LAKE BUENA VISTA– What a week it has been for the 8th Grade Girls Basketball National Championships. Over 250 teams from across the country met at center court for their quest at a DI, II, or III National Title.
In the 8th Grade Division I bracket, it was a tight match up. Boo Williams Richmond and the Rhode Island Breakers met in the first of two semi final match ups LIVE on ESPN3. It was BWSL who came out victorious and clinched the first spot in the 8th Grade DI National Championship game. Then it was the Georgia Pistols Team Elite and Havoc City Elite. Both teams had been very dominant in their pools, but the Pistols proved to be too much as they rolled into the finals versus BWSL.
The 8th Grade DI championship game was one for the ages. BWSL and Team Elite exchanged leads throughout the first quarter and after one, they were notched at 13 all. BWSL had a chance to go ahead by two with :35 seconds left in the first quarter, but Jocelyn Jones was unable to bring down the full court lob and put it in for an easy two. Anna Wilson let the charge for Boo Williams behind her clutch three-pointers. Wilson broke the tie twice with her stroke from behind the arc.
BWSL proved to be in the driver’s seat in the second half and ready to take the national title home to Virginia, but wait, here comes Khayla Pointer and the Georgia Pistols Team Elite. With 2:30 left to play in the fourth quarter, Pointer makes a clutch jumper and one to tie it all up at 50 a piece. At the two minute mark, Boo Williams had a chance to take the lead as Tylia Gillespie headed to the line. Gillespie couldn’t convert on her two attempts. In transition, with a 1:50 to go, Erika Cassell makes a run down the court and is right under the basket for the easy two to put the Georgia Pistols back in the lead for the first time since the second half began. BWSL trying to regain the lead, but Pointer drains a three with :26 seconds to go to seal the deal and the Georgia Pistols take home the 8th Grade DI National Championship with a final of 55-50. CLICK HERE to view the photo gallery from the action!
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In the earlier championship match up LIVE on ESPN3.com, the Boston Showstoppers and SCBC met on the big stage for their chance at the 8th Grade DII National Title. The Showstoppers took an early lead in the first quarter. Jaqualah Holliman laid it up for two at the buzzer to put Boston up 24-14. In the third, SCBC looking to make a run and cuts the Showstoppers lead to as low as five points, but it’s the Boston Showstoppers who come away with the 8th Grade Girls Basketball DII National title, 57-41. CLICK HERE to view the photo gallery from the action!
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To round out the 8th Grade division, the Laporte Slicers from Indiana took on the South Georgia Angels in the 8th Grade DIII National Championship game. Both teams encountered tight match ups in their semi finals and won by less than five points. The Laporte Slicers snuck by the Dayton Lady Hoopsters 47-43 and the South Georgia Angels pulled off a 55-53 victory against the West Virginia North Stars.
It was an intense game from the get go. The Laporte Slicers came out of the gate slicing through the defense of the South Georgia Angles. The Slicers took an early lead and held on to it throughout the game. The South Georgia Angles fought hard against the Slicers, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead. In the end, the Slicers came out victorious and were crowned the 2012 8th Grade Girls DIII National Champions with a final score of 56-36.
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