Macon – Gordon Lee had a 19-point lead going into the fourth quarter and held off a Randolph-Clay rally for a 61-56 victory in the Class A-Public girls final at the Macon Centreplex on Thursday to win the first basketball state championship in school history.
Senior Kassidy Blevins led the way for the Trojans (25-7), scoring 21 points to go along with eight rebounds, four steals, three assists and a blocked shot. Fellow senior Katie Barger had a big first half, scoring all 14 of her points as No. 6 seed Gordon Lee built a 36-19 halftime lead.
Barger made two 3-pointers and was 6-for-8 from the field in the first half. Gordon Lee shot 55.2 percent (16-for-29) from the field in the first two quarter while holding Randolph-Clay to 30.4 percent (7-for-23).
“We shot it well in the first half, but we’ve shot it better,” Gordon Lee coach Lester Galyon said. “That’s what our advantage was going into this game. I felt like we had a chance if we could shoot it well, and we did.”
Top-seeded Randolph-Clay (29-3) trailed 50-31 going into the fourth quarter and outscored Gordon Lee 12-2 over the next four minutes to get back into the game, but the Red Devils never got closer than the five-point final margin.
Randolph-Clay’s Kaneika Washington led all scorers with 26 points, including 11 during the Red Devils’ 25-point fourth quarter.
Randolph-Clay did not bring its required dark uniforms and played the game wearing uniforms borrowed from Jones County.
Randolph-Clay (56): Whenika Washington 2, Kaneika Washington 26, Adriana Blackmon 13, Kobi Thornton 13, Crystal Ricks 2, Brianna Thornton , Alicia Matis, Kadera Parham, Shaaliyah Lews.
Gordon Lee (61): Kassidy Blevins 21, Katie Barger 14, Kalei Kimbrell 2, Taylor Hartline 4, Katelyn Lee 8, Katherine Chambers 2, Abbey Bohannon 4, Tiffany Holland 6, Anna Pettigrew, Sara Holcomb, Tori McElhaney, Bree Salle, Sara Clayton, Avrie Weldon, Madelyn Lee.