Peachtree Ridge and Archer spilt in double-header Basketball Scrimmages

Kurt Johnson

HS Sports Blogger

You know its November, when High School Basketball is underway! Basketball scrimmages are a “GREAT” idea to get players in game-play conditioning (as well as getting the student body) excited for the upcoming season. Two of the newer schools in Gwinnett County kicked off their campaign last night at Archer High School. The Archer High School Varsity girls defeated the Peachtree Ridge Girls 59-54 whereas the Peachtree Ridge Varsity Boys survived a 4th quarter rally from Archer to defeat them 62-54.

In the first game of the evening, the Archer Tigers came out to play. With several talented guards and “raw” frontcourt present, they came out the gate strong. Archer’s guard Madison Newby (7 points) showed great leadership skills and had good passing ability. The junior will be a surprise this season and will be one of the main focus points for the Lady Tigers moving forward. The frontcourt is young, but have several “unknowns” such as Autumn Newby and Lindsey Marcheese (both freshman!) The two main things that I saw that Archer could work on (in practice) this week is being able to handle the full-court press as well as continuing their conditioning (game speed action will help).

The Peachtree Ridge Lions was led by guard Lorrie Cruse. According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, she was selected as a preseason third-team all-county selection. All I got to say to that person who wrote that article predicted that is he/she oblivious didn’t play basketball as a kid!!With Lorrie Cruse scoring 23 points (which included a half-court 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter), she deserve a lot more credit than being a third-team selection. She is a good defensive player and has a tough & physical game in the paint. There were times in the game that she tried to do too much! The only thing that I would recommend for the Peachtree Ridge coaching staff to focus on (Before their next game) is cut down on the personal fouls (12 fouls in 16 minutes).

After the girls’ games were over, the “Main” attraction was on the horizon as the guy’s team took the court. Preseason All-County selections, Amir Warnock & Aaron Augustin (both from Peachtree Ridge) had 31 points combine (half of the team’s total points) Amir is a Big, Wide Body, and RAW talent that is still learning. By the end of season, he could be one of the most improved players in the county (if he stays healthy). Whereas I enjoyed watching Amir play, I was REALLY impressed with guard Aaron Augustin (15 points). Aaron has good ball-handling skills and is a VERY unselfish player. He gets to the rim and is able to find the open man through his penetration. The one “Dangerous” thing with Peachtree Ridge is that they have three players that are 6’5” or taller. If those players can develop, they could be a SURPRISE team (not only in Gwinnett), but in the state.

The Archer Varsity Boys may not have the size (like Peachtree Ridge), but they are quick!!! The guards for Archer have excellent ball-handling ability as well being able to push the ball up the court to their undersize, but quicker forwards. Archer will win games this year for being athletic, but when they play teams with size, they could run into problems.

The game atmosphere was ok, but nothing great!! The gym was nice and well-decorated with the schools athletic achievements, but the student body wasn’t into either of the games at all. The cheerleaders’ halftime show was a “Joke” and the PA announcer didn’t even mention that the Archer football team was in the playoffs (BTW…they were 10-0 in the regular season),

Until Next week…

Kurt Johnson is a HS Sports Blogger for Atlanta Sports Radio 92-9 The Game in Atlanta. You can contact him by email at and on twitter at @kjexperience


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