Day 1 Recap: Four New Champs Crowned in Macon
The Wilkinson County boys and Pace Academy boys both added to their trophy count, while the Clinch County girls made up for lost time and the Griffin girls won their first state championship.
It was part of a lively day of competition at the GHSA’s state basketball championships at the Macon Coliseum. The four-way celebration of basketball continues on Thursday with four titles to be decided: Mount Paran vs. Banks County girls and Providence Christian vs. Westside-Augusta boys in Class 2A, and Kell vs. Warner Robins girls and Kell vs. Eagle’s Landing boys in Class 5A.
All games will be shown live on GPB Knowledge, GPB.org and the various social platforms.
Here’s a look back at the results from the first day:
Class A Division II girls: Clinch County 45, Lake Oconee County 42
Tyania Dorsey scored 19 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to lead Clinch County to its fourth state championship and first since 1993. The junior was 9-for-12 from the field.
Clinch County (26-4) also got 11 points from A’Miyeon Grady and nine points and 10 rebounds from Amariah Dean.
Lake Oconee County (28-3) had a miserable night from the field, shooting only 25.5 percent. The Titans were led by Jada Williams with 18 points and Hannah Heinen with 10 points and seven rebounds. Georgia Bosart added eight points and nine rebounds.
Class A Division II boys: Wilkinson County 40, Charlton County 36
Wilkinson County used a strong fourth quarter to win its 11th state championship and first since 2018. The victory gave coach Xavier Whipple a state title as a player and a coach at his home school.
Kwaveon Hill had 12 points and six rebounds and Justin Stanley scored 11. Traveon Evans had 11 rebounds and Jordan Jackson grabbed 10 boards for the Warriors (25-6).
Charlton County (29-2) was led by Elyiss Williams, who had 10 points, 20 rebounds and six blocks before fouling out. Jarvis Wright scored 19 and Jalen King, who also fouled out, had eight points and five rebounds.
Class 4A girls: Griffin 51, Baldwin 47
Leah Turner scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half to lead Griffin to its first state championship. Turner scored the final five points of the game and helped the Bears overcome a four-point deficit in the final 1:35.
Aaliyah Duranham led Griffin (27-4) with 20 points and seven rebounds.
Baldwin (23-9) got 21 points, 19 rebounds and three assist from Janaye Walker. Kassidy Neal added 12 pounds and four rebounds for the Braves.
Class 4A boys: Pace Academy 66, Fayette County 54
L.J. Moore scored 23 points and Kyle Greene Jr. scored 19 to help Pace Academy win its third state title in four seasons. Moore had seven rebounds and two assists and Greene, the Region 5 Player of the Year, had five rebounds and two assists for the Knights (25-7).
Fayette County (26-6) was led by Robert Hurst with 12 points and Tiobi Ijiwoye with 10 points.
Pace Academy led 39-32 at halftime and scored the first eight points of the second half to take its commanding lead. Fayette County never got within single-digits of the lead again.
The win was the fifth title for Pace Academy and the third for coach Sharman White, who won seven during his time at Miller Grove.