Sell's free throws get North Marion to title game

UNC women's signee Jessica Sell and her North Marion team will play for state championship Saturday night.

UNC women's signee Jessica Sell almost single-handedly powered her North Marion squad to the West Virginia Class AAA title game tonight as they defeated Huntington 54-53 Friday night in Charleston.

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Her free throws with 3.3 seconds gave North Marion their only lead of the lead second half and the game's final margin of victory. Huntington had a final attempt but couldn't connect on a last ditch shot.

Sell had 22 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and four steals.

North Marion started the fourth quarter down 14 points, 42-28. Sell scored thirteen of her 22 points in the fourth including a three-pointer with 22 seconds on the clock that tied the game at 52-52.

Huntington's Kashawna Curry went 1-2 from the line to break the tie, 53-52. North Marion had the ball and fifteen seconds to score - and of course, they put it in the hands of Sell.

"I've been waiting for a moment like this all my life," said Sell in the press conference after the game. "This is what you plan for."

North Marion (22-4) will take on top-ranked defending champ Capital (26-0) at 7:15 p.m. today at the Charleston Civic Center. Capital defeated #2 ranked Nitro, 53-51.

The other women's signee Latangela Atkinson plays in the South Carolina Class AA state championships this afternoon - her game is right after UNC men's signee Raymond Felton's championship game.

IC is at the championships and will report back on Atkinson and Felton's title games.

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