Class A Boys (Public): Wilkinson County 81, Jenkins County 65

Fort Valley — No. 5 Wilkinson took the lead for good with six minutes left in the first half and pulled away down the stretch.

Ten different players scored for the Warriors (29-2), who earned a shot at their third state title in seven years.

Torrico Simmons scored 25 to lead Wilkinson, which also got 13 from Derrick Trawick Jr.

Jenkins (18-9) led by as many as eight in the first quarter before Wilkinson got rolling. The Warriors closed the first period with an 11-4 run and pulled even at 19 on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Jamerion Love.

Jenkins led 24-22 early in the second period before Trawick’s 3-pointer started a 12-1 run for Wilkinson, which led by as many ast 13 in the second half.

Justin Ellis scored 20 and Daniel Langston 16 for Jenkins County, which pulled within four at 66-62 with 5:26 left but got no closer.

2 comments Add your comment

liberalefty

March 2nd, 2013
6:43 am

in georgia high school basketball theres like 16 champions{girls/boys}…seems like everybody gets a trophy..in KENTUCKy THERES ONLY 1 BOYS CHAMP…1 girls champ…so simple

Don

March 2nd, 2013
6:52 pm

@ liberallefty,

I agree with you. We have way too many classifications here in GA. I remember being in basic training at Kentucky in 1996 and following (by following, I mean reading the newspaper) Paintsville, a team from a community of 3000 people, making a magical run to a state title. We could do it in GA but I highly doubt it. The bigger schools have a superiority complex and would get extremely embarrassed and butt-hurt by getting beat by some country bumpkins. At the same time, many small school coaches are happy to run up impressive win numbers without ever having to challenge the bigger schools. My argument is that the school classification does not really matter except for the fact that you have a bigger pool to draw players from. Once you lace them up, it comes down to who plays better on the hardwood. I know the metro Atlanta area has a lot of marque players and the higher classification teams. However, there have been some years where I felt the state champs in these higher classifications were not the best teams in the state but these arguments always get dismissed by the “we in play in region gazillion-A so our team is better” excuse. I would love for this argument to be settled on the court one day.