AAA girls: Columbia 57, Washington Co. 33

Macon – Columbia used its quickness and determination on defense to break Washington County’s 63-game winning streak and win the Class AAA girls championship Saturday at the Macon Coliseum.

The No. 2-ranked Eagles (24-5) pushed the defending champion and No. 1-ranked Hawks (31-1) around the court with its man-to-man pressure defense to take a 57-33 win and reclaim the state title it last won in 2010.

Columbia was sparked by the floor play of Zuri Frost and Miah Spencer, who distributed the ball and did excellent work keeping the ball away from Washington County star Allisha Gray. Spencer had 15 points and Frost scored nine, while Gray was limited to 14 points, the only Hawk in double figures.

Many of Columbia’s open passes went inside to Kadeeja Vaughn, who proved to be a great finisher. She scored 17 points and had 16 rebounds. The Eagles dominated the boards, outrebounding the Hawks 39-17. Five Columbia players had at least five rebounds as Washington County grew frustrated by being held to one shot on most possessions.

“It’s been awesome,” said Columbia coach Chantay Frost. “We have five seniors who went to middle school together. They started as ninth graders and said they were going to finish it together. Good job, ladies.”

Columbia came out with its typical aggressive style of play in the first period. The Eagles were able to adjust to the physical style that is prevalent in the state playoffs and jumped out to an 8-0 lead. Washington County’s Allisha Gray ended the drought with a basket and free throw, but Columbia continued to control the momentum. Washington County cut the lead to 14-9 at the end of the period when Shonterria Kitchens picked up a loose ball in the backcourt that the sure-handed Zuri Frost lost and banked it in for a basket at the buzzer.

Columbia added to the lead with a strong second quarter. The crucial part came midway in the period when the Eagles went on a 9-0 run and upped their lead to 28-12 with 2:33 remaining. Washington County got two baskets from Demeshia Ford and cut Columbia’s lead to 33-16 at the half.

Columbia was more cautious in the third quarter and allowed Washington County to pick up some steam midway in the period. Back-to-back baskets, the last a 3-pointer from Kitchens, cut the lead to 40-28, and Columbia led 42-28 after three periods.

The Eagles ended any suspense when they opened the final quarter with a 7-0 run than evolved into a 13-0 run. Washington County didn’t score until Gray made a meaningless 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining.

 

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DecaturFinest

March 10th, 2012
9:49 pm

Great job Lady Eagles!!! Alisha Gray was shut down. Defense win championships thats why the Lady Eagles won. The better team won and instead of given up the lead like last year they increased it. Where all the WACO fans your team was completely dominated bly Columbia.

Eagle 1

March 10th, 2012
9:56 pm

Can u say Royal Domination!!! How does Wacko take that butt whuppin? Now go back and reschedule some real teams and try it again next year! Until then thanks for babysitting our Trophy. You cant play 1 on 10. Like I said Zuri Frost look!!! L

Ga BBALL Fan

March 10th, 2012
10:46 pm

Congrats to Columbia. They played a great game. I for one was wrong great team beat great player. Job well done.

Son of waco

March 10th, 2012
11:21 pm

Columbia won but still nothing but a lay up team…they can’t make a jump shot to save their life….Sad that our fan tripled Columbia and they had a boys game after the girls game……….we always look at loss like we always got next year because we win in all sports not just one like most schools….

waco

March 10th, 2012
11:31 pm

Enter your comments here

city slicker

March 10th, 2012
11:49 pm

to son of waco columbia is decent in football this year tey made the players and had 20 guys get college schoolarships give credit where it is due the better team won and they boys won the title game and if they only a layup team what kinda team is yours because you lost by 24points and yeah yall may had more fans because its nothing else to do in WACO Columbia is in the city and plus the game on tv who gone travel to Macon with these gas prices when its other stuff to do in the city like the acc confrence tourny among other and excuse the gramer i aint edit nun

Son of waco

March 11th, 2012
12:08 am

hmm a community who supports they team travels where they team goes….Fans who cheer from a far are the fake one’s who talk when they win but silent when they lose….Columbia a lay up team and you know it, watch the video and i bet y’all made only 6 jumpers all game…… For some reason our girls couldn’t hit the ocean the last 3 games and that’s how our season ended…20 scholarships and i know nothing about your football team in 3A, plz you do know Offense/Defense is only 22 players on the field..

