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.
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.