It took a bit of effort on behalf of one team, but both the Stratford and Tattnall Square boys and girls basketball teams will host first-round GHSA Class A private school playoff games this weekend.
The Tattnall boys, who finished ninth in the preliminary private school power ratings and was slated for a first-round road trip, won an appeal and climbed to eighth in the final ratings released Wednesday afternoon. The Trojans will now host Aquinas on Saturday.
The reason for the appeal wasn’t immediately published on the GHSA website. Appeals usually involve missing or inaccurate results on the MaxPreps website used by the GHSA to create the power ratings.
The Tattnall girls knew they would host a first-round home game by virtue of their Region 7-A championship victory last week. The fourth-seeded Trojans will host Pinecrest at 7 p.m. on Friday.
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The girls bracket has an interesting twist. Stratford is seeded fifth and will host Our Lady of Mercy at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the first half of a doubleheader. Wins by both Tattnall and Stratford will set up a quarterfinal meeting between the two next week at Tattnall.
The Stratford boys are seeded seventh and will host Providence Christian at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Taylor County is the top seed in the girls Class A public school draw, and it will host Greenville in the first round. Seventh-seeded Dooly County will host Clinch County, No. 8 Treutlen hosts ECI, No. 13 Montgomery County heads to Commerce, and No. 15 Hawkinsville travels to Turner County.
In the boys Class A public school tournament, third-seeded Hancock Central, the Region 7-A champion, is the highest-seeded team from Middle Georgia and will host Terrell County in the first round.
Sixth-seeded Wilkinson County, hosts No. 11 GMC in the first round, with a potential Region 7-A title game rematch with Hancock Central at stake in the quarterfinals.
Also, fourth-seeded Treutlen hosts Marion County, No. 9 Dooly County heads to Randolph-Clay, and No. 10 Taylor County travels to Portal.