Carver Girls & Boys Basketball Teams Win GHSA 4A State Titles
CARVER GIRLS DEFEAT SPALDING 56-44, CARVER BOYS TRIUMPH OVER AMERICUS-SUMTER 58-55
It’s been a drama filled day here at the GHSA 4A state championships.
The Carver girls tip things off first against the defending state champs, Spalding, who knocked them out of the tournament last year.
Carver takes down Spalding 56-44 to win their first state title in girls basketball history at Carver.
After the win head coach Anson Hundley goes straight to Janya Love-hill, the one they call “the general” on the team, to grab the trophy.
“She’s the heart and soul of this team, so she deserved to be lifted up. Three final fours, two state championships, and they have worked their butts off for four years to have this and I know some other state championships would have been great too, but something about this group it just means a lot for them to get the first one,” Carver girls basketball head coach Anson Hundley.
“It was pay back from last year. I mean we wanted it so bad. We’ve been thinking about this game since we lost it last year, so it was payback,” says Carver junior center Olivia Cochran.
“I mean it feels good. It’s my first time being undefeated with a team like this and just to win the state championship, it feels good,” says Carver senior point/shooting guard Kionna Gaines.
Up next was the boys 4A state title game.
Americus-Sumter and Carver meeting for the fifth time this year.
Carver is victorious over the Panthers once again this season winning it 58-55.
“Yesterday, our last practice. I told them, look in the trophy case. We’ve got a 1971 state championship trophy and then we’ve got a 2008 runner-up trophy. I said which one do you want? They said, coach we want the ’71,” says Carver boys basketball head coach Warren Beaulah.
“Motivation. When they won we were like now we’ve got to win. It’s our turn, both teams. We did something that I don’t think we’ve ever done in school history. I think we just did history. Two teams win state in basketball,” says Carver senior shooting/point guard Anthony (A.J.) Watts.