Ron Seibel

Hot start leads to top spot in first Middle Georgia girls basketball power poll

Kezia Holmes is averaging 17.4 points per game for Warner Robins as part of the Demons’ 6-0 start.
Kezia Holmes is averaging 17.4 points per game for Warner Robins as part of the Demons’ 6-0 start.

We’re starting something new at this week. We’re going to do a top-10 power poll for Middle Georgia GHSA boys and girls basketball. Throughout the season, we’ll post new ratings on Thursday nights.

Week 1: Games through Wednesday, Dec. 7

Analysis: Unlike the boys basketball power poll, some definitive moves have taken place early on among girls teams. Warner Robins is off to a 6-0 start, including a pair of overtime victories, while Veterans, a team that went to the Class 4A championship game last March, is struggling out of the gate with a 2-3 record. Last season’s results are still playing a role for some teams in the rankings, which means a hot-starting team such as Perry hasn’t caught traction in this poll yet, but some moves have occurred.

1. Warner Robins (6-0)

Season so far: Rutland (W 71-30), Lowndes (W 73-50), Valdosta (W 53-50), Perry (W 60-58 OT), Jones County (W 65-32), Baldwin (W 72-62 OT).

The week ahead: Houston County (Friday), vs. Mount de Sales (11:30 a.m. at Wilkinson County, Middle Georgia Shootout).

2. Peach County (2-1)

Season so far: Perry (L 65-49), Veterans (W 44-39), Central (W 66-36).

The week ahead: Kendrick (Friday), Northside (Tuesday).

3. Taylor County (2-1)

Season so far: Upson-Lee (W 73-62 OT), Greenville (L 66-51), Central-Talbotton (W 60-25).

The week ahead: at Crawford County (Friday), at Pacelli (Saturday), Marion County (Tuesday).

4. Stratford (5-0)

Season so far: Athens Academy (W 40-37), Shaw (W 51-49), GMC (W 65-29), North Cobb Christian (W 59-27), Aquinas (W 44-40).

The week ahead: at GMC (Saturday).

5. Putnam County (2-2)

Season so far: Howard (W 54-35), Baldwin (L 51-24), Greene County (W 57-43), Morgan County (L 66-35).

The week ahead: Baldwin (Friday), Greene County (Saturday), at Twiggs County (Tuesday).

6. Baldwin (3-1)

Season so far: Hancock Central (W 50-41), Putnam County (W 51-24), Washignton County (W 51-46), Warner Robins (L 72-62 OT).

The week ahead: at Putnam County (Friday), at Hancock Central (Saturday).

7. Washington County (0-1)

Season so far: Baldwin (L 51-46).

The week ahead: Hancock Central (Friday), at Southwest (Tuesday).

8. Tattnall Square (3-2)

Season so far: Shaw (W 38-33), Carver-Atlanta (W 57-40), Landmark Christian (L 54-44), Westside (L 49-40), Mount Vernon Presbyterian (W 54-30).

The week ahead: at Eagle’s Landing Christian (Friday).

9. Monticello (2-1)

Season so far: Jones County (L 59-46), Jackson (W 67-6), Greene County (W 47-31).

The week ahead: at Banks County (Friday), at Jones County (Saturday).

10. Dublin (3-1)

Season so far: Montgomery County (W 64-14), Twiggs County (W 69-44), Treutlen (L 64-63), Wilkinson County (W 49-43).

The week ahead: at Twiggs County (Friday), at Treutlen (Saturday).