The Stratford and Tattnall Square boys and girls basketball teams unofficially have locked up Class A private school playoff berths, according to preliminary GHSA power ratings released Tuesday.
Both the Stratford and Tattnall boys teams claimed at-large berths in the 16-team field, pending appeals. Stratford is slotted as the No. 6 seed and will host a first-round playoff game, while Tattnall will be the No. 9 seed and is slated to go on the road.
The Tattnall girls, who defeated Stratford in the Region 7-A title game Saturday, are currently the No. 4 seed and are automatically in the field. Stratford is seeded fifth and is the top at-large team. Both teams will host first-round playoff games, and should the seedings survive the appeals process, Stratford and Tattnall could meet in next week’s quarterfinals.
Unbeaten Taylor County claimed the No. 1 seed for the girls public school playoffs. Preliminary at-large teams (all of whom dropped a spot to accommodate a lower-seeded region champion) include No. 7 Dooly County, No. 8 Treutlen, No. 13 Hawkinsville and No. 14 Montgomery County.
Six Middle Georgia teams made the preliminary field in the boys public school playoffs. Third-seeded Hancock Central and fourth-seeded Treutlen made the field by winning their regions, while No. 6 Wilkinson County, No. 9 Dooly County, No. 10 Taylor County and No. 11 GMC are at-large selections, pending appeals.
Wilkinson County finished fourth in the power ratings, but the Warriors will drop two spots in the seedings in order to accommodate lower-ranked region champions.
The GHSA will hear appeals Wednesday and will publish the bracket late Wednesday afternoon.