The win gave Crisp its fourth consecutive championship under head coach Gina Mitchell.
“There’s really no words to describe how great this is,” Mitchell said. “When you have great senior leaders like these, you can’t ask for anything else. They’ve been with me since I started, and they’ve really done an outstanding job.”
Crisp smothered Thomas Jefferson from the opening tip. The Jaguars were shut out in the first quarter and finished the second with more turnovers than shot attempts as Crisp built a 24-5 halftime lead to essentially put the game away.
“That was our goal not to let them have any shots,” Mitchell said. “I knew they had struggles scoring in the couple of games on film that I watched, and I knew that was going to be our key to winning.”
“I think we came out a little bit intimidated, and their reputation probably had something to do with that,” Thomas Jefferson head coach Bob Peck said.
The Wildcats were a model of offensive efficiency. They attempted just one 3-pointer and refused to settle for a poor shot.
“I take that back to when these girls were in the seventh grade and some of them played AAU together,” Mitchell said. “They just know each other.”
Mercer signee Madi Mitchell looked right at home at Hawkins Arena, where the championship game was held. She dominated the rebounding battle and led all scorers with 22 points.
“We tried to front and back her, but she’s just that good of a basketball player,” Peck said. “We didn’t have an answer for her.”
If Crisp is to add a fifth state championship next season, it will have to do it with a different-looking team. Four starters will graduate this spring, but Saturday was all about celebrating a special group of seniors.
“Like I’ve told others, Crisp Academy was fortunate to have these girls,” Mitchell said.