Crossville Upsets Geneva to Win 3A Girls Championship

From WAFF-48 Sports


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Ashley Bright sank two free throws with :11 left to secure a 55-52 upset victory for Crossville and the 3A girls state title over 7th-ranked Geneva, Thursday in Birmingham.

Bright had just four points, but finished 4-for-4 at the foul line.

The Lions (22-10) trailed 40-35 heading into the final quarter but outscored the Lady Panthers (26-6), 20-12, the rest of the way.

Felicity Adkins hit a three-pointer to get Crossville back into the game in the 4th quarter. The high-arching, off-the-glass shot brought the Lions within two, 46-44, when Crossville (23-11) seemed to be almost out of the game. Geneva had led by 7 with 6:39 left.

Then with :41 to go, Molly Williamson hit a jumper to give Crossville its first lead since the 2nd quarter, 53-52, when the Lions led 23-20.

Tournament MVP Courtney Thacker led the Lady Lions with 22 points, including 3 three-pointers. Emily Peek chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds.

Lessie Scott had 15 points and 19 rebounds for Geneva and Jade Broxton scored 16 to lead the scoring. Jasmine Wiggins added 12 points for Geneva.

Thacker and Peek represented Crossville on the 3A Girls All-Tourney Team, along with Scott and Broxton of Geneva, Aerial Woods of Aliceville, and Kiara Young of Lauderdale County.