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North Augusta three-peats with a 50-39 win over South Pointe

Columbia – The North Augusta Lady Yellow Jackets knew they had a chance to join a select group entering Saturday evenings state final match up with South Pointe, so they went out and dominated the first half, outscoring the Lady Stallions 28-12 on their way to 50-39 win to become just the 11th team in state girl’s history to win three consecutive state championship.

“The girls leaving have created a legacy and tradition to follow and we talk about it all the time,” said Lady Jackets coach Al Young. “I’m so proud of how hard the girls worked towards this goal.”

The Lady Yellow Jackets finished the year at 26-2 with their only two losses coming to out of state teams. In fact, they have not lost to in-state school in three years and with three starters returning they will look to keep that streak going next season. They also will have a chance to join five other programs who have won four consecutive girls titles.

South Pointe ended the year at 23-5 and they will also return three starters from the championship game.

The game began with NA scoring the first 7 points, then SP scored five in row to make the score 7-5. NA’S 12 scored last four of quarter and NA led 11-5 after one.

In the second quarter North Augusta opened an 11-point lead at 20-9 Kiana Lee’s five quick points. South Pointe cut the lead to 8 with three quick points, but Lee answered again for the Lady Yellow Jackets with an old fashion three-point play and a deep one from behind the arc. A layup by LaNia Holmes finished the 8-0 run and suddenly North Augusta’s lead was 28-12 at the half.

“We played good defense all night which is something we stress all the time because good defense will keep you in the game. We controlled the boards and that was one of my concerns coming into the game. We wanted to keep them in the half court,” said coach Young.

The third quarter saw The Lady Yellow Jackets increase their lead to 20 at 37-17 but the Lady Stallions behind senior center Sierra McCullough closed the quarter on a 10-4 run to cut the lead to 14 at 41-27 heading into the fourth.

South Pointe’s Scarlett Gilmore drained a long three to start the fourth cutting the lead to 10 and bringing the South Pointe crowd to its feet, but the Lady Yellow Jackets Mya Burns put an end to any dreams of a South Pointe come by scoring four of the next six points pushing the lead back to 16 and North Augusta was never challenged again.

“We had too many turnovers and we didn’t execute. North Augusta played with a lot of energy and they scored when they needed to score,” said South Pointe head coach Stephanie Butler-Graham. “Unfortunately, we didn’t play well on the big stage. I think North Augusta having been here certainly was advantage for them, but we hadn’t played from behind all year.”

North Augusta was led in scoring by junior J’Mani Ingram with 17 points followed by Burns with 13 and Lee with 10. Both Burns and Lee also had 16 and 10 rebounds respectively.

McCullough had a double/ double for South Pointe with 13 points and 13 rebounds while Gilmore chipped in with 12. Sophomore Trinity Adams scored 9 points

 

NA   11   17   13    9   50

SP      5    7    15   12  39

 


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