The Riverwood boys won their first state championship, beating defending champion Alexander in overtime, to highlight the third day of the GHSA basketball championships in Macon. The Hebron Christian girls and Sandy Creek boys successfully defended their titles in Class 3A and the Marist girls won their second state crown.

The championships conclude on Saturday. The Class A Division I titles will open the docket, with No. 1 St. Francis playing No. 2 Galloway for the girls title at 11 a.m. and No. 1 Mount Vernon meeting No. 6 Paideia for the boys title at 1 p.m.

The AAASP Wheelchair Championship between Clayton County and Houston County will be played at 3 p.m. The day concludes with the Class 7A championship. No. 1 Grayson meets No. 6 North Paulding in the girls final at 5:30 p.m. and No. 1 Grayson and No. 2 McEachern boys clash in the final at 7:30 p.m.

Girls: Class 3A

No. 1 Hebron Christian defended its state championship with a hard-fought 62-60 win over rival and No. 2-ranked Wesleyan.

Hebron led by 10 points with a minute left but saw its lead wither away and Wesleyan draw within two points after Hebron was assessed a technical foul with 6.2 seconds left. The Wolves had a chance to win or tie the game, but mishandled two passes and never got a shot off.

The Lions (30-2) were led by Aubrey Beckham with 15 points and Danielle Osho with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Mia James added nine points and Ja’Kerra Butler and Nickyia Daniel each scored eight.

Wesleyan (27-4) was led by Chit-Chat Wright with 24 points and Bryanna Preston with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

The win marked the 16 state championship for Hebron coach Jan Azar -- 13 at Wesleyan and three at Hebron. 

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Boys: Class 3A

No. 1-ranked Sandy Creek placed five players in double figures and rolled to its second straight state championship, beating unranked Johnson-Savannah 74-49.

The Patriots (27-3) averaged winning its five state tournament games by 45 points.

Sandy Creek was led by Jacobi Robinson with 18 points, Mical Smith with 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and five blocked shots, Jared White and P.J. Green with 12 points each, and Amari Brown with 11.

Johnson (20-12) got 20 points from Joshua Quarterman and 16 points from Favion Kirkwood.

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Girls: Class 6A

Katie Harpring had 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead No. 3-ranked Marist to a 67-48 win over No. 2 North Forsyth and win the school's second state championship. 

The War Eagles' other title came in 2022. Marist shot 63.4 percent from the field and committed only nine turnovers. 

Marist (30-1) also got 16 points from Hannah Faklaris and 13 points from Abby Lindsay.

North Forsyth (31-1) was led by Gabbie Gliatta with 16 points, London Weaver with 15 points and Emma Rose with 10 points. 

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Boys: Class 6A

J.R. Leonard scored 31 points and made the clinching free throw with 10.8 seconds left in overtime to give Riverwood a 67-64 win over No. 1-ranked Alexander, the defending state champion.

Leonard was 19-for-23 from the free throw line  and also had five rebounds and two steals in helping the Raiders win their first state championship. It was the first state title for coach Buck Jenkins.

Riverwood (25-7) also got 17 points and 12 rebounds from Vanderbilt signee Karris Bilal, 12 rebounds from Jesse Graves and nine rebounds each from Jackson Davis and Calvin Lindsey.

Alexander (29-3) was led by Kennesaw State signee Braden Lue, who had 26 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots. Chris Hutchinson came off the bench to add 15 points and nine rebounds and Gregory Dunson scored 10 points.

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