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Top 10 girls performances in Macon

1. Tatyana Davis, Morgan County, Jr.

32 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 7 steals

2. Khayla Pointer, Holy Innocents’, Jr.

33 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

3. Erica Gibbons, Jackson-Atlanta, Sr.

26 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steals

4. Maya Dodson, St. Francis, Jr.

22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 steals

5. A’tyanna Golden, Americus-Sumter, Sr.

16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals

6. Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Winder-Barrow, So.

13 points, 19 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

7. Mylashia Yancey, Turner County, Sr.

21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists

8. Jala Jordan, St. Francis, So.

14 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals

9. Que Morrison, McEachern, Sr.

14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

10. Chioma Nnamani, Greenforest, So.

17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Top Five Performances In Macon

1. Wendell Carter Jr., Pace Academy, Jr.

30 points (10-11 FG), 20 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal

Domination. One word that has been synonymous with Wendell Carter Jr. throughout his career. Against a smaller yet physical frontline of Manchester, the five-star junior center wrecked the Blue Devils and led the Knights to their first ever title. He even went 3-for-3 from deep, proving he can do it all on the floor. Carter was named Class AA Player of the Year along with numerous superlatives and was named Sandy’s Spiel Mr. Basketball.

2. Jailyn Ingram, Morgan County, Sr.

28 points (8-11 FT), 9 rebounds, 1 assist

Florida Atlantic is getting a big time player in Jailyn Ingram, who has successfully stepped out of the shadows cast by Tookie Brown last year. The 6-foot-7 forward used his quickness and size inside to get the best of a smaller Jenkins team while capturing his second state championship and getting revenge after a 62-60 loss to the Warriors in the title game a year ago. Ingram used nifty footwork while facing up on the low block to spin to the cup and finish with authority. He is a Class AAA First-Team All-State selection.

3. John Ogwuche, Greenforest, Sr.

27 points (14-23 FT), 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals

The New Hampshire signee went out on top as Greenforest knocked off St. Francis, ending the Knights’ two-year run and getting payback from last year’s 96-81 loss in the state championship. John Ogwuche was relentless on his attack of the rim, living at the line while punishing the Knights’ guards trying to check him. He also helped hold Kobi Simmons (8-25 FG) in check to preserve the victory. Coach Larry Thompson praised Ogwuche for his efforts after the game saying he “willed us to victory.” The grizzled veteran was selected to the 1A-Private All-State Second-Team.

4. Jamie Lewis, Westlake, So.

21 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal

Only a sophomore, the sky is the limit for Jamie Lewis. With Westlake on the ropes in the third quarter down 11 to Pebblebrook, Lewis took over and scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the period to claw the Lions back into the game. Lewis was battle-tested all year long coming out of Region 3 and taking the toughest road to the final by having to beat Norcross, Shiloh and Newton just to get to Macon. On the biggest stage, he shined the brightest whether he was tossing alley-oops or getting buckets. Lewis’ performance will not be forgotten in a wild Class AAAAAA final. He is an All-State Honorable Mention selection.

5. Richard LeCounte, Liberty County, Jr.

20 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals

Sometimes you take the good with the bad. LeCounte missed his first three shots in wild and ugly fashion but eventually settled in. He had a whopping 10 turnovers, but his fearless style of play consisting of flying all over the floor and smacking bodies with opponents for loose balls was the difference in helping Liberty County to its first-ever state championship while avenging last year’s 71-43 season ending loss to Jonesboro and snapping the Cardinals’ attempt at a three-peat. The five-star UGA football commit showed off his uber-athleticism from the opening tip, stealing the jump ball in impressive fashion. LeCounte was aggressive all night long and wasn’t afraid to make mistakes. He drilled three big threes in the Panthers’ 58-52 Class AAAA championship victory. LeCounte was named Second-Team All-State.

Westlake closes out GHSA season by breaking Pebblebrook’s heart in overtime

No. 2 Westlake 68, No. 7 Pebblebrook 58 OT

Pure madness. That is the phrase that could wrap up the 2015-16 GHSA basketball season. From the terrible conditions at the Macon Centreplex that made you feel like winning the Powerball was more possible than catching a signal, to the taped rims, cracked floors and of course, the baskets not even being regulation length, the Class AAAAAA final will be one that people will gather around the water cooler to talk about and scratch their heads concerning all the strange decisions made.

The game started off ho-hum, as a photographer walked onto the floor in the middle of the action, in a daze as if he didn’t know the most important game of the season was being played – or any game for that matter. The bizarre scene was just the start for a whacky final game that summed up the GHSA season as, ponderous.

No. 2 Westlake (27-4) raced out to a 15-6 lead and looked like they were going to demolish No. 7 Pebblebrook (23-10) and hand them their second-straight blowout loss to the Lions, and fourth loss overall during the season against their Region 3 foe.

Collin Sexton had other ideas. The potent guard came away with a layup in transition to end the quarter after Westlake was attempting to hold for one shot, cutting into the lead 15-12.

