High schools: Norcross boys and girls both win 7A state titles

March 12, 2022 Macon - Norcross' Jerry Deng (15) dunks the ball at the end of the 4th quarter during the 2022 GHSA State Basketball Class AAAAAAA Boys Championship game at the Macon Centreplex in Macon on Saturday, March 12, 2022. Norcross won 58-45 over Berkmar. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

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March 12, 2022 Macon - Norcross' Jerry Deng (15) dunks the ball at the end of the 4th quarter during the 2022 GHSA State Basketball Class AAAAAAA Boys Championship game at the Macon Centreplex in Macon on Saturday, March 12, 2022. Norcross won 58-45 over Berkmar. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Norcross High School needs to make room for two trophies.

The boys and girls teams both won 7A state titles Saturday at the Macon Coliseum.

London Johnson scored 27 to lead the No. 5 boys team to its sixth state championship and first since 2013, a 58-45 win over No. 2-ranked Berkmar. Johnson also had eight rebounds, four steals and two assists and never left the court.

Berkmar had taken the three previous meetings between the teams – a one-point victory and two-point win during the regular season and a six-point win in the Region 7 championship game.

In the girls game, Norcross sophomore guard Jania Akins made a layup and two 3-pointers in a 51-second span to start the fourth quarter, helping the Blue Devils rally for a 41-37 victory over Harrison.

Fourth-ranked Norcross (26-5) won the fourth championship in program history and its first since winning three between 2010 and 2013. No. 6 Harrison (27-4), seeking its first championship, finished as a state runner-up for the third time in six seasons.

In other Saturday games:

-- Kara Dunn scored 10 of her game-high 30 points during a 13-2 run in the third quarter that lifted Mount Paran Christian to a 54-49 victory over Hebron Christian in the Class A Private girls basketball championship game Saturday at the Macon Coliseum. The championship was the first in program history for second-ranked Mount Paran.

-- Jalen Forest, a 6-foot-2 senior, scored 26 points and helped the No. 1-ranked Greenforest Eagles outlast No. 3 Kings Ridge Christian 61-52 in the Class A Private state championship game. Forrest was 11-for-22 from the field and added six rebounds, two steals and one assist. His father, James, won a state championship when he played at Southside Atlanta in 1990 before a standout college career at Georgia Tech.

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Here’s a look at the results from championship week:

Saturday’s results

Class A Private Girls: Mount Paran Christian 54, Hebron Christian 49

Class A Private Boys: Greenforest 61, King’s Ridge 52

Slam dunk: North Oconee’s Sibley repeats as champion

Wheelchair: Houston County Sharks 32, DeKalb Silver Streaks 13

Class 7A girls: Norcross 41, Harrison 37 | Photos

Class 7A Boys: Norcross 58, Berkmar 45 | Photos

Friday’s results

Class 3A Girls: Lumpkin County 51, Greater Atlanta Christian 47 | Photos

Class 3A Boys: Cross Creek 60, Windsor-Forest 53

Girls 3-Point contest: Flowery Branch’s Bella Brick prevails

Class 6A Girls: Lovejoy 54, Sequoyah 38 | Photos

Class 6A Boys: Grovetown 66, Buford 59 | Photos

Thursday’s results

Class 2A Girls: Elbert County 52, Rabun County 44

Class 2A Boys: Westside-Augusta 64, Butler 55

Coed 3-point contest: Flowery Branch duo win

Class 5A Girls: Woodward Academy 72, Forest Park 44 | Photos

Class 5A Boys: Tri-Cities 67, Eagle’s Landing 59 | Photos

Wednesday’s results

Class A Public Girls: Lake Oconee Academy 45, Hancock-Central 29

Class A Public Boys: Drew Charter 51, Warren County 50 | Photos

Class 4A Girls: Marist 56, Luella 54 (2 OT) | Photos

Class 4A Boys: Spencer 62, Westover 42