The North Augusta girls basketball program dynasty has another title for the trophy case, winning its fifth state championship in the last seven years. The Lady Jackets beat Westwood 42-29 in come-from-behind fashion to claim the South Carolina High School Association 4A state championship on Thursday at the Convocation Center in Aiken, S.C.
North Augusta trailed 13-8 after the first quarter, and closed the gap to trail 14-13 at halftime. Head coach Al Young and his Lady Jackets made adjustments at halftime that immediately paid off, outscoring the Redhawks 20-6 in the third quarter, to take a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Senior P’eris Smith led the way with 13 points and nine rebounds. Smith won a state championship with the program as an eighth grader, and now, goes out as a champion as a senior as she heads to Campbell University. Freshman Celena Grant finished with nine points and 12 rebounds.