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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 1:02 pm | Updated: 1:11 pm, Tue Feb 19, 2013.

The final power ranking numbers have been released for basketball in Class A, and barring appeals that make a big change in the figures, the Gordon Lee Trojans will not make the boys' public school state tournament.

Gordon Lee currently stands at No. 20 in the rankings with 9.62 points. They are 0.44 points out of the 16th and final spot. Trion is No. 22 with 8.65 points.

Teams can appeal their numbers today, and the GHSA will make the state brackets final by 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Wilkinson County is the top-ranked team with 15.74 points, but region champions are seeded first with wild card teams filling in the rest of the 16-team brackets, based on power ranking points.

As it currently stands, four of the top five ranked boys' public school teams did not win their region. Only Seminole County, currently fourth with 14.08, is a region champion, meaning the Indians will likely be the overall No. 1 seed.

Turner County, Portal, Hawkinsville were the other three public school region winners. Turner currently is ranked sixth, Portal eighth, and Hawkinsville 13th overall.

The Gordon Lee Lady Trojans will be in the 16-team girls' public school tournament. Gordon Lee (13.31) is third in the rankings behind Randolph-Clay and Towns County, but the Lady Trojans will be a wild card after losing in the semifinals of the Region 6-A tournament.

If the current numbers hold, Gordon Lee will be the No. 6 seed (as the highest-ranked non-region winner) and would host No. 11 seed Greenville in the opening round.

That would mean a possible matchup at Region 4 champion Marion County, the likely No. 3 seed, in the quarterfinals, and perhaps a rematch with Region 8 champion Towns County, the likely No. 2 seed, in the state semifinals.

Gordon Lee and Towns County have met in the Battle of the States Tournament at Towns County in each of the last three seasons with the Lady Trojans winning all three meetings, including a one-point overtime victory back in late December.

Greenforest Christian, currently ranked second, will mostly likely be the top seed in the boys' private school tournament, while North Cobb Christian, the currently top-ranked team, will likely be no higher than No. 5 overall after the Eagles failed to win the Region 6-A tournament.

Five teams from the region are currently projected to be in the state tournament, including a potential first-round game between Excel Christian and Mt. Paran.

Region 6-A will also be well-represented in the girls' private school field, led by region champion St. Francis. Southwest Atlanta Christian, Darlington, and Mt. Paran should all be among those in the 16-team brackets when they are released on Wednesday.

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