Down eight going into the fourth quarter, Madison Academy turned to their two freshmen to get them to just their second state title.
Destinee McGhee and Jaden Langford combined for 34 points in Madison Academy’s 50-47 win over reigning 4A state champion Deshler. The Mustangs outscored the Tigers 23-12 in the last eight minutes with Langford scoring eight of Madison Academy’s last 12 points.
Madison Academy used McGhee to muscle her way inside much of the first quarter, but Deshler kept her quiet through the second to get a four-point led before halftime. While McGhee was able to get six in the third, Deshler held the Mustangs to just eight points in the quarter. Madison Academy began the fourth with an 11-1 run to take the lead with 3:45 left then exchanged the lead a few times before getting a lead
McGhee finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks while Langford scored 14 points and picked up a couple of steals. For Deshler, Karleigh Sledge put in 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Nicole Shirley scored 14 points, brought in eight rebounds, and had four each in assists and steals. Taylor Aikerson, who had a good performance in the semifinal, struggled from the floor. She was just 2-of-13 for five points.