA boys final. The game is at Laney.
- In Class A, the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state have been beaten. No. 1 WD Mohammed lost to fourth-seeded Landmark Christian 66-61 on Friday in 5-A. Landmark will play fifth-ranked Greenforest Christian at 6:30 p.m. at Pace Academy for the title. No. 2 North Cobb Christian lost Friday to Whitefield Academy 50-44. Whitefield, the 2012 Class A champion, plays St. Francis in a 4:30 p.m. final today at Mount Paran Christian.
- Villa Rica, seeded only fifth in its subregion of 5-AAAAA, is perhaps the state’s most unexpected region finalist. Villa Rica is playing for the title today at 7 p.m. against New Manchester, which eliminated Allatoona – the second-ranked team in the state in AAAAA – 54-50 on Friday.
Several titles games were played Friday.
In Class AAAAAA, No. 1-ranked Tift County beat Brunswick 80-72 in Valdosta. Tift’s Brannen Greene scored 36 points. Tift’s girls also claimed a region championship.
Savannah beat Johnson 67-48 in the Region 1-AAA boys final at Savannah State. Savannah was ranked No. 3. Johnson was No. 2. The No. 1-ranked team, Cartersville, lost its regular-season finale earlier this week, meaning Savannah could be poised to take over the top spot entering the state tournament.
Washington County’s girls (ranked No. 2) and Thomson’s boys (ranked No. 10) won 3-AAA.
Wesleyan’s girls, ranked No. 1 in AA and seeking a sixth straight state title, beat No. 7 GAC 67-48 in the Class AA final. GAC, the No. 1-ranked boys team, beat Wesleyan in the boys final.
Forest Park’s girls, ranked No. 10, upset No. 4 McIntosh 34-30 in the Region 4-AAAAAA final Friday.
Statesboro’s boys (No. 6 in AAAA) and Cross Creek’s girls (No. 3 in AAAA) won their Region 3 titles Friday.
Seventh-ranked Monroe’s boys won Region 1-AAAA. Monroe’s girls also won.