By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Cut it out, Diamond. And you too, Shayla.
The best girls high school basketball player in America, Diamond DeShields, and her dynamic sidekick, Shayla Cooper, showed up big time on Saturday night, putting all of their skills on display. And their teammates showed why they are far from chopped liver, as Norcross rolled to its third state championship in the last five years in Georgia’s largest classification, with a 63-42 win over Region 7-AAAAAA rival North Gwinnett.
DeShields led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed four rebounds, while Cooper added 20 points and eight boards, to lead the onslaught. DeShields, headed to North Carolina, and Cooper, headed to Georgetown, outplayed North Gwinnett’s Big Two, Lexie Brown, headed to Maryland, and Peyton Whitted, headed to Penn State. Brown finished with 20 points while the 6-foot-3 Whitted scored seven points and had just two rebounds.
Norcross had dropped two of the three games it played