The Gordon Lee Lady Trojans won the 2012-2013 Class 1A Public School state championship with a thrilling win over Randolph-Clay at the Macon Coliseum.
The victory also served as the last state tournament win for the Navy-and-White, but that all changed on Friday night.
Playing on the road at No. 14 Central-Talbotton, the No. 19-seeded Lady Trojans led 30-18 at halftime and held on in the second half for a 48-44 over the Lady Hawks.
Gracie O'Neal had a team-high 19 points for the Lady Trojans (16-11) and picked up 14 rebounds to complete the double-double. Abby Dalton had 14 points, Faith Alexander finished with 12 and Sam Belue finished with five. Dalton connected on four 3-pointers, while Alexander hit two.
"It was a big win," head coach Kevin McElhaney said. "To travel and get a win is tough to do. It was a great atmosphere because Central had a big crowd turn out and they were into the game, but the girls responded to every challenge. We had the lead in the fourth (quarter) by eight points and did a great job of milking the clock and taking care of the ball.
"It was a complete team win. It's a good feeling to get to the state playoffs and pick up a win. These young ladies have worked hard for it."
With the victory, Gordon Lee will head to Buena Vista in south Georgia to take on No. 3 seed Marion County (22-5), the Region 4 champions. The game will be played Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Lovett girls 52, LFO 27
Led by Stanford university commit Jenna Brown, the No. 5-ranked Lady Lions overwhelmed the Lady Warriors on Friday night in the opening round of the Class 3A state playoffs in Atlanta.
Region 5 champion Lovett (24-4) led 17-5 after the first quarter and 29-18 at halftime before limiting the Lady Warriors to just nine points in the second half.
Brown, a 5-foot-10 McDonald's High School All-American, is the No. 3-ranked point guard in the nation and the No. 20 overall prospect overall by ESPN. She ended the night with 32 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
Macey Gregg had 12 points to lead LFO. Maia Payne and Anna Rountree each had six. Gracen Hobbs finished with two and Zarria Nelson chipped in with one.
LFO ended its season with a 14-14 record.
LaGrange girls 59, Heritage 50
The Lady Generals saw their season come to a close with a nine-point loss at Region 5 runner-up LaGrange on Friday in the opening round of the Class 4A state tournament.
Heritage led 17-14 after the first quarter, but trailed 30-27 at intermission. The Lady Grangers would extend their lead to five to start the fourth quarter and held Heritage off in the fourth.
Ansley Bice finished with 16 points for the Lady Generals, followed by Reagan Armour with 11 and Emily Wiley with nine. Ariana Camp and Nicole Fine had seven points each.
Heritage ended its season with a 19-10 overall record.