Class 4A’s position as Georgia’s middle classification makes it a great metric regarding the full scale as its member teams compete against top opponents from the higher and lower classes. In a sport like football, the roster size would predictably give Class 4A an advantage over the lower classifications, but basketball is a much more level playing field between Class 4A and opponents from the smaller classifications—especially powerhouses in Class A Private that routinely compete against higher classifications. This reality has played out on the girls side in the past week and a half as Class 4A’s two top ranked programs (Jefferson and Luella) both dropped close games to teams from lower classifications. Jefferson was handed a 49-32 defeat by Class 3A’s Lumpkin County back on Dec. 30. The Dragons have bounced back with consecutive victories and now sit at 14-2 overall. Jefferson’s only other loss this season came to Region 8 rival Cedar Shoals (50-36) back on Dec. 14 and it will have an opportunity to avenge that loss at home on Jan. 21. Luella is 12-2 with no losses within Class 4A. The Lions fell 50-47 in their season opener against St. Francis and then were served a 62-56 defeat by Mt. Paran Christian on Saturday. As a result, both of Luella’s losses came to teams right at the top of the Class A Private top 10. Luella can halt this trend on Monday, however, with a home game against Class A Private No. 1 Holy Innocents. It’s also worth pointing out that Carver-Columbus (8-2) is also undefeated within Class 4A. The Tigers also dropped their season opener to St. Francis (57-50) and their other loss came to Class 6A Carrollton (60-59).