Staff Photo: John Bohn Parkview guard Tatiana Wayne (23) takes a shot while defended closely by Greater Atlanta Christian players CiiCii Buford (22) and Jasmine Hill (23) during the first quarter of a girls basketball game during the 16th Annual Tip Off Classic tournament Tuesday at Parkview.
LILBURN -- The Parkview girls had three players sign college scholarships off last year's 30-1 team and normally that would signal a decline in fortunes the next season for most teams.
It doesn't appear to be the case with Parkview, though.
The Panthers, deeper and bigger than last season, showed off their potential while winning the 16th annual Parkview Tip-Off Classic.
Vicki Harris, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, had 16 points and eight rebounds to take MVP honors as the Panthers won their tournament title for the fourth time in five years with a 55-32 victory over Greater Atlanta Christian on Tuesday night.
"We have a chance to be better than last season and that was a good team," coach Tony Watkins said. "I can go 13 or 14 players deep and there isn't much drop off. We don't have great player, but we've got a whole lot of good ones.
"We're young, though, and we'll have to see how far everyone comes. But I know that I'm proud to coach them."
Parkview, which was unbeaten until losing in the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals last season, got a size boost with the return of 6-foot-3 senior Mia Marshall from knee surgery a year ago and has a standout freshman group that is coming off winning the county middle school title at Trickum.
The Panthers had 10 players score against GAC and wore down the Class AA Spartans (2-1) with their constant substitutions.
"There press didn't hurt us that much, but they just have so much size," GAC coach Cal Boyd said. "We tried to get [Harris] in foul trouble, but we couldn't get her out of there."
Junior forward Brianna Cummings, who made the all-tournament team, led GAC with 17 points and six rebounds after getting 20 points and 15 boards in a 49-44 overtime victory over defending Class AA champion Lovett in the semifinals on Monday.
GAC scored the game's first four points, but Parkview led 15-10 after the first quarter and 29-20 at halftime. Cummings did all she could to keep the Spartans within striking distance, scoring 14 first-half points. CiCi Buford, with six of her eight points, was the only other Spartan to score in the first two quarters.
Harris had 12 points in the first half and helped Parkview control the boards with six rebounds. The Panthers out-rebounded GAC 23-10 in the first two quarter and Marshall, who had five rebounds, blocked three shots.
Marshall, an Appalachian State signee, joined Harris on the all-tournament team.
GAC cut a 13-point Parkview lead to 39-29 at the end of the third quarter, but the Panthers led by as many as 19 points in the final period.
Tatiana Wayne and freshman Raven Johnson each had seven points for Parkview. Genesis Perrymond had six points to go with three assists and Marissa Mandeldove scored five.
Parkview really wasn't challenged in the tournament, beating Mill Creek 59-35 in the semifinals on Monday after a lopsided first-round victory over Westminster.
Mill Creek 51, Lovett 27
India Dillard had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds as Mill Creek bounced back impressively from its semifinal loss to Parkview with a 51-27 victory over Lovett 51-27 for third place.
The Hawks (2-1) increased a 15-13 first-quarter lead to 29-17 at halftime and then out-scored defending Class AA state champion Lovett 14-4 for a second straight quarter to go up 43-21 going into the final period.
Nadiya Miller had 10 points to go with five steals for Mill Creek and made the all-tournament team. Kathleen Haxton contributed eight points, while Meredith Schulte scored six and Paige Orangio had seven rebounds to go with five points.
Taylor Brown scored a game-best 19 points for Lovett. The Lions (1-3) played without Virginia signee Sydney Umeri, sidelined by an ankle injury.