Lady Hawks Fall Short to Wheeler County in GHSA State Championship
CENTRAL-TALBOTTON STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: (1984, 1985 AND 1986)
For the first time in 34 years, Central-Talbotton punched their ticket back to the GHSA basketball State Championship. The Lady Hawks were on the hunt to earn their school’s fourth title. Central-Talbotton faced Wheeler County in the A Public State Championship at the Macon Centreplex. The Bulldogs were playing to win their first title in school history.
It was a back and forth game up to the third quarter. The Lady Hawks knocked down a few shots and closed down on defense, securing an 11 point lead. Then Central-Talbotton lost their comfortable gap in the fourth quarter, getting in foul trouble and losing a few turnovers. Sophomore Renijua “Aaliyah” Johnson fouled out, and juniors Bernyla Sparks and Ty’Shemia Bunkley accumulated four fouls each. Wheeler County knocked down their free throws and won 55-50.
Overall, Central-Talbotton dominated the paint. That’s where they dropped 34 points. Plus, the Lady Hawks made their rebounds count, earning 14 points on second chance shots.
Central-Talbotton was led by Sparks, who topped the floor with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Shakemia Marshall dropped 10 points and 12 rebounds and Bunkley contributed 7 points. Central-Talbotton graduates three seniors, Noddia Horton, Ariel Durham and Marshall.