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Tuesday basketball scores

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Boys

Armuchee 69, Sonoraville 58

Cambridge 69, West Hall 46

Cedar Shoals 61, Jefferson County 47

Cherokee 59, Harrison 57

Dacula 82, South Cobb 52

Dade County 103, Ridgeland 72

Eagle’s Landing Christian 74, Athens Academy 52

Grady 79, Creekside 72

Lumpkin County 73, Tellico (Tenn.) 61

Miller Grove 69, Peachtree Ridge 58

Savannah Christian 58, Islands 43

South Atlanta 93, Alcovy 51

Tift County 72, Wilkinson County 53

Tri-Cities 70, Shiloh 63

Girls

Appling County 58, East Laurens 44

Cartersville 61, Houston County 29

Decatur 65, Arabia Mountain 53

Druid Hills 53, Stone Mountain 43

East Coweta 61, LaGrange 36

Grovetown 59, South Aiken (S.C.) 27

Habersham Central 54, Winder-Barrow 49

Hebron Christian 45, Landmark Christian 43

Lambert 54, Cedar Shoals 14

North Oconee 51, Eagle’s Landing Christian 43

Pace Academy 57, North Springs 17

Perry 49, Warner Robins 31

Salem 51, Flowery Branch 34

Savannah Country Day 40, Islands 15

Sonoraville 47, Calhoun 35

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Friday basketball scores

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Boys

Archer 76, Berkmar 63

Dacula 72, Mountain View 53

Dade County 93, North Jackson (Ala.) 51

Dawson County 72, Pinecrest Academy 55

Eagle’s Landing 56, North Clayton 37

Evans 79, Rockdale County 64

Newton 72, Salem 45

Richmond Academy 52, Johns Creek 49

Stephenson 95, Butler 60

Therrell 70, Jackson 59

Tift County 70, Montverde Academy (Fla.) 83

Union Grove 54, Whitewater 45

Walker 60, Atlanta International 23

Walton 82, Wheeler 72

Webster County 56, Chattahoochee County 51

Girls

Brookwood 71, Grayson 63

Campbell 61, South Cobb 37

Chattahoochee County 41, Webster County 34

Grovetown 74, Harlem 29

Hillgrove 62, Harrison 51

Mundy’s Mill 50, Northgate 47

Paideia 51, Lakeview Academy 29

Peachtree Ridge 56, North Gwinnett 55

Salem 57, Newton 55

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Tuesday basketball scores

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Boys

Archer 65, Mountain View 39

Blessed Trinity 38, Fellowship Christian 28

Brookwood 68, Duluth 55

Cambridge 58, Dunwoody 55

Cedar Grove 78, Redan 57

Cherokee 65, Sequoyah 48

Clarkston 68, Social Circle 42

Collins Hill 72, South Gwinnett 64

Dawson County 60, Pickens County 35

Douglas County 77, M.L. King 75

Grovetown 53, Richmond Academy 47

Heritage-Conyers 70, Cedar Shoals 60

LaFayette 65, Armuchee 55

LaGrange 70, Upson-Lee 51

Lakeside-Evans 63, Jefferson County 55

Lakeview Academy 63, West Hall 58

Lassiter 67, West Forsyth 59

Marietta 67, South Cobb 65

McEachern 44, North Cobb 33

Mount Vernon Presbyterian 70, Chamblee 64

Mundy’s Mill 53, Starr’s Mill 48

North Clayton 55, Dutchtown 52

Northview 65, North Forsyth 45

Parkview 70, Lithonia 63

Pope 48, Etowah 45

Rutland 75, Northside-Warner Robins 69

Shiloh Hills Christian 65, Covenant Christian 34

Stephenson 67, Rockdale County 43

Wesleyan 47, Pinecrest 40

Whale Branch (SC) 71, Effingham County …

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Class A Basketball Blog: State’s top girls; Two from Pace Academy sign baseball scholarships

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

The Tuesday basketball blog will take a break next week, Thanksgiving Week, as we will have blogs devoted to the football playoffs on Tuesday (Nov. 26) and Saturday (Nov. 30). The Tuesday basketball blog will return on Dec. 3.

For now, as promised last week, here are some girls to watch this season (if any of them have transferred, let us know, and let us know who we’ve overlooked as well), followed by a note about two spring sport athletes from Pace Academy who have made their college selections:

GIRLS

Ivy Atkism, George Walton Academy. The 6-1 senior is one of the premier post players in the state and is the leader of a team that finished 24-5 last season. She has reportedly committed to Clemson.

Erika Cassell, Holy Innocents’. The 6-2 Cassell averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds last season for the Region 5 champions, who advanced to the private school Final Four.

Marquita Daniels, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. The 5-7 senior is one …

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Road to boys basketball title runs through Savannah — again

The Savannah boys basketball team didn’t quite finish the drill last year. The Blue Jackets reached the state championship game, but were tripped up by crosstown rival Johnson in the Class AAA final.

