AA blog: Girls hoops update

As we round the corner toward Christmas, holiday tournaments and next semester, the hoops season is about to hit top gear. With just a handful of region games under our belt, it’s already shaping up to be an interesting one.

Let’s get caught up on the girls game today…

MaxPreps.com Top 10

  1. Pelham (6-0, 2-0 Region 1-AA)
  2. Holy Innocents' (9-0, 3-0 Region 6-AA)
  3. Model (9-1, 4-0 Region 7-AA)
  4. Darlington (7-2, 4-0 Region 7-AA)
  5. Wesleyan (5-3, 2-0, Region 6-AA)
  6. Union County (4-3, 0-0 Region 8-AA)
  7. Jeff Davis (6-1, 3-0 Region 2-AA)
  8. McIntosh County Academy (5-2, 3-0 Region 2-AA)
  9. Putnam County (7-1, 2-0 Region 4-AA)
  10. Armuchee (5-2, 1-2 Region 7-AA)

A couple of quick observations: One third of the way through the season, these rankings are still pretty fluid, and it's important to remember that. Nonregion games over the holiday break could have a fairly significant impact on what we see going forward. … We've got a few teams from the same regions clustered closely together (No. 3 Model/No. 4 Darlington, No. 2 Holy Innocents'/No. 5 Wesleyan, No. 7 Jeff Davis/No. 8 McIntosh County Academy). Those should make for some interesting games in the regular season and beyond. … Pelham and Holy Innocents' are getting a ton of respect from MaxPreps: Pelham comes in at No. 2 in the overall state rankings, and Holy Innocents' is at No. 5. Model is next at No. 19.

Recent scores


Buford 54, Wesleyan 53

Darlington 61, Coosa 22

Dawson County 41, Union County 37

Holy Innocents’ 77, Lovett 43

Jeff Davis 54, Groves 27

McIntosh County Academy 59, Bacon County 30

Model 62, Armuchee 56

Pelham 81, Thomasville 46

Putnam County 36, Macon County 22


Holy Innocents’ 70, Woodward Academy 57

McIntosh County Academy 74, Liberty County 68

Pelham 71, Early County 51

Pepperell 60, Model 47

Wesleyan 49, Gainesville 23

Union County 47, Hayesville (N.C.) 39


Model 60, Trion 32

- Top-ranked Pelham opened region play last week with a pair of dominant wins, defeating Thomasville 81-46 and Early County 71-51. For the season, the Lady Hornets are outscoring opponents by an average margin of 24 points and are one of the highest-score teams in the state, averaging 77 points per game. Arkansas commit Briunna Freeman, a 6-foot guard, leads the way with 26.4 points per game, but she's had plenty of help. Four other Lady Hornets are averaging at least 8 ppg: Destiny Thomas (10.8), Quadranique Franklin (10.0), Mahogany Randall (9.0), and Timbreanna Hudson (8.0).

- Wesleyan lost its third game of year Friday night, 54-53 to Buford, but it's probably not time to panic. The Lady Wolves' losses have come against Class AAAAAA Hillgrove, Mays (9-1, AAAAAA), and Buford (AAAA runner-up last year). Wesleyan had won five straight state championships going back to its days in Class A before falling to Kendrick in last year's finals, and all indications are that the Lady Wolves, who are currently playing without injured freshman point guard Amaya Register, will be in the thick of the pack when the postseason rolls around in a couple of months.

- Clearly, transitioning to Class AA isn't going to be a problem for Holy Innocents'.  Lady Bears are 9-0, 3-0 and scored a dominant win over Lovett, 77-43, on Friday. Holy Innocents' was the Class A runner up last year, falling to Southwest Atlanta Christian in their only loss of the season. They've already avenged that loss with a 63-58 win over SWAC on Dec 2, and no other team has stayed within 12 points of the Lady Bears thus far.

This week’s games featuring top-10 teams


No. 4 Darlington vs. Cedartown

No. 7 Jeff Davis at Long County

No. 9 Putnam County at Crawford County


No. 3 Model vs. Pepperell


Greene County at No. 9 Putnam County

No. 2 Holy Innocents’ vs. Sparkman (Ala.)

No. 8 McIntosh County Academy at Vidalia

Seminole County at No. 1 Pelham

No. 6 Union County vs. Towns County

No. 5 Wesleyan at Woodward Academy


Georgia Military College at No. 9 Putnam County

No. 2 Holy Innocents’ vs. Hughes

No. 7 Jeff Davis at Brantley County

Liberty County at No. 8 McIntosh County Academy

Oglethorpe County at No. 6 Union County

No. 1 Pelham at Cairo

No. 5 Wesleyan vs. Sparkman (Ala.)