The Mead Hall Middle School girls’ basketball team completed an undefeated season, capturing the Aiken/Augusta Middle School League Basketball Championship for the third consecutive year. Mead Hall (9-0) continued its dominance in the league with a 34-27 win over rival Hillcrest Baptist of Augusta.
First-year head coach Brian Johnson said he was proud of his girls. Johnson’s familiar with the successful Mead Hall program after serving as the assistant coach under former USC Aiken star Meredith Legg for the previous two championship seasons.
In the championship game, Mead Hall outscored the Hillcrest 10-3 in the first quarter. Momentum shifted in the second quarter when Kayla Washington of Hillcrest hit a pair of 3-pointers. Hillcrest outscored Mead Hall 14-7 to go into halftime tied at 17. The third quarter was tight throughout until Mead Hall’s Faith Kneece hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Panthers a five point lead going into the fourth quarter. Sydney Toole and Kneece finished the game strong scoring a combined seven points in the final quarter to secure the championship.
“There has been no bigger blessing in either my professional or coaching career than to be able to coach this group of girls that compete on this level each time out,” Johnson said.
Kneece, Mead Hall’s leading scorer on the season, was rock solid again with 19 points in the title game. Kneece, who averaged 18 points a game, will return next year for her final season of middle school basketball. Toole followed Kneece with five points. Others scoring for Mead Hall included Donna Andres (four points), as well as Meagan Musik, Malia Bryan and Kendall Johnson all contributing two points each.