The roles may be reversed this year. Coach Tim Jordan’s team will be the team to beat this year. Savannah and Johnson split during the regular season and Savannah won the Region 1-AAA tournament. Johnson beat Savannah 61-51 in the state title game.

Savannah definitely has the horses coming back to make another run. The Blue Jackets have a pair of Div. I prospects back from last year’s 28-4 team: center Chris Cokley and guard Jamal Norman. Guard Jermaine Williams also returns for his junior season.

Cokley, a 6-foot-8 senior, was a first-team all-state selection last year when he averaged 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. Norman averaged 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals. Cokley has signed with Alabama-Birmingham, while Norman will play for Savannah State.

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Saturday basketball scores

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Boys

Greater Atlanta Christian 75, Eagle’s Landing 41

Marietta 80, Centennial 54

North Atlanta 84, Riverwood 44

Paulding County 88, Johnson-Gainesville 81

Riverside Military 64, Pinecrest Academy 59

Southwest DeKalb 52, Mays 40

St. Francis 81, Hiram 42

Tucker 60, Luella 55

Girls

Atlanta International 45, Savannah Christian 26

Greater Atlanta Christian 42, Luella 37

Mt. Zion-Jonesboro 65, Morrow 40

Norcross 64, Jonesboro 20

North Oconee 65, Madison County 36

Salem 79, Meadowcreek 34

Southwest DeKalb 52, Mays 49

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Friday basketball scores

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Boys

Johns Creek 52, Fellowship Christian 38

Mount Vernon 56, North Atlanta 53

North Clayton 76, South Cobb 74

Stone Mountain 60, Southwest DeKalb

Tallulah Falls 60, Nantahala (N.C.) 26

Walnut Grove 59, Dunwoody 48

Girls

Atlanta International 48, Savannah Country Day 37

Druid Hills 65, Clarkston 7

Greater Atlanta Christian 62, Hiram 43

Kennesaw Mountain 50, Woodstock 42

Nantahala (N.C.) 42, Tallulah Falls 37

Schley County 56, Webster County 55

Spencer 51, Shaw 40

Walnut Grove 39, Dunwoody 37

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Tuesday basketball scores

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(Preseason)

Girls

Alexander 60, Villa Rica 45

Collins Hill 54, Lanier 13

Colquitt County 51, Thomasville 38

Greater Atlanta Christian 47, Berkmar 32

Harrison 49, Woodstock 46

Howard 39, Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 16

Jefferson 61, Pinecrest Academy 44

Lumpkin County 40, Cambridge 36

North Forsyth 54, Holy Innocents’ 51

Osborne 44, Eagle’s Landing Christian 42

Paideia 52, North Cobb Christian 31

South Gwinnett 39, Northview 28

Stephenson 92, Lithonia 9

Walton 47, Johns Creek 26

Woodland-Henry 48, Starr’s Mill 46

Boys

Alexander 49, Villa Rica 38

Brookwood 71, St. Pius 61 (OT)

Collins Hill 76, Lanier 56

Colquitt County 62, Thomasville 54

Fellowship Christian 58, Holy Innocents’ 53

Greater Atlanta Christian 57, Berkmar 43

Harrison 78, Woodstock 75

Paideia 45, Providence Christian 29

Starr’s Mill 62, Woodland-Henry 55

Tri-Cities 79, Whitewater 75

Walton 92, Johns Creek 49

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Class A Basketball Blog: Power rating primer; Boys players to watch

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

As basketball gets underway, this first edition of the Class A blog provides a primer on the power rating system and we take a look at some player of the year candidates on the boys side. The girls will be featured next week.

Power rating for basketball

For basketball teams in Class A, a team is awarded five points for each win, plus a point for each win earned by that opponent. A team gets no points for a loss, but is awarded one-third (33 percent) of that opponent’s wins.

The power rating is then computed by taking the total power points awarded and dividing that number by the number of total games played – including invitational tournaments during the regular season and the region tournament.

However, games played against out of state opponents, and games played against opponents playing non-region schedules, will not be counted in the power rating computation. So teams playing high-powered opponents from other states during holiday …

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Durr, Carter make St. Pius girls the team to beat

With nearly everybody back from last year’s state championship team, there’s no doubt that the St. Pius girls will be considered the team to beat this year.

The Golden Lions knocked off No. 1-ranked and seemingly invincible Buford last year and went on to beat Dawson County in the title game. St. Pius went 30-3 and did not lose to another AAA team all season.

The team is led by All-American Asia Durr, a 5-foot-10 junior guard who averaged 21 points. In addition to her scoring prowess, Durr has the knack of being in the right place at the right time and getting a key rebound when needed most.

Durr tried out for the USA Women’s U16 National team and competed against international teams in Mexico. She wound up being MVP as the U.S. team won the FIBA Americas Cup.

The Golden Lions also return senior guard Jasmine Carter, another all-state player. The 5-9 guard knows how to handle the ball and is a strong 3-point shooter. She has committed to play for Andy Landers at Georgia.

