Banks County Basketball Power Rankings

BLITZ Hoops Power Rankings: Christmas Break

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As we enter the Christmas break for boys and girls hoops, we take a look at the updated BLITZ Power Rankings, with a brief recap of each season to date.

GIRLS HOOPS

Power Rankings - Girls Christmas Break

#1 – RABUN COUNTY (8-1; 0-1)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: UP 1 SPOT

The Lady Wildcats are ranked #2 in the state in 2A after last season’s runner-up finish. Junior guard Georgia Stockton has been outstanding as of late, averaging over 31 pts per contest in the last three games. HUGE matchup with Banks County upcoming, and hopefully the loss to Putnam will be a lone blip on the slate.

#2 – BANKS COUNTY (6-2; 1-0)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: DOWN 1 SPOT

The Lady Leopards have one of the most solid teams in the state, led by Jaycie Bowen, Maddie Thomas, Allison Smith and many others. Close losses to state-ranked West Hall and in overtime to East Hall have been the only blemishes to date. Banks is ranked #6 in the state.

#3 – DAWSON COUNTY (7-3; 1-1)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: NO CHANGE

The Lady Tigers are ranked #6 in class 3A, and have been solid for most part this season. A puzzling loss to a pesky Lumpkin County team might just be an off night for Dawson. Lumpkin is solid, but the Lady Tigers probably wish they could have that region game back. That said, Kaylee Sticker and Calli Watson have been great this season!

#4 – WHITE COUNTY (7-4; 1-0)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: UP 2 SPOTS

The Lady Warriors have gotten off to a great start this season, which has included a pair of three-game win streaks. Opening region play with a HUGE win over powerhouse Chestatee has to be something that White County can ride the momentum of. We might be in for a playoff season for these girls.

#5 – LUMPKIN COUNTY (4-4; 1-1)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: UP 3 SPOTS

The Lady Indians under David Dowse are poised for as big a turnaround as we’ve seen. This program has long desired for a breakout season, and this might be it. Last year’s seven wins was the most in a decade for Lumpkin, and they’re already over halfway to that total. Is the win over state-ranked Dawson a fluke? We think not. Truly a team on the rise.

#6 – UNION COUNTY (5-3; 1-1)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: DOWN 2 SPOTS

The Lady Panthers are led by first-year head coach Corey Garrett and star player Bailey Daniel. They’d love to have a game or two back that they dropped, but they’re in a good spot heading into the break.

#7 – STEPHENS COUNTY (5-6; 0-1)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: UP 4 SPOTS

This team won just four games a year ago, and have already shown that those days are long gone. Dropping four straight has dampened the quick start somewhat, but a bounce-back win over rivals Habersham Central might be what they needed to get back on track.

#8 – TALLULAH FALLS (5-8; 1-2)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: DOWN 3 SPOTS

The Lady Indians were hoping for a better start, but they’re certainly not in terrible shape. Being a private 1A school means you have to run the gauntlet in a ridiculous schedule, so it doesn’t get any easier for this group.

#9 – COMMERCE (4-4; 1-1)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: NO CHANGE

The Lady Tigers have already surpassed last season’s three wins, and one of those being in region is a big deal. How much they’ve improved will show itself in the second half.

#10 – TOWNS COUNTY (3-6; 2-0)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: NO CHANGE

The Lady Indians are under new control, as longtime legendary coach Jim Melton is out at Towns County. The program tallied just nine wins in the last two seasons combined, and 3-6 this year doesn’t show much…however, 2-0 in region can’t be overlooked. Two losses by seven points or less make this a team that could be as good as 5-4 right now.

#11 – HABERSHAM CENTRAL (0-9; 0-0)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: DOWN 4 SPOTS

The Lady Raiders were supposed to be rebuilding, so no shame here. They’re growing under a new head coach and following the loss of a 2,000-point scorer in Lainey Gosnell.

