Parkview’s Raven Johnson (4) drives to the basket against Archer’s Autumn Newby (24) during girls basketball action in Lilburn on Friday. Parkview defeated Archer 55-52. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)
LILBURN – Vicki Harris snatched up the loose ball just outside the Archer 3-point line with the score tied and headed up court, looking nothing like a 6-foot-3 post player.
“I’ve never been in a situation like that at the end of the game, but I’m a good dribbler,” the Parkview junior said.
Quite a fast dribbler, too, for someone her size.
“Vicki getting down court like that didn’t surprise me at all,” Panthers coach Kirk Call said. “She can move.”
Harris outraced frantic Archer pursuers and laid the ball in as she was fouled from behind, the resulting free throw completing the three-point play with 13.8 seconds left Friday night.
Archer got off a 3-point shot under duress just before the buzzer and when no foul was called host Parkview had the 55-52 revenge victory in a battle of two of the state’s top Class AAAAAA girls teams.
“We wanted to show Archer that we were just as good as they are or better,” Harris said. “This was a big win for us.”
Parkview (20-2, 12-1) and Archer (20-3, 13-1) will likely meet again in the upcoming Region 8-AAAAAA tournament at Berkmar. The Panthers may have leading-scorer Genesis Perrymond back by then, but they showed they could compete with the Tigers even if they don’t.
Perrymond broke her right collarbone in the first quarter of Parkview’s 51-42 loss at Archer on Jan. 8.
“The rest of the team has had to step up without her and they have,” Call said.
Raven Johnson scored 16 points, with nine coming in the second half, and Harris had seven of her 15 in the fourth quarter. Makenna Pouengue added eight points, plus forced the missed dribble that led to the crucial turnover and Harris’ mad dash.
“One possession doesn’t define a game and one game doesn’t define a season,” Archer coach Ryan Lesniak said. “We’ll learn from this and be better for it.”
Archer led all the way in the first meeting and was up by 14 points in the third quarter before Parkview rallied. But the biggest margin this time was five points as Parkview won despite a standout performance by the Tigers’ Madison Newby.
Newby, a junior point guard who has committed to Georgia State, finished with a game-high 23 points – 16 in the second half.
Newby scored eight straight points to turn a 38-33 deficit into a 41-38 lead for the Tigers at the end of three quarters and it was 44-40 after she hit her third 3-pointer early in the fourth.
Johnson, though, put Parkview up 47-46 with a basket and Harris followed with two free throws before Archer battled back for a tie as Newby made two free throws with 1:10 remaining and then went 1-for-2 with 29.5 seconds to play.
When Archer got the ball back, it looked like the Tigers were in good shape. But Harris came through for the Panthers.
Autumn Newby, Madison’s 6-foot-1 freshman sister, scored 13 points for Archer and Amber Skidgel scored 10.
Archer made all 12 of its free throws in the first half, which ended tied at 29, and finished 21 of 27 for the game. Parkview was 8 of 13.
Like Parkview, Archer wasn’t at full strength. Cii Cii Marseille is out with a concussion, but should be back for the region tournament.
“This was a like a state tournament game,” Lesniak said. “Give Parkview credit. They played well.”