Tucker’s Quinlan Hughes defends against McEachern during the Class 6A girls’ state championship game. (Photo by Mark Brock)
McEachern would hit 13 of 21 free throws in the fourth quarter to continue to pull away to secure its third consecutive state title.
Shamsid-Deen helped the Tucker Lady Tigers calm down late in the first half with McEachern leading 27-17 with 2:02 left in the half as 12 Tucker turnovers contributed to the 10-point deficit.
Shamsid-Deen drove to the basket to cut the lead to 27-19 and then got fouled chasing a loose ball with 1:39 to play and hit both free throws to cut the lead to 27-21.
Jasmine Clements scored for McEachern to make it 29-21 and Shamsid-Deen came back to hit a three with 1:06 to play to trim it to 29-24.
McEachern then went into a stall game and with eight seconds left Kierra Johnson-Graham made a steal and a long three rimmed out at the buzzer.
Shamsid-Deen finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds while Morrow was tied with the team-high 15 points and Kierra Johnson-Graham pulled down 12 rebounds.
Jasmine Clements had a game-high 17 points to lead McEachern while Que Morrison added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Jada Lewis finished with 12.