AA blog: Basketball season underway
Football season is winding down and we are two weeks away from a champion being crowned in Class AA. However, basketball season is gearing up, so as we transition, Tuesday blogs will be dedicated to basketball for the remainder of the football state playoffs.
- While teams have been allowed to play regular season basketball games since Nov. 9, there are still plenty of teams yet to play a game – likely because a lot of those schools have key players on the football team. However, there are several teams that have already played multiple games, including Thanksgiving holiday tournaments. The GHSA allows teams to play 25 regular season games.
- On the boys’ side, the defending state champion Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans are already 4-0 and have yet to be challenged. Most recently, they defeated Collins Hill 70-53 in the Jared Cook Tip-Off Classic at North Gwinnett. The Spartans have outscored their competition 316-216 for a 25-point margin of victory average. They are sure to be the state’s No. 1 team when the Ga.PrepCountry.com Coaches Poll is released.
- The Dade County Wolverines are also off to a fast start at 3-0 with blowout wins over North Jackson (Ala.), Ridgeland and Morris Innovative. The Wolverines have outscored their competition 278-155. Last year, the Wolverines finished 19-9 and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.
- On the girls’ side, the six-time defending state champion Wesleyan Lady Wolves are 4-0, but were twice challenged at the Parkview Tip-Off Classic, edging Mountain View 59-58 in overtime, then topping Westlake 57-49. In the Lady Wolves’ Region 6, Greater Atlanta Christian is 4-1 – it’s only loss was at the hands of AAAA defending state champions Columbia by a score of 52-40 in the Hilton Tip-Off classic.
- Other teams undefeated after playing at least three games are the Putnam County Lady War Eagles, the Kendrick Lady Cherokees and the Pepperell Lady Dragons – all of whom are 3-0. Of those three teams, only Kendrick made the state playoffs last year, advancing to the semifinals. The Jefferson Lady Dragons – who were eliminated by Kendrick in the first round last season – are 3-1 thus far.
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