North Augusta girls three-peat as state champs, both Laney teams bow out

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Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- North Augusta's dominant first half, leads to a big 50-39 win over South Pointe in the 4A state championship game.

The Yellow Jackets defense was supreme, as they held the Stallions to 16 percent shooting through the first two quarters, to take a 28-12 lead at halftime. They'd lead the entire game.

Three players scored in double digits. J'Mani Ingram knocked down a team-high 17 points.

Both Mya Burns and Kiana Lee recorded double-doubles. Burns finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds. While Lee had 12 points and 10 boards.

"This is great. I can't tell you how proud I am of those young ladies," North Augusta coach, Al Young said. "It's been a long way. We started back in September. We just had no idea. We had a lot of young kids. We talked about the possibility. But we really didn't know. But the girls bought in and here we are."

"It means a lot. When I came in as a freshman, we lost at the lower-state championship. This means a lot. Since then, our team hasn't let up and we've won three-straight after that," senior guard, Mya Burns said.

"This means everything. We worked so hard since summertime. No breaks. Anytime we had off time, we all still got in the gym. So, it means a lot," senior guard, Aaliyah Bells said.

This is North Augusta's third straight state title.

In the Peach State, the Laney girls fell short of a three-peat, losing to Douglass 66-60 in the 2A semifinals.

Camille Smith led the Wildcats with 18 points and seven rebounds. Jaiden Hamilton scored nine points, but did not play in the 4th quarter, after limping off the court in the 3rd.

For the Laney boys, it was deja vu, as they saw their season come to an end at the hands of Vidalia, the same team the Wildcats lost to in the semifinals in 2018.

Thw Wildcats fall 53-44 to the Indians. Jarvis Washington finished with 12 points and Matthew Jones with 10.