Hawks fall in region test against North Gwinnett


The Hawks will have one more chance to take down North Gwinnett on Feb.1. Foster Peters/For the Paper.

It was going to take more than a 4-0 start for the Lady Hawks of Mill Creek High School to pull the upset over North Gwinnett High School. Everything from turnovers to missed shots prohibited the Hawks from handing the Bulldogs their first loss of the year.

While the Bulldogs didn’t make much of a statement early on, they elevated their game and showed why they are fully loaded with Division 1A signees and pure talent.

Lexie Brown, who is committed to the University of Maryland, took control for North Gwinnett. With a tied ball game, the pressure was on to see which players could execute their screens effectively and pour on the points before halftime.

The Bulldogs were on their way to doing so with a 13-8 gain but Nadiya Miller eliminated their chances with a shot well beyond the 3-point line.

Miller once said she had trouble shooting inside but didn’t stumble against North Gwinnett as she laid in a shot between Bulldog defenders.

NGHS utilized shots from behind the arc to gain its largest lead at 27-16 in the second quarter. Brown served up 16 points in the first half alone, including four 3-pointers in the first half which assisted North Gwinnett in its 32-18 lead at the half.

Brown continued to move the ball coast to coast which anchored a strong run in the third. The Hawks continued to hang tough but were not able to keep up with the exceptional shooting by North Gwinnett, which handed Mill Creek a 53-40 loss. The Hawks return to action at Norcross High School tomorrow at 6 p.m.

The boys didn’t have much luck shutting down the Bulldogs either. While they got off to a fast start, the Hawks couldn’t keep up with North Gwinnett who continued to dominate in scoring.

Mill Creek couldn’t get its first two shots to fall on its opening possession and Bulldog fans made it known with “air ball” chants. It wouldn’t be long before Trevon Shaw silenced North Gwinnett with a 3-pointer. Elijah Bryant and Brandon Smith each added a three to go up 9-2.

Unfortunately, Mill Creek put its lead in jeopardy as the Bulldogs pulled within two. The Hawks eventually saw a 16-9 lead fall flat and NGHS was in front by two. MCHS continued to trail in the bottom of the second quarter. The second half saw the Bulldogs bark grow louder as they handed Mill Creek a 70-49 loss.