Mikayla Jamison scored nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Chapel Hill Lady Panthers to a 48-38 victory over two-time defending titlists Champion Lady Chargers in the 2018 DCSD Middle School Girls’ Basketball Tournament on Saturday at Cedar Grove Middle School.
The Lady Panthers finished the season 17-0 matching Champion’s feat from the last two years.
Chapel Hill dominated on the boards by a 20-rebound margin (37-17) to limit Champion’s opportunities on the defensive end and added to their opportunities on the offensive end by pulling down 13 offensive rebounds.
Champion (11-6) got out to a quick start and led 9-5 in the first quarter following Zoey McMickens’ three-pointer with 2:07 left in the quarter.
Chapel Hill responded at that point and took the lead for good on Jamison’s layup on an assist from Tournament MVP Alexandria Jackson to go up 10-9 heading into the second quarter.
Defense in the second quarter helped Chapel Hill begin to pull away with a 16-5 period to go up 26-14 on Jackson’s basket with 12 seconds left before the half.
Jayla Cook hit two free throws and McMickens hit three of four to open the third quarter to pull Champion with seven (26-19) with 5:03 left in the period.
The Lady Panthers then put together a 16-1 run to end the third behind seven points by Jackson to head into the fourth quarter up 42-20.
Champion showed its tournament experience in the fourth quarter putting together a 13-3 run to pull within 37-46 behind eight points from McMickens, including a steal and layup to end the run, and three-pointers by Kaya Jarvis and Moya Butts.
Coach Winfred Crawford’s Chapel Hill squad limited Champion to just one point in the final 55 seconds to seal the victory.
Jackson finished with 11 points in the game while Keyonna Giles added 10 points. The rebounding help besides Jamison’s 11 including nine rebounds by Syndney Bolden and eight by Genesis Reed.
McMickens finished with a game high of 13 points to lead Champion with Butts adding 11 and Cook 10.