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Hawthorne advances to the state title game

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The Hawthorne girls basketball team is headed back to the state championship game.

On Wednesday night at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, the defending 1A state champions defeated Trenton, 43-32, in the state semifinals to advance.

The Lady Hornets (20-4) will play Ponce De Leon (21-2) on Friday night at 7 p.m. for the Class 1A state title.

“It’s always a great feeling to get a win in this part of the season,” said Hawthorne coach Cornelius Ingram. “I’m proud of my girls. I’m happy they’re enjoying this moment. I definitely feel great about advancing.”

Hawthorne senior Jayla Williams scored a game-high 25 points. Trenton, the 2019 state champion, was led by junior Jordan Douglas with 13 points.

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