Lumpkin girls earn “At-Large” bid for state tournament

It wasn’t how the girls pictured it happening, but the Lady Indians are nonetheless in the state playoffs for the first time in over 12 years after receiving the At-Large bid in the GHSA 3A State Tournament.

The girls, led by coach David Dowse, will face Johnson, Savannah in the first round of the tournament this week. After going exactly 34-169 from the ’09-10 season through ’16-17, Dowse came on board and got the program to 9 wins for the first time in over a decade with a 9-15 ’17-18 campaign. That was the first step. The next was a leap, as the Lady Indians went 17-9 and missed the playoffs by a single game despite holding a #7 state ranking and playing essentially only 8 players.

This year was about the same. A 15-10 record overall was good enough to have the girls sitting in the top four of region, but a tough loss in the region tournament’s first round appeared to threaten to end the season for Lumpkin. This time, however, the previously #6-ranked Lady Indians earned the state nod to play enter the bracket.

No matter how they got there, the fact is they got there. Now it’s time to go to work. The lineup has been led this season by star junior guard and recent 1,000-point scorer Isabel Davenport, who was also recently named Region 7-AAA Co-Player of the Year, and freshman phenom Kate Jackson, as well as others like Lexie Pierce, Mackenzie Caldwell and others.

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