East Clarendon used a dominating first quarter on the way to its first state basketball title.
The Wolverines scored the first 21 points of the game in a 55-31 win over Timmonsville in the Class A girls state championship Saturday at Colonial Life Arena.
East Clarendon (19-5) was making its first state championship appearance since 1971 and had a huge crowd behind them from the opening tip. The Wolverines held Timmonsville without a field goal in the first quarter and led 21-1 after one.
Eighth-grader Talaysia Cooper led the Wolverines with 18 points, including 16 in the first half. East Clarendon shot 63.6 percent from the field.
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Seniors Gracen Watts and Caitlin Timmons added 13 and 10 points, respectively, for East Clarendon.
T: Echols 4, Commander 8, Thomas 8, Easterling 3, Hudson 5, Scott-Rouse 3. EC: Timmons 10, Garris 8, Anderson 2, Cooper 18, Watts 13, Whack 2, Floyd 2.