The big schools take the stage on Saturday as the four days of GHSA championships come to their conclusion. There could be a slew of new champions, as the Westlake girls are the only team with a chance to defend their title.
The day also features the highly anticipated Boys Slam Dunk contest, which drew thousands of online voters to determine the finalists.
All the events will be streamed at GPB.org. There is no charge for viewing the coverage, which is provided by the NFHS Network.
Here is a look at Saturday’s lineup.
Class 6A Girls: Glynn Academy vs. Forest Park, 1 p.m.
Glynn Academy (26-4) brings a 14-game winning streak into the championship game. The Terrors, who have never won a state title, have dominated their playoff opponents, winning each by double-figures. Coach Sharrnesha Smith’s club has only one loss against a Georgia foe. University of Georgia signee Zoesha Smith, the Region 2 Player of the Year, leads Glynn with 21.2 points and 12.8 rebounds per game and had 37 points and 15 rebounds in the semifinals. Talia Hamilton averages 11.7 points and 4.4 rebounds for Glynn, which is playing in the championship game for the first time since 1952. Hamilton and La’Trinity Best were both named to the all-region first team, with LaNeia Taylor and Akirria Mountain earning spots in the second team.
Forest Park (26-6) is looking to win its first state championship since 1970. The Panthers have been close, reaching the semifinals seven of the last 11 years, but this is the school’s first appearance in the final since 2011. Coach Steven Cole’s team lost an overtime heartbreaker in the Region 4 final, but have since won its four playoff games by an average of 26 points. Sania Feagin, the region’s co-player of the year, averages 17.2 points and 10.4 rebounds. Other all-region selections were Jasmine Jacob (7.5 points, 4.5 rebounds) and Western Carolina signee Joi Reid (5.8 points, 4.7 rebounds).
Class 6A Boys: Chattahoochee vs. Lanier, 3 p.m.
Chattahoochee (24-7) is searching for its first state championship and had never advanced past the quarterfinals until this season. The Cougars led by Region 7 Player of the Year Cam Sheffield, who has committed to Rice. A.J. White was also named to the all-region first team and sparked the semifinal win over Tri-Cities with 29 points – 18 in the second half.
Lanier (26-5) is in the championship game for the first time. Coach Branden Mayweather’s team has survived some close calls in the playoffs and beat No. 2 South Cobb in overtime to reach the title game. Sion James, a Tulane signee, is a two-time Region 8 Player of the Year who scored 26 points – 22 in the second half -- in the upset win over South Cobb. Andrew McConnell and Iajah Phillips were also all-region selections.
Boys Slam Dunk Contest, 4:45 p.m.
The first Slam Dunk Contest drew hundreds of entrants and has been whittled to three finalists. Earning their way into the final are Micah Bell of Chapel Hill, Oliver Gentry of Alcovy and Ja’Queze Kirby of Jeff Davis. The contest will be judged by local celebrities.
Class 7A Girls: Westlake vs. Collins Hill, 5:30 p.m.
Westlake (29-2) goes gunning for its third straight state championship. The Lions have not lost to a Georgia team this season. Coach Hilda Hankerson’s team is quick and athletic and has the interior defense that is tough to penetrate. Westlake’s top player is Raven Johnson, the Region 2 Player of the Year. The junior averages 15.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists and 4.4 steals. Also on the all-region first team were Ta’Niya Latson (16 points), Carly Hooks (9.4 points) and Lydia Freeman (9.1 points, 5.6 rebounds), with Brianna Turnage (7.9 points, 5.6 rebounds) on the second team.
Colllins Hill (31-0) is looking for its sixth state championship and its first since 2007. The Eagles are loaded with size and strength and haven’t really been tested for four quarters all season. Coach Brian Harmon’s young team – which has only two seniors -- is led by Sacha Washington, a 6-foot-2 junior who has committed to Purdue and was voted the Region 6 Player of the Year. Also making the first-team all-region list were Eden Sample and Asjah Inniss, with Jailah Clark-Jones earning a second-team spot.
Class 7A Boys: Wheeler vs. Grayson, 7:30 p.m.
Wheeler (23-7) is seeking its sixth state championship and first since 2015, when the Wildcats won their last title. Coach Larry Thompson won two Class A championships (2016 and 2017) when he was at Greenforest Christian. Steady Sam Hines Jr. was the Region 2 Co-Player of the Year and averaged 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. Other all-region performers were second-teamers Ja’Hiem Hudson (11.9 points, 7.1 rebounds) and Isaiah Collier (11.2 points, 3.9 assists) and honorable mention pick Prince Davies (10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds).
Grayson (30-1) is trying to bring home its first state basketball championship. The Rams have won 22 straight since their only loss to Newton. Coach Geoffrey Pierce’s team is led by Region 8 Player of the Year Deivon Smith, a Mississippi State signee who has shown himself to be one of the most electric players in the state. The Rams also start first-team all-region choices Caleb Murphy (a South Florida signee), Toneari Lane and second-team pick Ian Schieffelin and honorable mention pick Josh Smith.
Grayson defeated Wheeler 73-65 in the Showcase Challenge on Dec. 7.