Saturday, March 14, 2009


The Class A-AAA state championship games were held at the Macon Centreplex on Saturday. Here’s who came out on top:

The Wesleyan girls started things off by successfully defending their 2008 state title, which they won in Class 2A. The championship—won over Savannah Country Day—in the state’s smallest classification was the program’s fifth overall (all since 2002). The game capped off a magnificent prep basketball career for Wesleyan's Anne Marie Armstrong, who will continue playing basketball at the University of Georgia next season. In the boys Class A game, Whitefield Academy won its second state title under head coach Tyrone Johnson, defeating Turner County in the final by the score of 69-53.

In Class 2A, Buford completed an impressive season by cruising past Model, who was without its leading scorer on the day. The 66-35 victory gave Buford its first-ever state title. It was no first for Dublin in the boys game, however; the Fighting Irish won a Class 2A title back in 2006. This year’s banner comes courtesy of a 79-64 win over Blessed Trinity, which was making its first appearance in the championship game.

The action in Class 3A concluded the high school basketball season, and the final two games of the year did not disappoint. Carrollton came into the girls title game with a mission, having lost in the championship game last season. The Lady Trojans dispatched an upstart Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe team by the score of 51-31. And in the season’s very last game, Naismith Award-winner Derrick Favors and his South Atlanta Hornets finally got their state championship, pulling away late from a gritty Westover team and winning, 81-62.

Thanks for staying with Score Atlanta and Georgia Public Broadcasting throughout the state playoffs!