Holy Innocents entered the 2A girls championship on a three-game losing streak in state championship games spanning two different classifications. Junior Khayla Pointer was apart of the last two and was fed up with losing in title games. Pointer set the tone in the first half by scoring 21 of the Lady Golden Bears 33 first half points to put Holy Innocents up 33-28 at the half on Wesleyan.
However Wesleyan’s championship pedigree would not allow them go down easy. Sutton West’s triple tied the game 59-all with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing possession Holy Innocents committed a turnover but Wesleyan returned the favor by turning the ball over in its backcourt and then committing an ill advised foul on a three-point shot during the scramble play with six tenths of a second left. Shai Blanding missed all three free throws sending the game to overtime squared at 59.
In overtime Wesleyan took a 63-59 lead on four free throws by Amaya Register and Sutton West for a 63-59 lead. Holy Innocents knotted the count again on two free throws by Kennedy Sutton and a floater from Aaliyah Milord tied the game at 63.
Register split a pair of free throws to put Wesleyan up 64-63 and Khalya Pointer happened again. Pointer hit a driving layup and Shai Blanding redeemed herself by splitting a pair of free throws to give the Golden Bears the 66-64 lead with twenty seconds remaining. Wesleyan did not make a field goal in the overtime session.
Wesleyan had one final attempt with 3.1 seconds left but Pointer stole the inbound pass to seal Holy Innocents hard fought 66-64 win and send outgoing head coach Tony Watkins out with a championship, the schools first since 1999.
Pointer finished with a game-high 33 points on 11-of-20 from the field with two assists. Erika Cassell finished with a double-double posting 11 points with 13 rebounds while Blanding tallied nine points and Suttle finished with five points and nine rebounds for Holy Innocents (27-5).
Register led Wesleyan (27-5) with 16 points and went 10-of-12 from the foul line. Cairo Booker put in 13 points, Mikayla Coombs tallied 12 and Natalie Armstrong posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.