The Dodge County girls will be favored in the Brewton Parker College Christmas Tournament. The Indians are off to a 7-0 start, which includes three victories over Class AAAAA competition. Their best win was a 43-38 victory over Warner Robins. Dodge hasn’t played since Dec. 13, a 57-33 win over Jones County.
Dodge is led by 6-foot-2 Rachel Selph, a junior post who averages 14 points, 11 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Junior Keyria Gordon adds 10.2 points and six rebounds and senior guard Markesha McCloud adds 9.1 points per game.
Blue Jackets head to North Carolina: Savannah will play in the sixth annual Upward Classic at the Gaston Day School in Charlotte, N.C. The major regional tournament is Dec. 27-30. The Blue Jackets will open the tournament on Friday at 9 p.m. against Kennedy Charter of Charlotte.
Savannah (6-1) is coming off a 58-57 loss to Class AAAAAA Tift County in the Battle of the South. Branielus Ross scored 15 points, Jamal Norman added 11 and Chris Cokley tallied 10 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Jackets. Tift (8-1) won the game on a pair of free throws from Tadric Johnson, a Georgia Tech commit, with nine seconds remaining.
St. Pius hosts Christmas Classic: St. Pius will host its 14th annual Christmas Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Golden Lions and River Ridge of Woodstock are the two local teams involved. The boys field includes Archbishop Alter of Kettering, Ohio, and McGill-Toolen Catholic School of Mobile, Ala. The girls field includes Archbishop Carroll of Washington and Mother of Mercy of Cincinnati.
Johnson girls win tournament: The Johnson girls crushed New Hampstead 57-33 in the final of the Savannah Christian Christmas Tournament. Ijeoma Odimgbe had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks in the championship game. Asontianna Williams added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Atom Smashers (8-3)
Region 7 shines in Lanierland: The East Hall boys and North Hall girls finished second in the Lanier Championship.
Johnson beat East Hall 76-71 to win the Lanierland title for the first time since 1988, with Ty Cockfield earning MVP honors. East Hall’s Kyvon Davenport scored 23 points to lead the Vikings, with 11 of those points coming in the second period. West Hall won the fifth-place game and North Hall finished seventh.
Gainesville defeated North Hall 57-50 in the girls final. Gainesville’s Taylor Hawk was named tournament MVP for the Red Elephants, who led by 11 in the third quarter. Sydney Cleveland scored 17 points and Sadie Cleveland added 15 for North Hall. The East Hall girls won the fifth-place game and West Hall finished seventh.
Sonoraville hosts Phoenix Classic: Sonoraville hosts the Phoenix Classic on Saturday and Monday, with Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, North Paulding, Christian Heritage and Ooltewah, Tenn., joining the competition.
The Sonoraville girls recently placed third at the North Morray Mistletoe Tournament, losing to Calhoun and beating Dade County. The Phoenix (8-3) are led by Carrie Cheeks, who had 26 points against Dade and was named to the all-tournament team.