March 6, 2003
(Macon-AP) -- Miranda Wright scored 14 points and Erica McCoy 13 as Early County beat Paideia 52-46 in a Class AA girls state semifinal today.
Early County (27-2) will seek its first state championship in Saturday's final against region rival Randolph-Clay.
The Lady Red Devils beat Holy Innocents' 48-42.
It was reverse from last year when both Early County and Randolph-Clay lost in the semifinals.
The Lady Bobcats had to wait almost an hour after the scheduled start time because of a technical problem with the Macon Coliseum scoreboard clock,
The delay didn't both the Lady Bobcats, who took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Candice Jaines with 3:45 left in the first half, sparking an 8-to-2 run that gave Early a 29-to-23 halftime lead.
They led by as many as eleven in the second half. Paideia (24-8) got 20 points from Sparkle Davis and 19 from Julie Mulinare.