Class AAA Girls: Walker-Kimbrough leads Hopewell Vikings to 50-34 win over South Park

March 4, 2012 1:06 pm
  • Hopewell's Jharrin Gill is lifted by her teammates after the Vikings defeated South Park for the Class AAA title Saturday.
    Hopewell's Jharrin Gill is lifted by her teammates after the Vikings defeated South Park for the Class AAA title Saturday.
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Shatori Walker-Kimbrough played Saturday's WPIAL championship game with a wrap on her hand after suffering a thumb injury in the semifinals.

It didn't slow her down.

Walker-Kimbrough put forth one of the greatest performances in WPIAL championship history in leading the Hopewell Vikings to a 50-34 win against South Park in the Class AAA final at Palumbo Center.

The top-seeded Vikings (24-2) captured their third title in seven seasons and it was Walker-Kimbrough who led the way with a spectacular effort. A junior guard and one of the top players in the WPIAL, she finished with 35 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. She was 8 of 19 from the field and 16 of 16 from the free-throw line. The 16 free throws were a Class AAA championship record.

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It was a showing that awed many in attendance, but one of them was not Hopewell coach Jeff Homziak, who has watched Walker-Kimbrough have performances like that for three years.

"I see that every day," Homziak said smiling. "She's a special kid. A very unselfish kid. A kid that gets her teammates involved, yet she's to the point now that if she thinks she needs to take over the game, she'll take over the game."

Against No. 2 seed South Park (22-3), Walker-Kimbrough did whatever she wanted. She scored all but two of Hopewell's 21 first-half points and had 26 of the Vikings first 28 points. After averaging 25 points in the regular season -- the third best mark in the WPIAL -- she has scored at least 33 points in three of the Vikings four playoff games.

"It was an awesome display," South Park coach Reggie Wells said. "She really played a wonderful game. She was the difference."


First Published 2012-03-04 11:43:35

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