When Wilkinson County needed it, Torrico Simmons provided it, and the Warriors walked away with their third state championship since 2007 and sixth overall.
Wilkinson (30-2) took the lead for good on Simmons’ 3-pointer with just under five minutes left and won despite scoring just three points after that, all on free throws.
In a game where neither team shot well - Wilkinson shot 33.9 percent for the game and Wilcox 28.1 percent -
Simmons scored eight of Wilkinson’s nine points in the fourth quarter finished with 20.
Simmons added three assists and made six 3-pointers.
Wilkinson held Wilcox (23-5) scoreless for the last 4:38.
Makail Graced scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Wilcox, which had four chances to take the lead in the final 3:30 but could not get a shot to fall.
After a first half that finished tied at 28, Wilkinson opened the third quarter with an 8-3 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from Derrick Trawick and Simmons. The Warriors led by as many as six in the third , which they ended with a 44-39 lead.
Wilcox pulled even twice in the first 2:30 of the fourth, the last coming on a 3-pointer by Calvin Rawls, a shot that tied the game at 47, but Simmons answered with his tie-breaking 3 and the Wilkinson defense did the rest.
Fred Green added 11 points and Kareem Sanders 10 for Wilkinson. Rawls finished with 12 for Wilcox.