The Sugar Hill Christian Academy varsity girls basketball team won the GCAA state championship on Saturday, Feb. 19, with a victory over Old Suwanee Christian School.

The Lady Stallions began their state tournament run with a comfortable 60-11 win over Bible Baptist Christian School. Head coach Doug Wasden described the game as “one of the most complete team efforts this season.”

Ten different players scored points for SHCA, but Faith Wasden led the effort with 13 points in her first game back from a two-week injury break.

The second round of the tournament saw SHCA face off against Mountain Area Christian Academy. After a slow start to the game, and leading by just five points at halftime, the Lady Stallions dominated the second half for a 42-23 victory.

Katie Jones led the team on points, putting up 12 throughout the game, including two key three-pointers in the first half that ensured the Stallions went into halftime with the lead.

In the state final versus Old Suwanee, SHCA went into halftime with a 22-13 lead. The second half saw Old Suwanee push back and hold the teams almost even, exchanging baskets back and forth, but the Lady Stallions held their advantage for an ultimate 52-45 win.

After putting up 22 points in the championship game, Faith Wasden was the state tournament MVP, as well as being named first team All-State for the fourth consecutive year.

Katie Jones and Elly Grace Wasden were also named to the first All-State team. Claire Ferron was named to the second All-State team.

“These girls deserve this championship,” Doug Wasden said. “They have worked hard all year and put forth great effort.” 

This marks the Lady Stallions’ first state championship, and they finished their season with a record of 25-4, including a 14-game winning streak to end the season.

They have loved each other and loved playing the game of basketball,” Doug Wasden said. “It is exciting to see all of their hard work pay off.” 

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