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Preseason basketball rankings

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Boys

AAAAAA

1. Norcross

2. Wheeler

3. Tift County

4. Hillgrove

5. North Gwinnett

6. North Cobb

7. Peachtree Ridge

8. Shiloh

9. Berkmar

10. Westlake

AAAAA

1. Miller Grove

2. Effingham County

3. Tucker

4. Whitewater

5. Jenkins

6. Stephenson

7. Allatoona

8. Mays

9. Northside, Columbus

10. New Manchester

AAAA

1. Columbia

2. South Atlanta

3. Marist

4. Jonesboro

5. Glenn Hills

6. Statesboro

7. Monroe

8. Eagle’s Landing

9. Westover

10. Rutland

AAA

1. Savannah

2. Buford

3. Woodward Academy

4. St. Pius

5. North Hall

6. Washington County

7. Tatnall County

8. Cartersville

9. Johnson, Savannah

10. Morgan County

AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian

2. Laney

3. Vidalia

4. Jordan

5. Manchester

6. Westside-Augusta

7. Spencer

8. Taylor County

9. Model

10. Bleckley County

A

1. St. Francis

2. Aquinas

3. Athens Christian

4. Greenforest Christian

5. Wilcox County

6. Excel Christian

7. Wilkinson County

8. North Cobb Christian

9. Seminole County

10. WD Mohammed

Girls

AAAAAA

1. …

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New Milton basketball coach excited for opportunity

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Matt Kramer faces an unfamiliar challenge in his first year as head boys basketball coach Milton High School. Kramer has never coached this much talent.

Hired over the summer, Kramer made a name for himself coaching in Ohio. He turned around a struggling program at Fairless High School, before persevering through three tough seasons at Canton South. He had one player go on to play at the Division II level during his 14 seasons as a head coach in Ohio. At Milton, he inherits a roster with potentially five Division I prospects.

“With everything I’ve done with programs that don’t have a lot, I’m really excited to see what I can do with a program that does have everything you need,” said Kramer. “This is like Disneyland for me. We’ve got players at every position that are really, really good. In my experience, if you get kids who are pretty good and get them to play hard and play together, they can do great things. So if you have kids who are …

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State’s top basketball recruits: Gant, Hill leaning out of state?

Georgia and Georgia Tech are in the running for about half of the top basketball recruits in the state, but it’s no slam dunk that either will sign a top in-state prospect.

Here is a look at 10 of the most heavily recruited high school seniors in the state. Only two has made college commitments, both to out-of-state schools.

Georgia has five of the Top 100 prospects in the nation, according to 247Sports. They are Jakeenan Gant, Ahmed Hill, Tadric Jackson, Devin Mitchell and Trayvon Reed.

F Phil Cofer, Whitewater – A 6-foot-8 forward, Cofer averaged 16.7 points and 8.9 rebounds. That was on an 18-12 team that  averaged only 46 points. Cofer is committed to Tennessee.

C Jabari Craig, Tucker – Craig is a 6-foot-10 center with offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Purdue, Clemson, Maryland and others. It is reported that Purdue leads. Expect him to improve on his junior numbers – 8.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 blocks – as Tucker seeks to replace all-state forward Davonte …

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Campbell junior basketball guard commits to Mississippi State, joins Staley

Campbell basketball guard Dante Scott has become the first rising junior to make a verbal commitment.

Cobb County’s leading scorer last season as a sophomore, Scott says he will sign with Mississippi State, according to Campbell coach James Gwyn.

‘’He can score in a lot of ways and has a high basketball ball IQ,’’ Gwyn said. “His physical style of play will transfer well to the college level as he got to the free-throw line about eight-nine times a game. He will be a true combo guard if needed at the college level. He can shoot and score and pass.’’

Basketball commitments coming in much more slowly than those in football. Among rising seniors, only three in Georgia have committed.

One is Elijah Staley of Wheeler, also committed to Mississippi State. Staley is a 6-6 small forward and football quarterback who plans to play both sports in Starkville. He initially committed to Vanderbilt but was concerned that he would not be able to play two sports in Nashville.

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Columbia girls coach Frost takes job at Mays

Chantay Frost, who led Columbia’s girls basketball teams to state championships in 2010, 2012 and 2013, is the new head coach at Mays in Atlanta.

DeKalb County athletics coordinator and former Columbia boys coach Phil McCrary confirmed the hire Friday. Frost was not immediately available for comment Friday.

Columbia had never won a state playoff game in its history until Frost – who had never been a high school head coach – arrived in 2008-09. She immediately led the team to the quarterfinals.

Frost’s record at Columbia was 126-26, and her program sent more than a dozen players to college basketball, including Miah Spencer (N.C. State), Destinee Smith (North Florida) and Frost’s youngest daughter, Zuri Frost (Tennessee Tech).

Frost was an assistant at Stone Mountain before coming to Columbia as a teacher only. She remained involved in basketball in assisting with AAU and middle school teams on which her daughters played. When the Columbia job came open, she took it.

Mays won a …

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