Eagle 1

March 11th, 2012
12:14 am

@son of wacko…is that the best excuse you have. Columbia girls aint nothin but a layup line. I guess our defense was the worst too? GTFOH!!!

DecaturFinest

March 11th, 2012
12:20 am

Son of waco YOUR TEAM LOST BY 24 POINTS TWENTY-FOUR POINTS!!!! Columbia dominated your team and your star player that avg 32pts only had 14pts so whether they just shot layups or jumps shots they destroyed your team. Columbia sweeps championship

DecaturFinest

March 11th, 2012
12:25 am

Big ups to Dekalb County for winning 4 out of the 10 state championships.

Son of waco

March 11th, 2012
1:06 am

come on guys we got out rebound 39-17….do y’all even know basketball… the team that can get they bricks, can build the bigger house…i rather be a runner up than get beat in the semi’s…..what class y’all will be in next year cuz we will still be a 3A school, will y’all move up to 4A because we would love a revenge game, because Waco live for rivalry games

Eagle 1

March 11th, 2012
1:08 am

Zuri Frost and Allisha Gray should share AAA POY honors!!!

Truth

March 11th, 2012
1:47 am

It’s so sad that Waco won’t give credit where credit is due. The eagles backed up there talk. All the excuses u guys are making. No fan support, shooting bricks, building a house. Come on don’t be a sore loser. The blogs have been telling u Waco has one player, and tonight that was true. Except it build another house with those bricks u were speaking of and try next year. Good night to all eagle fans girls and boys

Kman

March 11th, 2012
1:56 am

All I heard for 2 years in A row was WACO`s streak and Alisha Gray……then I saw the game tonight…..Which one was she …..I could`nt tell! She must have played for Columbia and wore jersey number 23. That girl was awesome. She should go straight to the WNBA!

Eagle nation!

March 11th, 2012
3:06 am

Maybe next waco: why don’t you take wert ob two

Sam

March 11th, 2012
3:31 am

I think it’s safe to say that the true fans of BOTH schools aren’t the ones dogging the other ones on a comment thread. Both programs have a lot to be proud of, and both are 1-1 against the other over the past two years.

Let’s try to act like adults, shall we?

jrchs1994

March 11th, 2012
8:29 am

This should end it all. Since 2006 Columbia High School has 7 state titles in girls and boys basketball. The boys havye not lost a home basketball game since 2006. So really what’s the argument about. We are BASKETBALL and can play with anybody. Shouts out to SON OF WACO. You are right our numbers weren’t that good in the stands last night and I myself was a little disappointed about the support last night. However the fans don’t score points and those numbers don’t count. To be beaten by 24 points in the state championship and be reanked number one? Bruh when you eat your Sunday dinner make sure your dessert is humble pie. Phil and Shantay for President. WE HAVE SWEPT AAA once again. NOW RUNTELDAT.

Eagle C/O 97

March 11th, 2012
8:31 am

Way to go Columbia Lady Eagles! What a stellar performance from quality players with quality talent! We’re proud of you! BTW, don’t feed the troll (Son of waco).

jrchs1994

March 11th, 2012
8:40 am

Most schools in Georgia couldn’t get Josh smith to visit. Read this.
http://championnewspaper.com/local13.html

Good Grief

March 11th, 2012
11:10 am

Big Kobe fan. Thanks for sharing. Congrats to CHS. This is an awesome accomplishment.

Mr. Wolverine

March 11th, 2012
12:22 pm

Congrats to Columbia Basketball Programs for a successful season and sweeping Class AAA.
@Decatur’s Finest, @G-Dub yall did it..

JustMyOpinion

March 11th, 2012
12:57 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but does anyone remember the argument between the WACO supporter and the Columbia supporter earlier this season, and Columbia supporter was telling the WACO supporter that they was not playing anybody, and that when they play each other that the girls from the Decatur would show them… Well………………………………….57-33. POINT MADE!!!!!! and to the WACO supporter who said that Columbia is a lay up team, how about LAY UP TEAM WITH RINGS!!!

007

March 11th, 2012
3:00 pm

THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS – DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS! Well done Eagles! Glenwood Rd. where you at!

andre p smith

March 11th, 2012
3:21 pm

well done Eagle Nation!It doesn’t matter who is in the stands, all that matters is who was the WACO person who had to drag those 2 big boxes of misprinted state champs t-shirts back to waco!!spend some money on coming out of waco and playing someone instead of t-shirts.The mecca of basketball is played in Dekalb county hands down 4more state titles

Kman

March 11th, 2012
4:16 pm

Why haven`t I heard more about this #23 on Columbia`s team? This girl is the truth! It`s ashamed how you hear about some people…..and not others. She should be Highly ,Highly ,sought after! PS- Columbia …your defense was pure hell on WACO Saturday! Great job!

