SAVANNAH – Wilkinson County Coach Aaron Geter Jr., likened it to the prize fight it was.
“It was like Ali-Frazier. Whoever got in the last punch was going to win,” Geter said. “Fortunately we got in the last punch.”
In a game that resembled a heavyweight fight from the beginning to the end, the Warriors proved to be just that as they held off a talented and gritty Calhoun County team 75-68 on Saturday night at Savannah State's Tiger Arena to earn a spot in the GHSA Class A public school championship game against Turner County.
Wilkinson County will defend the state championship it won last year when it takes on the Rebels, who dispatched Hawkinsville earlier in the evening, at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday at the Macon Coliseum.
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Trey Little scored 24 points to lead the Warriors, and Torrico Simmons added 18. The Wilkinson County backcourt do combined to go 16-for-16 at the foul line as the Cougars were forced to foul down the stretch in an effort to catch up.
And, while he had only five points, the Warriors got a big lift in the tense fourth quarter from 6-foot-5 senior Antonio Whipple, who had all of his points in the fourth and had five rebounds and three blocked shots.
“He did what seniors are supposed to do in situations like that,” Geter said. “He stepped up. He’s had other big games for us this year, too. Our seniors have played well and kept us together all year. They’ve been in a lot of big games in their four years.”