Class AAAAAAA blog: No. 1 Grayson might find region tournament as tough as state

Region basketball tournaments in Class AAAAAAA begin Monday, and the most competitive in this class – and probably the entire state – will take place at Shiloh, at least on the boys side.

The Region 8 tournament features four top-10 boys teams – No. 1 Grayson, No. 3 Shiloh, No. 7 Archer and No. 8 Newton. The state semifinals will be fortunate to be that start-studded.

Grayson (24-1) is ranked No. 4 nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25. The Rams’ only loss came against Region 8 rival newton in December. Archer and Shiloh have each lost games to Grayson by just one point.

Meanwhile, the Region 4 tournament might be the most interesting on both sides. For the girls, No. 3 Cherokee and No. 5 Woodstock are the top seeds. For the boys, No. 10 Cherokee took Etowah’s place in the rankings this week after a victory last week that snatched the tournament’s No. 1 seed.

Below are the schedules for each region tournament.

REGION 1

At Camden County (Tuesday)

At Colquitt County (Thursday-Friday)

Girls

Tuesday, Feb. 4

#4 Lowndes at #3 Camden County, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

#2 Colquitt Count vs. #3-4 winner, 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

#1 Tift County vs. #2-3-4 winner, 6 p.m.

Boys

Tuesday, Feb. 4

#4 Lowndes vs. #3 Tift County, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

#2 Colquitt County vs. #3-4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

#1 Camden County vs. #2-3-4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

REGION 2

At Newnan (Monday-Tuesday)

At Westlake (Thursday-Saturday)

Girls

Monday, Feb. 4

#4 Wheeler vs. #5 Newnan, 6 p.m.

#3 Pebblebrook vs. #6 East Coweta 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 7

#1 Westlake vs. #4-5 winner, 6 p.m.

#2 Campbell vs. #3-6 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Third-fourth playoff, 1 p.m.

Championship, 5 p.m.

Boys

Tuesday, Feb. 5

#4 Westlake vs. #5 Campbell, 6 p.m.

#3 Pebblebrook vs. #6 Newnan, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8

#1 Wheeler vs. #4-5 winner, 6 p.m.

#2 East Coweta vs. #3-6 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Third-fourth playoff, 3 p.m.

Championship, 7 p.m.

REGION 3

At McEachern

Girls

Wednesday, Feb. 5

#4 North Paulding vs. #5 Hillgrove, 6 p.m.

#3 Marietta vs. #6 Kennesaw Mountain, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

#2 North Cobb vs. #3-6 winner, 6 p.m.

#1 McEachern vs. #4-5 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Third-fourth playoff, 2:30 p.m.

Championship, 6 p.m.

Boys

Tuesday, Feb. 4

#4 Hillgrove vs. #5 North Paulding, 6 p.m.

#3 Kennesaw Mountain vs. #6 Marietta, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

#2 North Cobb vs. #3-6 winner, 6 p.m.

#1 McEachern vs. #4-5 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Third-fourth playoff, 4:15 p.m.

Championship, 7:45 p.m.

REGION 4

At Walton

Girls

Tuesday, Feb. 4

#3 Roswell vs. #6 Lassiter, 4 p.m.

#4 Walton vs. #5 Etowah, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

#1 Cherokee vs. #4-5 winner, 4 p.m.

#2 Woodstock vs. #3-6 winner, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

Third-fourth playoff, 4 p.m.

Championship, 7 p.m.

Boys

Tuesday, Feb. 4

#3 Walton vs. Lassiter #6, 5:30 p.m.

#4 Roswell vs. #5 Woodstock, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

#1 Cherokee vs. #4-5 winner, 5:30 p.m.

#2 Etowah vs. #3-6 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

Third-fourth playoff, 5:30 p.m.

Championship, 8:30 p.m.

REGION 5

At Forsyth Central

Girls

Tuesday, Feb. 4

#3 Forsyth Central vs. #6 Milton, 4 p.m.

#4 South Forsyth vs. #5 Lambert, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

#2 West Forsyth vs. #3-6 winner, 4 p.m.

#1 North Forsyth vs. #4-5 winner, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

Third-fourth playoff, 4 p.m.

Championship, 7 p.m.

Boys

Tuesday, Feb. 4

#3 South Forsyth vs. #6 North Forsyth, 5:30 p.m.

#4 West Forsyth vs. #5 Forsyth Central, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

#2 Lambert vs. #3-6 winner, 5:30 p.m. 

#1 Milton vs. #4-5 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

Third-fourth playoff, 5:30 p.m.

Championship, 8:30 p.m.

REGION 6

At North Gwinnett

Girls

Monday, Feb. 3

#6 North Gwinnett vs. #7 Mountain View, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

#4 Duluth vs. #5 Discovery, 3 p.m.

#3 Mill Creek vs. #6-7 winner, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

#2 Peachtree Ridge vs. #3-6-7 winner, 3 p.m.

#1 Collins Hill vs. #4-5 winner, 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

Third-fourth playoff, 4 p.m.

Championship, 7 p.m.

Boys

Monday, Feb. 3

#6 Duluth vs. #7 Mountain View, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

#4 North Gwinnett vs. #5 Mill Creek, 4:30 p.m.

#3 Collins Hill vs. #6-7 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6

#2 Peachtree Ridge vs. #3-6-7 winner, 4:30 p.m.

#1 Discovery vs. #4-5 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7

Third-fourth playoff, 5:30 p.m.

Championship, 8:30 p.m.

REGION 7

At Norcross

Girls

Monday, Feb. 3

#6 Meadowcreek vs. #7 Berkmar, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

#3 Norcross vs. #6-7 winner, 3 p.m.

#4 Lakeside vs. #5 Central Gwinnett, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

#2 Parkview vs. #3-6-7 winner, 3 p.m.

#1 Brookwood vs. #4-5 winner, 6 p.m. 

Friday, Feb. 7

Third-fourth playoff, 3 p.m.

Championship, 6 p.m.

Boys

Monday, Feb. 3

#6 Brookwood vs. #7 Meadowcreek, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

#3 Parkview vs. #6-7 winner, 4:30 p.m.

#4 Lakeside vs. #5 Central Gwinnett, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

#2 Berkmar vs. #3-6-7 winner, 4:30 p.m.

#1 Norcross vs. #4-5 winner, 7:30 p.m. 

Friday, Feb. 7

Third-fourth playoff, 4:30 p.m.

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

REGION 8

At Shiloh

Girls

Wednesday, Feb. 6

#4 Rockdale County vs. #5 Shiloh, 3 p.m.

#3 Newton vs. #6 South Gwinnett, 6 p.m. 

Friday, Feb. 8

#2 Archer vs. #3-6 winner, 3 p.m.

#1 Grayson vs. #4-5 winner, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Third-fourth playoff, 1 p.m.

Championship, 4 p.m.

Boys

Wednesday, Feb. 5

#4 Newton vs. #5 South Gwinnett or Rockdale County, 4:30 p.m.

#3 Archer vs. #6 South Gwinnett or Rockdale County, 7:30 p.m. 

Friday, Feb. 7

#2 Shiloh vs. #3-6 winner, 4:30 p.m.

#1 Grayson vs. #4-5 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Third-fourth playoff, 2:30 p.m.

Championship, 6 p.m.

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