Despite making their first championship game appearance in program history, the Lady Tigers scored the first eight points of the contest and remained in control the rest of the way to eventually capture the Class AAAAA state title with an 83-65 victory against defending-champion Southwest DeKalb on Friday at the Macon Centreplex.
Nuba Jackson scored 26 points and fellow senior Tori Robinson added 21. Erykah Davenport, who will play at Miami next year, finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and five steals. Senior Naima Jackson had 11 points and six assists for the Lady Tigers, who also avenged their Region 6 title-game loss to the Lady Panthers (30-3).
“We told the girls after the region title game that we would see them again and it‘s going to be a bigger event when we see them again,” Tucker coach Robin Potter said. “We lose the region championship but we win the state championship. I guess I will give up that for that.”
After owning just a 16-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, Tucker (29-4) doubled that margin by halftime, thanks to the play of Robinson, who had nine points in the second.
“Tori gets overlooked a lot because of Erykah and the twins,” Potter said. “Ever since she was a freshman, she was the point guard and she runs it. You see when she’s not in, it’s not the same. And tonight she finished a lot of layups that she hadn’t earlier this season. She was huge.”
Following the break, the Lady Tigers continued to cruise. They nicely handled the Lady Panther’s full-court trap and maintained a double-digit lead the entire half.
Tynice Martin had 16 points and 10 boards, and Davion Wingate added 15 points for Southwest DeKalb, which shot just 33 percent overall compared to Tucker’s 55 percent.