Diamond DeShields scored 17 points, including four in a decisive 11-0run in the third quarter,and third-ranked Nor-cross (25-6) defeated second-ranked Parkview 63-46 in the Class AAAAA girls quarterfinals in Carrollton.
Parkview (30-1) was one of three unbeaten teams remaining. McEachern’s girls and Washington County are the others.
Parkview got within 33-30 in the third quarter on Helena Poungue’s 3-pointer, but Norcross, the two-time defending champion, scored the next 11 points on five inside baskets and a free throw. Norcross outscored Parkview 12-0from the paint in the quarter.
Parkview got within eight points three times in the fourth quarter but no closer.
DeShields was 11 of 12 on free throws and had six steals and five rebounds. Shayla Cooper scored 15 points and Tori Carter had 12.
Parkview’s leading scorer was Erika Joseph with 10.
Hillgrove 57, North Cobb 33: In Fort Valley, Hillgrove jumped to a 10-1lead and never trailed in defeating North Cobb for a berth in the state semifinals.
Celina Rodrigo and Meredith Heyer scored 16 each for the Lady Hawks (25-4), who held North Cobb (22-9) without a field goal in the fourth quarter. Mackenzie Engram added 14 points for Hillgrove.
Taylor Gordon scored 21 for North Cobb.
North Gwinnett 68, Mill Creek 43: In Carrollton, Lexie Brown had a triple-double of 12 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for sixth-ranked North Gwinnett (26-3).
Ariel Johnson scored 20 points, 18 in the first half, and made four 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes for the winners. Peyton Whitted scored 19.
For Mill Creek (21-10), Nadiya Miller was the leading scorer with 11.
North Hall 67, Allatoona 58: In Dalton, Taylor Swoszowski scored 17 points and made seven clutch free throws in the final two minutes to help the unranked Trojans (24-7) upset No. 4 Allatoona. Mary Kate Rushton added 15 points for North Hall. Alexis Ezell scored 19 for the Buccaneers (26-5).
Westside-Augusta 53, Hephzibah 46: In Milledgeville, sophomore Jahmia Bradley led a trio of Patriots who scored in double figures as Westside (27-4) advanced to the first state semifinals in the history of the girls program.
Bradley scored 15 points while fellow sophomore Tatyanna Dumas scored 11 and senior Ritzy Griffin had 10.
The Rebels (19-8), who were paced by senior Queen Glenn’s 13 points, led 40-38 early in the fourth quarter, but a 10-1run by the Patriots put the game on ice.
Washington County 58, Monroe 46: In Milledgeville, Alisha Gray finished with 32 points to help the Hawks remain one of only two unbeaten teams left in the state playoffs. Washington County (29-0), the defending state champs who went 32-0 last season, has not lost a game since March 3, 2010.
The Hawks outscored Monroe (20-9) 22-8 in the second quarter to take a 30-17 lead into halftime.
The Golden Tornadoes were led by freshman Ke-shondra Price, who had 15 points, while senior Sheniqua Young had 14.
Brooks County 58, Putnam County 37: The Lady Trojans sprinted to a commanding 28-12 halftime lead. Jasmine Mapp scored 23 points to lead all scorers while teammate Ashley Clemons had 13. Putnam County was led by Ta’Kierra Gibbs, who scored 11 points.
Columbia 54, Troup 40: In Dalton, Miah Spencer and Yaktavia Hickson each scored 11 points to lead a balanced attack as the No. 2-ranked Eagles (22-5) coasted to their 13th consecutive victory. Troup (23-6) got 14 points from Shamiya Brooks.
Laney 69, Morgan County 66 (OT): In Savannah, Laney overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to force overtime. Tweety Hawkings of Morgan County led all scorers with 24 points, while Khadijah Cave led the Lady Wildcats with 17.
Wesleyan 95, Darlington 41: In Marietta, Holli Wilkins scored 30 points to lead the second-ranked Wolves (27-4) into the semifinals for the ninth consecutive year. Jordan Frazier had 18 points and Katie Frerking added 13 for Wesleyan.
Correspondents Stan Awtrey, S. Thomas Coleman, Todd Holcomb, Chip Saye, Jay Stone and Score Atlanta contributed to this article.
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