2106 Columbia Dr

March 11th, 2012
4:41 pm

zuri frost for Ms.Georgia basketball!

AAAobserver

March 11th, 2012
4:59 pm

listen, bottom line is WACO’s coaching staff was out coached last night..they looked totally unprepared for anything.. We told you that you haven’t played anyone all season..your toughest game was vs Jonesboro? really?? yeah columbia lost to norcross and buford, but those games prepared them for WACO..and they actually made waco look like Westside Augusta..I can’t believe there is anyone who is putting Gray above Davis or DeShields! She didn’t look to be any better than any of the Columbia guards..#13, #23,#25, and #5 could all be in the same class with Gray…If she is Ms Ga Basketball than so is #23 and #13.. Gray is a big fish in a little pond..Bottom line is WACO winning streak is a bust!!!they haven’t played anyone and that fact got exposed last night. we made some t-shirts too..Instead of Back to Back..How about Back to WACK..cause until you actually get this game back or beat somebody else good we will always look at your streak and team as the most overrated team in history!

Jake Johnson

March 11th, 2012
5:16 pm

How about Westside Augusta(37) actually scored more points vs Columbia than(33) WACO!! so basically westside was even better than waco..they at least gave columbia a better game..How about over the summer you work on layups and leave those jump shots alone! Cause when you needed it most it was not there for you..p.s son of waco.. can you send us one of those t-shirts you had made..

Kman

March 11th, 2012
5:29 pm

Did Columbia play Miller Grove girls this year? It seems like that would be A great match-up! There is A lot of talent right there in the Dekalb area.

Eagle Pride

March 11th, 2012
5:46 pm

I am ashamed of my fellow Eagle fans for some of these comments. Show some class.

say what?

March 11th, 2012
5:52 pm

Columbia is a good team with their boys and girls but they’re another ATL program who has kids out of district come play for them so it takes away from their dynasty. Waco is a rural school with all homegrown players. It is hard for those schools to match up athlete for athlete. Alisha gray is the best player but Columbia has the best collection of players by far.

MLK ALL DAY

March 11th, 2012
7:24 pm

Say what… You are wrong. Those girls live minutes from the school.. Stop hating and just deal with the fact that WACO lost by 24 points to a better coached and better prepared team on SATURDAY NIGHT…

AAAobserver

March 11th, 2012
9:12 pm

Say What… your making excuses.. what about Miller Groove, What about SWD..? i guess all their players are out of area as well? Anyone from metro who wins in sports must be cheating right? stop making excuses..When waco won last year no one made those excuses..now it’s all about recruiting right? forget how umprepared WACO looked? forget the lack of experience in playing top-notch teams..they just got out coached..the better prepaired team won..

Chs eagles state champs

March 11th, 2012
9:39 pm

WACO who????? Alisha Gray who???? Columbia shut her down… She is totally overrated…

eagle nation 2106

March 11th, 2012
9:52 pm

Good Job CHS!!! Waco wasn’t ready for you…..good job # 23,13, 2,and 10 by what happened to number # 14 why didn’t she play??? She is good on defense and rebounding idk why she wasn’t playing…..

DeKalbistheGreatest

March 11th, 2012
10:28 pm

Those of you commenting against Dekalb, please remember that Miller Grove, SWD,and Columbia are close in proximity. So WACO and all of the state’s rural teams should be thankful.

Insidelookingout

March 11th, 2012
11:06 pm

That’s right Waco. All the schools that won state in dekalb are very close to each other. That just tells u the county Is rich in talent. Dekalb has 2 men from the sane region in the mcdonalds all american game. Dekalb also had 4-5 players get drafted this past year with a few more playing professionally over seas. It’s so sad that people say everything but congratulations when the other team is better. TEAMS win ships not players

Brother of WACO

March 11th, 2012
11:27 pm

Man everybody on washington county is FROM washington county! #13 on chs from franklin county #5 on chs from waco! We home grown and will be back at it next year! How is gray overrated and she beat the same team last year! She Got in Foul Trouble and had to sit out!

