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The Cairo High School Syrupmaids punched their ticket to the AAAA State Championship game today, March 10, at 5 p.m. at the Macon Centreplex, with a win Friday night over Troup County 55-51.
Cairo has hosted all four playoff games in the tournament, making the Final Four for the first time since the Syrupmaids won the state title in 1982.
In spite of limited attendance due to COVID restrictions, the atmosphere in the Cairo High gymnasium was electric as both teams battled for the lead. Cairo jumped out to a 16-8 lead over the Lady Tigers in the first quarter but fell behind 33-23 at the half as turnovers plagued Cairo in the second quarter.
The Syrupmaid coaching staff made big adjustments at the half and Cairo had a strong third quarter, outscoring the visitors 20-8 to take a 43-41 lead after three. The game came right down to the wire with Cairo pulling away 55-51 in the final minute and holding on for the win.
Ambria Vicks led the Maids with 18 points and Chambria Vicks had 11. Anija Reid and Takayah Bradshaw both finished with 7 points and Jy’Nijah Cooper had 6 points.
Cairo, now 18-1, will face Carver of Columbus, 14-2, tonight for the state crown.
The game will be broadcast live on WGRA 790AM/ 95.9FM.