Girls basketball rankings: Carver-Columbus returns to No. 1 in AAAA

Carver-Columbus, which was knocked from the top spot in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution girls basketball rankings last week after it lost to Americus-Sumter on Jan. 10, returned to No. 1 in Class AAAA this week by avenging its loss to the Panthers on Saturday.

Carver, the defending state champion, beat Americus-Sumter 54-46 in Columbus and climbed three spots from No. 4. The teams have one loss each in Region 1-AAAA with two weeks remaining in the regular season. 

The loss was the first of the season for Americus-Sumter, which dropped to No. 2. Spalding remained No. 3, followed by Troup and Woodward Academy, which fell from the No. 2 spot after losing to Class A Private No. 6 Greenforest on Saturday. 

The other seven top-ranked teams remained the same. They are Westlake in Class AAAAAAA, Lovejoy in AAAAAA, Buford in AAAAA, Johnson-Savannah in AAA; Laney in AA; St. Francis in A Private and Central-Talbotton in A Public. Lovejoy survived the biggest scare of the week, outlasting Region 4-AAAAAA rival Mount Zion-Jonesboro 44-38 in overtime Friday night. 

Nine new teams moved into the top 10s. North Cobb replaced Pebblebrook in Class AAAAAAA; Bradwell Institute replaced Brunswick in AAAAAA; Arabia Mountain replaced Rome in AAAAA; Stephens County and Baldwin replaced St. Pius and White County in AAAA; North Hall and Ringgold replaced Fannin County and Tattnall County in AAA; Putnam County replaced Vidalia in AA; and Turner County replaced Dooly County in Class A Public. 

Putnam County made the biggest splash among the newly ranked teams, jumping in at No. 4 in AA. The War Eagles are 17-2 and riding an eight-game winning streak that includes victories over fellow top-10 teams and Region 8-AA rivals Rabun County and Union County. 

Class AAAAAAA 

1. Westlake (19-2) 

2. Collins Hill (20-0) 

3. Cherokee (20-2) 

4. North Forsyth (19-2) 

5. Tift County (15-4) 

6. Campbell (16-5) 

7. West Forsyth (17-3) 

8. Rockdale County (18-4) 

9. Woodstock (19-3) 

10. North Cobb (14-6) 

Class AAAAAA 

1. Lovejoy (19-1) 

2. Valdosta (18-2) 

3. Dacula (19-2) 

4. Forest Park (15-5) 

5. Glynn Academy (16-4) 

6. Harrison (16-4) 

7. Stephenson (16-5) 

8. Alexander (17-3) 

9. Hughes (13-5) 

10. Bradwell Institute (15-5) 

Class AAAAA 

1. Buford (20-0) 

2. Kell (21-0) 

3. Veterans (18-2) 

4. Wayne County (17-1) 

5. Villa Rica (18-3) 

6. Statesboro (17-4) 

7. Jones County (17-3) 

8. Southwest DeKalb (15-6) 

9. Starr's Mill (16-3) 

10. Arabia Mountain (17-3) 

Class AAAA 

1. Carver-Columbus (16-4) 

2. Americus-Sumter (16-1) 

3. Spalding (15-4) 

4. Troup (16-0) 

5. Woodward Academy (19-2) 

6. Luella (16-5) 

7. Marist (19-1) 

8. Central-Carrollton (17-3) 

9. Stephens County (16-5) 

10. Baldwin (16-6) 

Class AAA 

1. Johnson-Savannah (15-1) 

2. Jefferson (17-4) 

3. Greater Atlanta Christian (11-9) 

4. Beach (15-7) 

5. Pierce County (16-3) 

6. Dawson County (12-8) 

7. North Hall (15-7) 

8. Ringgold (13-7) 

9. Cedar Grove (11-4) 

10. Sonoraville (14-6) 

Class AA 

1. Laney (18-2) 

2. Early County (15-4) 

3. Rabun County (18-1) 

4. Putnam County (17-2) 

5. Southwest-Macon (15-2) 

6. Douglass (14-5) 

7. Union County (16-4) 

8. Washington County (15-3) 

9. Josey (15-4) 

10. Bryan County (18-3) 

Class A (Private) 

1. St. Francis (16-3) 

2. Hebron Christian (21-0) 

3. Holy Innocents' (14-5) 

4. Wesleyan (14-3) 

5. Mount Paran Christian (16-2) 

6. Greenforest (16-4) 

7. Galloway (14-4) 

8. Stratford Academy (16-2) 

9. Darlington (17-2) 

10. Calvary Day (15-5) 

Class A (Public) 

1. Central-Talbotton (16-1) 

2. Wheeler County (19-1) 

3. Clinch County (15-1) 

4. Calhoun County (14-4) 

5. Bowdon (16-4) 

6. Greenville (13-5) 

7. Pelham (13-2) 

8. Macon County (12-4) 

9. Lake Oconee Academy (15-4) 

10. Turner County (13-6)

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