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  • THE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURE
    A look at the 2002 state title winners

    by Dave Wohlhueter

    Once again, high school girls' basketball around the country continued to increase the level of its competition in 2002. Each year, state championships are harder to earn, but when they are achieved, the honor is sweeter than ever.

    Gballmag.com checked around the country and came up with these state championship results:

    Alabama
    1A: Belgreen 68, Spring Garden 53
    2A: Hatton 65, Gaston 51
    3A: Lauderdale County 76, Sylvania 41
    5A: Athens 66, Boaz 63
    6A: Sparkman 58, LeFlore 54

    Alaska
    1A: Wainwright 34, Selawik 31
    2A: Ninilchik 35, Yakutat 15
    3A: Nikiski 60, Monroe 33
    4A: East Anchorage 50, Wasilla 47
    In the 4A division, the East Anchorage Lady Thunderbirds edged the Lady Warriors of Wasilla behind the offense of two all-tournament players, guard Tenecia Macon and guard/forward Ashley Mickens, who each had 12 points. Macon converted 6 of 10 from the field.

    Arkansas
    A: Guy Perkins 74, Bradley 60
    AA: Greenland 68, Poyen 52
    AAA: Highland 55, Ozark 53
    AAAA: Harrison 78, Siloam Springs 62
    AAAAA: FS Northside 67, West Memphis 56
    Repeat champions from 2001 were Guy Perkins, Harrison and FS Northside

    California
    Competition was keen at the state championships with three of the five titles decided by five points or less. Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) won its third consecutive girls' Division III title. Nykia Peace led the Lady Knights with 24 points, and Noelle Quinn tallied 20 and grabbed 13 rebounds, as Bishop Montgomery defeated Miramonte (Orinda) 60-55. Miramonte, in its first-ever championship round, was paced by Tori Markey with a game-high 28 points and a team-leading 11 rebounds.
    Other results:
    Div. I: Lynwood 74, Kennedy, Sacramento 55
    Div. II: St. Mary's, Stockton 51, Redondo Union 47
    Div. III: Bishop Montgomery, Torrance 60, Miramonte, Orinda 55
    Div. IV: Marin Catholic, Kentfield 66, St. Bernard, Playa del Rey 48
    Div. V: La Jolla Country Day 53, Modesto Christian 49

    Colorado
    5A: Highlands Ranch 52, Doherty 45
    4A: Mullen 53, Broomfield 51 (OT)
    3A: C.S. Christian 58, Estes Park 49
    2A: Limon 54, Fowler 45
    1A: Merino 58, McClave 41

    Connecticut
    LL: NFA 71, Trumbull 43
    L: Guilford 73, Holy Cross 43
    M: East Catholic 42, Northwest Catholic 31
    S: Trinity Catholic 65, Wamogo 61 OT

    Florida
    6A: Miami Edison 67, Deerfield Beach 60
    5A: South Broward, Hollywood 76, Clearwater 51
    4A: Ribault, Jacksonville 70, Winter Haven 50
    3A: Monsignor Pace, Miami 61, Bishop Verot, Ft. Myers 51
    2A: Melbourne Central Catholic 46, Benjamin 36
    A: Northwest Christian, Miami 86, All Saints, Winter Haven 55

    Georgia
    A: Wesleyan 65, Jefferson 49
    AA: G.A.C. 55, Macon Paideia 43
    AAA: Northeast 61, Swainsboro 52
    AAAA: Glenn Hills 66, Hephzibah 46
    AAAAA: Collins Hill 58, Meadowcreek 42

    Idaho
    5A: Boise 31, Timberline 26
    4A: Post Falls 58, Bishop Kelly 39
    3A: Lakeland 40, Shelley 37
    2A: Lapwai 62, Prairie 55
    1A: Kendrick 56, Dietrich 54

    Illinois
    Melanie Ploger scored 17 points to lead Hinsdale Central to a 43-38 triumph over Chicago Heights (Marian) in the Class AA championship. Hinsdale led from late in the first period (14-13) on the first of four consecutive foul shots by Ploger, and ended the first quarter up 17-13. In the second half, Chicago Heights got no closer than five.
    The results:
    AA: Hinsdale, Central 43, Chicago Heights, Marian 38
    A: Carrollton 24, Augusta, Southeastern 20

    reicina russell Indiana
    Junior center Reicina Russell (#50, at right) set Class 4A records for points (31) and blocked shots (7) in leading Terre Haute South to a 63-42 victory over South Bend Riley. It was the first appearance for both teams in the championship finals. The 6-6 Russell had 20 points and five blocked shots at halftime for the third-ranked Braves. Unranked South Bend Riley was paced by juniors Suntana Granderson and Crystal Norman, both with 19 points and seven rebounds.
    The results:
    A: North Vermilllion 45, Hebron 42
    2A: Southwestern, Hanover 70, Shenandoah 64
    3A: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 51, Gibson Southern 37
    4A: Terre Haute South 63, South Bend Riley 42

