LeFlore High’s Lady Rattlers completed a 34-0 season with an 80-65 win over Homewood in the 6A state championship game on Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena in Birmingham.
LeFlore seniors Japonica James and Jaz Hill combined for 50 points in the victory, with Hill’s 27 points including a state-record-tying seven 3-pointers. James, the tournament MVP, had 23 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots.
“There were a lot of people down talking us this year,” James told AL.com after the victory. “They were saying we hadn’t played anyone, that we couldn’t win when it mattered. We just wanted to go out every game and make a statement that no one could beat us.”
Guided by longtime coach Darrell Walton, LeFlore won its third state championship in girls’ basketball and its first since 2009. Homewood, ranked No. 1 at the end of the regular season, finished 27-7.
(Photo by Dennis Victory/AL.com)