Class 7A Girls Preview: Norcross vs. Brookwood
Norcross Blue Devils
Record/ranking: 29-2, No. 1 seed from Region 7, ranked No. 3.
Coach: Ashley Luke Clanton
Top players: Jania Akins, Kayla Lindsey, Veronaye “Tweedy” Charlton, Mariyah Valrie, Hayda Toro. Akins, who surpassed 1,000 career points, was named Region 7 Player of the Year. Charlton, only 5-foot-4, scored 19 points in the semifinal win over Buford.
How they got there: def. Collins Hill 65-41, def. Lambert 59-34, def. Archer 61-53, def. Buford 58-46.
Previous championships: Four – 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2022.
Record/ranking: 30-1, No. 1 seed from Region 4, ranked No. 1
Coach: Courtney Mincy.
Top players: Diana Collins, Danielle Osho, Jade Weathersby, Kenney Daniels, Justyce McCoy. Collins, an Ohio State signee, was named the Region 4 Player of the Year and was honorable mention on the Naismith High School All-America team. She is the school’s all-time leading scorer. Weathersby also reached the 1,000-point mark.
How they got there: def. Harrison 75-36, def. Carrollton 65-60, def. South Forsyth 74-58, def. McEachern 58-53.
Previous championships: None.
Game notes: Although both teams are in Gwinnett County, they compete in different regions and did not play during the regular season. Brookwood is riding a 23-game winning streak after suffering its only loss to Class 6 finalist and No. 1-ranked River Ridge. Norcross has won 12 straight since losing to McEachern, the team Brookwood beat in the semifinals.