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Gordon Lee girls win first-ever state championship

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MACON, Ga. (WRCB) -- Kassidy Blevins flashed the ability to take over games during Gordon Lee's historic playoff run.

On Friday in Macon, the senior guard did it in the biggest game in Lady Trojans' history.

Blevins poured in 21 points to lead Gordon Lee to a 61-56 over top-seeded Randolph-Clay in the Class A Public School state championship game. The state title is the first in school history for the sixth-seeded Lady Trojans, who had never advanced past the state quarterfinals before this year.

"I don't even know what to say at this point," said head coach Lester Galyon. "I'm just so happy for our girls. They've worked so hard. We've averaged 21 wins a year over the last 12 years, but we'd never made it here before.

"It's nice to finally have that recognition."

After giving up the game's first basket, Gordon Lee closed the first quarter on a 17-6 run. Fueled by Blevins and a tenacious defense, the Lady Trojans pushed the lead to double-digits early in the second and took a 36-19 advantage into the half.

The lead hit 20 in the second half, but Randolph-Clay rallied to pull within six in the final two minutes. Gordon Lee sealed the win with free throws, hitting five-of-six in the final 48 seconds before celebrating as the final buzzer sounded.

"We knew we had a chance to win a championship this year, so we worked harder than ever this season," said Barger, one of five seniors who won theirh 100th career game. "We're just so excited to be here."

Blevins, a Samford signee, added eight rebounds, four steals and three assists in a standout performance. Katie Barger was the only other Lady Trojan in double figures with 14 points, but Katelyn Lee finished with eight points and 12 rebounds.

Gordon Lee (25-7) cooled after a hot start, finishing 26-of-66 from the field (39-percent), but they held Randolph-Clay to just 35-percent shooting, including 1-of-13 from behind the 3-point line.

"We were getting a banner whether it was state championship or runner-up, but we were greedy and wanted it to say state championship," Galyon said. "I felt like we had a good team. We were a six seed only because we didn't win our extremely tough region, but we'd been No. 1 or No. 2 in the power rankings all season.

"We always felt like we deserved in this game and we had a chance." 

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