The Mays girls defeated Harrison (Cobb County), 52-51, to win the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA basketball state championship Thursday evening at Stegeman Coliseum on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens.
The Raiders were led, as they were throughout the season, by senior guard Kamiyah Street, who scored 26 points. She made four-of-six free throws in the game’s final minute to help seal the win against the Hoyas, who kept the game close all night.
It was the second state championship in basketball for the Mays girls, who also won the state title in 2003. For head coach Chantay Frost, in her fourth season at Mays, it was her fourth state title. She led Columbia (DeKalb County) to the Class AAA championship in 2010 and the Class AAAA championship in 2012 and 2013.
This season did not start well for Mays. The Raiders had a record of 5-7 after the first 12 games this season, which included a five-game losing streak. But the team won 17 of its last 19 games to finish the season with a record of 22-9 and a state championship.
Members of this year’s championship team are: Seniors Brandi Heard, Kamiyah Street, Kendall Pack and Sierra Loving; juniors Denea Evan, Demeesha Wallace and Meesha Wallace; and sophomores Kyra McWhorter, Jade Bell, Chardae Bell and Natoria Hill.