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Osborne girls fend off Trickum for Gwinnett crown

Osborne's Carley Eiken (12) takes the ball from Trickum's Alexis Bourgeois (25) on Thursday.

Osborne's Carley Eiken (12) takes the ball from Trickum's Alexis Bourgeois (25) on Thursday.

SNELLVILLE -- Mill Creek's girls basketball team is in the state playoffs for the fifth straight year, and it doesn't look the talent will by drying up anytime soon.

Osborne Middle School, which feeds into Mill Creek, won the Gwinnett County middle school championship on Thursday at South Gwinnett High School.

The Hawks were led by captains Laney Hudson and Jasmine Carter in the 46-31 victory over Trickum.

"I think this is a culmination of all the hard work they have put in all season long," Osborne coach John Wilkerson said. "They played with a lot of heart and bring it all the time."

Carter was the game's leading scorer with 14 points and had five rebounds, while Hudson scored 10 points and had four assists.

Osborne took an eight-point lead off a basket by Olivia Johnstone with with 2:08 left in the first half, but Trickum came back to make it a two-point game at halftime. Trickum, which feeds into Parkview, didn't make a field goal until the final seconds of the third quarter, allowing Osborne to take control of the game.

"We hit a lot of shots and started rebounding," Wilkerson said.

The Hawks (14-1) led 37-25 at the end of the third quarter and coasted through the final quarter of play for the championship.

Rachel Gann (eight points), Carly Eiken (four), Kathleen Haxton (six) and Shannon Haxton (two) also scored for Osborne.

Other members of the Hawks' team include Savannah Dumansky, Christina Evans, Hannah Smith, Mary Kate Wightman and Alexis Glover. Trickum, which finished as runner-up for the second year, was led by Tolu Yerokun with nine points and Sydni Vinson and Ashlen Logan scored six each.