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PREP BASKETBALL NOTES: Norcross, North girls must wait for showdown

Who is better? When it comes to the Norcross versus North Gwinnett girls, it is a debate that could last right up to the Class AAAAAA championship game in March.

One of the teams would already have the early bragging rights if it wasn't for the high school football playoffs. But the scheduled game at Norcross on Nov. 30 was postponed.

With the makeup possibly not until late in the regular season, the teams may not meet for the first time until Jan. 15 at North.

That is a long time to wait.

The Region 7-AAAAAA rivals, though, could play as many as four times, with matchups in the region tournament and state playoffs also possible.

Both made the state semifinals last season, with two-time defending champion Norcross falling to eventual 2012 state champ McEachern.

Because of their run of success under coach Angie Hembree and the presence of Diamond DeShields, the Blue Devils (4-0) are ranked No. 9 nationally by USA Today.

North (4-0) didn't make those rankings, but has a star of its own in Lexie Brown and may have deeper talent this season than the Blue Devils because of the addition of transfers Stephanie Amichia and Joshlyn Belcher.

The teams appear as close this season as the results of their games the past two years. They split those six games.

Of course, Norcross and North aren't the only Gwinnett teams with the potential of winning the Class AAAAAA state title. Defending Region 8 champion Parkview (5-0) was unbeaten until losing to Norcross in the state quarterfinals last season and has a talented, although young, team.Parkview, unfortunately, doesn't play either Norcross or North in the regular season again this year.

Dacula start worth kiss

After Dacula upset Berkmar last Friday, first-year Falcons boys coach Russ Triaga kissed the court. Needless to say, you don't see that very often.

But Triaga was doing more than celebrating a non-region upset.

It was a throwback game at Berkmar and Triaga has a close personal relationship with the Patriots' old gym. He was an assistant to coach David Boyd when Berkmar won the state title in 2000.

Dacula is an early season surprise thanks to Triaga and freshman Kevon Tucker. The Falcons (4-1) have victories over Collins Hill and Central Gwinnett in addition to Berkmar, the defending two-time Region 8-AAAAAA champion. The loss was in overtime to Grayson.

Football clouds forecasts

There are just two unbeaten boys teams in Gwinnett County despite the season being just a few weeks old. That is the result of football and early showcases matching top teams.

Norcross (2-2) started the season ranked No. 25 nationally be USA Today, but is missing five players because of the football playoffs and other reasons. Many other teams have also been affected, including the two unbeaten teams.

Greater Atlanta Christian (5-0) has three football players missing and North Gwinnett (4-0) is just getting its players back.

Because of football, Norcross will play at Mountain View tonight rather than on Friday.

No easy schedule for Hawks

The Mill Creek girls are 4-3, but don't be deceived. No one has played a harder schedule than the Hawks.

Mill Creek has lost twice to Parkview and once to Norcross. They finished third in the Parkview Tip-Off Classic with a victory over defending Class AA champion Lovett and have an impressive Region 7-AAAAAA road win at Duluth.

Now the Hawks get another tough test on Saturday, when they host four-time defending Class A champion Wesleyan (4-0).