Spring Garden’s tenacious defense limited defending Class 1A girls state champion Brantley to 23.4 percent shooting from the field and posted a 36-26 win in the semifinals at the BJCC Monday.
The Panthers (33-2) extended their current winning streak to 25 in a row with Darian Gaines scoring nine points, Madison Sides and Tykeah Rogers notching eight each. Rogers also had a game-high 11 rebounds, and Payton McGinnis had eight boards.
Brantley (27-3), the 1A state champion in 2013 and 2014, had its 18-game winning streak snapped in the loss. Payton Burnett scored 10 points and Saquaya Lane had eight for the Bulldogs of Coach Andrew Kilcrease.
Spring Garden, coached by Ricky Austin, plays Keith in the finals Thursday at 4 p.m.