Stepping stone
Parkview knocks off Norcross to win tourney championship

LILBURN - After beating nationally ranked Wesleyan, all the attention was on the Norcross girls.

Parkview didn't mind. The Panthers made their statement Tuesday night.

Down by 12 points in the second quarter, the host girls rallied for a 52-47 victory over Norcross to win the Parkview Tip-Off Classic for the first time.

"I'm really proud of these girls," Parkview coach Mike McCoy said. "This is a big step and something for us to build on."

Mill Creek won the Tip-Off Classic girls title last season and went on to the Class AAAAA Final Four. Both Parkview and Norcross could make it this season.

Parkview, the defending Region 8-AAAAA champion, went into the season ranked No. 6 in the GaSports.com/GACA poll and already owns victories over two of Region 7-AAAAA's top teams - No. 3 Duluth and No. 8 Norcross.

"Our regions are matched in the first round of the state tournament, so these games were real good tests for us," McCoy said. "Norcross will be there once we get to the postseason and so will be Duluth. We need to go on from this and keep getting better."

Lauren Coleman hit consecutive 3-pointers in the third quarter to put Parkview (4-0) on top for the first time and the Panthers cashed in three consecutive 1-and-1 opportunities late in the game after Norcross had closed the lead to two points.

Coleman, a 6-foot junior finished with 21 points and was named the MVP of the tournament. Enjoli Johnson joined her on the all-tournament team after scoring 11 points in the championship game.

"This was a great win for our team," Coleman said. "Everyone played really well. We're a team. It isn't just one player."

Norcross (2-1) led 10-3 after the first quarter and was up by 23-11 late in the second quarter. But Parkview cut the deficit to 23-16 at half and then out-scored cold-shooting Norcross 19-8 in the third quarter.

Tiffany Clarke led Norcross with 13 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Anjelica Wilcox added 11 points, and Briana Jordan had seven points and six assists.

Katie Carroll scored eight points for Parkview, which Megan Geiger had six points and eight rebounds.

Norcross was just 5-for-12 at the foul line, while Parkview was 18-for-25. The Panthers had cashed in from the stripe in their season-opening victory at Duluth as well.

Wesleyan (2-1) claimed third place, but not without a battle from Loganville. Enisha Donley scored 12 and Gia Banks 11 as the Red Devils (1-2) hung tough all the way in a 49-47 loss.

Ahead 42-41 with four minutes to go, Wesleyan scored seven straight points. But Loganville made it close with two late 3-pointers.

Anne Marie Armstrong, who fouled out, had 13 points, with just three coming in the second half. Freshman Holli Wilkins gave the Wolves a lift with nine points, seven of which were in the first half.

Armstrong and Banks made the all-tournament team, which also included Chaney Means of sixth-place Greater Atlanta Christian.

SideBar: Tip-Off Classic

Tuesday's Girls Results Championship

Parkview 52, Norcross 47

Third Place

Wesleyan 49, Loganville 47

Fifth Place

Sandy Creek 56, GAC 55

Seventh Place

Miller Grove 53, Tri-Cities 26