It was just the beginning of a monstrous second quarter run for the Falcons. Coach George Washington’s electrifying group stunned the bigger Lions by using Sexton and JJ Smith’s athleticism to counter Westlake’s length. A 26-7 run ended the half with the Falcons on top 32-22, but like in their Region 3 championship meeting, Pebblebrook held an eight point lead before falling 79-57.

Sexton netted 14 of his team-high 18 points in the first half while living at the foul line, sinking all eight attempts. In the second half the Falcons continued to soar. Smith threw down a dunk and helped Pebblebrook to its largest lead of the game, 42-31.

Jamie Lewis wouldn’t let Westlake fade into oblivion however.

The super sophomore poured in 12 of his game-high 21 points in the third quarter and added nine assists on the night to draw the Lions within three, 46-43. The interesting coaching tactics of Darron Rogers came into play. He called three timeouts within the first three minutes of the fourth quarter including one after a Lewis to Ronald Bell alley-oop tied the game at 48 with 5:13 to play.

Chuma Okeke shot just 1-of-3 in the first half for three points but slowly began to wake up when the game was on the line. His seventh point of the contest gave the Lions the lead with 4:43 left. Westlake’s 9-2 run pushed the lead to 52-48. Sophomore Dwight Murray knocked down a three to keep the Falcons in striking distance at 53-51.

Lewis extended the lead to 58-53 when he found Okeke inside with under a minute to go.

After a Pebblebrook bucket, Okeke was sent to the line for a one-and-one. He missed both and Auburn signee Jared Harper, who had a modest finish to his elusive high school career scoring 11 points in each of his last two games after averaging 28 on the season, drilled a three with 19 seconds left to tie the game and send it to overtime at 58. Little did he know, his 15th point of the game coming on 6-of-19 shooting, was the final basket of his career.

In overtime Coach Rogers elected to hold the ball and melt the first three minutes off the clock as the crowd erupted in boos.

When the Lions finally attacked it was Okeke spinning through the lane for a hoop to go up 60-58 with a minute left. Danny Lewis came up with a runout and connected on a layup but was intentionally fouled too. He hit both free throws turning it into a 4-point play which resulted in a 6-point possession as on the ensuing inbound, Okeke slashed to the hoop for an open layup, 66-58 with now just 27 seconds left, stunning the Falcons a year after falling to Wheeler 59-58 on two last second free throws from Jaylen Brown.

Okeke scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half and added seven rebounds. Danny Lewis finished with 14 points and Raquan Wilkins chipped in nine points and six boards. Smith was Pebblebrook’s third leading scorer with 13 points and five rebounds.

Morgan County gets its revenge on Jenkins; sweeps AAA titles

No. 1 Morgan County 66, No. 5 Jenkins 56

No. 1 Morgan County (26-4) completed the difficult task of sweeping Class AAA following the No. 1-ranked girls team winning their first title since 1983. Jailyn Ingram and Jordan Ford’s size inside wore down the smaller No. 5 Jenkins Warriors (28-5) as the Bulldogs avenged last year’s 62-60 loss in the final seconds, 66-56.

Jenkins led 12-11 at the end of one and was able to use its speed against Morgan County’s size. Zion Williams scored eight of his 15 points in the first half and began a surge to give the Warriors the lead after trailing 21-16. Williams ran off six straight points to give Jenkins a 24-23 lead with 2:17 to play.

The Warriors held a 28-26 lead at halftime but Coach Jamond Sims’ size was starting to chip away at Jenkins, causing foul trouble for star junior Trevion Lamar, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder. Lamar finished the night 2-of-9 from the field with just five points, seven rebounds, three turnovers and four fouls.

“You have to kind of crowd him when he gets in his sweet spots. He kind of got a little bit hesitant especially when he picked up his early two fouls,” explained Coach Sims. “Once they inserted him back in we chose to keep going at him.”

The Bulldogs went on a 12-4 run to end the third quarter and gain a 42-38 lead entering the fourth that they would never relinquish. Jenkins cut the lead to four at 47-43 after Dimetri Chambers connected on a three-pointer, part of his team-high 17 points, and again at 53-49 after another Chambers bucket, but the Warriors would get no closer.

Ingram was the beneficiary of the Bulldog attack. The Florida Atlantic signee scored 11 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter and pulled down nine rebounds in his final game. Ford added 17 points and five rebounds of his own.

Morgan County’s senior class of Jailyn Ingram, DeVorious Brown, Jordan Ford and Emmanuel Little, highlighted by FAU signees Ingram and Brown, were the foundation of an incredible senior class who’s worst season ended with a loss in the Elite Eight.

“Those are kids that have won over 100 games in their career. Been to the state championship three times.”

Their championship pedigree shone through as Brown tallied eight points and four assists while Little added six points and three assists.  Freshman Alec Woodard chipped in seven points and eight rebounds, a part of a bright future. Michael Coffee finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in the loss for Jenkins.

Morgan County shot 57.1 percent to Jenkins’ 32.3.