Unbeknownst to the Wenonah Dragons, they were playing for the lives of T-shirts Friday.
The Dragons had 3-peat T-shirts waiting for them after their 75-60 win over Center Point gave them a third straight Class 5A championship.
“It’s like college football’s national championship game, they order the shirts before you win it,” senior De’Runnya Wilson said. “If you don’t win, they burn them up.
“Luckily, they didn’t have to burn these up.”
The T-shirts had a safe night. Wenonah (35-2) led by double figures in the first quarter and by as many as 28 in the second half.
The Dragons are the ninth team in AHSAA history to win three straight state championships. They may be the first to have T-shirts waiting on them.
“It was a surprise, but I was happy they had that much faith in us,” Wilson said. “We made history.”
Junior Justin Coleman scored 17 points and Wilson had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Wenonah. Junior Cedric McGinnis added 12 points.
Jeffery Hodge poured in 26 points for Center Point (26-8).
Sydney Westry sank a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left to give the Rams (30-4), a former AISA power, their first AHSAA championship.
Jasmine Rhodes finished with 17 points to end her career with 2,503 points, a Faith record. Lakhlian Rankins added 12 points and Westry had nine.
Kaitlyn Rogers had 20 points and Jemeka Holmes 17 for the Dragons (29-7).
2A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP
Tanner 61, LaFayette 45
Justin Smith and Fred Rich had 14 points each to help the Rattlers (28-4) win their second state title in three years.
Raquazious Boyd posted 22 points for LaFayette (21-12). Tanner’s Jonathan Fletcher added 11 points.