Calhoun County (14-1) also got 10 points and 10 rebounds from Destiny Hightower and 10 points from Carmen Cannon.
Clinch County (22-2) was led by diminutive guard Zyahia Johnson, who was 11-for-28 from the floor and scored 27 points. She was 4-for-11 on 3-pointers and had five steals. Angel McRae was limited to seven points, but had 13 rebounds.
“We knew if we stuck to our game plan and used our size and continued to do the things that got us here, playing inside-out with the bigs, then if they doubled the bigs, knocking down shots from the outside, we could be champions,” Walker said.
Calhoun County had the fast break going. They scored 10 times on the break, although it could been more had it not been for 30 turnovers. Clinch County was credited with two points off the fast break.
“Our plan was to stop them from doing what we did to them,” Walker said. “We stopped them from doing what they do to others. They normally get a lot of fast breaks off rebounds and push it out, so we used that against them and stopped them.”
The Cougars had to withstand a few obstacles on the way to the championship. They were shut down in January because of COVID-19 and did not play from Dec. 29 to Feb. 1, when the Region 1 schedule started.
“We went all of January without playing, without touching a basketball,” Walker said. “We came back playing eight games straight with no practice pretty much and were able to withstand as much we did. It’s easy for a great group of young ladies that can play basketball. I knew we had a great team, and I knew we had a chance if everybody would step up … and they did.”
Clinch County -- 9-10-10-16 – 45
Calhoun Count – 10-10-18-11 – 49
Clinch County: Zyahia Johnson 27, Angel McRae 7, A’Meyion Grady 6, Cara Kight 4, Taylor Well 1.
Calhoun County: Jateriah Winbush 2, Maya Wims 7, Ayanni Mansfield 5, Destiny Hightower 10, Takia Davis 9, Carmen Cannon 10, Tyesha Curry 6, Jade Wiley.