17 State Basketball Champions Crowned
It was another historic season for Georgia high school basketball.
The Buford girls won their fourth straight Class 5A championship and their eighth overall, tying them for fifth place for all-time titles. The Westlake girls won their third straight Class 7A championship.
Others who successfully defended their titles were the Douglass girls in Class 2A, the Holy Innocents’ girls in Class A Private and St. Francis boys in Class A Private. Wheeler won Class 7A, the seventh in school history and first since 2015.
Bringing home their school’s first state championships were the Wheeler County girls in Class A Public, the Woodward Academy boys in Class 4A, the Dutchtown boys in Class 5A, the Chattahoochee boys in Class 6A.
All the championship games were contested at the Macon Coliseum.
Class 7A girls
Westlake 72, Collins Hill 53: Raven Johnson and TaNiah Latson each scored 23 points to help the Lions (30-2) claim their third consecutive state championship. Johnson was 8-for-12 from the field, 3-for-3 on 3-pointers, with six rebounds and four assists. Latson was 8-for-14 with three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Collins Hill (31-1) got 16 points and 11 rebounds from Sacha Washington, 13 points and 10 rebounds from Asjah Inniss and 14 points from Eden Sample. Collins Hill shot just 33.9 percent and committed 17 turnovers, leading to 25 points for Westlake. Click here for a box score.
Class 7A boys
Wheeler 60, Grayson 59: Sam Hines Jr. made a free throw with 1.1 seconds left to give the Wildcats (24-7) the upset win over the Rams, the state’s No. 1 team that was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation. Hines was 11-for-12 from the field and 6-for-8 from the line, finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Maxwell Harris added 10 points. Grayson (30-2) got 18 points from Toneari Lane, 13 points from Caleb Murphy and 11 points and seven assists from Deivon Smith. Click here for a box score.
Class 6A girls
Forest Park 46, Glynn Academy 30: The Panthers (27-6) shook their hard-luck label and won the school’s first state championship since 1970. The Forest Park defense put the clamps on Glynn Academy, forcing 17 turnovers and limiting the Terrors to 22.7 percent shooting. Forest Park was led by Joi Reid with 11 points and Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year Sania Feagin with 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Glynn Academy (26-5) got 15 points and 14 rebounds from University of Georgia signee Zoesha Smith. Click here for a box score.
Class 6A boys
Chattahoochee 69, Lanier 66 OT: Cameron Sheffield scored 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Cougars (24-7) to their first state championship. A.J. White added 22 points for Chattahoochee and was 11-for-12 from the line. The Cougars shot 77.8 percent on free throws, making 21 of 27. Lanier made only 10 of its 26 free throws. Lanier (26-6) was led b Sion James with 27 points and 11 rebounds, Andrew McConnell with 13 points and Iajah Phillips with 12. Click here to see a box score.
Class 5A girls
Buford 66, Kell 63: Tate Walters had 18 points and five rebounds to help the Wolves (31-1) win their fourth consecutive state championship and their eighth overall. Ashyia Willis scored 13 and Blair Wallis scored 12 – hitting four 3-pointers. Kell (32-1) was led by freshman Crystal Henderson with 26 points, including 4-for-6 on 3-pointers, four rebounds and four assists. Buford led by seven points with 2:02 left and hung on as Kell missed a chance to tie as the clock expired. Click here for a box score.
Class 5A boys
Dutchtown 57, Cedar Shoals 44: The Bulldogs became only the second Henry County school to win a boys championship. Dutchtown (28-4) got 20 points and 12 rebounds from Region 4 Player of the Year Jamaine Mann and 18 points from Cameron Bryant. Cedar Shoals (28-4) was led by Quincy Canty with 17 points, but the Jaguars shot only 36.2 percent from the field. Click here for a box score.
Class 4A girls
Americus-Sumter 66, Troup 52: The Panthers didn’t even make the state playoffs last year, but rebounded to finish 29-2 and claim the school’s second title, adding to the one it won in 2016. Americus-Sumter was led by Trinity Jones with 21 points and Jelissa Reese with 19 points and nine rebounds. Troup (27-2) got 15 points from Amber Gilbert and 13 points and 10 rebounds from Aniya Palmer. Click here for a box score.
Class 4A boys
Woodward Academy 75, Cross Creek 56
Walker Kessler, a North Carolina signee, had 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and five blocked shots to lead the War Eagles (30-2) to their first state championship. Will Richards added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Michael Whitmore added 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals, Jacorrei Turner scored 12 and Emory Lanier scored 11. Cross Creek (25-7) was led by Kobe Stewart with 18 points and six rebounds and Josh Dorsey with 10 points. Click here to see a box score.