    Iowa
    1A: Rock Valley 62, Hinton 56
    2A: Mid-Prairie 51, Colo-Nesco 49
    3A: Perry 54, Xavier 32
    4A: Ankeny 29, Waterloo West 27

    Kansas
    6A: Heights (Wichita) 44, St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park) 43
    5A: Mirge (Shawnee Mission) 61, Schlagle (Kansas City) 56
    4A: Andale 47, Hayden (Topeka) 43
    3A: Silver Lake 40, Smith Center 38
    2A: Osborne 55, Ness City 38
    1A: Centralia 47, Little River 42

    Kentucky
    Sacred Heart 57, Jackson County 46

    Louisiana
    1A: Southern Lab 69, Arcadia 39
    2A: St. Frederick 57, Christ Life 31
    3A: Teurlings 67, Kaplan 35
    4A: Capitol 76, Morgan City 61
    5A: Southwood 59, Dominican 41
    B: Anacolo 84, Negreet 58
    C: Hackberry 52, Atlanta 43

    Maine
    A: McAuley 67, Cony 61
    B: Mt. Desert 51, Gray-New Gloucester 48
    C: Dirigo 46, Calais 38
    D: Woodland 75, Rangeley 46
    This was the second straight year that Mt. Desert defeated Gray-New Gloucester for the B championship (42-30 in 2001). Woodland also beat Rangeley for the D title for the second straight season (66-44 in 2001).

    Maryland
    4A: Churchill 68, Oxon Hill 49
    3A: Gwynn Park 59, Milford Mill 43
    2A: DuVal 57, Hammond 46
    1A: Dunbar 62, Smithburg 46

    Massachusetts
    I: Cambridge R&L 61, Pittsfield 48
    II: Walpole 58, Wahconah 33
    III: Westwood 65, Smith Academy 53
    IV: St. Mary's of Lynn 49, Dover-Sherborn 41

    Michigan
    Fall 2001 Results
    A: Everett 53, Heritage 43
    B: Powers Catholic 54, Detroit Country Day 53
    C: Benedictine 73, Olivet 39
    D: Carney-Nadeau 54, Northern Michigan Christian 32

    Minnesota
    A: Kittson Central 63, Elgin-Milville 41
    AA: New London-Spicer 43, Yellow Medicine East 31
    AAA: Marshall 61, Minneapolis North Community 46
    AAAA: Lakeville 55, Blaine 46
    Lakeville successfully defended its Class AAAA championship in a close battle, beating Blaine 55-46. Lakeville center Liz Podominick, a 6-2 junior, had a game-high 26 points, making 10-of-16 of her shots from the field, as the Panthers shot 52.5 percent as a team. She also pulled down 11 rebounds. Heather Peterson of Blaine had a double-double with 17 points and 11 caroms.

    Mississippi
    5A: Murrah 49, Columbus 46
    4A: Province 60, Bay High 58
    3A: New Albany 74, West Lauderdale 55
    2A: Bruce 55, East Marion 48
    1A: Durant 86, Myrtle 80 (OT)

    Missouri
    1A: New Haven 58, Northeast Nodaway 49
    2A: Notre Dame (Cape Girard.) 63, Eisberry 57
    3A: Notre Dame de Sion 63, Visitation 48
    4A: Lee's Summit North 55, Hickman 50

    Montana
    Fall 2001 Results
    AA: Flathead 52, Billings West 47
    A: Fergus 62, Beaverhead 56, OT
    B: Baker 48, Columbus 36
    C: Chester 83, Harlowton 75, 2OT

    Nebraska
    A: Bellevue East 43, Lincoln Southeast 42
    B: South Sioux City 63, Lincoln Pius X 48
    C1: Lincoln Christian 35, Columbus Scotus 34
    C2: West Point Central Catholic 52, Kearney Catholic 27
    D1: Freeman 40, Falls City Sacred Heart 35
    D2: Chambers 47, Prague 43

    Nevada
    4A: Centennial 76, Douglas 74, 2OT
    3A: Lowry 54, Virgin Valley 47
    2A: Mineral County 61, The Meadows 37
    1A: Pahranagat Valley 54, Lund 41

    New Hampshire
    L: Dover
    I: Kearsarge
    M: Mascoma
    S: Groveton

    New Jersey
    I: Wildwood 60, Mt. Lakes 53
    II: Rumson-Fair Haven 44, Newton 42
    III: Willingboro 51, Shabazz 50
    IV: Trenton 47, Morristown 45
    Tournament of Champions: Trenton 51, Willlingboro 46

    New Mexico
    A: Des Moines 65, Magdalena 61, OT
    AA: Texico 77, Newcomb 52
    AAA: Shiprock 75, Portales 60
    AAAA: Farmington 71, Kirtland Central 63
    AAAAA: Gallup 52, Hobbs 47

    New York
    A: Bergtraum 70, Christ the King 54
    B: Our Lady of Lourdes 53, St. Francis Prep 45
    C: Bishop Kearney 67, Voorheesville 31
    D: Mary Louis 47, Watertown IHC 43

    North Carolina
    1A: Thomasville 69, Midway 44
    2A: Ledford 73, Tarboro 53
    3A: High Point Central 56, Rockingham County 53
    4A: Freedom 63, Lumberton 52
    Ledford was the only girls' team in the state to finish with an unbeaten record (32-0). Leslie Hinkle scored 40 points, the fifth-best scoring performance ever in a women's state tournament game, to lead Ledford, a four-time state champion, and capture MVP honors. Freedom won the 4A title for the fifth time, dethroning defending champion Lumberton 63-52. Kerry Gardin scored 25 points, grabbed 19 rebounds, recorded three steals and six assists to lead the Patriots.

