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HOLIDAY INVITE ROUNDUP: Archer rallies for overtime victory

SANDY SPRINGS -- Madison Newby was at her best when it counted the most and the Archer girls pulled out a dramatic comeback victory as a result.

The sophomore standout stole the ball and scored at the end of regulation and then fed CiiCii Marseille for the winning layup in overtime as the Tigers edged Smyrna (Tenn.) 59-57 on Saturday at Holy Innocents'.

The victory gave Archer (9-3) third place in the Silver Division of Peach State Basketball's Holiday Invitational.

"To go 2-1 in a tournament like this is a good step for us," Tigers coach Ryan Lesniak said. "Hopefully, it will propel us the rest of the season."

Archer jumped to 10-1 lead, but Smyrna began hitting its 3-pointers and was up 51-42 in the fourth quarter before the Tigers ran off nine straight points to send the game to overtime.

Smyrna led 57-54 in the extra session, but Newby tied the game on a foul shot with 1:03 left and then penetrated and dished to sophomore Marseille for the winning basket.

Newby had all of her 18 points after halftime and the crucial assist was her eighth.

"She showed last year as a freshman that she was a special player," Lesniak said.

Morgan Jackson had 16 points and five rebounds for Archer. Alesha Mann added 10 points, five rebounds and five steals.

"Our defensive intensity was the best it has been all year," Lesniak said.

Peachtree Ridge 44, Rockdale County 43

Melissa Turvy hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 26 seconds left in regulation to put Peachtree Ridge up by one point and the Lions held off Rockdale County for the 44-43 win Saturday.

Turvy finished with 22 points and five boards as Peachtree Ridge claimed fifth place in the Silver Division of Peach State Basketball's Holiday Invitational at Holy Innocents'.

Lorrie Cruse added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Lions (5-8).

Nova (Fla.) 53, Duluth 50

Duluth senior point guard Joi Jones had nine of her 21 points in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats lost 53-50 to Nova (Fla.) in a White Division consolation game.

Duluth (8-5) led 14-8 after the first quarter and 33-31 going into the fourth before Nova (11-4) went on a 14-5 run to go up 45-38. The Wilcats got within two points on a 3-pointer by Katie Powell, but the 6-foot-3 junior fouled out with 1:50 remaining.

Aerial Carruthers had 12 points for Duluth and Powell scored 10.

Duluth was 1-2 in the tournament, losing its final two games after an opening victory.

Germantown (Pa.) 55, Mill Creek 46 (OT)

Mill Creek didn't score in overtime and lost to Germantown Academy of Pennsylvania 55-46 in a White Division consolation game.

The Hawks (8-6) were 0-for-6 in the foul line in OT. Germantown made just one field goal, but was 7-for-12 in free throws during the four-minute extra period.

Nadiya Miller had 14 points for Mill Creek, which was 1-2 in the tournament. India Dillard scored 12 for the Hawks.

Mill Creek trailed 26-17 at halftime, but closed to 37-33 going into the final quarter.