Adela Franco’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the right corner rallied defending champion Christ Presbyterian Academy to a 52-49 victory over Macon County in the Class AA girls title game of the TSSAA BlueCross Girls Basketball State Championships at Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center.
CPA (30-7) trailed 45-36 entering the fourth quarter, but went on an 11-0 run to take a 47-45 lead with 4:14 left. Kailyn Brooks’ jumper at the four-minute mark ended Macon County’s dry spell.
Lauren Thompson, the back-to-back state tournament MVP, finished with a game-high 20 points. She scored with 3:30 left to put CPA back up 49-47, then Terra Pryor’s bank shot at the 1:40 mark tied it to set the stage for Franco’s final heroics.
CPA called time out with 14.1 seconds left and worked the ball around to the freshman guard, who launched the ball with about 1.5 seconds remaining. She finished with five points.
CPA also got 13 points from Roman Meredith and 12 from Faith LeGate. Macon County (30-5) was led by Kelsey Gregory and Terra Pryor with 13 points each.
Jackson Co. 48, Union City 35: Kentucky commitment Jaycee Coe showed why she was Miss Basketball and state tournament MVP, pouring in 22 points to power Jackson County to the Class A state championship.
The junior guard also grabbed 13 points to give Jackson County (33-3) its first state title since 2010 and its seventh crown since 2000. Jackson County also won the Class A title in 2008 and owned the Class AA crown from 2000-03.
Union City (32-4) was led by Jackie Hudson’s 12 points while Tori Reedy added 10.