Miller Grove swept the Class AAAA girls’ and boys’ state championship games at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on March 9, and Columbia’s boys and girls teams took home the Class AAA state championship trophy on March 10 in Macon.
This achievement has been accomplished just 14 times in Georgia high school basketball history, and Columbia Eagles have now done it twice in 2010 and 2012.
Columbia boys head coach Phil McCrary said having a winning basketball program helps a lot within the school.
“When you have a winning program like that, the discipline cuts down because the students have school pride,” McCrary said. “It will also encourage the other programs to get better.”
Miller Grove also made history with the Lady Wolverines winning their first state title and the boys winning their fourth consecutive state title. The Wolverines’ four-peat was the fourth in state history and the first since Dougherty County’s Westover High School in 1990-93.
It was also the fourth sweep in Class AAAA for DeKalb in the past five seasons, including Columbia boys and Southwest DeKalb girls in 2008, and Miller Grove boys and Southwest DeKalb girls with back-to-back championship wins in 2009 and 2010.
Miller Grove’s 2012 championship wins came against Southwest DeKalb High Panthers in a historic all-DeKalb County Class AAAA championship game.
The Lady Wolverines were the first to claim their state title crown with a 46-39 win over the Lady Panthers.
Junior power forward Klarissa Weaver led the Lady Wolverines with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Senior power forward Tabitha Fudge finished her final high school basketball game with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The No. 1-ranked Wolverines had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to hold off McDonald’s All-American William “Shaq” Goodwin and the No. 4 Southwest DeKalb Panthers. The defending champions nabbed their fourth consecutive title with a 63-57 win over Southwest DeKalb.
Miller Grove’s McDonald’s All-American Tony Parker led the Wolverines with 21 points, including 16 points in the first half, and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Senior Justin Colvin followed that with 17 points.
The No. 2-ranked Columbia Lady Eagles ended the No. 1 Washington County High School 63-game winning streak with a 57-33 victory in the Class AAA girls’ state championship on Saturday.
Senior small forward Kadejah Vaughn ended her career on a high, scoring 19 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.
Junior guard Miah Spencer hit for 15 points for Columbia in the win. The win was the Lady Eagles’ second state title in three seasons.
The No. 1 Columbia Eagles finished out the DeKalb winning weekend with a 65-46 victory over Clayton County’s Charles Drew High School. This was Columbia’s third consecutive title and its fifth title in seven years.
McCrary said he was proud of his team and how they responded to the bull’s-eye on their back with the No. 1 ranking.
“They maintained their composure and focus and they went out and played the game,” he said.
Junior point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen led the Eagles with a game-high 17 points and was joined in double figures by senior power forward Jhaustin Thomas with 10 points. Seniors Damian Goodwin and Chris Horton added 10 rebounds each.
The four state titles won this weekend brought DeKalb’s number of basketball state titles to 23, including a state title streak dating back to 2002 with 10 titles in the past three seasons.