Mill Creek ready to battle in region opener

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Basketball season has officially begun and most teams are competing in tournaments to knock off the rust and see where they stand as a team. The Mill Creek High School girls’ basketball team will have a lot to prove this season but can tackle many of their conference foes. MCHS will jump right into the flames and begin conference play against Norcross High School in what is sure to be a thrilling region opener.

The Lady Hawks will be going up against a team that is just two years removed from the state title. In fact, the Blue Devils won two state championships consecutively (2009 and 2010). In those two seasons, Norcross lost a combined seven games. However, Mill Creek was one of the few squads that handed the Blue Devils losses in each of those seasons.

There’s nothing like a good old fashioned tournament to kick the season off and, the Hawks claimed a 2-1 start in the tourney. Mill Creek defeated Coffee County High School 66-44, Lovett High School 49-27 but, fell to Parkview 59-35. The Panthers are one of the premier teams in the state. After going undefeated in region play (8-AAAAA), the Panthers continued its win streak into the postseason but, it all came to a screeching halt after the fell to Norcross. Parkview finished the season 30-1.

“We certainly have a lot to work after playing our first 3 games. We must improve both our shot selection and cut down on our turnovers in order to improve our offensive efficiency. We also need more aggressiveness and toughness, both mentally and physically, from some of our players,” said Phillips.

“On the positive side, we showed an ability to score in both transition and half court offense. Defensively we were very good at times, but we must be more consistent in our communication and defensive rotations.”

There is plenty of hype surrounding high school basketball in Gwinnett County and the Hawks will be part of it as they open the season against the Blue Devils. Phillips noted before the start of the year that nothing is guaranteed and there is so much that can’t be controlled during the season.

“Playing Norcross for our first home game will certainly be a challenge, but that is what we have come to expect from playing in region 7-AAAAAA. We will expect a tough test but, hopefully we will be up for the challenge,” Phillips said.