SUMTER — Both teams entered the game with 25-3 records. Both had the nickname Lions. But only one team could be crowned SCISA Class A girls state champions.
Anderson Christian beat James Island Christian, 47-43, in overtime Saturday to win the state title. It marked the fifth straight year James Island Christian reached the state final.
Anderson led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter and 23-17 at halftime. But James Island Christian went on a 15-8 run to take a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter. James Island Christian built the lead to 37-33 with three minutes left, but Anderson rallied with two baskets.
With the score tied at 39 with 28 seconds left in regulation, James Island Christian’s Kate Reeder hit the front end of a one-and-one. But the Lions were called for a lane violation that wiped out the potential winning point.
Jessi Hall hit a pair of free throws and a 12-foot jumper to give Anderson Christian a 44-40 lead with 2:59 remaining. Hall led all scorers with 16 points, while Kassidy Moorehouse added 11.
Rebecca Duggan led James Island Christian with 14 points and Lori Guerard added 11. The two seniors were named to the all-tournament team.
Anderson Christian (47): Shockley 7, Gurley 4, Hall 16, Hicks 1, Moorehouse 11, Vonins 8
James Island Christian (43): Leshorn 4, Hamilton 1 Reeder 9, Guerard 11, Duggan 14, Costa 4
Anderson Christian 10 13 8 8 8—47
James Island Christian 7 10 15 7 4—43
Records: James Island Christian 25-3, Anderson Christian 25-3.