andre p smith

March 12th, 2012
12:42 am

Enter your comments here

Truth

March 12th, 2012
2:08 am

At Waco. Can kids move are Is that against the law too. Alisha gray is a good player no doubt about that. But it takes a team to win not just one player. Waco looked confused with her on the bench. I thought the coach was going to sub me in lol. Go eagles

Truth

March 12th, 2012
2:32 am

By the way the same kid you’re speaking of was on columbia’s team when y’all won last year and nobody from Waco said anything. It’s just sad you guys won’t say the best TEAM won

columbia track star

March 12th, 2012
5:46 am

um to brother of waco… all those girls have played together since middle school didnt u hear coach frost say that at half time. #23 ZURI FROST #2 VIC GONZ #10 Kadejah vaughn #25 ebony all have been there since 9th grade. i know because i went to school with them

Kennen Jackson

March 12th, 2012
8:54 am

BROTHER WACKO.. I think you got #5 confused with her cousin who plays for WACO (the one who got the tech ) ..but #5 isn’t from WACO.. but you sure could have used her Saturday night! lol

Uncle of WACO

March 12th, 2012
9:52 am

I am a WACO fan, in fact I even played for them as well but I will be the 1st to say that CHS Lady Eagles was the better team Sat. I will be the 1st to also say congrats to you girls! Both teams was good, but the better team won on that perticular day, I do feel that if they was to play again next Sat. with the same players it will be a different game. Zuri Frost is a heck of a point guard and I see that Coach Parker made some 2nd half changes just because she was single handedly breaking the full-court press by herself and making the right pass once she did it. (So yea all they had to do was make a lay up, I don’t blame them our girls would have done the same thing) And to all the Columbia fans, please don’t base your thoughts of WACO fans off of what 1 or 2 people blog about, I promise everyone is not like that is only a small percentage we do have class down in the country as you guys say. lol Well until next year I hope yall enjoy your 2012 State Title cause all you guys boys and girls deserve it! And Alisha Gray is a very good player, yeah she did have a off night and Colombia’s defense did do their job against her, but the best one have off nights, unfortunately for her it was in a title game. I feel that Zuri didn’t have one of her best games in the semi-finals but had a heck of a game in the finals. But I’m gone and once again Congrats to the CHS Basketball Program for a good year.

Brother of WACO

March 12th, 2012
10:33 am

Lol. We know who has the better team. We couldn’t get anything to fall, but columbia track star i have never seen anybody from there at state and i been there the past 3 years. No doubt about it the recruited team is better, but we Waco and Columbia are 1-1 so maybe they ought to get aan exhibition game next year. Best of #

Brother of WACO

March 12th, 2012
10:35 am

I agree UNC. I just like talking crap. I’m all for fun when it comes to sports, we simply were outplayed and fatigued from the first half.

AAA observer~

March 12th, 2012
12:13 pm

Hey Listen.. I know we get on these blogs and talk crazy.. but the truth is good teams should love playing good teams..that Columbia vs WACO is going to be a classic for years to come, the first game where WACO won, and the game Saturday night are classics. I think the best two coaches in AAA got the absolute best from their players..I respect the winning streak it takes a lot of hard work to win that many games,and believe me it takes just as much hard work to beat a team that has won that many games.. Gotta respect the fans and community from Washington County for supprting their teams..But you gotta admitt, that Columbia team showed something this weekend, I have seen a lot of basketball in my time, but those girls played as hard as i have ever seen a TEAM play from the beginning to the end..and thats what it takes to beat a quality program and team like Washington County.
P.S Who ever does the Strength and conditioning for Columbia did a great job with that team..they ran like the USA track and field team and never looked tired! Their bodies looked like athletic pro ball players.. I am impressed they looked like they could have played 2 more games! Great job Washington County and Columbia Thanks for giving us a great season.

Lisa Tanner

March 12th, 2012
1:01 pm

Columbia you guys sucks!!!! Their is no competition in 3A.

Keenen Jackson

March 12th, 2012
1:45 pm

Dear Lisa,
Who would you have Columbia play? Seems like they have played everyone worth playing in the state Georgia except McEachern and Wesylan! lol look and you can go and tell them.. Anytime, Anyplace!!! The only way to get better is to play better! But right now CHS is on the top of the food chain.. Just Accept that for now…ok

Brother of WACO

March 12th, 2012
2:40 pm

Accepted! But, ABout this trackstar……………