Columbia girls basketball program collected more hardware for the trophy case with a 38-37 win over Sandy Creek. Sandy Creek was a No. 4 seed out of Region 5 playing in their first ever state final and only scored 9 points in the first half. Columbia led 16-9 at the break however Sandy Creek behind Jasmine Jones’ 8 points in the third quarter pulled the Patriots to within seven, 24-17 at the start of the fourth. In the fourth Sandy Creek would continue their strong second half play, getting another Jones’ trey ball and later Recee Walker hit a floater to even the game at 30. Columbia stayed the course even after Jones’ drained another jumper giving Sandy Creek a 35-33 lead with 2:26 left. Twenty seconds later Yaktavia Hickson of Columbia fouled out with 11 points. Recee Walker added a free throw with :25 left and a 37-35 lead… and the fireworks began.
Columbia’s Shaundricks Mann was fouled and hit the first of two free throws with :12 left yet missed the second, Miah Spencer (5 points 7 rebounds) got the offensive board and found Shamyiah Smith for a three-pointer that was no good and there was Mann, hitting the glass and putting it back in with :04 left. Time expired before Sandy Creek could attempt a heave and Columbia was the 2013 Class 4A state champion because a senior scored their only three points of the game when the team needed three points to win, at the end, 38-37 Columbia.
Afterwards Mann summed it up to reporters with one word, “Heart”, Mann stated.
Jasmine Jones finished with 17 points to lead Sandy Creek and Safiya Martin grabbed 12 rebounds to go with 4 points. Kyle Felton lead Columbia in rebounding with 10.
The Columbia (Dekalb County-GA) Lady Eagles have won back to back state championships and three in the last four years.