Girls second round: Top games, story lines

Ranked teams went 43-7 in the first round of the girls state tournament this week. Three of the losses were by AAAAAA teams and three were by AAAAA teams (No. 1 Kell being one of them). That means the ranked teams in AAAA, AAA and AA were a combined 29-1.

Here are some of the best games and story lines for the second round of the girls tournament:


Best game: No. 3 Norcross at No. 2 Parkview

Story lines: The Norcross-Parkview game is a classic, with Norcross’  roster of blue-chip recruits led by Diamond DeShields against undefeated Parkview’s deep but unspectacular roster. … Region 1 sent three teams to the round of 16 in Valdosta, Colquitt County and Tift County. That’s a shock considering that the region they beat – Cobb County’s Region 4 – sent four teams to the final eight last season. Biggest shocker was Colquitt County over 2012 champion McEachern.


Best game: No. 10 Allatoona at No. 3 Miller Grove

Story lines: No. 1-ranked Kell is done, beaten by seventh-ranked Stephenson in the first round. DeKalb County teams are going to be hard to stop as No. 2 Tucker, No. 3 Miller Grove and No. 4 Southwest DeKalb are now the highest-ranked teams remaining. Tucker goes on the road to Region 8 champion Salem, and 2012 champion Miller Grove plays at Region 5 champion Allatoona.


Best games: No. 3 Redan at No. 7 Fayette County, No. 5 Woodland-Stockbridge at No. 2 Cross Creek, No. 10 South Effingham at No. 4 Jonesboro; No. 9 LaGrange at No. 1 Columbia

Story lines: There are four games matching Top 10 opponents. No other class has quite that list of blockbusters.


Best games: No. 10 Dodge County at No. 7 Chapel Hill, No. 9 Dawson County at No. 4 North Oconee, No. 8 Decatur at No. 5 Sonoraville

Story lines: All eight region champions advanced in the first round. All are favored again, although three off them must get through Top 10 opponents (above) that didn’t win their regions.

AA –

Best game: No. 7 Greater Atlanta Christian at No. 3 Kendrick, No. 10 Bremen at No. 1 Wesleyan

Story lines: As in AAA, all eight region champions advanced in the first round. Unbeaten Kendrick got a tough draw with GAC in the second round.

A public –

Best game: Calhoun County at Towns County

Story lines: No. 3 Randolph-Clay, 6 Towns County, No. 8 Gordon Lee and  No. 10 Turner County are the favorites in this first public state tournament. The last public school champion in Class A was Hawkinsville in 2007.

A private –

Best game: Pace Academy at Paideia

Story lines: The top four teams – Southwest Atlanta Christian, St. Francis, Holy Innocents’ and Darlington – appear to have separated themselves from the field. None should be pushed in the first round.

5 comments Add your comment


February 22nd, 2013
1:28 pm

Norcross at Parkview in 2nd round? The playoffs need seeding to keep this from happening.


February 22nd, 2013
1:32 pm

But 2 of them, Darlington and St Francis will meet in the 2nd round due to the GHSA elevating Holy Innocence over both on appeal – a team Darlington beat on HI’s home court. If we continue to have a split playoff system in A, the seeding process needs overhaul.


February 22nd, 2013
10:04 pm

@Weasel, Holy Innocents’ didn’t appeal anything. I think they were elevated because they won their region. All region champs go to the top of the bracket. If SACA would have beaten St. Francis, then they would have been the number 1 Seed. HIES beat St. Francis, St. Francis beat Darlington, Darlington beat Holy Innocents’ and SACA, etc. This is an imperfect system


February 23rd, 2013
8:58 am

Guru you are correct. The rules say Region Champs get #1 seed. At this point in the season, just win baby!


February 24th, 2013
2:29 pm

KENDRICK…..great job in defeating G.A.C. I recall the AJC. saying you had a bad draw in playing them in the second round……look`s like to me ,THEY had a bad draw in facing you. Wonderful job! The only problem now is that you have to face another private school in a row in Lovett. I`m so sorry! It should`nt have to be this tough for a public school that had to follow all the rules of NOT recruiting! Good luck!