Class AAA blog: A look at the final weekend before region tournaments

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The high school basketball regular season ends after this weekend's games, and the top priority shifts to earning one of the four seeds that will be awarded during next week's region tournaments.

Here are a few Class AAA games that could shake up the standings:

Boys

-- Top-ranked Pace Academy (20-4, 11-0) leads Region 5-AAA and will play Lovett (18-5, 8-3) Friday. The Lions are second in the standings, but if Lovett loses, it will drop to 8-4 and possibly face a tiebreaker for the region's second seed. Westminster, 7-4, is third in the standings and will play at home against Cedar Grove (5-16, 4-7). If Westminster wins and Lovett loses, a tiebreaker will determine region tournament seedings. The teams split during the regular season.

-- In 3-AAA, Windsor Forest (20-4, 13-2) will close its season Friday against Groves (9-15, 5-10) at home. The Knights locked up the No. 1 seed with a 69-60 victory against No. 2 Johnson-Savannah (18-6, 13-2) Tuesday.

Girls

-- No. 5 Cedar Grove (15-4, 10-1) travels to No. 10 Westminster (18-6, 10-1) Friday for a game that will determine the 5-AAA front-runner. The Saints beat Westminster 57-52 Dec. 2.

-- In 2-AAA, No. 4 Pierce County (20-4, 8-1) will travel to Tattnall County (16-8, 7-2) to play for the regular-season title. Pierce defeated Tattnall 43-35 Jan. 14, and if Tattnall wins, it will even the series and force a tiebreaker.

Class AAA boys rankings

1. Pace Academy
2. Johnson-Savannah
3. Hart County
4. Dawson County
5. Windsor Forest
6. Westminster
7. Lovett
8. Monroe
9. Greater Atlanta Christian
10. North Murray

Class AAA girls rankings

1. Johnson-Savannah
2. Jefferson
3. Beach 
4. Pierce County 
5. Cedar Grove
6. Greater Atlanta Christian
7. North Hall
8. Ringgold
9. Sonoraville
10. Westminster

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