There are a lot of stats that can point to why Wenonah won this game, and also why Wenonah was losing for a good part of the second half. The biggest stat line of not only this game, but of the whole week so far was that of Maori Davenport. 20 points, 25 rebounds and 19 blocks. An amazing triple-double, but the only number that ended up mattering was five.
Davenport fouled out with a couple of minutes left in the game, and Wenonah couldn’t be stopped after that as the Dragons roared back and won 55-52 to win their fourth straight state championship.
Davenport, who is only a sophomore, was a powerful force inside for Charles Henderson. She had seven rebounds on her own in the first quarter, as many as Wenonah had as a team. Ending the day with a triple-double was impressive, but a great team effort from Wenonah ended up prevailing.
Emanuel Bell earns his fourth straight title at Wenonah and fifth overall. Bell has also been battling lung cancer this season, but was still able to pick up another title. Bell fell ill coaching AAU basketball this past summer, and he was diagnosed in August.
While Henderson returns Davenport and Tatyana Siler, who added 12 points of her own along with eight rebounds – Wenonah will have some rebuilding to do as they have to replace tournament MVP Alexus Dye, Kourtnie Smith and Dastani Davidson.
Dye ended the day with 17 points and nine rebounds. Davidson had 15 points and Smith had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
While this is Bell’s fifth overall title, it is Wenonah’s eighth overall.