Girls Basketball Captures AAAAA State Championship
The Woodward Academy Lady War Eagle Basketball team completed one of the best seasons in recent memory finishing with a 22-1 overall record and capturing the Girls State Championship for the first time since the 1998-99 season.
After completing a perfect 14-0 region schedule and capturing the Region 3-AAAAA Championship, the Lady War Eagles entered the 2021 AAAAA State Tournament as the #1 seed and ranked #1 in AAAAA. Woodward Academy breezed through the first two rounds of the tournament defeating Harris County 75-30 in round one and Coffee County 71-44 in round two. In the quarterfinals, the Lady War Eagles faced a strong and talented team in #5 ranked Southwest DeKalb. Woodward battled through a hard-fought game coming out on top 70-59 to advance to the AAAAA Semifinals. Woodward Academy would face Griffin High School in the semifinals with a trip to Macon on the line. The Lady War Eagles hounded the Griffin Lady Bears on defense all night and earned a spot in the AAAAA Championship game with a 75-52 win.
The AAAAA State Championship game pitted the Lady War Eagles against a very familiar foe in the Forest Park Lady Panthers. Forest Park entered the AAAAA tournament as the #2 seed from Region 3-AAAAA having lost their only two region games to the Lady War Eagles. The game started off slow for Woodward Academy as the Lady War Eagles trailed 14-10 at the end of the first quarter. After some early scoring struggles, Woodward decreased the deficit at halftime to 23-21. The halftime break helped settle the Lady War Eagles and Woodward came out ready to play in the 3rd quarter. Woodward Academy outscored Forest Park in the 3rd 22-14 to take a 43-37 lead to start the final quarter. Woodward held a 60-54 lead with 1:13 remaining in the game but Forest Park refused to give up. A key 3-pointer with 10 seconds left made it a one-point game at 60-59. Two key free throws by Sydney Bowles followed by a steal on the ensuing Forest Park possession secured the win for the Lady War Eagles! Junior Sydney Bowles lead the team with 22 points while senior Kia Lanier poured in 14 and grabbed 10 rebounds. Junior Sara Lewis added 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
The win gives Woodward Academy Girls Basketball their 1st State Championship since the 1998-99 season when Head Coach Kim Lawrence was a member of the squad.
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