Erickson propels Broncos to OT win over South

SNELLVILLE In her final game at Brookwood on Senior Night, Courtney Erickson was struggling and hadn't hit a shot all night.

But that didn't stop the point guard from connecting on a three-pointer to kickstart Brookwood's run in overtime en route to a 61-60 win over South Gwinnett in Region 8-AAAAA girls basketball action.

It was Erickson's only points of the night, but they came at a critical time when momentum had escaped Brookwood and swung to South as overtime began.

Erickson's shot gave Brookwood a 49-46 lead to start the extra session and the Broncos took care of business from that point on.

With the win, Brookwood (14-11, 12-4) secured the No. 2 seed in next week's Region 8-AAAAA tournament and will play No. 7 Dacula on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

South (16-9, 11-5) moves into the tournament as the No. 3 seed and will meet No. 6 Berkmar on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Brookwood built a 15-10 lead after the first quarter and eventually took a 27-20 lead into the locker rooms at halftime.

The Broncos opened up a 34-22 lead midway through the third quarter before South put together a serious rally -- just like it had in the teams' previous meeting earlier in the season.

Down by 12, South took its first lead of the game at 38-37 on a basket by Tiffany Jenkins with 28 seconds to go in the third quarter.

South finished a 22-3 run and pulled out to a 44-37 advantage on an Yvonna Dunkley coast-to-coast drive and layup.

But unlike the previous meeting, Brookwood regained its composure and finally tied the game at 46-46 on senior Nicole Plaisted's jumper with 45 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.

After both teams failed to win it in regulation, Erickson got it started for Brookwood in the extra four-minute session as the Broncos took a lead they would never relinquish.

"(Erickson) has worked so hard to become a player," said Brookwood head coach Scott Terry. "She was on (junior varsity) last year. I'm proud of her and the whole team for not giving up when things weren't going well in the second half."

Brookwood had built a 61-57 lead as the clock ticked down in overtime, but South's Jashawna Johnson nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final one-point margin.

"This team has come so far from where we were at the beginning of the season," said Terry. "We've grown and matured individually and as a team. This was a win tonight that took character and the ability to not give up."

Rebecca Walker led the way with a double-double for Brookwood with 29 points and 13 rebounds. The 6-foot-2 junior also had five assists, three blocked shots, three 3-pointers and hit on 8 of 9 from the free throw line in the contest.

Courtney Gardner also had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four assists for Brookwood.

South was led by Dunkley's 29 points while Alysia Johnson had eight and Jenkins added seven. Dunkley also had six rebounds and three assists for the Comets.

But South will remember this game as one that was lost at the free-throw line as the Comets connected on just 8 of 22.

In the fourth quarter alone, South went 0-for-6 at the charity stripe and that left the door open for Brookwood to snatch the victory and the region's second seed in the tournament.

South also committed 19 turnovers in the game while Brookwood turned it over just 10 times.

Brookwood boys 60, South Gwinnett 58

Sophomore Deion Dedeaux hit a baseline jumper with 2.8 seconds to go in the game as Brookwood pulled off a 60-58 upset win over South.

South (9-15, 7-9) looked to be taking control midway through the fourth quarter as the Comets built a 50-43 lead.

But Brookwood (6-19, 3-13) battled back and eventually took a 58-56 lead on a three-pointer from Austin Lewis with 48 seconds left.

Terrance Jones tied it for South at 58-58 with 31 seconds remaining, which set the stage for Dedeaux's heroics.

South did get a good look at the end, but Brandon Williams' turnaround jumper bounced off the rim as time expired.

Malcolm Hannah scored a game-high 23 points for Brookwood and Lewis added 13.

Jones had 17 points and Cam Moye added 16 for South. Brookwood held the Comets' Simeon Dennis to just eight points.

Brookwood, the No. 8 seed, will now play No. 9 Grayson on Monday in the Region 8-AAAAA tournament play-in game at Shiloh.

South will be the fifth seed and take on Dacula Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.