Here are some things to know about each of the 14 girls basketball semifinals to be played Friday and Saturday:
*Hughes vs. Norcross (4 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Tech): The fourth-year Hughes program is in the state tournament for the first time after finishing with its first winning record. The ninth-ranked Panthers have a talented senior in Briunca Caldwell and a strong freshman class led by point guard Kennya Simms. Third-ranked Norcross has beaten South Forsyth, second-ranked Parkview and No. 4 Cherokee in the state tournament as it seeks its third championship in four years. The Blue Devils have two of the state’s top players in Diamond DeShields (North Carolina signee) and Shayla Cooper (Georgetown), who combined for 62 points in a 76-43 victory against Cherokee in the quarterfinals.
*North Cobb vs. North Gwinnett (7 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Tech): Sixth-ranked North Cobb is the champion and only team still alive from Region 4, which put two teams (McEachern