High-class girls final four: Collins Hill vs. Norcross, McEachern vs. Archer
The girls’ final four is set – Collins Hill vs. Norcross and Archer vs. McEachern – for the University of West Georgia on Saturday.
That’s as the Class AAAAAAA blog predicted it, which says more about the calibre of those top teams than anything else.
Take three-time defending champion McEachern. The Indians crushed fifth-ranked Mill Creek 77-29. It was 42-13 at halftime, and the fourth quarter was played with a running clock. McEachern has won 18 straight state-playoff games. The longest previous streak in the highest classification was 16 by Lowndes (1977-80).
McEachern, ranked No. 2, advances to play sixth-ranked Archer and will be favored again.
Archer defeated Colquitt County 55-50. Archer star Autumn Newby scored 12 points in the first half but reportedly left at some point with an injury. Archer’s 13-point lead dwindled, but the Tigers held on. Asia McCoy finished with 15 points. Newby, a 6-2 forward, has signed with Vanderbilt.
In the top half of the draw, fourth-ranked Collins Hill defeated third-ranked Lambert 57-46 at Lambert, as reported by ajc.com’s Adam Krohn. Collins Hill opened a 21-point lead in the first half. The Eagles were led by 6-foot-3 sophomore forward Javyn Nicholson, who scored 14 points, Bria Harmon (13 points) and Katherine Fourie (10 points).
That could be called an upset, but most observers of the girls’ game would say Collins Hill was the more talented team.
Norcross, ranked No. 1, defeated unranked but perennially competitive Westlake 57-44. Westlake had beaten Norcross 39-37 in last year’s round of 16. Norcross, ranked No. 10 in MaxPreps’ national Xcellent 25, has made the semifinals five of the past seven seasons and won in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
R6 #2 Collins Hill 57, R5 #1 Lambert 46
R7 #1 Norcross 57, R2 #1 Westlake 44
R8 #1 Archer 55, R1 #1 Colquitt County 50
R3 #1 McEachern 77, R6 #1 Mill Creek 29
Semifinals (Saturday at West Georgia)
Collins Hill vs. Norcross, 2 p.m.
McEachern vs. Archer, 6 p.m.