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Friday, March 10, 2017

UConn signee Coombs, Walker deliver perfect conclusions to high school careers

It was a day that UConn incoming freshmen Mikalya Coombs and Megan Walker won't soon forget.

The two future Huskies played starring roles as their teams rallied from double-digit deficits to lead their teams to state titles.

Mikayla Coombs had 17 points, nine rebounds and two steals as her Wesleyan School team rallied from a 17-point deficit in the first half to win the Georgia Class A Private School title with a 51-48 win over Holy Innocents.

Coombs had 10 points in a 12-2 Wesleyan run in the second quarter which cut the deficit to seven points heading into the locker room at halftime. In the third quarter she had five points in a span of 14 seconds to tie the game at 41.

Fellow senior Natalie Armstrong finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds as Wesleyan won its 12th state title since 2002. For the seniors it was the second title in the last three seasons but Coombs missed that 2015 championship game as she suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of the season.

Holy Innocents' was responsible for eight of Wesleyan's 16 losses in the last three seasons including one in the 2016 state final.

She finishes her career as Wesleyan's seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,338 points, was seventh in rebounding (642) and blocked shots (93) and eighth in steals (318).

Walker finished with 35 points doing much of her damage at the free-throw line where she was 15 for 24. She also had 11 rebounds, six blocked shots and five steals. Walker had 18 points in the fourth quarter including the go-ahead basket with 14 seconds left to play. She finishes her career tied with Angela Mickens for 27th on Virginia's list of career scorers.

Coombs and Walker will both be playing in the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic games.

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