Best players: Guard Malik Benlevi, a Georgia State signee, is considered the best overall player on the team. He missed a month with an injury earlier this season, but may have benefited from seeing the game from the sidelines in a player-coach role. Point guard Eric Johnson has developed into an outstanding floor leader.
Girls: Laney vs. Beach
Laney (28-3) has been knocking on the door for years. The Wildcats play a brand of press-and-attack which sometimes drives the opposition into a shell. They limited an outstanding Decatur team to 37 points in the semfinals.
Best players: Aliyah Collier is the team’s top scorer and an outstanding rebounder, but Laney is far from a one-player show. De’Sha Benjamin has made her presence known on offense and defense in a breakthrough freshman season. Jasmine Bartlett is another offensive threat, one of many.
Beach (26-5): The Bulldogs have a good all-around team, but definitely took advantage of a beneficial drawing in the state playoffs. But there’s no question that Beach is playing well. The Dogs come into the final with a 16-game winning streak.
Best players: Jaqueline Anderson has been the team’s most consistent player all season. The senior is an intelligent player who makes the right decisions and can score in a variety of fashions. DyManee Royal gives the Bulldogs a good presence in the post. Ilyn Spann is a veteran who knows how to control the game at point.