Over the last two seasons, North Augusta girls basketball has made it a habit to get on top of teams quickly and never let them back into the game.
It was a little bit more of a challenge Saturday evening in a rematch with Wilson in the Class 4A state championship contest, but the Yellow Jackets repeated as state champions after a 52-34 victory at the Colonial Life Arena.
North Augusta has won 54 of 55 games over the last two seasons.
It started out in typical fashion in the first quarter for the Yellow Jackets. They jumped out quickly and led 14-4 after the opening eight minutes. But as spectacular as they played in the first quarter, the second quarter became one where not many things went right.
They led 20-7 with 4:42 remaining in the half but watched as Wilson closed on an 11-2 run to make it a four-point game, 22-18, at the break.
It was much different than a season ago when North Augusta led by 22 at the half and won by 24 points.
Wilson twice got within two early in the third quarter, but the Yellow Jackets closed on an 11-3 run to make it 35-25 entering the fourth quarter.
It was a balanced attack for the Yellow Jackets. Amari Young scored 13 points with 17 rebounds but all eight players that played scored. Sarah Crews added nine points and Aaliyah Bell chipped in with seven points.
NA – Amari Young 13, Crews 9, Bell 8, Lee 6, Ingram 5, T. Burns 5, M. Burns 4, Lewis 2. W – Loyal McQueen 10, Gregg 9, Nowlin 9, Baker 6.