Girls Preparatory School players celebrate their state championship win against Briarcrest Saturday at Lipscomb University in Nashville. (Photo by Alan Spearman/The Commercial Appeal)
NASHVILLE—Top-ranked GPS rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to defeat Briarcrest Christian 55-50 for the Division II-AA girls’ state basketball championship today. It is the Bruisers’ first title since 2000.
After scoring 20 first-half points to put Briarcrest in control, 6-foot-1 post Lauren Douglas was held to one point in the second half, sitting out much of the action with four fouls.
Tournament MVP Simone Busby’s two free throws with 2:21 remaining in the game gave GPS its first lead since the opening minutes of the game. Busby finished with 17 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Chadarryl Clay had 12 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists for GPS and was named the Division II-AA Miss Basketball award winner. She is the Bruisers’ first Miss Basketball since Alana Smith in 2000.
Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 23 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including nine in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers in the nation at the Associated ...