Here are some of the other top games in Class 6A this week:
*Shiloh at Lanier (Friday): Region 8-6A has four teams without a loss in league play, but No. 6 Lanier and No. 7 Shiloh are the highest-rated of the group. Lanier, the 6A runner-up last year, is 10-3 this season, with all three losses coming to teams ranked in the top five by an average of 8.7 points. Shiloh (9-3) lost to eventual champion Wheeler 65-64 in the Class 7A second round last year.
*Buford at Parkview (Saturday): No. 10 Buford began the 2021 portion of its schedule with an 88-80 victory over Rabun Gap to improve to 10-2. The Wolves closed out 2020 by going 2-1 in the Marlin Christmas Classic in Panama City, Fla. Parkview (5-3) has lost two of its last three, but both came against teams ranked in the top five of their classes (Tri-Cities and Providence Christian).
*Sprayberry at Kell (Friday): No. 7 Sprayberry (8-2, 5-0) and No. 4 Kell (9-2, 5-0) are the only remaining unbeaten teams in 6-6A play, so the winner will take sole possession of first place. Two players to watch are Sprayberry junior guard Flau’Jae Johnson, a second-team all-state selection last season, and Kell sophomore guard Crystal Henderson, who made first-team all-state in Class 5A.
*Buford at Greater Atlanta Christian (Saturday): This game matches two 2020 state champions – Buford in Class 5A (now in 6A) and GAC in 3A. Buford, which plays its Region 8-6A opener Friday night against Central Gwinnett, is 7-0 this season and No. 1 in the Score Atlanta rankings. GAC has won four straight games after an 0-3 start against a brutal schedule and is ranked No. 8 in 3A.
*Hughes at Holy Innocents’ (Saturday): Hughes reached the semifinals last year and has kept the momentum going this season. The Panthers are 10-1 and ranked No. 5, their only loss coming against Class A Private No. 1 St. Francis. This week, Hughes will face the No. 4 team in A Public, Holy Innocents’, which handed reigning state champ Forest Park its only loss against a Georgia opponent.