Girls basketball rankings: Kell is the new No. 1 in Class AAAAA

Kell is the new No. 1 team in Class AAAAA girls basketball after a wild weekend in which the top three teams in last week’s rankings were knocked off in the Region 6-AAAAA tournament.

Kell moved up from No. 5 after beating Osborne 53-44 in the 7-AAAAA championship game, becoming one of only three teams in last week’s top 10 to win its region title.

Previous No. 1 Tucker, which lost to Southwest DeKalb in the region semifinals, dropped to No. 2 and finished in third place in the 6-AAAAA tournament. Last week’s No. 2 team, Stephenson, lost twice in the tournament to finish in fourth place and fell to No. 7. Miller Grove remained No. 3 after losing in the region final. Southwest DeKalb, which won the region tournament, climbed five spots to No. 4.

The other five No. 1 teams – North Gwinnett (AAAAAA), Columbia (AAAA), Buford (AAA), Wesleyan (AA) and Southwest Atlanta Christian (A) – held on to their spots heading into the state tournament.

Southwest Atlanta Christian remained No. 1 in Class A despite a loss in the Region 6-A final to St. Francis, which jumped five spots to No. 2. Southwest Atlanta Christian won the regular-season meeting between the teams.

McEachern is one of three teams to enter the top 10 this week. The Indians are 17-11 overall but have lost just three games against Georgia teams since the beginning of December, with all of those coming by less than 10 points against No. 6 North Cobb and No. 10 Hillgrove. McEachern, playing without its second-leading scorer, came within one point on Saturday of winning the championship in the region that sent two teams to the state championship game in the highest classification last season.

The other new teams in the rankings are Allatoona, which replaced Creekview in AAAAA, and LaGrange, which replaced Sandy Creek in AAAA.

The only team in last week’s rankings that failed to reach the region semifinals and qualify for the state tournament was Class AAAAA Creekview, which lost to Sprayberry 61-51 in the 7-AAAAA quarterfinals. Creekview was No. 6 last week but is no longer in the top 10.

Class AAAAAA

1. North Gwinnett (25-1)

2. Parkview (28-0)

3. Norcross (23-5)

4. Cherokee (27-1)

5. Alpharetta (24-4)

6. North Cobb (24-3)

7. Woodstock (21-7)

8. McEachern (17-11)

9. Hughes (23-2)

10. Hillgrove (21-7)

Class AAAAA

1. Kell (22-2)

2. Tucker (24-4)

3. Miller Grove (22-5)

4. Southwest DeKalb (19-8)

5. Forest Park (21-7)

6. McIntosh (24-3)

7. Stephenson (23-5)

8. Osborne (22-6)

9. Cedar Shoals (25-3)

10. Allatoona (17-7)

Class AAAA

1. Columbia (23-3)

2. Cross Creek (27-0)

3. Redan (23-2)

4. Jonesboro (23-4)

5. Woodland-Stockbridge (26-2)

6. Mary Persons (23-2)

7. Fayette County (20-6)

8. Marist (17-6)

9. LaGrange (19-7)

10. South Effingham (26-2)

Class AAA

1. Buford (23-4)

2. Washington County (25-1)

3. St. Pius (25-3)

4. North Oconee (26-2)

5. Sonoraville (26-1)

6. Beach (23-3)

7. Chapel Hill (24-3)

8. Decatur (21-7)

9. Dawson County (23-5)

10. Dodge County (19-7)

Class AA

1. Wesleyan (23-4)

2. Laney (26-0)

3. Kendrick (27-0)

4. Calhoun (24-1)

5. Thomasville (23-2)

6. Pelham (23-4)

7. Greater Atlanta Christian (19-7)

8. Dublin (22-5)

9. Model (19-7)

10. Bremen (21-6)

Class A

1. SW Atlanta Christian (25-3)

2. St. Francis (20-8)

3. Randolph-Clay (26-2)

4. Holy Innocents’ (22-5)

5. Darlington (20-7)

6. Towns County (24-4)

7. George Walton (23-4)

8. Gordon Lee (20-7)

9. Calvary Day (24-3)

10. Turner County (19-5)

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