Wesleyan’s Avyonce Carter drives to the basket against Buford’s Tate Walters in the finals of the Dacula Tipoff Classic earlier this season. Both players and their teams are among several girls and boys teams from Gwinnett County that will participate in the Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic showcase this weekend at Norcross High School.

Seven Gwinnett teams are among the loaded field for Saturday’s Wesleyan Invitational, a showcase that features some of Georgia’s top girls basketball teams.

Both of Wesleyan’s gyms will host games beginning at 2:30 p.m., allowing for six quality games ending with the 7 p.m. finale at Yancey Gymnasium between the host Wolves and rival Greater Atlanta Christian.

“Wesleyan School is the place to be this Saturday,” first-year Wesleyan girls coach Carolyn Whitney said. “Wesleyan is hosting the Wesleyan Invitational, which is an all-girls showcase stacked with talented teams. I am excited and looking forward to watching the best talent across the state of Georgia play. Competing in showcases like this, where you are playing the best, is only going to help all of these teams when it comes tournament time.

“We have 10 out of 12 teams that finished in the top 10 in their classification last season, and many are ranked in the top 10 of their classification this year. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Both Wesleyan and Collins Hill were state runner-up teams last season, while Lanier is the defending Class AAAAAA state champion. The field also includes a returning AAAAAAA Final Four team in North Forsyth.

Collins Hill faces Columbia at 5:30 p.m. in the game preceding Wesleyan-GAC. Columbia was ranked fourth in AAAAA last season.

Traditional power Norcross takes on Sandy Creek, a top-10 team in AAAA last season, at 4 p.m. The 2:30 p.m. game features Gwinnett rivals Brookwood and Grayson. Brookwood is the reigning the Region 7-AAAAAAA champion, and Grayson was a top-10 team last season.

Lanier also has an interesting draw with North Forsyth, which is off to a 5-1 start this season. That game is at 5 p.m. in the Marchman Gymnasium.

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