Norcross girls to face state's best in hoops tournament

How good are the Norcross girls? It won't take long to find out.

The first Lady Blue Challenge at Norcross concludes tonight with the Blue Devils taking on two-time defending Class AAAA state champion Southwest DeKalb.

"Southwest DeKalb is loaded again," Norcross coach Angie Hembree said. "It's big challenge for our young team."

The Blue Devils, which feature two of the top-rated freshman in the nation, will face Class AAAA top-ranked Southwest DeKalb in the second game after Mill Creek plays Milton at 6 p.m.

Thanks to the addition of tall and talented freshmen Kaela Davis and Diamond DeShields, Norcross was ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAA in the preseason coaches poll for PrepCountry.com.

It was senior point guard Briana Jordan, though, who led the way on Thursday as the Blue Devils beat Milton 52-47. The Tennessee Tech signee scored 25 points, and had six assists and four steals.

Alex DeMercy had nine rebounds for Norcross and Judean Hanks hit two free throws to seal the victory.

Southwest DeKalb opened with a 57-47 victory over Mill Creek, ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAA. Senior center Moneshia Simmons, who signed with Clemson to play volleyball, had 19 rebounds for Mill Creek.