Staff Photo: John Bohn Parkview's Helena Pouengue (11) drives the ball while covered by North Forsyth's Cailey Abercrombie (3) during the fourth quarter of a girls second round Class AAAAA basketball game Tuesday. Parkview defeated North Forsyth 48-16.
LILBURN -- The name of the game is defense, especially if you play for Parkview.
The No. 2 Panthers showed again that they are one of the best defensive teams in the state as they dominated North Forsyth in the second round of the Class AAAAA girls basketball state playoffs 48-16.
Using pressure all game, Parkview gave up its second lowest total of the season and dropped its season average below 32 points per game.
"One thing we pride ourselves is on defense," Parkview head coach Tony Watkins said. "We made our shots early and it allowed us to get set up on defense."
Next up for Parkview (30-0) is No. 3 Norcross, which beat Marietta in the second round. The two teams meet Saturday at 4 p.m. at West Georgia
"We're going to have to come up with something and get back to work," Watkins said. "We know they'll use their size and length well against us. It's going to be a great challenge for us."
The Panthers jumped out on a 9-0 run to begin the game before the Raiders scored their first basket. Parkview went on to score eight of the next 10 points to take a 17-4 lead at the end of the first. Parkview's defense forced eight turnovers and held the Raiders to three shots.
By halftime, it was 30-11 as the pressure intensified, although North Forsyth scored more points in the second quarter.
North Forsyth (21-9) finally got into double-digits with 1:58 to go in the half, much to the delight of the Parkview student section which chanted, "Double-Digits!" However, that didn't take away the fact that the Raiders only had nine total in the first half.
Once the second half rolled around, Parkview put the final nail in the coffin, outscoring North Forsyth 16-5 in the third.
The fourth quarter was set at six minutes, although Parkview held the ball most of the quarter, running the "lay-up offense" to waste clock.
Genesis Perrymond finished the game with 14 points and three assists, while Erika Joseph had 12 points, six rebounds and four steals. Marissa Mandeldove had nine points and four steals.
"We get to play again on Saturday, that's the main thing," Watkins said.