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Thursday, July 5, 2018

#1 Game of 2017-18: Gallagher Grabs Championship For Cosby

With all the hoopla, and deservedly so, surrounding the 2015-17 run of Monacan girls basketball, led by the nation's most sought after recruit in Megan Walker, some people forget that their accomplishment of three consecutive state championships had already happened, just a few miles away.

The Cosby Titans took the former Group 6A state title in 2014, led by Dorothy Adomako, then again in 2015 and 2016, led by Tyra Whitehead and Jocelyn Jones, in a pair of nailbiting finishes. After a "down" season by Cosby standards, being eliminated in the region playoffs in 2017, a new look Cosby team roared back in 2018, and made their way through the postseason, arriving at the Siegel Center to face the Langley Saxons.

Needing a comeback with a quarter to go, it was the Titan defense that fueled the effort, forcing overtime. The Saxons took a 50-46 lead, but Cosby would score the game's final six points, including an unforgettable assist from Nia Covington to a waiting, and able, Marissa Gallagher, who laid the ball up off the glass for the championship clincher with just 3.2 seconds to play. In the video, which you can see HERE, watch Gallagher's arms fly high to give the driving Covington the option of drawing the defense and dishing off, which she did to perfection. Covington led Cosby with 25 points.

Cosby 52, Langley 50, an overtime classic which returned Rachel Mead and her Titans to the pinnacle of Class 6 girls basketball, the #1 game of the 2017-18 high school season as chosen by The RVA Sports Network.

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