LOGANVILLE - It's always nice to get that first win of the season out of the way. But when you didn't win a game the season before, that first win is much more special.
For the Duluth girls, that win came Tuesday night when Torlanda Poindexter hit a last-second shot to beat Grayson 40-38 for the Wildcats' first victory since 2003.
That win made head coach Shane Roughton "almost speechless."
"I didn't want to jinx anything because I knew we had a lot of talent and I was afraid that it would take a while for it to gel," Roughton said. "This is huge, it was a storybook ending, there were a lot of tears in that locker room tonight."
Duluth (1-3) took a 25-14 lead at halftime but only scored four points in the third quarter, which allowed Grayson to come back and tie it. The game was still tied at 38 with 13 seconds to play as Duluth's Mykala Walker held for the last shot and then hit Poindexter for her only two points of the game.
Daphne Adebayo led the Wildcats with 12 points, while Walker finished with nine points. Laurie Thomas had eight points while Laura Moore had five points. Michelle O'Quinn led all scorers with 18 points for the Rams.
Norcross 54, Mill Creek 42
DACULA - Norcross had three players score in double figures and the Blue Devils defeated Mill Creek 54-42 at the Dacula/Shiloh Shootout on Tuesday.
D'Andra Moss and Jasmine Godwin each scored 19 points and Moss pulled down 11 rebounds.
Janee Thomas had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Norcross (3-1).
Mill Creek's leading scorer was Shelbie Pool with 15 points, while Brittany Howes added 10 points.
Dacula 48, Central 41
DACULA - Abbie Daniel scored 13 points to lead Dacula over Central Gwinnett 48-41 in the Dacula/Shiloh shootout on Tuesday. Vanessa Toussaint added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Falcons (4-0).
Ashley Taylor scored 13 points to lead the Black Knights.
Shiloh 63, Apalachee 28
SNELLVILLE - Shiloh remained unbeaten with a 63-28 win over Apalachee on Tuesday in the Dacula/Shiloh shootout. Amanda Parker led all scorers with 16 points, while Courtney Strauthers hit nearly every stat column with 14 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and two blocks. Caneisha Bell added 12 points for the Generals (3-0).
Brittany Ansley led the Wildcats with seven points.
Berkmar 41, North Gwinnett 35
SUWANEE - Berkmar edged out North Gwinnett 41-35 in the Bulldog Classic on Tuesday. Tyra Smith and Kiara Evans each had 11 points for the Patriots (3-0), while Jolie Efezokhae had nine points to lead the Bulldogs (2-1).
Meadowcreek 39, Eastside 35
SUWANEE - Meadowcreek got its first win of the season with a 39-35 victory over Eastside on Tuesday in the Bulldog Classic. Kasey Murray and Ashley Junior each had 10 points to lead the Mustangs (1-2).
Stephenson 75, Brookwood 63
KENNESAW - Chioma Okoli scored 22 points, but it was not enough as third-ranked Stephenson knocked off Brookwood 75-63 in the North Cobb Warrior Classic on Tuesday. Ashley Green added 19 points for the Broncos (2-1), while Courtney McLane had five assists to go with her six points and was named to the all-tournament team.
GAC 75, Lovett 35
NORCROSS - Greater Atlanta Christian rolled past Lovett 75-35 on Tuesday at GAC. All 10 Spartans scored, led by D'Nay Daniels' 25 points and five steals. Bria Smith added 12 points and five assists for GAC (3-1).
Buford 69, Jefferson 40
JEFFERSON - Buford had three players in double figures as the Wolves beat Jefferson 69-40 in the Tabo's tournament on Tuesday. Vicky Wilson and Victoria Peevy each had 14 points for the Wolves (2-0), while Sarah Scott added 12 points.
Greater Gwinnett Christian 45, Macon Area 41
NORCROSS - Greater Gwinnett Christian knocked off Macon Area 45-41 on Tuesday. Katie Terry scored 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Barrons.
