MACON - It wasn't the prettiest win in his career, but Glenn Hills girls basketball coach Bernard Bowman will take it.
Although they combined with Hephzibah to miss the first 15 shots of Saturday's game, the Lady Spartans got back on track in the second half, and sophomore center Tyhiesha Smith scored 19 points to lead Glenn Hills to the Georgia Class AAAA state basketball championship.
"This is really great," Tyhiesha said of the 66-46 win over the Lady Rebels at the Macon Centreplex. "We were looking forward to winning the state championship. I give thanks to coach (Bernard) Bowman, because he really encouraged us and he always said positive things. We're just so happy."
That was in stark contrast to the reaction of the Swainsboro Lady Tigers.
Swainsboro took a 15-point lead against Northeast-Macon with 6:41 remaining in the third quarter, but the Raiderettes quickly erased the lead to shock Swainsboro 61-52 in the Class AAA championship game.
"It was very agonizing," Swainsboro coach Bobby Andrews said. "When they were coming back, I tried to call timeout to settle the girls down. Northeast came to play hard. We came ready too, but we couldn't get our shots to fall when we needed to get something going."
Hephzibah coach Wendell Lofton knows exactly how the Lady Tigers feel. His squad struggled with its shots in the first half - Hephzibah was 4-of-34 (11.8 percent) from the field in the first two quarters - and although the Lady Rebels made a run at Glenn Hills in the second half, they couldn't pull it out.
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