The Watson Chapel Lady Wildcats were defeated by the Hot Springs Lady Trojans Saturday night by a score of 50-47 in the 5A State Championship.
Both teams traded baskets to start the first quarter with the score tied at 7-7. Jhakiyah Boston broke the tie with two back-to-back triples that would lead the Lady Wildcats to control a slight edge over Hot Springs 15-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Hot Springs went ahead by three points early in the second quarter with a basket from Ariana Guinn and a free throw from Imani Honey.
T'aja Williams would tie the game with a triple, and Jerica Bell later made two straight baskets to give Watson Chapel a 23-19 lead.
Hot Springs would fight back to tie the game at 25-25 heading into halftime. Boston would lead the way for Watson Chapel with 13 points during the break, and Guinn had 12 points for Hot Springs.
Hot Springs controlled most of the third quarter as Guinn would score 7 of their 13 points in the quarter, but Watson Chapel stayed close and only trailed 38-37 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Boston quickly gave the Lady Wildcats the lead with a three-pointer, but the Lady Trojans made back-to-back baskets to regain a 41-40 lead.
Later, Nya Moody made a layup to extend their lead to 45-40 with 1:43 remaining in the game.
On the next possession, Wyvette Mayberry drove in for a layup to bring Watson Chapel within three points, but Honey came back with a score of her own for the Lady Trojans to lead 47-42 with under a minute remaining in the game.
Bell made a basket for Watson Chapel, and after the Lady Trojans later split a pair of free throws, Boston was sent to the free throw line, where she made the first and missed the second free throw.
However, Bell cleaned up the miss with a rebound and putback score to bring the Lady Wildcats within one point as they trailed 49-48 with 16 seconds left in the game.
Guinn went to the foul line to split a pair of free throws, and on the ensuing possession Mayberry drove for the potential tying layup for Watson Chapel but was called for a charge that turned the ball back over to Hot Springs.
Hot Springs split another pair of free throws with three seconds left in the game, but the Lady Wildcats couldn't get a shot up and fell short to the Lady Trojans.
Boston led the Wildcats with 20 points, and Bell added a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
For Hot Springs, Imani Honey was named the most valuable player of the game with 12 points and 5 assists. Guinn had a game-high of 22 points.