AUGUSTA — Central rallied from 13 points down in the second half to score an improbable 40-39 victory over Hall-Dale in the Class C girls basketball state final Saturday night at the Augusta Civic Center.

The lead changed hands three times in the final minute, the last when Central’s Max McHugh hit two free throws with 11.4 seconds left. Hall-Dale’s Wendy Goldman missed a forced shot from about 17 feet at the buzzer.

McHugh had eight points and Brianna Skolfield finished with 17 for Central. Goldman had 17 points for Hall-Dale, and tied the Class C state final record for 3-pointers in a game, with four.

Hall-Dale led 15-12 at the half, and began the third quarter with 10 straight points to lead 25-12 with 5:24 left in the quarter.

After a timeout at that point, Central did not take another 3-pointer the rest of the way. Skolfield, a 6-foot freshman, scored 11 of her 17 points in the second half.

The Red Devils also played strong defense on Hall-Dale star Carylanne Wolfington, who came in averaging 21.5 points per game this season. Wolfington had 10 rebounds, but scored six points on 3 of 16 shooting, and fouled out in the final minute.

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