Georgia High School Association (GHSA) founded in 1904, is designed to govern the athletics and activities of its 437 public and private member high schools. Currently there are six classes 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, and single A, based on the school’s student population. Each class has eight regions based on the geographic location of the school. Region one is usually in the southernmost area of GA, and region eight is usually in the northernmost area. Regions usually have ten schools, but range from four to sixteen teams. They realign every two years.
The GHSA recently oversaw the state basketball championship in Macon, GA. However, they confirmed that the recent outcome of the championships will stand despite the error of the setup of the court. The goals were not setup in the correct position. After re-watching the games, it was determined that the games were still fair.
6A Boys – Westlake 68 over Pebblebrook 58 in OT
Westlake was led by James Lewis 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 9 assists.
6A Girls – McEachern 71 over Tucker 51
McEchern was led by Que Morrison 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists.
5A Boys – Miller Grove 50 over Allatoona 48
Miller Grove was led by Aaron Augustin 16 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists
5A Girls – Southwest DeKalb 49 over Winder-Barrow 48
Southwest DeKalb was led by Daisa Alexander 19 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist
4A Boys – Liberty County 58 over Jonesboro 52
Liberty County was led by Richard LeCounte 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists
4A Girls – Americus-Sumter 56 over Veterans 38
Americus-Sumter was led by A’tyanna Gaulden 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists
3A Boys – Morgan County 66 over Jenkins 56
Morgan County was led by Jailyn Ingram 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 assist
3A Girls – Morgan County 68 over Jackson, Atl. 61
Morgan County was led by Tatyana Davis 32 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists
2A Boys – Pace Academy 65 over Manchester 43
Pace Academy was led by Wendell Carter, Jr 30 points, 20 rebounds, and 2 assists
2A Girls – Holy Innocents’ 66 over Wesleyan 64 OT
Holy Innocents’ was led by Khayla Pointer 33 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists
A Public Boys – Wilkinson County 55 over Hancock Central 42
Wilkinson County was led Greg Cousin 16 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 assists
A Public Girls -Turner County 55 over Terrell County 38
Turner County finished a perfect 31-0 led by Mylashia Yancey 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists
A Private Boys – Greenforest 78 over St. Francis 66
Greenforest was led by John Ogwuche 27 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists
A Private Girls – St. Francis 63 over Greenforest 37
St. Francis was led by Maya Dodson 22 points and 10 rebounds
GHSA Executive Director, Gary Philips said “The goals were the same distance into the court at both ends of the floor. The playing conditions were exactly the same for both teams on the court and for all of the 14 championship games that were played. So I can’t see any reason we would consider changing the outcomes. We offer our sincerest apologies to the players, coaches, and fans of all involved teams. We consulted with the GHSA Board of Trustees and considered all options and alternatives. We concluded that the only reasonable resolution is to allow the games to stand as they were played and competed. We are conducting a thorough review of the current policies that should have prevented this and will be implementing new procedures to ensure that this never happens again.” Congratulations to the winning teams! I think they are true winners despite the error by the GHSA. What do you think, should the games have been replayed the following week? Fair or Foul?