Mount Zion head coach Tiesha Wilson oversaw the best girls basketball team in the Southern Crescent in the 2015-16 season. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

Final Southern Crescent Buzz Girls Basketball Power Rankings: Mount Zion on top

By James Butler   The competition was fierce for both ends of the final Southern Crescent Buzz Girls Basketball Rankings. While Region 4-AAAA champion Mount Zion did enough to convincingly earn the No. 1 spot and title of best girls team in the Southern Crescent, it was a mad dash for the final few

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Furman-bound scoring guard Jordan Lyons has wrapped-up his high school career, but not before leading McIntosh to another fantastic season as a senior (File)

PREP BASKETBALL: One Southern Crescent school rose above the rest in national website recognition

Southern Crescent hoopers have found their way on the Georgia All-State basketball scene. The national prep basketball website released its by-classification all-state teams Monday night, right after an eventful and controversial weekend at the GHSA state championships in Macon. Headlining the group was a trio of McIntosh standouts named to the Class AAAAA team.

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STATE BASKETBALL: GABRIEL STOVALL: GHSA has some explaining to do regarding allowance of non-regulation baskets during state championship games

By Gabriel Stovall So I’m getting ready to go to bed so I can be on time for church in the morning, and my ever-popping Twitter feed delivered this gem to me from Atlanta’s own high school hoops guru Kyle Sandy: Interesting that the backboards are off line at the Centreplex. Hoop is too

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Despite the championship game loss, Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman has found significant meaning in this basketball season. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Life teaches Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman to treasure relationships over trophies

MACON, Ga. — Dan Maehlman tried, but he couldn’t hold it back. The spring of emotions characterized by tears broke through the dams of resiliency, resolve and championship focus Thursday night in a cramped locker room in Macon Coliseum. And all it took to trigger the waterfall was one mentioning of his mom and dad

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Jonesboro's MJ Walker, right, and Liberty County's Will Richardson, left, provided some of the biggest highlights in Thursday's Class AAAA championship game. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

BUZZ BREAKDOWN: Five Things We Learned, Five Things We Still Don’t Know from the Class AAAA Championship Game

By Gabriel Stovall MACON, Ga. — The Jonesboro Cardinals came up on the losing end of things Thursday night as the Liberty County Panthers knocked off Class AAAA’s No. 1 team 58-52. Here’s my knee-jerk analysis from Thursday night’s state championship game. FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED 1. Liberty County’s win was no fluke. From

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No. 1 Jonesboro came up short against second-ranked Liberty County in Thursday night's Class AAAA championship game. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

STATE BASKETBALL: Liberty County stymies No. 1 Jonesboro, haults Cardinals’ bid for a three-peat

By James Butler MACON, Ga. – Jonesboro bid to win its third consecutive Class AAAA Championship fell short Thursday night in the state title game when the Cardinals fell behind early to Liberty County and could not make up the deficit on their way to a 58-52 defeat. Jonesboro finishes the season at 28-5

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Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman will try to guide his Cardinals to a third straight Class AAAA title with a win Thursday night against Liberty County. (PHOTO: Steve Knight)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Jonesboro basketball may see a little bit of themselves in its state championship game opponent Liberty County

MACON, Ga. — You’ve come a long way, Jonesboro. I’m not talking about that short drive down I-75 from Clayton to Bibb County. I mean the journey from good to great. From the 78-75 overtime thriller win three seasons ago against No. 1 Alexander and a hot-like-fire Hassani Gravett (he poured in 46 points that

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Third straight state title officially makes Creekside Christian Academy basketball dynasty

By James Butler MCDONOUGH Ga. – As the Jonesboro boys basketball team was maneuvering its way towards the chance of being three-peat state champions in the GHSA’s Class AAAA, one Southern Crescent basketball team was putting the finishing touches on a three-peat of its own. The Creekside Christian Academy Cougars defeated rival Covenant Academy

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Hard work is rewarded in Creekside girls historic season

By James Butler MCDONOUGH Ga. – For the first time in its program history the Creekside Christian Academy Lady Cougars matched its boys team by winning a basketball state championship. Creekside honored its basketball teams Wednesday and Lady Cougar head coach Caty Wright reflected on her 21-2 championship-winning club. “We just determined as a

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