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Stifling defense leads Parkview girls to rout of Brookwood

Photo: Karl L. Moore  Parkview guard Autumn Sizemore (24) slides in front of Brookwood's Shelby Hunter (12) for the loose ball during Saturday night's game at Parkview.

Photo: Karl L. Moore Parkview guard Autumn Sizemore (24) slides in front of Brookwood's Shelby Hunter (12) for the loose ball during Saturday night's game at Parkview.

LILBURN -- Parkview came out of the gate Saturday against rival Brookwood and put full-court pressure on the ball. The Broncos weren't able to stay composed, and the Panthers rolled to a 60-19 victory.

"We just play extremely hard, and we play a lot of people," said Parkview coach Tony Watkins, who got 17 girls into the game. "We just ask them to go in there and play two or three minutes and when they get tired take themselves out. That's what they did."

Marissa Mandeldove led all scorers with 12 points, the majority of which she earned on layups after forcing steals near midcourt. She was a standout both on offense and defense for the Panthers (7-0, 3-0 Region 8-AAAAAA), but Watkins credited his whole team with playing hard to beat the Broncos (6-2, 2-2) handily.

"Last night was the same way," Watkins said of Parkview's 61-31 win over Dacula on Friday. "If we're keyed in and we can score just enough to where we can set up our press and be aggressive and everything, that gets us going."

Scott Terry's Brookwood squad looked out of focus for most of the game, struggling to just two points in the first quarter and none in the final quarter. It was a huge turnaround after the Broncos doubled up Shiloh 72-36 the night before.

Parkview built up a 12-2 lead after the first quarter with six different players scoring in the period. Brookwood hit a couple of free throws to open the second, but Parkview hit the gas for 22 points in the quarter to storm to a 34-10 halftime lead. The Broncos' Courtney Gardner scored six of her team-high 10 points in the second on a pair of 3-pointers.

The third started out with Brookwood's Rebecca Walker (one point) hitting a free throw from a post-buzzer technical foul on Parkview at halftime. Then with a bucket by Nija Kurien (four points) and two by Gardner, the Broncos finally strung a few points together. But Parkview would get a 3-pointer from Makenna Pouengue (eight points) and some bench production from Bernice McGriff (eight points) on its way to a 45-19 lead after three quarters.

The fourth quarter was all Panthers. The home team ended the game on a 15-0 run with more points off the bench from Tolu Yerokun (five points), Raven Johnson (six points) Sony Adkisson and Julia Ara (two points apiece).