LILBURN — Going into Monday’s semifinals, Gwinnett County was assured of having one team playing for the girls championship in the 16th annual Parkview Tip-Off Classic.
Greater Atlanta Christian made it two.
The Spartans defeating defending Class AA state championship Lovett in overtime 49-44 and will play host Parkview in the title game today at approximately 6 p.m.
Brianna Cummings scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in her second straight strong effort as GAC pulled away in the extra session after letting Lovett battle back to tie the game.
“It seemed like we missed 9,000 shots,” GAC coach Cal Boyd said. “But we hung in there and got the victory.”
A big reason why was Cummings, who had scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Saturday’s first-round victory over Douglas County.
Against Region 6-AA rival Lovett, the 5-foot-11 junior added four steals and three blocks to a second straight double-double that had to impress the Georgia Washington University assistant coach who came to watch her.
Senior CiCi Buford, who has signed with Winthrop, had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Spartans (2-0), while junior Sydni Means contributed eight points and seven steals.
GAC led 11-1 after the first quarter and 29-20 in the middle of the third before Lovett (1-2) rallied despite the loss of Virginia signee Sydney Umeri to an early ankle injury.
Cummings put GAC back ahead on a rebound basket with 8.9 seconds remaining, but Lovett forced overtime at 39 when Julia Selman grabbed a shot from beyond half court that had fallen short and put it at the buzzer.
“You play in tournaments like this to try and get better,” Boyd said. “We’ve already played two good teams and now we’ll get another.”
Te’Erica Eason had 18 points for Lovett and Taylor Brown, who has signed with Princeton, scored 15.
“We’ll see a lot of Lovett this season, so it was good to get a win against them,” Boyd said.
Parkview 59, Mill Creek 35
Parkview (2-0) led 21-10 at the end of the first quarter and 37-18 at halftime en route to its 59-35 semifinal victory over Mill Creek (1-1).
The Panthers forced 28 turnovers, including 16 in the first half, and also used his size advantage to control the boards.
Genesis Perrymond scored 14 points to lead Parkview’s balanced offense. Vicki Harris had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Mia Marshall contributed seven boards and six points.
The Panthers also got 18 points from the freshman trio of Autumn Sizemore (seven), Dominique Leonidas (six) and Raven Johnson (five).
Kathleen Haxton scored eight points for Mill Creek before leaving in the third quarter after hurting a knee. India Dillard had seven rebounds and five points for the Hawks.