Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. Brookwood's Rosa Powell (32) tries to score two as Parkview's Lauren Coleman swats the ball out of her hands on Tuesday.
SNELLVILLE -- Parkview's girls head coach Mike McCoy needed to make a change.
For three quarters, he had watched his team got outshot, out-hustled and outscored by archrival Brookwood, with the Broncos eventually carrying a 48-41 lead into the fourth quarter.
That's when McCoy decided to challenge his defense by putting in a 1-2-2 trap.
The decision proved to be the right one as the second-ranked Panthers outscored the Broncos 23-12 in the final quarter to come away with a 64-60 win, keeping their record perfect at 19-0 overall and 10-0 in Region 8-AAAAA.
"I knew (Brookwood) was going to be ready," McCoy said. "I expected them to bring a lot of heart and bring all they had. We went into the 1-2-2 trap and caused some confusion. We were able to get some turnovers and score some in transition."
Katie Carroll, who led Parkview with 24 points, benefited the most from the trap by scoring 12 points in the period, getting three field goals while hitting 6 of 7 from the free throw line.
Maggie Smith also helped in the turnaround, scoring all eight of her points in the pivotal fourth quarter.
"We need these kind of games," McCoy said. "We had no panic and were able to stay focused and make some plays when we needed to."
Brookwood built a seven-point lead after three quarters on the hot shooting of Jazmine Jackson, who led all players with 29 points, including five 3-pointers.
Points No. 27 and 28 for Jackson came in the closing seconds of the third quarter and gave the Broncos (14-6, 8-3) their biggest lead of the night at 48-41.
But that lead quickly vanished in the opening seconds of the fourth as McCoy's press came into play, and Parkview opened the period with a 7-0 run to knot things up at 48-48 with 6:25 to play.
Parkview was able to build a small lead of its own at 53-50 with 4:35 to play at the end of a quick 5-0 run, but Brookwood responded with the next four points, all coming from Rebecca Walker, to reclaim the lead at 54-53 with 3:04 to go.
The Panthers jumped back out front off a basket from Lauren Coleman (16 points, eight rebounds five blocks) and a three-point play from Maggie Smith to go up at 59-54, but Walker (14 points, eight boards) scored again to keep the Broncos close at 59-56 with 1:50 to play.
Thirty seconds later, Carroll put in a layup off a Brookwood turnover for a 61-56 edge, but Katie Mallow responded with her third trey of the night to get her team back within two at 61-59 with 1:10 to play.
Parkview brought the ball up court and Brookwood forced a turnover and had a chance to tie but couldn't convert on the fast break, allowing the Panthers to escape with its perfect record intact.
"We knew all along that we could stay with (Parkview) if we played the way we're able to," Brookwood head coach Scott Terry said. "I'm proud of our effort and we did the things we needed to do to give ourselves a chance to win."
"They came out in that press and that confused us a little. We had some turnovers because of it and they were able to get some momentum from that. We didn't handle that well."
Jackson started off her night with three shots from long range to score nine in the first, but five different Panthers scored as Parkview inched out to a 15-13 lead by quarter's end.
Jackson's hot night continued in the second period as she hit for 11 more points, while Brookwood's defense held the Panthers scoreless in the first 4:09 of the second as Brookwood matched its biggest lead of the night at 24-17.
However, Carroll closed out the quarter with six points in the second while Coleman added five more as the two teams were tied 30-30 at the half.
Brookwood would take control in the third, outscoring Parkview 18-11. Jackson scored eight more while Mallow hit a pair of 3-pointers before Parkview's press changed the game's course in the fourth.