Renfroe’s Lily Kostka (left) dribbles against Champion’s KeAundrea Middlerbrooks (right).
Champion 30, Renfroe 26
The Champion Lady Chargers held off the Renfroe Lady Bulldogs 30-26 to claim third place in the Middle School Girls’ Championships to open the final day of play at Cedar Grove.
Renfroe took an 8-7 at the end of the first quarter as Emily Seats-Jordan hit all three free throws with one second left on the clock after being fouled on a three-point attempt before the buzzer.
Asya White hit one of two from the line and drove for a basket to start the second period to put Champion (16-1) ahead for good.
Dylan Andrews two free throws closed the gap to 18-14 with a pair of free throws before the half.
Champion got a basket from Kayda Pruitt to open the second half for a 20-14 lead, but Kate Taylor’s offensive rebound for a basket cut the lead to 20-17. Champion answered with a 7-1 run to end the quarter, including a late three-pointer by Kayla Wimberly to take a 27-18 lead into the fourth quarter.
Renfroe (12-5) turned up the defense in the fourth quarter limiting Champion to just three points by Kennedy Manning (basket and 1 of 2 from the line) while hitting 6 of 8 from the line, including 3 of 4 by Kenya Oliver, to cut the lead to 29-24.
Lauren Smith’s basket late was the last score of the game to pull Renfroe within the final margin of 30-26.
Manning finished with a game high 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead Champion. Kenya Oliver finished with 8 points to lead Renfroe.