The Macon Centreplex has been very good to Gordon Lee High School this year as the wrestling team won the State Duals championship there in January and the State Traditional championship there in February.
Now the girls’ basketball team will try to keep the streak intact in March.
Bolstered by a huge fourth quarter by star guard Kassidy Blevins, the sixth-seeded Lady Trojans will play in the Class A public school state finals for the first time after a 57-49 win over second-seeded Towns County on Friday afternoon at Fort Valley State University.
Gordon Lee (24-7) led wire-to-wire, jumping out to a 7-2 lead early in the game. They held a 17-13 advantage after the first quarter and carried a 26-22 lead into the break.
They would stretch out their lead to eight points late in the third quarter, only to see the Lady Indians score the final six points of the period to cut the deficit to 36-34 entering the final eight minutes of play.
But a 10-2 run would give Gordon Lee its biggest lead, 48-38, with just over 3:30 to play, and Towns County would never get closer than six points the rest of the way as the Region 8 champions saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end.
After being held to just two points in the first half, Blevins would rack up 23 points in the second half, 16 coming in the fourth quarter alone. She added eight rebounds and five assists in the victory.
Katelyn Lee had 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Kalei Kimbrell also had a big game with nine points and 13 rebounds. Katie Barger chipped in with seven points.
Eryn Cochran had a team-high 16 points for Towns County (26-5), while Stephanie Patton tossed in 12.
Gordon Lee will face the winner of the other semifinal between top-seeded Randolph-Clay and fourth-seeded Wilkinson County on Thursday, March 7 at 3 p.m. in Macon. Results of the other semifinal were not available as of press time.