The one-two punch of Lydia Freeman and Raven Johnson combined for 31 points and No. 1 Westake defeated No. 2 Collins Hill 60-53 on Saturday in the Class 7A girls final to win its second straight state championship.
The Lions completed the season 30-0 – a record that includes a win over Class 5A state champion Buford and stretched their winning streak to 50 games. Their last loss came Dec. 30, 2017, against Mercer County, Ky.
Freeman scored 16 points and had nine rebounds and two blocks. Johnson scored 15 with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Brianna Turnage added 14 points and seven rebounds.
Collins Hill (30-2) was led by Javyn Nicholson with 17 points and 15 rebounds and Bria Harmon scored 13 points. The Eagles lost all-region guard Jordan Releford to a knee injury with 5:24 left in the third quarter.
Westlake dominated the first quarter, taking a 17-8 lead, and stretch it to 25-10 with 4:14 left in the half.
Collins Hill began to claw back into the game late in the half and trailed 32-21 at the break. The Eagles outscored Westlake 21-10 in the third quarter were within two points late in the period, but could never tie the game.
Westlake became the third girls team to defend their championship this season, joining Buford (5A) and Johnson-Savannah (3A).