Staff Photo: John Bohn Creekland Middle School's Jaelin White (20) defends Trickum Middle School's Tosun Ogunyale (5) during the girls Gwinnett County Middle School Basketball Tournament game played Thrusday at Parkview.
LILBURN -- Trickum had a chance to win the first Gwinnett County middle school girls championship when the title game was resumed in 2010, but the Tigers lost to Osborne.
This time Trickum didn't end up disappointed.
The Tigers dominated the second half and rolled to a 50-33 victory over Creekland on Thursday night at Parkview High School to complete an unbeaten season.
Trickum had won its fourth Eastern Division title under coach Tim Yates on Tuesday, but one step remained. Now the Tigers have a girls county championship to go with the boys title won two years ago.
Kristi Deuroen had 16 points and eight rebounds, Kiersten Hunter added 15 points and Autumn Sizemore scored 11 as Trickum (16-0) posted its second unbeaten season under Yates. The other came in 2008.
"I think this is the best team I've had overall," Yates said. "We're very balanced. It hard to find a team with a little bit of everything and the girls are very unselfish."
With Trickum down 19-16 at the break, Yates went to a 2-2-1 halfcourt trap to start the second half and the defensive switch quickly paid off.
Getting steal after steal, the Tigers ran off 11 straight points and ended up outscoring Creekland 25-8 in the third quarter to take a 41-27 lead. Deuroen and Hunter each had eight points in the quarter and Sizemore scored five.
"We played well in the first half, our shots just didn't fall," Yates said. "The steals got us running and that made a big difference. But I had told the girls not to worry. I knew we'd start making our shots."
Western Division champion Creekland (14-2) trailed 8-5 at the end of the first quarter before going into halftime ahead thanks to Sydney Brown's 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Kyra Dixon led the Eagles with 11 points, scoring all eight Creekland points in the third quarter. Aja Young had nine points and Brown scored seven for the Eagles.
Dominique Leonidas and Kari Jernigan each had four points for Trickum. The Tigers made three 3-pointers, with Hunter hitting two and Sizemore one.
Trickum, a feeder for Parkview, had advanced to the county championship game with a 38-28 Eastern Dvision victory over Shiloh. Creekland, the Collins Hill feeder, had beaten Hull 33-27 for the Western Division title.
Now the Trickum girls have a county championship trophy to match the one won early by the Trickum boys.