MACON, Ga. (WTXL) — A busy season of high school hoops would end Wednesday with the area’s lone team Clinch County looking to claim their first state title in 30 years. The Pantherettes were confident coming in and came prepared.
The headline Thursday in Homerville will read State Champions.
A game deserving of a state championship, both Clinch County and Lake Oconee Academy went back and forth, throwing haymakers.
But in the end, the Pantherettes and Tyana Dorsey, who had 19 points, were too much as Clinch County defeated Lake Oconee Academy 45-42 in the Georgia High School Association Class A, Division II girls basketball state championship game at the Macon Coliseum.
Final: Clinch County 45, Lake Oconee Academy 42. The Pantherettes are state champions for the first time since 1993. @abc27— Kyle Logan (@KyleLoganTV) March 8, 2023
With the win, the Clinch County Pantherettes (27-4) won their first girls basketball state championship since 1993.
“I told you didn’t I, I told you, but it feels amazing, I’m just trying to get back to my teammates, so we can celebrate this as a team, we earned it, we worked hard. We wanted it and we got it,” Dorsey said.
“This is one of the best days of my life, outside of my marriage, outside of my wedding and my kids being born, this is probably the happiest I’ve been,” Clinch County High School head girls basketball coach Chase Daniel added.
A monumental day for Clinch County and a day that they will not forget.
Made it to Macon for State Championship 🏀 action. Clinch County and Lake Oconee Academy just tipped off. More tonight on @abc27 pic.twitter.com/SjCuYSj4bS— Kyle Logan (@KyleLoganTV) March 8, 2023
The Lake Oconee Academy Titans end their season with a 28-3 overall record.