Third-ranked Miller Grove held Effingham County without a field goal for the game’s first 15 minutes and cruised to a 49-23 victory in the Class AAAAA girls basketball semifinals Saturday at Kennesaw State.
The victory puts Miller Grove back in the championship game after winning its first state title last year. The Wolverines (26-5) will play at 7 p.m. Friday at the Macon Centreplex.
Klarissa Weaver scored 11 of her team’s first 13 points as Miller Grove built a 25-10 halftime lead.
Effingham County had made just five free throws until Ebony Hicklen’s short jumper in the lane with 59 seconds to play in the second quarter cut the lead to 25-7. The Rebels (26-6) finished the game with just five field goals.
Weaver led Miller Grove with 15 points, and Tashi Thompson added 12. Jakayvea Akins led Effingham County with seven.
Effingham County (23): Maddie Evans 3, Jakayvea Akins 7, Aliyah Williams 2, Kyesha Lewis, 3, Aby Youmans 1, Ebony Hicklen 5, Shatrell Crawford 2, Brooke Fowler.
Miller Grove (49): Shaquanda Durden 3, Tashi Thompson 12, Katie Hunt 6, Klarissa Weaver 15, Aniefiok Udofia 2, Imani Richardson 2, Sarai Blessett 2, Catika Brown 7, Chrystal Ezechukwu, Sharieka Brown, Jessica Housley, Janet Johnson.