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Archer advances behind Newby's 25 points

SANDY SPRINGS -- When perennial South Carolina state contender J.L. Mann jumped to a 7-0 lead, it looked like Archer might be overmatched in its first major girls showcase tournament.

Any such notion didn't last long, though.

Archer (8-2) scored the next 11 points, led 29-16 at halftime and held on for a 57-50 victory in the first round of Peach State Basketball's Holiday Invitational at Holy Innocents' on Thursday.

Sophomore standout Madison Newby led the Tigers with 25 points, five steals and four assists. Kayla Rogers, a junior, scored 14 and CiiCii Marseille, a 6-foot sophomore, came off the bench to grab 10 rebounds and contribute six points.

Now Archer gets another test. The Tigers will play Farragut (13-1) of Knoxville, Tenn., in the Silver Division semifinals today at approximately 7:30 p.m.

"This is a high-profile tournament and we're excited about where our program is and what we hope it will be in the future," coach Ryan Lesniak said. "We're still a young team and we have a good pipeline coming along.

Archer led 37-16 after starting the third quarter with eight straight points. But Mann got within 42-38 before the Tigers went on a 6-0 run to regain control.

"We did what we had to do and hit our free throws at the end," Lesniak said.

Mill Creek 57, Nova (Fla.) 48

Nadiya Miller scored 17 points and Mill Creek advanced to the semifinals of the White Division with a 57-48 victory over Nova of Davie, Fla.

The Hawks (8-4) will face unbeaten Huntington St. Joseph's, which has won four straight Class A state titles in West Virginia, at 1:30 p.m. today.

St. Joseph's (6-0) edged Southwest Atlanta Christian 56-55 on a basket at the buzzer.

Mill Creek led 17-8 after the first quarter, 26-16 at halftime and 40-29 going into the fourth quarter.

Kathleen Haxton had 10 points, six steals and four assists for the Hawks, while Meredith Shulte contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds. Miller added five rebounds and three assists to her game-best point total.

Duluth 50, Germantown (Pa.) 44

Katie Powell, a 6-foot-3 junior, scored 27 points and Duluth advanced to the semifinals of the White Division with a 50-44 victory over Germantown Academy of Fort Washington, Pa.

Alyah McGriff had 14 points before spraining her left ankle in the fourth quarter and Joi Jones scored eight for the Wildcats (8-3).

Duluth will play the Webb School of Knoxville at noon today in the semifinals. Webb defeated Woodstock 60-41.

Farragut (Tenn.) 51, Peachtree Ridge 34

Melissa Turvy hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points, but Peachtree Ridge fell to once-beaten Farragut 51-34 in its first-round game of the Silver Division.

Peachtree Ridge (3-8) trailed 17-8 after the first quarter, 22-12 at halftime and 39-23 going into the final quarter.

The Lions will play J.L. Mann today at 4:30 p.m. in the consolation round.