CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Megan Buckland led Kernersville McGuinness with 15 points to defeat Williamston 55-46 for the Class 1-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association women's basketball championship Saturday.
It was the fifth-straight state title for the Villains (23-7), who won despite playing the final nine and a half minutes without their star junior guard. Buckland went out with injury to her left knee, but not before she was named MVP of the title game for the second-straight year.
Sammi Goldsmith added 14 points and Erin Fitzgerald scored 11 for McGuinness.
Williamston (29-1) was in its third state title game and is still looking for a women's title in any sport.
Future ECU Lady Pirate Katie Paschal led all scorers with 18 points while Zakkeya Morris added 13 for the Tigers.
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