Mountain View advances to face Wesleyan in semis

LILBURN — Playing at 9 a.m. after a game the night before didn’t prove to be a challenge at all for the Mountain View girls, who crushed Heritage of Conyers 74-24 on Saturday.

Facing Wesleyan in the White Division semifinals of the Parkview Tip-Off Classic on Monday certainly will be, though.

“We had an easy early schedule last year, so it’s good to start off with some hard games this time,” coach Jackie Lindquist said. “It will let us know what we have to work on.”

Mountain View, which made the Class AAAAAA state tournament for the first time last season, showed off its potential in the first game of the 16-team, two-division Parkview Tip-Off.

D’Andra Pringle had 15 first-quarter points as Mountain View jumped to a 27-2 lead and the Bears coasted from there against Heritage.

Pringle, who made a trio of 3-pointers in the opening quarter, finished with 21 points and the junior also had five rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Jordan Stallworth, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bears, while junior Iceis Walker had four steals and three assists to go with her 16 points. Aneysa Williams, a junior, was the fourth Mountain View player in double figures with 12 points.

Mountain View led 41-12 at halftime and it was 64-19 going into the shortened fourth quarter.

The Region 7-AAAAAA Bears, who have just one senior, lost to Archer — a challenger to Parkview in Region 8-AAAAAA this season — in their opener before beating Dacula on Friday night.

Wesleyan 72,

Alpharetta 27

Wesleyan, which as won six straight state championships in Class AA or Class A, scored the first 20 points of the game and routed Alpharetta 72-27 to advance to the White Division semifinals against Mountain View at Parkview.

Sophomore guard Taylor Casey led the way with 19 points, hitting five of Wesleyan’s dozen 3-pointers. Junior forward Nikki McDonald scored 16 and freshman guard Devin Lowe had 10 points, both hitting three times from behind the arc.

Freshman guard Mikayla Coombs added eight points for Wesleyan, which led 23-5 after the first quarter, 47-10 at halftime and 64-20 going into the shortened fourth quarter. The Wolves were 12-for-25 on 3-pointers before missing their final four attempts.

It was the second straight rout of a Class AAAAAA school for the Wesleyan. The Wolves opened the season on Tuesday with a 74-32 victory over Milton.