No one had struggled more than Shaundricka Mann in a Class AAAA girls basketball championship game in which neither team could get anything going offensively.
But Columbia’s senior forward, who had been held scoreless for most of the game, made her only field goal of the night on a put-back with five seconds to play to lead the top-ranked Eagles to a 38-37 victory over Sandy Creek at the Macon Centreplex on Thursday for their second consecutive state title.
It was the first girls championship game in any classification since 1980 in which both teams failed to reach 40 points.
The championship was the third in four seasons for the Columbia (27-3), which won AAA titles in 2010 (40-36 over Carver-Atlanta) and 2012 (57-33 over Washington County).
Mann scored her only three points of the night in the game’s final seconds, beginning