Back to Back: Johnson girls repeat as state champions

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The Johnson girls basketball team had a target on its back all season. The Atomsmashers say they embraced the challenge and used it as motivation to prove last year’s state championship wasn’t a fluke. Johnson completed its journey Saturday night, taking down Hart County to win its second straight AAA state title.

“I’m on cloud nine I’m on infinity my nerves are all over the place.,” Johnson head coach Brandon Lindsey said. “I want to thank god and Hart County was a heck of a ball club they came out prepared. We eeked out a great win on a big stage.”

Seniors J’Mya Cutter and Jasmine Thompson both notched double digit scoring nights and played major roles in the team’s state title win.

“To all the people who doubted us and said last year was a fluke, clearly accidents don’t happen twice,” Cutter said with a smile. “We proved them wrong and we proved a point to ourselves and that’s we are a team who can clearly win a championship.”

Thompson started fast out of the gate, reaching double figures in the first half. Overcome with emotion after the game, Thompson reflected on her final game in an Atomsmashers unifrom.

“I was telling myself I have to remain focus and humble for what was to come,” Thompson added. “I worked hard for this moment and it finally paid off.”

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