Class A Private girls: SACA 77, Calvary Day 50

Southwest Atlanta Christian senior Nicole Martin, a West Virginia signee, scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds to put the No. 2-ranked Warriors in a position to defend their state championship with a 77-50 win over Calvary Day at Kennesaw State.

“I’ve watched her play pickup with the guys and they can’t stop her,” Southwest Atlanta coach Jackie Cowan Freeman said. “That’s her game”

Southwest Atlanta (28-3) broke the game open with a 10-0 run that grew into a 19-2 stretch, from which Calvary Day was never able to get closer than 14 points.

Southwest Atlanta also got 14 points from Brooke Carthon, 12 points from Tiamya Butler and 10 from Shakyna Payne.

“We sort of lost our focus there at the end, so that was a little disappointing,” Cowan Freeman said. “Of course, we had to win this game, but the big game is the one next week. That’s the one we’re focused on.”

Calvary Day (22-6) was led by reserve Catie Thomas with 11 points. Southwest Atlanta

“That was a good team,” Calvary Day coach Hamilton Jackie said. “We played hard. Things just didn’t go our way.”

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