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BOYS HOOPS

Power Rankings - Boys Christmas Break

#1 – BANKS COUNTY (9-0; 1-0)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: NO CHANGE

The Leopards are state-ranked #2 in class 2A, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be. It hasn’t been close really in any game (maybe one or two). Nine straight wins is just the beginning for Mike Cleveland’s stellar group that includes player of the year candidates Carl Cleveland, Dylan Orr, Gabe Martin and Darius Bonds. A strong bench makes this a legit team once again. Only this time, they’re hoping they can get over the Sweet 16 hump.

#2 – STEPHENS COUNTY (7-1; 0-1)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: NO CHANGE

The Indians’ only loss was to state powerhouse St. Pius. Stephens County is a powerhouse too under Chad Bridges and stud inside man DeUndra Singleton, as the Indians are currently ranked #5 in the state.

#3 – DAWSON COUNTY (8-2; 2-0)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: UP 2 SPOTS

The Tigers have enjoyed some amazing success, thus earning them a #10 ranking in class 3A. Taking state powerhouse Collins Hill to triple overtime was impressive, along with Cullen Reed’s 1000th point of his career. Add in playmaker Jeremiah Crumley, and this team can make a serious run. Their only other loss was by five points to Blessed Trinity.

#4 – WHITE COUNTY (8-3; 1-0)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: DOWN 1 SPOT

Just a small drop by the Warriors, who lost by a single point to Dawson County. Three losses by a combined 12 points…that’s tough. No reason for Sam Borg and his solid group to hang their heads, at 1-0 in region play, this team is looking as good as we’ve seen them in the past decade, and they’re ranked #10 in class 4A. Side note – Borg is 12 wins shy of 100 for his career.

#5 – UNION COUNTY (8-0; 2-0)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: UP 3 SPOTS

Who saw this coming?!? We never count the Panthers out, but 8-0 and 2-0 in region play to start…that’s fantastic! This team includes the Colwell brothers and Pierson Allison among many others who make it hard to lose.

#6 – TOWNS COUNTY (6-3; 2-1)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: NO CHANGE

About what we expected for Zach Davenport and the Indians, having another solid year after last season’s historic Sweet 16 run. We think it might be about the same success this time around.

#7 – TALLULAH FALLS (6-7; 2-2)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: UP 2 SPOTS

We are pleasantly surprised at the Indians’ 6-7 start that includes a pair of region wins. Last year’s historic season laid some groundwork for this program, even though those seven seniors played the majority of the minutes. It’s a whole-new team now, and they’re showing that they have the foundation to win.

#8 – HABERSHAM CENTRAL (3-8; 0-0)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: UP 2 SPOTS

The Raiders have fallen victim to a pair of three-game losing streaks, but have snapped both with solid wins, including a win over Johnson December 20. New coach, new-look lineup, and we’re already seeing improvement following a one-win 2016-17 season.

#9 – COMMERCE (1-6; 0-2)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: UP 2 SPOTS

The Tigers have only one win, so there’s a lot of work to do. They have now won four games in total over the past three seasons, so they’re looking to show that they’ve turned the corner for this program.

#10 – LUMPKIN COUNTY (1-7; 0-3)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: DOWN 3 SPOTS

The Indians were expected to rebuild. They’ve lost two straight 1,000-point scorers in Jack Howard and Zach Pulley in each of the past two seasons, and their four straight state playoff streak is in jeopardy this year, especially with an 0-3 start in region play. However, as long as Jeff Steele is coaching, expect these guys to compete and continue to grow.

#11 – RABUN COUNTY (0-9; 0-1)
CHANGE FROM PRESEASON RANKINGS: DOWN 7 SPOTS

You should know this…the Cats are ONLY 0-9 and at the bottom of the rankings because of the incredible state championship game run by the Wildcats football team. Hoops stars Bailey Fisher, Braxton Hicks and Cole Keener were gone for those first seven or eight games. Fisher has been a dominant player for the Cats on the hardwood for years, and Hicks emerged as a stud freshman last year. So Tevan Dixon, Grayson Lane and Kasin Old all are excited, as well as coach Jeff Page, to get the rest of the team back. It may take just a bit to get rolling, but 0-9 does not AT ALL represent how good this team can be.

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