Staff Photo: John Bohn Brookwood's Michaela Guffie (32), third from left, reacts a large Parkview lead during the second period of a girls Region 8-AAAAAA Basketball tournament game played Friday at South Gwinnett High School.
SNELLVILLE -- Archer was the only team that came close to the unbeaten and nationally ranked Parkview girls during the regular season.
Now the Tigers will get another shot at the Panthers in today's 6 p.m. Region 8-AAAAAA championship game at South Gwinnett.
To earn the chance, Archer had to get revenge against a team that had beaten it twice during the regular season. With Madison Newby leading the way, the Tigers did just that.
Newby, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, had 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists as Archer (19-8) went on a big first-half run Friday and advanced with a 60-46 semifinal victory over Central Gwinnett (16-10).
The Tigers, which gave Parkview a late scare in a 53-49 loss Jan. 29, will need an even better performance against the Panthers -- ranked No. 11 nationally by USA Today.
Newby got in early foul trouble in Archer's close game with Parkview before she and the Tigers came storming back.
"We got a big lead and then barely survived," Parkview coach Tony Watkins said of the game a couple of weeks ago. "We were lucky to win."
Archer coach Ryan Lesniak knows that his team needs a complete performance this time.
"We've got to get off to a better start," he said. "Against Parkview, you have to handle their press and keep them out of transition."
Beating a team three times in a season isn't easy, as Central found out in the semifinals. The Black Knights won 56-50 and 44-43 during the regular season, but Archer mostly had its way this time.
Down 30-16 at halftime after a four-point second quarter, Central made a third-quarter charge behind Alexandra Frazier. The 5-foot-8 sophomore had nine of her 21 points in the quarter as the Black Knights pulled to within 46-41.
But Lesniak switched out of a zone and brought in junior Kristen Hawkins to lock down on Frazier and change things up.
"Kristen did a tremendous job and it kinda got us going again," Lesniak said.
"Newby is fast moving and really good player, but I knew I could do it," Hawkins said.
Central scored just five points in the final quarter and Archer pulled away.
Alesha Mann had 11 of her 13 points for the Tigers in the second half after Kayla Rogers scored all of her 11 before intermission.
"Newby is going to get her points," Central coach Jason Adams said. "When Rogers and Mann get going as well, they're tough to beat.
Marissa Jordan scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Tigers, Morgan Jackson added seven points and six rebounds.
Carol Reynolds had a game-high 11 rebounds for Central and scored six points. Keisha Washington came off the bench to contribute eight points and six rebounds.
Frazier's second of four 3-pointers for the game gave Central a 12-9 lead late in the first quarter, but Archer dominated the first half from there.
Rogers put the Tigers up 15-12 at the end of the first quarter with back-to-back 3- pointers and then opened the second quarter with a third consecutive shot from behind the arc.
Archer's 21-2 run made it 30-14 before Frazier completed the first half with Central's only basket of the second quarter. The Black Knights' other two points had come on free throws.
"We didn't get back down court and that is just effort," said Adams, lamenting his team's lack of defense as well as offense.
Central will play Brookwood for third place today at 3 p.m.Parkview 72 girls, Brookwood 15Genesis Perrymond scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half and 16 of 21 players scored for Parkview (27-0) in a 72-15 semifinal rout of Brookwood (16-11)
Parkview, which scored 30 straight points in one stretch, led 40-5 at halftime.
Tatiana Wayne had nine points and Autumn Sizemore scored eight for the Panthers. Marissa Mandeldove had six points and four assists, while Victoria Harris had six points and five rebounds. Perrymond also had five boards.
Rebecca Walker had all five of Brookwood's first-half points and was her team's leading scorer.