Class 3A basketball blog: Hebron, Azar are champions again

Credit: Chip Saye

Credit: Chip Saye

Hebron Christian head coach Jan Azar knows how to win championships and it seems that after the team’s 68-36 victory over defending-champion Lumpkin County in the 3A title game, another Azar dynasty is in the making.

Azar famously coached Wesleyan to 13 state championship victories from 2002-2018 before taking over at Hebron four years ago and coaching the Lions to victory over St. Francis 51-46 in the 2021 A Private championship game. St. Francis captured the Class A Division I championship this season.

The path to this year’s championship, which capped an undefeated season at 32-0, really began with the 54-49 loss to Mount Paran in the Class A Private championship game last year. That’d be the last time Hebron would lose for a spell.

The reclassification cycle moved Hebron up to 3A this season while Mount Paran moved to Class 2A, where repeated as champion.

Through the bracket, Hebron beat White County 68-53, Carver-Atlanta 75-23, Mary Persons 98-25 and Wesleyan 65-58 in the semifinals at Fort Valley State. Lumpkin County was trying for the program’s second championship after finally breaking through last season.

Wesleyan finished No. 3 in the final standings ahead of two-time champion Carver-Columbus and 2021 3A champion Cross Creek.

Class 3A Final Girls Rankings

1. Hebron Christian (32-0)

2. Lumpkin County (26-5)

3. Wesleyan (27-4)

4. Carver-Columbus (20-10)

5. Cross Creek (24-5)

6. Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (26-2)

7. White County (19-10)

8. Calvary Day (24-7)

9. Dawson County (16-15)

10. Monroe (21-8)