LAWRENCEVILLE — Coming off a region runner-up and Sweet 16 finish a season ago, Archer girls basketball opened its 2013-14 campaign with a 59-48 win over Mountain View.
“Great effort from my team tonight,” Archer head coach Ryan Lesniak said. “We have four new faces to our program and it was impressive to see them come together and get a win against a very good Mountain View team.”
Archer (1-0) jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first couple minutes with some stifling zone defense and only allowed four points the entire first quarter.
Mountain View countered with an effective full-court press in the second quarter which, in one stretch, forced three consecutive turnovers and led to a 7-0 run.
D’andra Pringle also got hot for the Bears from beyond the arc, opening up the Archer zone a little more and allowing Mountain View to cut the lead at halftime to 26-21.
That was as close as the Bears got, however.
Freshman Autumn Newby led a third-quarter charge from Archer and the Tigers were able to hold on down the stretch for the win.
“Autumn and her sister Madison are both special players,” Lesniak said. “But they know they couldn’t have done it without their team around them.”
Autumn Newby, one of the highest-rated freshman basketball players in the country, finished the game with 15 points, six assists, and four rebounds in her first start at the high school level.
“She has a very high basketball IQ,” Lesniak said. “Her ability to draw fouls and be patient with the ball are things most people don’t notice but make her a tremendous player.”
Not to be outdone by her little sister, Madison Newby finished with 16 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Linsey Marchese finished with 12 points and four rebounds to lead the Tigers in the post, while Hebron transfer Amber Skidgel contributed six points and six rebounds.
Mountain View (0-1) was led by Pringle, who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, as well as Iceis Walker, who totaled 13 points and three rebounds. Arianna Williams had five points and eight rebounds, while Aneysa Williams also had 10 points.
“Mountain View, one through five, is one of the best teams around,” Lesniak said. “This was a very strong win for us to open the season.”