Girls basketball rankings: All eight No. 1 teams hold on to top spots

For the first time in 2019, all eight teams that were No. 1 in the most recent high school girls basketball rankings held on to their spots for another week. 

Wesleyan remained No. 1 in the Class A private-school division despite losing for the second consecutive week. The Wolves (22-2) lost to Class AAAAA No. 1 Buford 54-52 Saturday. The previous week, Wesleyan lost to Holy Innocents’ 68-63. The Golden Bears used that victory to climb to No. 2 in Class A private. 

Buford (20-2) beat Johnson-Gainesville 63-15, Cedar Shoals 64-41 and Wesleyan last week to improve to 20-2 and maintain a slight lead over second-ranked Villa Rica (23-0), the only undefeated team remaining in the classification. 

Jefferson, which was elevated to No. 1 in Class AAA last week, justified that promotion with a 68-55 victory Tuesday against Morgan County, which previously held the top spot. Morgan County also lost to Hart County 71-64 Saturday and fell from No. 2 to No. 8. Hart County is ranked No. 4. 

Three of the other No. 1-ranked teams are undefeated. Marion County (Class A public) had the most difficult schedule of the three last week, when it beat then-No. 2 Greenville 73-63, Brookstone 59-23 and No. 7 Dooly County 62-39. 

Westlake (AAAAAAA) defeated Wheeler and Newnan by an average of 45.5 points to improve to 21-0. Carver-Columbus (AAAA) beat No. 9 Westover, Cairo and Northside-Columbus and is 24-0. 

Class AAAAAA No. 1 Lovejoy is 20-3 overall but undefeated against Georgia teams after beating Mundy’s Mill 56-23 Saturday in its only game of the week. The Wildcats head into a showdown with No. 2-ranked Forest Park this week that will determine the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Region 4-AAAAAA tournament. Regardless of how that plays out, Lovejoy and Forest Park will be the heavy favorites in the state tournament. 

Dodge County remained the No. 1 team in Class AA after a week in which it picked up big region victories against Washington County and East Laurens to lock down the top seed for the 3-AA region tournament. 

Six new teams broke into the rankings this week. Stephenson replaced Dacula in Class AAAAAA; North Murray and Pace Academy replaced Greater Atlanta Christian and Rutland in AAA; Southwest-Macon replaced Washington County in AA after beating the Golden Hawks 54-44 Friday; Greenforest replaced Darlington in Class A private; and Bowdon replaced Clinch County in Class A public. 

Class AAAAAAA 

1. Westlake (21-0) 

2. Collins Hill (21-1) 

3. Grayson (21-2) 

4. Cherokee (21-3) 

5. North Cobb (21-2) 

6. Colquitt County (19-2) 

7. Brookwood (16-6) 

8. Pebblebrook (19-3) 

9. North Forsyth (19-4) 

10. Norcross (15-9) 

Class AAAAAA 

1. Lovejoy (20-3) 

2. Forest Park (21-2) 

3. Northview (19-4) 

4. Valdosta (20-2) 

5. Douglas County (19-4) 

6. Lanier (20-3) 

7. Creekview (19-4) 

8. Sequoyah (17-6) 

9. Glynn Academy (21-3) 

10. Stephenson (15-9) 

Class AAAAA 

1. Buford (20-2) 

2. Villa Rica (23-0) 

3. Veterans (22-2) 

4. Southwest DeKalb (17-6) 

5. Harris County (17-5) 

6. Arabia Mountain (17-3) 

7. Eagle's Landing (17-5) 

8. Carrollton (17-6) 

9. Jones County (19-4) 

10. Statesboro (21-3) 

Class AAAA 

1. Carver-Columbus (24-0) 

2. Henry County (22-2) 

3. Flowery Branch (21-3) 

4. Spalding (17-5) 

5. Madison County (21-2) 

6. Luella (18-4) 

7. Sandy Creek (18-4) 

8. West Laurens (17-5) 

9. Westover (17-4) 

10. Northwest Whitfield (20-4) 

Class AAA 

1. Jefferson (20-2) 

2. Johnson-Savannah (14-7) 

3. Beach (20-4) 

4. Hart County (18-5) 

5. Peach County (15-4) 

6. Tattnall County (18-5) 

7. Dawson County (16-7) 

8. Morgan County (16-6) 

9. North Murray (17-7) 

10. Pace Academy (15-6) 

Class AA 

1. Dodge County (20-1) 

2. Fitzgerald (21-0) 

3. Bryan County (22-0) 

4. Rabun County (21-1) 

5. Laney (21-2) 

6. Swainsboro (18-3) 

7. Early County (19-3) 

8. Banks County (19-4) 

9. Douglass (18-5) 

10. Southwest-Macon (16-4) 

Class A (Private) 

1. Wesleyan (22-2) 

2. Holy Innocents' (16-7) 

3. St. Francis (18-3) 

4. Lakeview Academy (19-4) 

5. Eagle's Landing Christian (17-3) 

6. Stratford Academy (21-1) 

7. Mount Paran Christian (18-2) 

8. Calvary Day (20-3) 

9. Paideia (18-3) 

10. Greenforest (15-4) 

Class A (Public) 

1. Marion County (22-0) 

2. Calhoun County (20-2) 

3. Greenville (21-2) 

4. Wheeler County (17-4) 

5. Telfair County (17-4) 

6. Georgia Military (15-1) 

7. Dooly County (17-4) 

8. Mitchell County (17-4) 

9. Bowdon (19-4) 

10. Wilcox County (14-7)

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