Originally created 03/09/02

Wesleyan girls win Class A



MACON, Ga. - Catherine Stringer scored 20 points as Wesleyan won its first state championship, beating Jefferson in the Class A girls final Friday.

In a rematch of last year's state championship, won by Jefferson, Jenny Hall hit two three pointers late in the third quarter as Wesleyan (27-4) pulled away, and the Lady Wolves held Jefferson (25-8) without a field goal the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter.

Wesleyan, which led 43-35 entering the fourth put the game away by outscoring the Lady Dragons 16-6 over the first 5:33 of the period.

Jefferson's last lead came at 8-7 midway through the first quarter.

Nikki Luckhurst scored 19 for Wesleyan, which beat Jefferson for the fourth time, while Hall had 10.

Staci Childress scored 19 for the Lady Dragons and Lee DuBose added 11.

CLASS A BOYS TAYLOR COUNTY 62, CLAXTON 50

In Macon, Ga., Brandon Little scored 15 points as Taylor County won its second straight state championship, beating Claxton in the Class A final Friday.

Taylor County (27-5), which beat Buford for the 2001 Class A crown, led throughout, building a 14-point cushion on two occasions in the first half.

Claxton (23-9) cut the lead to seven by halftime and cut it to five early in the third quarter on baskets by Jermaine Wilkerson and Tony Hunter, but Taylor responded with a 9-2 run to push the lead back to 12.

The Tigers, who hit ten 3-pointers in their semifinal win over Southwest Atlanta Christian, managed only three against Taylor County.

The Vikings, who got 12 points from Joffre Turner and 11 from Alvin Daniels, matched their biggest lead with a 6-0 run to make it 47-33, and again when Little's 3-pointer made it 50-36.

Jermaine Wilkerson scored 16 points for Claxton and Carl James added 13.

CLASS AA GIRLS GREATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN 55, PAIDEIA 43

In Macon, Ga., Greater Atlanta Christian won its seventh state championship, getting 23 points from Georgia signee Sherill Baker in its win over Paideia in the Class AA girls championship Friday.

Paideia held a 10-4 lead at the end of the first quarter but was outscored 51-33 the rest of the way, as Greater Atlanta Christian secured its second straight Class AA crown

After the two teams played to a 22-all tie in the first half, Greater Atlanta Christian (29-3) outscored the lady Pythons 15-3 in the third period. Paideia (28-7) drew within nine on two occasions early in the fourth quarter, but never got any closer.

Katie Beth Pate scored 12 points for the Lady Spartans and Krista Watson added 11.

Amy Levin scored 14 for Paideia, while Sparkle Davis and Allie McFarling had nine each.

CLASS AA BOYS WILKINSON COUNTY 64, DECATUR 45

In Macon, Ga., Shawn King scored 19 points as Wilkinson County completed an undefeated season, beating Decatur in the Class AA state championship game Friday.

The Warriors (31-0), who won their third state crown in four years, led 39-32 at the end of the third period and outscored Decatur (28-4) 15-4 over the first five minutes of the fourth period to put the game away.

Wilkinson, making its fourth straight Final Four appearance, started the game with an 8-2 run. Decatur rallied to take an 11-10 lead, but Jerrell Emory's basket to close the first quarter gave the Warriors the lead for good.

Cliff Hill scored 12 for Wilkinson, which hit 15-of-16 free throws, including a perfect 11-for-11 in the fourth.

Omar Collington scored 15 for Decatur and Shephard Green IV had 11.



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