Brea Elmore had 20 points, 10 steals and six assists as Redan defeated Columbus 63-53 on Thursday at the Macon Centreplex for the Class AAAA title.
Destini McClary and Jada Byrd both finished with 16 points and four steals for the Lady Raiders, who finished the 2013-14 season with a 33-0 record, while capturing their second state title in program history.
“I knew I had the best team out here,” Redan girls’ coach Jerry Jackson said. “We just had to finish the deal.”
“When we started the season, we didn’t think we would go undefeated but it just happened that way and God blessed us,” Elmore said. “It’s an amazing feeling to go undefeated.”
After pushing their way out to a 12-point halftime lead, Redan ran into a cold third quarter and led by just two (46-44) with a period left.
‘I told the girls to just stay poised because that is what we are built to do,” Jackson said. “We are built to score so it was just a matter of time before we were going to score again.”
Then with 6:07 remaining, Brittany Floyd nailed a jumper to pull Columbus even at 48-48.
But Elmore would respond with a steal and a jumper to re-establish the margin, while also sparking a decisive 11-0 run for a 59-48 cushion with less than three minutes to go.
“I’ve been telling people all year that Brea Elmore is one of the best players in the state,” Jackson said. “Whatever voting comes and it’s not correct then they missed the best player in the state.”
Thanks in part to a 3-pointer by McClary near the end of the first quarter, the Lady Raiders created some separation heading into the second.
That was also when McClary put her mark on the game, nailing three 3-pointers (two were nicely setup by Elmore) on the way to a 40-28 halftime advantage.
“Destini is a shooter,” Jackson said. “We knew coming into the game if she gets it going, then it’s going to be going in. Once she hit the first one, we knew it was on from there.”
Jacqueria Gunter led the Lady Blue Devils (30-2) with 16 points and Tatyana Wyatt pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.