Class 3A girls
Greater Atlanta Christian 54, Beach 44: Sophomore Kaleigh Addie scored 28 points and had five rebounds to help the Spartans (20-12) win their ninth state championship and first since 2007. GAC outscored Beach 24-12 in the final quarter. Beach (22-10) got 20 points and eight rebounds from Kaila Rougier and 11 points from Madison Evans. Ava Irvin added 13 points for GAC. Click here for a box score.
Class 3A boys
Pace Academy 48, Jefferson 35: Senior George Adams came off the bench to score nine straight points -- including a momentum-changing four-point play – to help Pace Academy win its third state championship. The Knights (28-4) were led in scoring by Cole Middleton with 15 points and Matthew Cleveland with 10 points. Madison Durr added nine points and eight rebounds. Jefferson (22-8) was playing in the state championship game for the first time. The Dragons got 11 points and six rebounds from Owen Parker and eight points and seven rebounds from Malaki Starks. Jefferson scored the first nine points of the game and led 20-13 at halftime, but scored only 15 points in the second half. Click here for a box score.
Class 2A girls
Douglass 56, Southwest Macon 46: The Astros (26-5) got 25 points and seven rebounds from Kayla Sesberry to successfully defend their state championship. Ikenya King added 13 points and 16 rebounds and Ashuntee Weems added 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Southwest (25-4) got 14 points and five assists from from Jakhyla Johnson and Stantagious Alford had 14 points and eight rebounds. Click here for a box score.
Class 2A boys
Swainsboro 69, Therrell 65: Fredrick Seabrough scored 18 points and had eight rebounds to help Swainsboro (29-3) win its first state championship since 1996. The Tigers also got 11 points and 10 rebounds from Immanuel Hackett and 10 points from Artis Kingsberry, who produced the steal and basket that gave Swainsboro the lead for good. Therrell (26-7) got 23 points and nine rebounds RaShean Frederick and 16 points from Calvin Miller. Click here for a box score.
Class A - Private girls
Holy Innocents' 66, St. Francis 53: The Bears (25-5) got 21 points from Jada Farrell and 19 points and nine rebounds from Rachel Suttle to successfully defending their state championship. St. Francis (28-4) was led by Mia Moore and Savannah Samuel with 11 points apiece. It marked the fourth state championship for Holy Innocents’. Click here for a box score.
Class A Private boys
St. Francis 76, Greenforest Christian 55: Senior Dwon Odom, an Xavier signee, scored 27 points on 10-for-13 shooting, and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Knights (29-3) to its second straight championship. Chase Ellis added 14, Seth Hubbard scored 12 and Jusaun Holt added 11 points and seven rebounds. Greenforest (20-10) got 21 points and six rebounds from Lamar Oden Jr., 11 points from Chase Cromier and 10 points and eight rebounds from Christian Fussell. Click here for a box score.
Class A Public girls
Wheeler County 55, Central Talbottom 50: Keonya Mincey scored 23 points to lead Wheeler County (31-1) to its first state championship. Samerria Bryant added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Central Talbotton (28-2) was led by Bernyia Sparks with 24 points and 13 rebounds and Shakemia Marshall with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Click here for a box score.
Class A Public boys
Hancock Central 61, Treutlen 58 OT: Jamal Taylor scored the go-ahead basket in the final seconds and secured the win with a steal to give Hancock Central its second state championship. Taylor had 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Bulldogs (28-3). Hancock also got 12 points and eight rebounds from Leroy Wilson and 12 points and seven rebounds from Marquavious Lawrence. Treutlen (30-1) was led by Christopher Foyd with 22 points, but he fouled out midway in the fourth quarter. Cartavious Terry added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Kamron Jordan had eight points and 12 rebounds. Hancock Central won the game despite going 0-fofd-16 on 3-pointers and only 9 of 16 from the line. Click here to see a box score.
Houston County 23, Henry County 22 OT: Dylan Thomas scored his only basket of the game with seconds left in overtime to help the Sharks win their eight straight state championship. Houston County trailed 17-6 to start the second half but sent the game into overtime on a bucket by Jacquavious West. Orlando Hicks led Houston County with 10 points. Kendrick Newton scored 11 points for Henry County.
Girls 3-point Shooting Contest
Emily Acampora, a sophomore from Harrison, won the inaugural competition. Acampora scored 19 points in the first round and 22 in the second round and beat runner-up Jashiya Jones of Vidalia by 10 points. Americus-Sumter’s Trinity Jones was third and Leah Turner of Griffin finished fourth.
Boys Slam Dunk Contest
Ja'Queze Kirby of Jeff Davis accumulated the most points through two rounds of dunks to win the inaugural contest. Oliver Gentry of Alcovy was second and Micah Bell of Chapel Hill finished third.