Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LILBURN — The Parkview girls didn’t finish the regular season with a top-10 state ranking in Class AAAAA, but maybe that’s all the better for the Panthers.
Parkview went into the state tournament a year ago unbeaten and ranked No. 1. This season, the pressure is off and the Panthers are playing free and easy.
To say nothing of playing very, very well.
Parkview (21-4) increased its winning streak to nine with a 61-20 rout of Shiloh in the Region 8-AAAAA tournament at Parkview on Tuesday, advancing to the region semifinals and qualifying for a return to the state tournament.
Katie Carroll — the Panthers’ lone senior — had 14 points, six steals and four assists in the victory, while Erika Joseph contributed 11 points and six rebounds. Neph Leonidas added 10 points off the bench.
Parkview will play the winner of today’s game between No. 4-seeded Berkmar and No. 5 Central Gwinnett in the second semifinal at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The Panthers had a 14-1 lead over Shiloh (3-23) before the first quarter was half gone. The advantage was 36-9 at halftime and 53-14 going into the final quarter.
Defense has been Parkview’s strength all season, the Panthers allowing an average of 34 points per game.
Shiloh, which lost to Parkview 49-24 and 49-15 previously, had just six baskets this time and was only 7-for-22 from the foul line.
Parkview tied Brookwood for first place with a 14-2 record during the regular season and got the No. 1 seed on a tie-breaker with the Broncos.
Shiloh advanced to play the Panthers after a 52-47 victory over Grayson in a play-in game Monday.