AAAA Girls: Sandy Creek 48, Mary Persons 23
For the second time in three seasons Cedric King has led a team to the state title game. While the teams are different, the style is the same: tough, relentless defense.
King’s unranked Patriots wore down No. 6 Mary Persons, holding the Bulldogs scoreless in the fourth quarter, en route to a 48-23 win in the first AAAA girls semi-final at Fort Valley State. In the end, Sandy Creek’s nine-player rotation drained the fight out of a scrappy Mary Person’s squad that went only six deep.
“We knew our defensive pressure would wear them down,” King said. “We just had to keep doing what we do.”
In the second half, the Bulldogs got as close as 24-19 late in the third period. But Keke Calloway’s free throw with a minute left in the period, which made the score 29-23, was the last point the Bulldogs would score in the contest. Sandy Creek closed the game on a 19-0 run and played keep-away during several stretches in the fourth quarter.
Sydney Jarmon and Courtney Street led the Patriots with 18 and 11 points, respectively, while 6-foot-4 center Safiya Martin, who signed with Temple, added 2 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Aleah Holden had 11 and Calloway added 10 to pace Mary Persons.