Factory Shoals finally got its eight-grade county middle school championship.
The Knights, who were runner-up last season, got a game-high 18 points from eighth-grader Kmryn Bates for a 39-27 win over Stewart on Saturday evening at Douglas County High.
“Our kids set some goals and they were able to achieve it,” Knights coach Reginald Pearson said. “We got a good group of kids and they accepted the challenge. We we have a saying that we want to do it the Knight way.”
Factory Shoals built a 27-16 lead at the intermission. The Knights would extend the lead to 35-20 going into the final quarter.
However, Stewart would make a brief comeback attempt.
“We like to run,” Pearson said. “Our goal is to rebound and run. We knew Stewart would make a run. I told my team that Stewart came to fight and that they were not going to give it to us. I thought our girls did a good job of standing up to the test.”
Stewart got six points each from Cai Henderson and Precious Oghenekard as it struggled offensively.
“I think we got that big lead and sort of that we had it made,” Bates said. “I think they were down and we got too comfortable. We were struggling but was able to get back and win it.”
Factory Shoals advanced to the championship game with a 54-24 win over Fairplay on Friday. Stewart defeated defending champion Chapel Hill, 56-44, in the other semifinals game.
Here is a look at the other championship games:
Factory Shoals girls 39, Mason Creek 29: Cameryn Morris scored 12 points to pace the Knights to the seventh-grade championship game for the second straight season. Kayla Atwater and May Harris scored 10 points each in the win. Mason Creek was led by Amiya Frazier, who finished with 12 points and Cheyiuni Jones had had 11 points for Mason Creek.
Chapel Hill boys 37, Factory Shoal 35: The Wildcats won their third straight title behind Jalen Hillard’s 11 points. Khirus Doucet added 10 points for the champions. Devan Green paced the Knights with 10 points and Brandon Lue and Jalen Leonard had nine points each.
Chestnug Log boys 65, Mason Creek 60: Christian Bishop scored a game high 23 points to lead two other players in double figures as Chestnut Log won the eighth-game boys title.
Also scoring in double figures for the winners were Josh Gilmore with 15 points and Elijah Redmond finished with 12 points. The Wolves were led by Kendell Cooper and Marcus Hatcher, who had 11 points each.