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Griffin Lady Bears eliminated by top-seeded Marist

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Senior Shacoria Jones had 10 points in her last game as a Griffin Lady Bear. (PHOTO: Steve Knight)

Senior Shacoria Jones had 10 points in her last game as a Griffin Lady Bear. (PHOTO: Steve Knight)

By Jeff Armstrong

Special to Southern Crescent BuzzTyleslie Johnson

ATLANTA — The dream season for the Griffin High Lady Bears basketball team came to an inglorious end Friday night at the Marist School.

The Marist Lady War Eagles rolled to a 14-0 lead before Griffin finally scored in the first quarter and they never looked back, sprinting to a 59-45 win over Griffin in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

No. 1 seed Marist improves to 23-4 while the No. 2 seeded Lady Bears end their best season since 2001 with a 22-6 record.

Griffin missed its first six shots of the game and quickly fell behind 14-0 before Lady Bears’ freshman Yesenia Chhoeung made a jumper and a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 14-5. The Lady Bears trailed 18-7 after the first quarter.

Griffin got within four at the 5:00 mark of the second period, 22-18, thanks to a trey from sophomore Missy Ford. But that was as close as the Lady Bears would get for the rest of the game. Marist ran its Princeton offense to perfection Friday, holding the ball for several minutes at a time before running back door cuts for easy baskets which frustrated Griffin.

Marist also was quicker to the loose balls and hit the boards hard all night. Marist led 27-20 at the half and 46-34 heading into the fourth quarter. Marist had four players in double figures, led by Dominique Oden with 19 points. Elizabeth Quirk added 13, Ansley Gross scored 12 and Annabella Farabaugh chipped in 11 for Marist.

Shacoria Jones, playing in her final high school game, led Griffin with 10 points. Nia Flowers and TyLeslie Johnson added 8 points each for the Lady Bears.

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