HOUSTON - The Norcross Blue Devils have now lost two games this season. And they have been to the top two teams in the country.
After falling to USA Today No. 1 Oak Hill by eight points in early December, the Blue Devils dropped a 49-46 decision to No. 2 St. Patrick (N.J.) in the second round of the National Academy Invitational on Friday night in Houston.
Gani Lawal had a fantastic game for the Blue Devils, scoring 26 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking six shots, but he didn't get enough scoring help from his talented teammates in the three-point loss.
Florida State signee Jordan DeMercy added 10 points, but Oklahoma signee Tony Neysmith (4 points) and nationally ranked junior Al-Farouq Aminu (2 points) combined for just six points in the defeat. Aminu was saddled with foul trouble for much of the game and wound up fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Norcross (8-2) dominated the boards for the second game in a row, collecting 36 rebounds to St. Patrick's 14. But the nation's second-ranked team hit 6 of 7 from 3-point range and held the Blue Devils to just five points in the second quarter en route to the hard-fought win. Norcross also hit just 10 of 21 free throws.
Corey Fisher and Jeff Robinson each scored 21 points for St. Patrick, which will play in the tournament championship game at 8 p.m.
Norcross will play in the third-place game at 5 p.m.
GAC 70, Washington-Wilkes 59
JACKSON COUNTY - GAC's Taylor Wood scored 23 points and had 16 rebounds to help the Spartans top Washington-Wilkes 70-59 at the Jackson County Tournament.
Chase Hudson added 18 points for GAC, which improved its record to 9-2. Licious Stewart scored 27 points for Washington-Wilkes.
Dacula 43, Dickinson (Tenn.) 28
FT. WALTON BEACH, FLA. - Justin Rush scored 21 points to lead Dacula to a 43-28 win over Dickinson (Tenn.) on Friday at the Playground Area Shootout in Fort Walton Beach.
Brian Cole added 17 points for the Falcons, who will play Raven Wood today in the third-place game.
On Thursday, Dacula beat Osborne 41-39. Trent Kammerer led Dacula with 17 points and Cole added 15 points.
Wesleyan 49, Lovett 33
ATLANTA - Tanner Smith led Wesleyan with 17 points to help the Wolves top Lovett 49-33 in the Wild Cat Holiday Festival on Friday.
Wesleyan is now 10-2.
Shiloh 57, Elbert County 49
HARTWELL - Shiloh improved to 2-0 in the DQ Classic on Friday with a 57-49 win over Elbert County. The Generals (8-2) got 16 points from Jessica Baker, 13 from Caneisha Bell and 10 from Nicole Fifer.
Duluth 57, Hart County 52
HARTWELL - Mykala Walker scored 24 points to help Duluth defeat Hart County 57-52 in the DQ Classic on Friday.
Duluth scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and came from seven down in the last two minutes of the game to win. Duluth's record is now 8-4.
MLK 64, Dacula 59
FT. WALTON BEACH - Abbie Daniel scored 24 points for Dacula, but the Falcons fell to Martin Luther King High 64-59 in the Playground Area Shootout.
Eve Machovec added 16 points. Dacula's record falls to 5-7.
Wesleyan 64, Woodward 37
ATLANTA - Anne Marie Armstrong scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Wesleyan to a 64-37 win over Woodward in the Westminster Holiday Classic.
Sarah Delk scored 19 points for Wesleyan, which improves its overall record to 10-2 on the season.
Providence 55, Washington-Wilkes 46
JACKSON COUNTY - Providence's Maggie Brown scored 22 points to help the Stars top Washington-Wilkes 55-46 in the Jingle Jam Tournament on Friday.
Amelia Allen scored 12 points and had six assists. Providence's record is now 4-7. Providence's Daron Dominguez made the all-tournament team.
Mill Creek takes eighth
FAYETTE - Mill Creek placed eighth overall in the Fayette County Christmas Invitational on Friday.
Josh Harrison (112) and Robbie Willingham (125) placed third. Billy Anderton (130) and Chris Porcheddu (145) placed fourth. Nick Voss (135) and Bryan Stanley (140) placed fifth.
Dacula placed ninth in the Fayette County Christmas Invitational.
Dacula was led by Frankie Miller, who finished first in the 112-pound weight class. Noah Hunt (119) placed third, J.C. Hall (152) placed fifth and Ethan Brown placed sixth.
- Compiled by Kate Awtrey