The end of the regular season looms in the not-so-distant future. BLITZ rolls out the the April version of our Power Rankings. This includes a look at the playoff chances and region standings for each team.
#1 DAWSON CO LADY TIGERS
RECORD: 10-1-1 (4-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #1
The Lady Tigers continue to roll, with 11 straight unbeaten matches and 4 straight wins. The defense has been better than good with only 8 goals allowed (3 of which came in one game), recording 6 shutouts. The offense, which has 4 games with 4-plus goals, has also been very well. A 5-0 win over powerhouse Lumpkin on Thursday was the latest statement for the #5-ranked team in 3A.
PLAYOFFS: Dawson has the playoffs on lock, and at 4-0 in region play it also looks like the region title is a done deal as well. Fannin and East Hall are both left on the slate, and just happen to be the bottom two teams in the region.
T2 WHITE CO LADY WARRIORS
RECORD: 9-3 (1-3)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #2
White County recorded a monumental 3-2 win over Denmark, which makes its first region win in one of the top regions in the state. After a 7-0 start that featured a 23-3 scoring difference, the girls went 1-3 over the next four, falling by a total of 12-6 against powerhouse teams Blessed Trinity, Marist, and Flowery Branch. The defense has 5 shutouts this season.
PLAYOFFS: Nothing is certain yet for the Lady Warriors. With the aforementioned three teams in the same region and White County all four ranked in the top-10 in the state, it’s just a crazy-tough path. The good news is that only Chestatee and West Hall, both a combined 4-20-1, are the only region games left on the schedule. These are winnable games, and taking both guarantees White Co a playoff spot.
T2 LUMPKIN CO LADY INDIANS
RECORD: 9-4 (4-2)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #4
The Lady Indians are 5-2 in the last 7 games and ranked #7 in the state in Class 3A. A 5-0 loss to Dawson County was a blow, but there remains 3 non-region games left. The defense has a grand total of 6 shutouts on the season and have 9 games with 4-plus goals. It’s one of the most balanced teams in the region.
PLAYOFFS: It’s secured for Lumpkin County as the #2 or #3-seed out of 7-AAA. The Lady Indians fell also to GAC, but the Spartans have 3 region games left to play and could possibly still drop a couple of games, giving Lumpkin at shot at hosting a playoff game.
#4 UNION CO LADY PANTHERS
RECORD: 8-1 (6-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #5
Madison Yost set the career goals record for Union, who quickly then clinched the Region 8-AA title. It’s 8 straight wins for the Lady Panthers after falling in the season opener. The girls’ defense (11 goals allowed) has been stellar this season, and especially as of late.
PLAYOFFS: With a region title clinched, Union County is the #1 seed out of 8-AA going into the playoffs. Four games remain, and one region game against a 1-8 Monticello team.
#5 JEFFERSON LADY DRAGONS
RECORD: 8-3-1 (5-1)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #3
A heartbreaking 1-0 loss to a very good Jackson County team was followed up by a well-earned 1-0 win over Morgan County. That’s 8 shutouts on the season for the Lady Dragons, ranked #8 in the state.
PLAYOFFS: It’s a done deal for Jefferson, who at 5-1 secures the region runner-up spot out of 8-AAA. The Lady Dragons have 4 non-region games left to tune up for the playoffs.
#6 TOWNS CO LADY INDIANS
RECORD: 5-2-1 (5-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #7
After starting the season 0-1-1, the girls have rebounded very well, winning 5 of their last 6, outscoring opponents 31-7 in the process. One region match remains and four overall.
PLAYOFFS: Playoffs are a LOCK for the girls with a flawless record among their area.
#7 STEPHENS CO LADY INDIANS
RECORD: 7-6 (1-3)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #6
The Lady Indians took a big hit in a shutout 3-0 loss to Oconee County, but as a whole body of work, the girls are having a solid season. The offense especially has been legit, scoring 42 goals.
PLAYOFFS: With a previous 3-1 win over Madison County, Stephens earns a playoff bid in a five-team region as the #4 seed. There remains 3 non-region games on the board.
#8 HABERSHAM CENTRAL LADY RAIDERS
RECORD: 5-8 (5-4)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #8
The Lady Raiders went 0-4 to start the season and 0-5 if you count their scrimmage. The tables turned with 3 straight wins after that. However, the train derailed for a bit with a 4-game losing streak. That has since again been rectified with back-to-back wins over Winder and Apalachee to rise above .500 in region play. The girls outscored those two 8-1, avenging their previous loss to Apalachee. Only one region contest remains against Dacula (12-1).
PLAYOFFS: Habersham is in…mostly! The girls did enough to put together a 5-4 mark, currently giving them the third spot in region. Apalachee and Gainesville sit behind at 4-5 each. Since Hab split with both, it’s possible the Lady Raiders fall to Dacula, thus moving to 5-5, and Apalachee and Gainesville both win to rise to 5-5. In that instance, the 3 teams would all be 5-5 with splitting regular season meetings. One team would be left out. Apalachee stands a great chance to win their last region game, while Gainesville has a tougher opponent (Lanier; 7-6). A lot can happen here…
#9 RABUN CO LADY WILDCATS
RECORD: 3-3-1 (3-2-1)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #9
Rabun had a 3-game win streak get snapped in a 4-2 loss to Oglethorpe. The girls have played solid defense for the most part, surrendering one goal or less in four matches this season.
PLAYOFFS: The Lady Cats currently sit 3rd in the standings behind Union and Social Circle. Union owns the region, but 2-6 in the standings are neck-and-neck, so nothing is a given right now.
#10 BANKS CO LADY LEOPARDS
RECORD: 2-11 (1-6)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #10
The Lady Leopards have struggled to find a rhythm on offense, being shut out in 7 matches this season, and just one goal in 3 others. Region play is over for Banks, with just five non-region games left on the slate.
PLAYOFFS: Unfortunately the Lady Leopards are out of the mix at 1-6 with no region games left and 6 teams ahead of them in the standings.
#11: COMMERCE LADY TIGERS
RECORD: 2-7-2 (2-3-1)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #11
The Lady Tigers’ inaugural season nears an end, and the last game was historic with an 8-0 win over Wash-Wilkes for a well-earned region/area win. Three games left, all non-region opponents.
PLAYOFFS: Not likely for the Commerce first-year group, but always up to Power Ratings by GHSA.