The Class A-Public boys and girls basketball semifinals were played at Valdosta State on Saturday. The Telfair County girls and Pelham girls advanced to play at 2 p.m. at the A-Public championship game Wednesday at Stegman Coliseum in Athens. Wilkinson County and Calhoun County will square off in the boys A-Public final at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Boys: Wilkinson County 61, Macon County 47
The Wilkinson County Warriors are headed to the finals to play for the program's ninth state title. Wilkinson County led for the entirety of the game and outscored Macon County 19-10 in the second quarter to build a 34-24 lead heading into the second half. Jaylon Lamer scored 13 points and teammate Larry Jones finished with 12.
“We’ve been up and down this year but it seems like the kids are peaking at the right time," said Warriors head coach So we’re sure excited about being in the championship game over in Athens next week”, said the Warriors head coach Tasha Kimble.
Boys: Calhoun County 54, Clinch County 50
The Cougars are headed to the finals in a barnburner with a win over the Clinch County Panthers. Calhoun had a 33-24 edge going into the break, but the Panthers outscored the Cougars 15-12 in the third to bring the game within six points with a 45-39 Calhoun County lead.
Calhoun County scored 11 in the fourth quarter and the Panthers nine and the Cougars were able to walk away with the win due clutch free throws by Rashun Williams. Williams had 12 points with 7 coming in the fourth. Kadarrius Holmes had 10. The Cougars held on to their No. 1 ranking in the state.
Girls: Telfair County 62, Woodville Thompkins 60
The Telfair County Trojans are on their way to the finals after a thrilling win over the Woodville-Thompkins Wolverines. Telfair County took a 25-22 lead at the end of the first half.
The Wolverines scored 27 points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t quite pull away with the win. Telefair’s Tyshiana Rozier had 24 points and Brandy Mackey finished with 12. Savanna Walker scored 24 and LaNaya El-Amin had 15 points for Woodsville. After the tough loss, Woodville-Thompkins coach Jeffrey Robinson added, “We’re a very young team and we look forward to coming back next year to make it even further. We’re in good spirits”.
Girls: Pelham 81, Wheeler County 67
The Pelham Hornets will advance to the finals with a win over the Wheeler County Bulldogs on Saturday. Pelham had three scorers in double figures. Destiny Thomas led the way with 26 points, teammate Mahogany Randall had 21 and Mahogany Brown scored 11. Thomas also grabbed nine rebounds while Willeshia Kemp corralled 10 boards.
“I’m just happy to be in the championship,” said Hornets coach Antonia Tookes following her team's strong offensive performance.