Watson Chapel junior guard Chelsea Payne stole the show on Senior Night at Watson Chapel.

Watson Chapel junior guard Chelsea Payne stole the show on Senior Night at Watson Chapel.

Payne scored a career-high 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds at Watson Chapel disposed of 5A-Southeast Conference foe Little Rock Mills in the final regular-season game for both teams.

After getting off to a slow start and trailing 10-9 after the first period, Payne’s hot hand and 12-point production in the second frame helped the Lady Wildcats (17-9, 11-2) overcome the deficit for a 25-21 halftime advantage they would not relenquish. Watson Chapel went on a 22-2 run that lasted into the third period behind Payne’s shooting.

“It was our last home game and I felt like I needed to step up and help our team,” Payne said. “Coach (Leslie Henderson) said I needed to shoot more.”

Payne followed directions well against the Lady Comets (11-12, 7-6), who needed the win to assure a post-season berth. While Watson Chapel was guaranteed the No. 2 seed entering next week’s playoffs regardless of the outcome, Mills will have to await the results from last night’s games and could be a No. 4 seed if the scoring tie-breakers work in their favor.

“We still have a shot of making the playoffs,” Mills coach Brian Glass said. “Everything won’t be confirmed until (today) to see who gets that fourth seed. It’s going to come down to points spread.”

Henderson started all three seniors as Alissa Anderson, Jaz’myne Moore and Brianna Williams played their final game in front of a home crowd.

“It was really all about the seniors tonight,” Henderson said. “You can go with a loss going into the playoffs. It can be a great little eye opener. But I just wanted this for the seniors.”

Jonte Duhart was the lone Lady Comet in double figures with 18 points.

Watson Chapel will open the state tournaement against the No. 3 seed from the East next Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Paragould at Greene County Tech High School.