Wheeler And Jonesboro Represent Georgia In National Rankings

The Wheeler Wildcats (16-1), headlined by star recruit Jaylen Brown, remain in the top 3 at No.3 in the latest boys Max Preps Xcellent Top 25. The Wildcats travel to region foe Cherokee (11-7) before a trip to Massachusetts to play in the Spalding HoopHall Classic against Bishop O’Dawd (Oakland, CA) (7-2). Wheeler is averaging 72.3 ppg scoring over 100 points once this season.

Wheeler owns a victory over No.2 Montverde Academy (FL) and are 7-1 in OSS games this season, its only loss coming to West Linn (OR) (8-4)  in the Les Schwab Invitational in Portland, OR. The stiffest test remaining for Wheeler will come in the Georgia playoffs.

The Jonesboro Cardinals (16-1) are ranked 20th and have won 15 straight since suffering its only loss this season to No. 2 ranked Montverde Academy (FL). Jonesboro won the Farm Bureau Classic in Roebuck (Dorman), South Carolina to end the calendar year of 2014. The Cardinals have scored 80 or more points six times, 100 or more points twice this season, are 4-1 in OSS games and have a 21-point win over six-time defending Georgia state champions Miller Grove this season.

Sophomore James “MJ” Walker Jr (16.2ppg), senior Deantre Mack (12.1ppg) and senior Tracey Hector Jr (11.4ppg) lead the Jonesboro attack which is also getting 9.4 points per game from senior point guard Austin Donaldson. Jonesboro has one OSS game remaining against Spain Park (AL) later in January.

Wheeler and Jonesboro will not meet this season as Wheeler is in Georgia’s class 6A where they were the 2014 runner-up and Jonesboro is the defending champions in Georgia’s class 4A, leaving the door open for both to finish nationally ranked at seasons end.

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McEachern Out Of National Rankings

The McEachern Lady Indians went from No.1 in the nation to out of the national rankings after suffering its second loss in three games, a 74-70 setback to Osbourne. McEachern had been ranked No.1 before losing to Liberty (TX) 45-43 in the Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, TX.

McEachern (11-2) rebounded from the loss by defeating North Paulding 86-35 Friday night in region action. They will return to the court Tuesday to take on region opponent Harrison (11-2).

The Lady Indians are playing the remainder of the season without second-leading scorer and leading rebounder Caliya Robinson. Robinson is out with a knee injury.

Osborne (14-1) and McEachern will meet again on Friday January 23rd at McEachern.

McEachern Falls 16 Spots In Latest National Rankings ; Wheeler Falls 3 Spots

The McEachern Lady Indians (10-2) suffered a 45-43 lost to Liberty (Frisco, TX) last week in the Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, TX then came home and suffered a 74-70 set back to Osborne. Entering the tournament McEachern was ranked No.1 in the Max Preps Xcellent 25. The latest ranking are out and the Lady Indians fell 16 spots to No.17 after the loss.

The out-of-state schedule is complete for the defending Georgia 6A state champions with only a non-region game remaining against 2A title contender Holy Innocents at Archer high school in mid-January. McEachern had two scheduled games in Florida  cancelled leaving a hole in their strength of schedule.

The latest Max Preps Xcellent 25 can be found here.

McEachern returns to action today against region opponent Kennesaw Mountain.

The Wheeler Wildcats (13-1) fell 3 spots from No.2 to No.5 after suffering 70-62 loss to West Linn (OR). Wheeler returns to action tuesday against on the road at region opponent Pope (13-1).

The updated Max Preps Xcellent 25 boys rankings can be found here.

Jonesboro Wins Farm Bureau Insurance Classic; Other Notes

The Jonesboro Cardinals went to South Carolina and came back with the first place trophy after going 3-0 in the Denny’s bracket of the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic at Dorman high school in Roebuck, SC this week. Jonesboro defeated host Dorman 69-47 in the championship game. The defeated Class 4A champs were lead by James Walker Jr’s 27 pts while Tracy Hector Jr scored 11 and Jyair Mincy finished with 10.

Jonesboro (13-1) defeated Keenan (SC) 91-32 and Bartow (FL) 61-59 to advance to the first place game in the Denny’s bracket. Bartow was lead by highly recruited junior Tony Bradley who scored 33 points in the loss.

Deantre Mack- 13 made three-pointers in the tournament, lead all Cardinals in scoring during the tournament with 16.6 points per game followed by Walker with 16.0. mack and Walker both earned spots on the all-tournament team.

Jonesboro will return to action Tuesday January 6th against region opponent Riverdale (3-9).

Other Notes from Farm Bureau Insurance Classic:

Peachtree Ridge (GA) finished second in the Founders Federal Credit Union bracket losing to Byrnes (SC) in the first place game. Sophomore Jay Estime lead the Lions in scoring with 19.0ppg in the tournament.

Douglas County (GA) finished fourth in the Founders Federal Credit Union bracket losing to Shaker Heights (OH) in the third place game.

Central Gwinnett (GA) finished sixth in the Denny’s bracket with a 1-2 record losing to Spartanburg (SC) in the fifth place game

Buford (GA) finished seventh in the Founders Federal Credit Union bracket with a 1-2 record. 50 points from Tre Hansbrough were not enough for the Wolves in a double overtime loss to Byrnes (SC) 106-97 in their first game of the tournament. They defeated Chesnee (SC) in the seventh place game.

Bartow (FL) finished third in the Denny’s bracket after defeating St. Stephens & St. Agnes (VA) in the third place game.

No. 1 McEachern Falls In Texas, Finish 3rd In Sandra Meadows Classic

Majestie Robinson scored 17 points along with Rebecca Lescay’s 16 as Liberty (TX) defeated McEachern 45-43 in the semifinals of the Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, TX. Te’a Cooper scored 29 points, Zieandrea Bridges chipped in 7 while Jada Lewis was held scoreless in the loss. The loss was McEachern’s lowest scoring output since scoring 29 in a loss last season to Marian Catholic (IL), its first loss of the season and snapped a six-game winning streak.

“It was a bad game at the wrong time, McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said. “Only scoring 43 points killed us.”

McEachern bounced back to earn third place with an 88-71 victory over Trimble Tech (TX). Te’a Cooper scored 34, a classic high for her,  while Jada lewis had 29 in the victory. Karrington Brown scored 33 in the loss for Trimble Tech. Overall the Lady Indians finished 4-1 and third in the 32-team Sandra Meadows Classic.

McEachern defeated Ryan (TX), Hall (AR) and McKinnely North (TX) by an average of 21.3 points to advance to the semifinals. Defensively they were held those opponents to 36.6 points per game while averaging 61 points. In the semifinal and third-place games McEachern average 65.5 points while allowing 58 points. McEachern classic opponents have a combined 47-21 record.

For the classic, McEachern averaged 63 points while allowing 44.6 points. Te’a Cooper lead the team in scoring averaging 28.2 points, Jada Lewis averaged 14. The Indians entered the tournament ranked No.1 by Max Preps and No.6 by USA Today.

Conway (AR) defeated Liberty (TX) 53-33 in the championship game claiming first place.

McEachern (10-1) returns to action Saturday against Osborne for the first of five straight region games. A date with Georgia Class 2A second-ranked Holy Innocents (14-0) in the Krossover Classic at Archer high school follows on January 17th.