Charleston goes low, finishes high in Class 3A state title game


Photographs by Thomas Metthe

Charleston’s Lacey McKenzie (left) and Hattie Newhart hoist the Class 3A girls state championship trophy Friday after defeating Mountain View 67-59 at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs.

HOT SPRINGS -- Hattie Newhart was efficient and Baylee King was clutch. Combined, the two Charleston Lady Tigers were too much for Mountain View.

Charleston’s Hattie Newhart (35) attempts to block a shot by Mountain View’s Aubrey Isbell during the second quarter of the Lady Tigers’ victory over ...

Charleston’s Alexis Grandson (left) defends Mountain View’s Aubrey Isbell during Friday’s victory in Hot Springs.





Charleston 5-10 forward Hattie Newhart hit 10 of 13 field-goal attempts and finished with 27 points in leading the Lady Tigers to the Class 3A state title. Newhart, who also hit her lone three-point attempt, grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds and was 6 of 10 from the free-throw line. Newhart scored 23 points in the first three quarters.


There were 10 lead changes in the game, the last coming with 4:51 remaining. … Charleston held the lead for 22:58; Mountain View held the lead for only 5:45 and never led by more than three points. … Charleston scored 34 points from inside the lane and 19 points from the line; Mountain View scored 28 points from the lane and 12 from the line. … Attendance for the 3A girls game was 3,866.

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