After that, Griffin Christian opens state tournament play Thursday in the GISA Class AAA playoffs at Stratford Academy in Macon against The Weber School.
The fun begins with:
n GRIFFIN HIGH LADY BEARS (14-8) play 4 p.m., today at Woodland High School in Stockbridge against McIntosh (23-3).
Both teams are tied for No. 9 in the Class AAAA state rankings, so something has to give when they square off tonight.
The teams haven’t met in the regular season. The June Barrow-coached Lady Bears head into the game looking for their first state playoff berth since 2001, nine seasons ago.
A note of interest is four teams in the Region 3-AAAA tournament are state ranked, including both teams mentioned above as well as No. 7 Alcovy (22-2) and No. 6 Fayette County (20-5).
n SPALDING HIGH LADY JAGS (7-17) play 7 p.m., today at Drew High School in Riverdale against Eastside-Covington (20-4).
Spalding heads into the game seven seeded, while Easide is a two-seeded.
Eastside swept the regular season series, topping the Lady Jags 65-30 on Jan. 7 and 64-49 on Feb. 8.
Nonetheless, if the Demetrius King-coached Lady Jags can pull off the upset they will qualify for state for a school-record third year in a row.
The team to watch in the tournament is No. 7-state ranked Sandy Creek (20-3).
n SPALDING HIGH JAGUARS (15-10) play 4 p.m., Wednesday at Drew High School in Riverdale against the ost team (12-8).
Spalding heads into the game seeded fourth, while Drew is seeded fifth.
The two teams split in the regular season, Spalding beating Drew 71-66 in overtime on Dec. 10 and Drew returning the favor 70-55 on Jan. 21.
The big question here for the Cecil Spear-coached Jaguars is how healthy will SHS point guard Davin White be.
White, the team’s leading scorer, went down hard in a game Feb. 4 and injured his surgically-repaired knee and has been kept out since in an effort to rehabilitate.
The Jags are looking to make it three trips in a row to state — not bad for an 11-year-old program that had never qualified for state prior to that point.
The favorites in this tournament include No. 10-state ranked Eagles Landing (20-4) as well as No. 6-state ranked Henry County (20-4).
n GRIFFIN HIGH BEARS (10-9) play 7 p.m., Wednesday at Woodland High School in Stockbridge against No. 3-state ranked Fayette County (23-2).
The two teams met once early in the season, Fayette County prevailing 78-34 on Dec. 17.
But a lot has changed since then for the Justin Roger-coached Bears, who gained the services of two NCAA Division I football signees and another key starter.
After a 1-6 start — which included losing their first five games — the Bears have gone 9-3 down the stretch, including winning their last five in a row.
The Bears head into Wednesday’s game looking to garner their first state playoff berth since the late Ferris Qualls coached the team in the 2006-2007 season.
While Fayette is the team to watch in this tournament, another favorite is No. 10-state ranked Alcovy (18-6).
n GRIFFIN CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS (19-7) play 5:30 p.m., Thursday at Stratford Academy in Macon against The Weber School (12-8).
The Mic Savaged-coached Griffin Christian boys squad heads into the game looking to notch their first state playoff win ever.
The winner of the GISA Class AAA opening-round state playoff game advances to a second-round game against the winner of Southland (13-10) and No. 3-state ranked Bethesda (18-7) on Saturday in the four-round tournament.