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Washington County ’ s

Allisha Gray captures gold in Tokyo

Washington County High School alum and Sandersville ’ s own Allisha Gray is no stranger to success on the hardwood . The fourth overall pick of the Dallas Wings in the WNBA draft was born in South Carolina but grew up in Washington County , where she excelled in one of the most prolific high school basketball careers in area history . That career reached a pinnacle in July when she and her teammates captured gold in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo Japan .

Now , her trophy cases and scrapbooks from numerous basketball and other athletic accolades are complimented by an Olympic gold medal . The U . S . women ’ s 3-on-3 basketball team of Gray , Stefanie Dolson , Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young took an early lead against the team from Russia in the gold medal game , then held on for an 18-15 victory to win the title in the debut of 3-on-3 basketball at the
Olympics . After starting her college career at North Carolina then transferring to South Carolina , the former Gamecock led the way throughout Team USA ’ s 8-1 run through the Olympics , scoring six points in the 18-16 semifinal win over France to make it to the gold medal game . She scored four points and grabbed six rebounds in Team USA ’ s victory . Gray played at South Carolina for the 2016-17 NCAA championship season and holds USC records for best field goal percentage in a tournament game ( 84.6 % against UNC Asheville ) and most games played in a single season ( 37 ). Now , the 2017 WNBA Rookie of the Year ’ s name joins those of her teammates in Olympic history as members of the first-ever
3-on-3 team and as gold medal winners .