Big third quarter sends Tucker to Final Four, 66-52, over Hillgrove

1:14 am Feb. 27, 2015

One of the good things about experienced, talented teams is that they know when to turn it on. Tucker is one of those teams.

The Tigers (29-2) shook off a lackluster first half and stepped on the gas defensively and offensively in a decisive third quarter to pull away from Hillgrove (23-6) and win a Class AAAAAA quarterfinal Thursday night at Tucker, 66-52.  The Tigers will now face Wheeler in the

Class AAAAAA Boys: Wheeler 64, Centennial 37

11:32 pm Feb. 18, 2015

The behind-the-back passes and high-flying dunks are nice. But the Wheeler program is built on something else that is a lot less glitzy and a lot more grimy.  Defense.

The Wheeler “D” was on full display, especially in the second half of the Wildcats’ 64-37 win over visiting Centennial (16-13) on the court in Marietta named after Wheeler head coach Doug Lipscomb. Wheeler (27-2), the top ranked team in the AJC

Norcross 62, Berkmar 49

8:47 pm Feb. 18, 2015

By Brent Holloway
Norcross emerged from the first round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs with its winning streak intact. After Wednesday’s 62-49 win over Berkmar, the Blue Devils have now won 17 straight, dating back to Dec. 29. Still to play for is a bigger goal: a third straight trip to the state semifinals.

Norcross will face the Lowndes/Lovejoy winner in the second round.

Led by a balanced scoring effort that featured

Girls: Parkview 58, Mill Creek 35

8:46 pm Feb. 17, 2015

If the Parkview girls don’t reach their goal of winning a state championship it won’t be because of their defense.

The No 2-ranked Panthers once again relied on their pressing, slashing and all-out style to win their opening game in the Class AAAAAA tournament, beating Mill Creek 58-35. The Panthers play again Friday against the winner of the Colquitt County-Newton game.

It was the 13th time that Parkview (24-3) has allowed fewer

Sisters lead Archer to 21-4 season, finish with 53-43 win of Dacula

8:35 pm Feb. 6, 2015

The familiarity that Madison and Autumn Newby enjoy on the basketball court is what you’d expect from two girls who have grown up playing alongside each other. They seem to have this innate ability to find the other on the court.

“It happens a lot,” said Autumn Newby, a sophomore center. “Sometimes she’ll pass me the ball and I’m not even there yet.”

It happened a few times on Friday when Class

Boys basketball: Brown leading Wheeler in quest for sixth state title

9:35 pm Jan. 30, 2015

Georgia has produced its share of the nation’s top high school basketball players, but no prospect in the state the past 10 seasons has been more highly rated than Wheeler’s Jaylen Brown.

The 6-foot-7 wing player averages 25 points and 12 rebounds for the top-ranked team in Class AAAAAA. He is the consensus No. 2 recruit in the nation, the highest by any Georgia player since Southwest Atlanta Christian’s Dwight Howard

Landmark-Greenforest boys, St. Francis-Osborne girls headline weekend slate

4:01 pm Jan. 22, 2015

No. 6 Landmark Christian (16-3, 8-1 in Region 5) at No. 3 Greenforest Christian (17-1, 8-0), Friday.  Both teams are in the top half of the Georgia High Schools Association/MaxPreps Class A power ratings. The winning team should get a significant boost and will have the inside track to be the top-seeded team in the region tournament.  Greenforest’s only loss of the season was to Class AAAAAA Pebblebrook, perhaps the

Girls: Parkview 47, Dacula 30

8:54 pm Jan. 9, 2015

Opponents can keep overlooking Vicki Harris as long as they want. That’s just fine with the Parkview senior. She uses the oversight as motivation to move toward her goal to help the Panthers win a state championship.

“Sometimes people don’t think I’m as good as I am,” Harris said. “That makes me work harder.”

She doesn’t say that in a boastful way. A 6-foot-3 center, Harris prides herself in helping her team

AAAAAA final: Colquitt County 28, Archer 24

11:23 pm Dec. 13, 2014

Colquitt County’s Sihiem King didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, but he came through when the Packers needed him most.

The senior running back rushed for 125 yards and scored two touchdowns Saturday at the Georgia Dome, leading the Packers to a 28-24 victory over Archer in the Class AAAAAA championship game.

The win gave top-ranked Colquitt County (15-0) its first state title and undefeated season since 1994. The Packers

Archer 52, Etowah 7

10:32 pm Dec. 5, 2014

Archer football is bound for new heights. Riding a wave of dominant performances unprecedented in the program’s brief history, the Tigers are advancing to their first state title game after thumping Etowah, 52-7, Friday night.

The Tigers will face Colquitt County in the AAAAAA state championship game at 8 p.m. next Saturday night in the Georgia Dome.

Archer (11-3) is riding an 11-game winning streak and has scored 50-plus points in three