A-Public Girls: Turner County 55, Terrell County 38

The Turner County girls ran away with a 55-38 victory over Terrell County in the girls Class A-Public state championship Thursday at the Macon Centreplex to clinch a perfect 31-0 season and the program’s first state title. Before the Rebels took control of the game, they encountered a sluggish start that saw Terrell County build a 14-4 lead with four minutes left in the opening quarter. Mylashia Yancey, who netted Turner County’s first seven points, got the offense going and Xariah Office drilled the first of her four 3-pointers to cut it to 14-10 less than a minute later. Terrell County momentarily held off the Rebels two-headed attack of Yancey and Office, but Tynesia Whitehead contributed with a pair of foul shots that put Turner County within one point (22-21) and Yancey found Brishuana Barnes under the basket to give Turner County’s its first lead of the game (23-22) with three minutes left in the half. Yancey later hit a jumper with a second on the clock to put Turner County up 32-28 at the half. The pace considerably slowed down in the second half and Turner County outscored the Greenwave 8-4 in the third quarter.

The Rebels shot 19-of-24 from the foul line and closed the door on any possible comeback attempt in the fourth quarter as they grew a 51-37 lead with two minutes left. Office led Turner County with a game-high 22 points and Yancey finished with 21, including a perfect 9-9 at the charity stripe. Barnes led Turner County with nine rebounds and chipped in five points. Jamya McDaniel led Terrell County with 15 points and sister Jameil finished with 10 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Turner County fell to Taylor County 67-54 in last year’s championship.

“We made it here last year and lost and from that moment these girls knew they wanted to be right back here,” affirmed Turner County head coach Tasha Kimble after the game. Turner County is the only girls team in the state to go undefeated this season.

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