Norcross 68, Mill Creek 35
DACULA - Jodie Meeks scored 20 points as No. 2 Norcross beat Mill Creek 68-35 in the Dacula/Shiloh Shootout on Tuesday. Gani Lawal added 19 points for the Blue Devils (3-0), while Brenton Butler finished with 12 points.
Spencer Gay had 14 points to lead the Hawks.
Dacula 51, Central Gwinnett 43
DACULA - Dacula beat Central Gwinnett 51-43 in the Dacula/Shiloh Shootout on Tuesday. Justin Rush had 15 points for the Falcons (2-2), while Sam Goodman scored 25 points for the Black Knights.
Shiloh 66, Apalachee 41
SNELLVILLE - Shiloh beat Apalachee 66-41 in the Dacula/Shiloh shootout on Tuesday. Allen Andelija led the Generals (2-1) with 10 points followed by Michael Pettiford, Malcolm Robinson, and Andre Mikell with eight points each.
Zack Spratling led all scorers with 12 points for the Wildcats (1-2).
Grayson 46, Duluth 40
LOGANVILLE - Grayson knocked off Duluth 46-40 on Tuesday at Grayson. Dee Smith and Mario Vasser each had 12 points to lead the Rams (2-1), while Paul Garcia scored 12 points to lead Duluth.
Southwest Atlanta Christian 71, Parkview 62
LILBURN - Parkview fell to Southwest Atlanta Christian 71-62 in The Loop/Lee Sports Holiday Classic on Tuesday. Ty Rowland led the Panthers (1-2) with 16 points, while Michael Palmer had 11 points and Scott McVicker added 10 points.
Georgia Tech signee Javaris Crittenton had a game-high 32 points for SWAC.
North Gwinnett 48, Eastside 45
SUWANEE - North Gwinnett picked up its first win of the year with a 48-45 win over Eastside on Tuesday in the Bulldog Classic. Ebuka Anyaorah led the Bulldogs (1-2) with 12 points and Andrew Anderson finished with 10 points.
M.L. King 79, Meadowcreek 77
SUWANEE - Chris Allen had 22 points in a losing effort as M.L. King beat Meadowcreek 79-77 on Tuesday in the Bulldog Classic. Charles Johnson and Theodore Williams each scored 12 for the Mustangs (2-1).
Wesleyan 80, Winder-Barrow 59
JEFFERSON - Wesleyan outrebounded Winder-Barrow 51-22 en route to a 80-59 win on Tuesday in the Tabo's tournament in Jefferson. Tanner Smith paced the Wolves (1-1) with 22 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Matt Hutts added 18 points, while Howard Thompkins had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Erik Strong also had 12 rebounds to go with his six points.
Frank Cunningham led the Bulldoggs (0-2) with 13 points.
GAC 63, Blessed Trinity 53
NORCROSS - Wade Weldon and Reece Wiedeman each had double-doubles as the Spartans beat Blessed Trinity 63-53 on Tuesday. Weldon led GAC (2-0) in scoring with 15 points and 10 assists, while Wiedeman added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Loganville 58, Madison Co. 48
DANIELSVILLE - Loganville went on the road to beat Madison County 58-48 on Tuesday. Clivins Volay and Kevin Wages each had 16 points to lead the Red Devils (1-2).
Greater Gwinnett Christian 75,
Macon Area 44
NORCROSS - Edward Jackson had 14 points and five steals as Greater Gwinnett Christian beat Macon Area 75-44 on Tuesday. John Barajas added 13 points while Michael Stanley had seven rebounds and seven assists.
Dacula gets wins over Buford, St. Pius
ATLANTA - Dacula defeated Buford 45-33 and host St. Pius 61-12 on Tuesday. Dacula wrestlers with pins in both matches were Kevin Bailey (112 pounds), Noah Hunt (119), Sean Phillips (135), Chris Hamrick (152), and Jake Mauldin (275). Frankie Miller (103), Raul Espinosa (125), and Michael Logrono (160) also went unbeaten with a pin for the Falcons (2-1)
- Compiled by Jay Black
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