Tucker girls cruise to first-ever state crown

Photo by Ty Freeman

Tucker won its first girls basketball state title with an 83-65 victory over region-rival and defending state champion Southwest DeKalb in the Class AAAA state finals. The Tigers opened the game on an 8-0 run and never trailed. The lead extended to 38-26 at the half and grew to a 21-point advantage late in the fourth quarter. The Tigers outscored SW DeKalb 40-28 in the paint and held the Panthers to four fast break points despite 19 turnovers.

Tori Robinson broke the Southwest DeKalb full court press and created quality shots until the final buzzer. The 5-foot-3 senior finished with 21 points off of 7-of-10 shooting and played through an ankle injury she suffered in the first half diving into a pile for a loose ball.

Tucker’s frontcourt was unstoppable as seniors Erykah Davenport, Nuba Jackson and Naima Jackson dominated. Davenport (Miami-signee) grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and stuffed the stat sheet with five steals, four assists and 11 points. Nuba shot 6-of-10 from the field and netted 12-of-13 free throws to finish with a game-high 26 points and twin-sister Naima finished 9-of-10 from the foul line and 11 points.

Southwest DeKalb was led by junior Tynice Martin’s team-high 16 points and junior Davion Wingate’s 15 points.


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