The third time was the charm for Hattiesburg.
But it came down to the final seconds.
Chelsea Ulmer got a steal and lay up with three seconds left to lift the Lady Tigers past West Jones 48-47 to claim the MHSAA Girls Class 5A State Championship at the Mississippi Coliseum on Friday night.
It is Hattiesburg’s first state title in school history.
“I just looked up and saw Chelsea with the ball and she lay it up and it went in and was just relieved,” said Hattiesburg coach Caronica Jackson. “When they called timeout it allowed us to set up our defense and the ball went our way finally.”
The final 25 seconds had each team swap leads.
Hattiesburg’s Kenedi Walker would hit a pair off free throws to give the Lady Tigers a 46-45 lead.
West Jones’ Jurnee McLaurin would hit a lay up to put the Lady Mustangs a 47-46 lead.
After Hattiesburg turned it over with eight seconds left West Jones called a timeout and then Chelsea Ulmer would steal the in bounds pass and hit the lay up to win it.
“I knew we had to get a stop and when the ball and made it and I was like we did it,” Ulmer said. “We did this for everyone for Hattiesburg. The last seconds I thought we lost it, but I kept myself motivated and got the last bucket in the end.”
Melyia Grayson would have nine points and pulled down 16 rebounds for Hattiesburg and was named the games Most Valuable Player.
Terralyn Ulmer would have a team-high 13 points for the Lady Tigers, while Chelsea Ulmer and Kenedi Walker added 10 points for the Lady Tigers (26-6).
“We’ve been on the other side of this thing twice, so it feels good to finally get over the hump,” Jackson said. “To know the girls fought hard and for them to stay focus and play for each other is what pulled this out.”
Jurnee McLaurin had a game-high 24 points to lead West Jones, while Brikayla Gray added 11 points for the Lady Mustangs (26-4).