    North Dakota
    Fall 2001 Results
    A: Fargo North 48, Minot 44
    B: Mohall 55, Washburn 39

    Ohio
    I: Hoover 58, St. Ursula Academy 40
    II: East Tech 53, Mifflin 45
    III: Regina 62, Archbold 54
    IV: St. John's 50, Shadyside 32

    Oklahoma
    6A: Westmoore
    5A: Woodward
    4A: Stigler
    3A: Kansas
    2A: Velma-Alma
    A: Hydro-Eakly
    B: Dover

    Oregon
    4A: Oregon City 57, Beaverton 42
    3A: Wilsonville 41, La Grande 34
    2A: Condon 42, Cove 37
    Ashley Gonnerman had 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Oregon City over Beaverton 57-42 in the 4A championship game. Lauren Reini came off the bench to add 10 for the winners, who shot 48.6 percent for the game. Rachel Byers led Beaverton with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

    Pennsylvania
    A: Bishop Carroll 59, Nativity 44
    AA: Vincentian Academy 47, Trinity 35
    AAA: Allentown CC 45, Villa Maria Academy 33
    AAAA: Cumberland Valley 54, Oakland Catholic 44

    Rhode Island
    I: LaSalle Academy def. Classical
    II: Johnston def. South Kingstown
    III: Central def. Mount St. Charles

    South Carolina
    AAAA: Orangeburg-Wilkinson 58, Dutch Fork 47
    AAA: York 64, Dreher 61
    AA: Lee Central 76, Columbia 42
    A: Timmonsville 62, Lewisville 61

    South Dakota
    Fall 2001 Results
    AA: Roosevelt 36, OšGorman 29
    A: Sisseton 47, Platte 37
    B: Baltic 64, Harding County 44

    Tennessee
    AAA: Sevier County 52, Lawrence County 44
    AA: Gainsboro Jackson County 47, Pulaski Giles County 28
    A: Antioch Ezell-Harding 53, Celina 38
    II: Memphis Briarcrest 43, Nashville Harpeth Hall 42
    The Sevier County team used a stifling defense to defeat Lawrence County 52-44 in the Class AAA championship game. For three quarters, Lawrence County was held to 21 points. Tina Broyhill had 17 points for the winners.

    In the AA title contest, Jackson County won its third straight crown, as 5-10 senior forward Alyssa Bowman had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Antioch Ezell-Harding took home its first Class A championship behind 19 points, six rebounds and four assists from 5-11 senior forward Julie Hayes.

    Senior Jenny Golden scored a layup with five seconds remaining to give Memphis Briarcrest its one-point victory over top-ranked Nashville Harpeth Hall. Senior center Becky Brown had 19 points for Briarcrest who took home its second consecutive state title.

    Texas
    A Division II: Nazareth 67, Dodd City 42
    A Division I: Brock 58, La Rue La Poynor 26
    A Texas Cup: Brock 46, Nazareth 38
    2A: Buffalo 48, Abernathy 43
    3A: Llano 67, Texarkana Liberty Evlau 51
    4A: Plainview 68, Dallas Lincoln 40
    5A: Mansfield 47, San Antonio Taft 42

    Utah
    5A: Atla def. Taylorsville
    4A: Mountain View def. Timpview
    3A: Wasatch def. Snow Canyon
    2A: Beaver def. Enterprise
    1A: Panguitch def. Valley

    Virginia
    AAA: Princess Anne 49, West Springfield 42
    Fall 2001 Results
    AA: Charlottesville 54, Northside 51
    A: Glenvar 41, Radford 38

    Washington
    4A: Central Valley 61, Prairie 43
    3A: Seattle Prep 50, Eastside Catholic 40
    2A: East Valley 53, Chelan 40
    1A: Colifax 42, Kingšs 32
    B: St. Georgešs 56, Pateros 53

    West Virginia
    AAA: Capital def. North Merion
    AA: James Monroe def. Petersburg
    A: Mercer Christian def. Charleston Catholic

    Wisconsin
    I: Hudson 65, Waukesha South 46
    II: Columbus 58, Racine St. Catherine's 40
    III: Newman 43, Boyceville 40
    IV : Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 76, Pecatonica 69

    Wyoming
    4A: Campbell County 74, Sheridan 45
    3A Thermopolis 46, Star Valley 43
    2A: Big Horn 38, Sundance 37
    1A: Little Snake River 55, Burlington 50

    Congratulations to the winners. Work harder next year, because everyone wants to beat a champion.




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