SUWANEE - Despite the long holiday layoff, Parkview came out strong by taking control early en route to a 77-45 win over East Hall.
Parkview, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAA, extended its unbeaten record to 9-0 and advanced to play Westside-Macon in the second round on Monday at 3:20 p.m.
"We brought some intensity on defense," Parkview head coach Mike McCoy said. "There's still some things we've got to work on, but the effort was there."
After leading 45-25 at the half, Parkview continued to roll in the second half by extending the lead to 59-35 after the third quarter.
Much of Parkview's success on offense was a result of the Panthers' ability to push the ball up the court.
"(East Hall) was pressing us and we were able to hurt them with some lay ups," McCoy said. "We want that type of tempo because we have some kids that can play in the open court."
Three Panthers hit for double digits in points, led by 21 from Lauren Coleman. Katie Carroll added 16 points while Enjoli Johnson chipped in with 12 points.
East Hall (4-5) was led by 11 points each from Morgan Jackson and Symone Hampton. The Vikings play again on Monday at 9 a.m. against Gilmer County.
Lowndes 67, Wheeler 54
Three Lowndes players scored in double figures, led by 21 from Keira Peak, as the Vikings (8-1) cruised past Wheeler 67-54. Lowndes will play North Gwinnett on Monday at 6:35 p.m. the second round.
Wheeler (2-6), which faces Alpharetta on Monday at 12:10 p.m., received a game-high 27 points from Jasmine Steward.
Westside-Macon 46, Gilmer Co. 33
Tre'Anna Smith led all scorers with 16 points as Westside-Macon topped Gilmer County 46-33. Westside (7-4) moves to the winner's bracket to play Parkview on Monday at 3:20 p.m. Gilmer County (8-2) was paced by 13 points from Kylie Smith. Gilmer will play East Hall on Monday at 9 a.m.
Parkview 77, Lakeside-Dekalb 74
Parkview's Rachard Lofton led all players with 27 points while Brandon Macon added 21 more as the Panthers held on for a 77-74 win over Lakeside-Dekalb.
The win puts the Panthers in the winner's side of the bracket, in the second round, where they will play Richmond Academy on Monday at 5 p.m.
Lakeside-Dekalb (6-3) jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead but Parkview settled down and took a 16-14 lead after the first.
The Panthers (3-6) then took control over the next two periods and carried a 61-47 lead into the fourth quarter.
Al Key, who led Lakeside with 19 points, led a late surge by the Vikings by scoring 16 of those in the second half only to see his team come up short. Lakeside plays next on Monday at 10:35 a.m. against Spartanburg, S.C.
Richmond Academy 61, Spartanburg 60
Ivan Rushen's field goal with 4 seconds left was good enough to lift Richmond Academy to a 61-60 win over Spartanburg, S.C. Rushen finished with 13 points along with Richard Glenn while Raston Brown led the Musketeers with 14 points.
Richmond Academy (11-0) will play Parkview on Monday at 5 p.m. in the winner's bracket. Spartanburg (5-3), last year's tournament winner, received a game-high 24 points from Daqwan Brown. The Vikings will play Lakeside-Dekalb at 10:35 a.m. on Monday.
Newton 70, Alpharetta 41
Newton stayed unbeaten at 9-0 by cruising to a 70-41 win over Alpharetta. The win puts Newton in the second-round winner's bracket against North Gwinnett on Monday at 8:10 p.m. Derrick Henry led the Rams with 19 points while Jamon Hawkins added 15.
Mikal Abdul-Sabour scored 14 to lead Alpharetta (2-5). Alpharetta plays again on Monday against Houston Co. at 1:45 p.m.
North 65, Houston Co. 35
SUWANEE - Travis Techo led North Gwinnett with 11 points as the Bulldogs beat Houston County 65-35.
Alex Tiller, Collin Kerr and Matt Walker each added 10 points apiece for North (3-7).