Conway Christian’s junior girls became the first junior high team in school history to win a district championship Saturday as they defeated St. Joseph, 35-11, in the 2A-5 title game at Mountain Pine.
To reach the finals, the Lady Eagles posted decisive victories over opponents Abundant Life and Magnet Cove. In the championship game, the CCS defense held St. Joseph scoreless the third period.
"Defensively, we saved our best performance for the final game of the season," said CCS coach Jeremy Carson. "The kids were really dialed in, and played tough defense at all positions. We’ve been preaching that all year and they really responded well. Offensively, we played to our strength and had balanced scoring from our lineup. We also did a great job of taking care of the basketball."
McKinley Wallace led all scorers with 10 points. Lindsey Clay had eight points and four rebounds and Katie Jo Henley had seven points and eight rebounds. Mary Morgan Ellis had four points while Elizabeth Kennedy, Marissa Payne, and Carly Powell each scored two points. Powell also had nine rebounds.
"I’m really proud of what this team was able to accomplish," Carson said. "We were 4-14 last year and were eliminated in the first round of the district tournament. This group of kids stayed together, believed in each other, and worked really hard to achieve this championship. I couldn’t be more excited for them."