Staff Photo: John Bohn Brookwood's Courtney Gardner (24) shoots against Northview in a third place game in the Deep South Classic basketball tournament played Friday at Brookwood High School.
SNELLVILLE -- Even though it's only late December and postseason play is a long way down the road, heart-breaking losses can still occur.
That's what happened to Brookwood's girls basketball team in third-place game of the 21st annual Deep South Classic as Northview's Tolu Aremu scored on a layup with two seconds remaining to give the Titans a 40-39 win.
Leading 31-26 heading into the fourth quarter, Brookwood built a 35-26 advantage with six minutes to go and appeared to be in great shape to get the win.
But the Brookwood offense went cold and Northview, which knocked out the Broncos in the state tournament last year, rallied with a 14-4 run to close out the game.
"We've had kind of a rollercoaster season with a lot of ups and downs," said Brookwood head coach Scott Terry. "We're trying to get to a point where we need to be successful. But we've had a good week and we're trying to come together. This was just a tough way to finish."
Brookwood (6-8) fell behind 12-6 after the first quarter, but rallied to take a 20-19 halftime lead as the Broncos outscored the Titans 14-7 in the second quarter.
Courtney Gardner led Brookwood with 18 points and eight rebounds while Rebecca Walker had 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists as only four Broncos found the scoring column.
Meredith Tarver led Northview (4-7) with 16 points and six rebounds.
Aremu went for a double-double with 10 points, including the game-winner, to go along with 11 rebounds.
Decatur 49, Collins Hill 37
Collins Hill fell behing early and trailed the entire way as Decatur pulled off a 49-37 win over the Eagles in the fifth-place game of the 21st annual Deep South Classic.
Bre Singleton led Collins Hill (6-6) with 13 points while Julianne Bayer, Brittany Stowers and Jordan Ulm each had seven for the Eagles.
Queen Alford led Decatur with a game-high 19 points and Jordan Dillard had 14.
Providence 44, Chattahoochee 30
Providence Christian Academy used a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull away from Chattahoochee for a 44-30 win in the seventh-place game of the 21st annual Deep South Classic.
Holding on to a 31-28 lead with six minutes to go, Aubrey Gold scored eight of the Stars' nine points during the run to build a 40-28 advantage with 1:27 remaining.
Gold led Providence (4-7) with a game-high 19 points and Erika Gotfredson had 18.
Cassidy Gaillard had 13 points for Chattahoochee.
Hillgrove 56, North Cobb 47
Hillgrove jumped to an early lead, fueled by a 19-point second period, as the Wolverines topped North Cobb 56-47 to win the Deep South Classic.
Tournament MVP Celina Rodrigo led Hillgrove in scoring with 18 points.
Other members of the All-Tournament Team were Meredith Heyer of Hillgrove, Taylor Gordon of North Cobb, Courtney Gardner of Brookwood, Meredith Tarver of Northview and Queen Alford of Decatur.
Brookwood 62, Flowery Branch 44
Malcolm Hannah led Brookwood with 17 points as the Broncos rolled over Flowery Branch 62-44 in the seventh-place game of the 21st annual Deep South Classic.
Brookwood took a 28-18 at the half and cruised home with the 18-point win.
Alex Drag added 12 points for Brookwood (3-11).
Jamaad Stephens led Flowery Branch with a game-high 18 points while Nick Wayne had 12.
Collins Hill 54, Decatur 51
Collins Hill battled back from a nine-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter to pull out a 54-51 win over Decatur in the fifth-place game of the 21st Annual Deep South Classic.
Trailing 33-24 at the end of three quarters, Collins Hill (3-8) rallied for its third win in four games.
Conner Iverson led Collins Hill with 14 points.
John Carlos Reyes added 12 points and Santo Bolden had 11 for the Eagles.
Devin Mitchell chipped in 10 points and also had eight rebounds for the Eagles, which placed four players in double-digits for the second game in a row.
Kurtis Robinson led Decatur with 14 points and Davante Meadows had 13.
North Cobb 54, Alcovy 52
Jordan Neff of North Cobb blocked a shot in the final seconds of Friday night's Deep South Classic championship game to preserve the Warrior's 54-52 win over Alcovy to capture the tournament title.
Neff, who was named the tournament MVP, led North Cobb with 13 points.
The rest of the All-Tournament Team was North Cobb's Lee Moore, Alcovy's DeVon Edwards, Providence's Nate Bucher, Decatur's Kurtis Robinson and Brookwood's Malcolm Hannah.