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1A Girls Semifinals Spring Garden 48, J.F. Shields 38

    Defending state champion Spring Garden (26-7) downed J.F. Shields 48-38 Monday in the Class 1A girls’ semifinals to move back into the championship game for the third consecutive year.
    Coach Ricky Austin’s Panthers will face R.A. Hubbard in the state finals Thursday at 4 p.m. at the BJCC Legacy Arena.
    Spring Garden, one of the most storied programs in AHSAA girls’ basketball history, has won five state titles in school history (1987, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2016) and has finished runner-up three additional trips to the finals.
    The Panthers dominated the first half Monday, building a 33-15 lead by halftime. Coach Linda Hollinger’s J.F. Shield squad turned up its defense in the third quarter and out-scored Spring Garden 16-6 to pull to within eight, 39-31, heading into the fourth quarter. After see the lead cut to six (39-33) early in the final period, Austin’s team rallied back out to a 10-point lead with three minutes left.
   Tiyonna Rogers had 19 points and 13 rebounds to pace Spring Garden. Savannah Dempsey and Payton McGinnis added 14 each. McGinnis also had 11 rebounds. Dempsey was 6-for-6 at the foul line, and point guard Kerstin Bryant had six assists.
    Mar’quaja Brown had 22 points and Ti’Ajah McCrery had nine for J.F. Shields.  Shamiya Johnson also had seven points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.



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