Parkview’s girls basketball team has been a third wheel of sorts in Class AAAAA, which is led by 2011 finalists Norcross and McEachern, teams with national rankings and several Division I prospects.
But Parkview is 14-0 and coming off a holiday tournament championship in Roebuck, S.C., where the Lady Panthers beat South Carolina contender Dorman, which had been 10-0, in the championship game 59-44. Parkview led by 19 in the first half and kept the lead at 11 points or better for the rest of the game.
Parkview returned three starters from last year’s 21-6 team that lost in the first round, but lacks the big-name players that Norcorss and McEachern have. Senior Erika Joseph, a 6-1 forward, was tournament MVP in South Carolina after scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in the final. She’s a Western Carolina recruit.
Parkview’s coach is Tony Watkins, a 600-game winner who was boys coach at Lanier last year. He was North Gwinnett’s girls coach before that. Former Parkview coach Mike McCoy, who won a state title at Parkview in 2003 and was 242-67 in 11 seasons, moved to Mississippi.
Milton’s girls rise in national rankings
McEachern’s girls continue to rise in stature nationally. They won the JumpOffPlus.com Holiday Invitational last week at Holy Innocents’ and defeated nationally ranked Riverdale of Murfreesboro, Tenn., 84-73 in the final. McEachern is ranked No. 4 by ESPN this week and has victories over No. 8 Riverdale, No. 10 Hoover (Ala.), No. 12 Memphis Central (Tenn.) and No. 13 Norcross. Freshman guard Te’a Cooper scored 17 points in the victory over Riverdale. Syracuse signee Pachiyaanna Roberts had 22.
Riverdale’s top player is Georgia signee Shacobia Barbee, who scored 32 points.
Shiloh’s winning streak ended by Alabama team
Shiloh, which had been the last unbeaten boys team in Class AAAAAA, lost 74-57 last week to Carver of Alabama in the Hoops In Overdrive Shootout at Centennial. Georgia Tech signee Robert Carter scored 31 points and blocked three shots, but Carver junior Jeremy Johnson, who has SEC offers, scored 33. Shiloh’s 7-foot sophomore, Trayvon Reed, was playing against his former team in Carver. He missed time in foul trouble and scored only five points.
Milton’s boys win South Carolina tournament
Despite its 9-4 record, Milton remains the team to beat in AAAAA. The Eagles won the Beach Ball classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week with a 51-31 victory over Miami Senior in the final. Evan Nolte was named tournament MVP, and Auburn-signee Shaquille Johnson made the all-tournament team and won another slam-dunk contest. Milton beat a Utah state champion, Lone Peak, 70-42 in the tournament. Lone Peak has four players going to Brigham Young, two for basketball, two for football. Three of Milton’s losses are victories overturned by forfeit. Georgia-signee Charles Mann, now back in the lineup, was the cause of the forfeits, as he played three games before completing his eligibility. Milton has not had a game closer than 11 points with Mann in the lineup.