Kiana King could not wait to get back into the lineup and it did not take long for the Armwood standout to make an impact. King scored 15 in leading the host Hawks to a 53-39 win over Hillsborough in the Class 6A, District 9 final.
It is Armwood’s first district title since 2006, while the Terriers (17-11) advances to the region round for the first time in five seasons.
“I’m back like I never left,” said King, a senior guard and the Hawks’ scoring leader who missed two weeks with a right shoulder injury, sustained while playing pickup basketball against boys.
Aside from King, who scores 13.8 points a game and this season surpassed 1,000 career points, the Hawks got 11 from Shawntelle Newsome.
Armwood (24-4) capped a 14-0 run in the district by winning two more district games as the 6A-9 tourney host. Coach Patrick Kelly was not shy about his team’s chances to advance to the state final four.
“We can go all the way; we honestly believe it,” he said. “We have the talent and as long as they show up to work it’s going to be hard to beat us.”
The Hawks led 30-9 at halftime and extended it to 50-19 before Kelly emptied his bench in the fourth quarter.
The Terriers outscored the Hawks 20-3 in the final quarter to make the outcome seem closer than it was. Hillsborough’s Khoi Wilson scored a game-high 20.