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Norcross Girls Basketball Season Preview

COACH: Angie Hembree

2012-13 RECORD: 28-5

RETURNING REGULARS:

Bri Williams, 5-5, Sr.

Sierra Butler, 6-2, Sr.

Sydney Marshall, 6-1, Sr.

Kolby Meeks, 6-0, Sr.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Deja Smith, 5-7, Sr.

Bri Tanner, 5-8, Sr.

Audrey Holloway, 5-6, Jr.

Allison Johnson, 6-0, Jr.

Bena McCoy, 5-7, Jr.

Nya Dawson, 5-7, Jr.

Madisyn Wells, 5-11, Jr.

Vashnie Perry, 5-5, Soph.

Ly’Ricka Holloman, 5-6, Soph.

Taylor Mason, 5-8, Fr.

Tylia Gillespie, 5-10, Fr.

OUTLOOK: The decorated prep career of Diamond DeShields is over and the current North Carolina freshman left with three state titles in her four seasons. The 2012-13 Daily Post player of the year teamed with current Georgetown freshman Shayla Cooper to lead the Blue Devils to the state title last season, but now head coach Angie Hembree’s team moves to the next chapter. Senior point guard Bri Williams is one of the county’s most experienced players, and fellow senior leader Sierra Butler, a Georgia Southern commitment, also has played a lot of basketball. Kolby Meeks and Sydney Marshall, when she recovers from a summer ACL tear in her knee, also will be key players for the defending Class AAAAAA state champions.

WORTH NOTING: DeShields (23.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.1 apg) and Cooper (17.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg) accounted for more than 75 percent of Norcross’ scoring last season. … The Blue Devils finished last season ranked No. 14 nationally by ESPN and DeShields, a McDonald’s All-American, was the Naismith, USA Today, MaxPreps and WBCA National Player of the year. … Meeks is the younger sister of Los Angeles Lakers guard and former Norcross standout Jodie Meeks. She is South Alabama for volleyball. … Marshall is committed to the Gardner-Webb volleyball program.

FAST FACT: Hembree has won six high school state championships as a coach, three at Collins Hill and three at Norcross.

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Nov. 20 Newton in Hilton Lady Blue Tip-Off Classic at Norcross (girls)

Nov. 21 Alcovy in Hilton Lady Blue Tip-Off Classic at Norcross (girls)

Nov. 22 Osceola, Fla. in Montverde Championship Series in Montverde, Fla. (boys)

Nov. 23 McEachern in Hilton Lady Blue Tip-Off Classic at Norcross (girls)

Nov. 23 Montverde, Fla. in Montverde Championship Series (boys)

Dec. 3 Mill Creek

Dec. 6 at North Gwinnett

Dec. 7 Wenonah, Ala. in Nike Explosion at Wheeler (boys)

Dec. 10 Mountain View

Dec. 13 at Meadowcreek

Dec. 14 Peachtree Ridge (girls)

Dec. 14 Greenforest in GAC Showcase (boys)

Dec. 16 Habersham

Dec. 20 Peachtree Ridge (boys)

Dec. 20-21, 23 at Peach State Invitational at Westlake (girls)

Dec. 26-28, 30 at BeachBall Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (boys)

Jan. 7 at Duluth

Jan. 10 at Collins Hill

Jan. 11 at Mill Creek

Jan. 14 North Gwinnett

Jan. 18 SW DeKalb in Girls Night Out at Brookwood (girls)

Jan. 21 at Mountain View

Jan. 24 Meadowcreek

Jan. 25 Christ School, N.C. in Hilton Invitational at Norcross

Jan. 28 at Habersham

Jan. 31 at Peachtree Ridge

Feb. 4 Duluth

Feb. 7 Collins Hill