AUSTIN — Jordan Barncastle leaped into her coach’s arms for a hug. Martin’s Mill had won its state championship.

Barncastle, who has signed to play in college at Texas Tech, scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds, leading Martin’s Mill to a 48-43 victory over Sudan in Saturday’s Class 1A Division I state championship after having lost in the semifinals last year.

The 6-foot-3 post player fought through double- and triple-teams to score seven straight points at the end of the third quarter, pulling Martin’s Mill from behind to a 35-33 lead going into the fourth.

Taylor Daniel, who also scored 18 points for Martins Mill, did the work in the fourth with six points in the final period. The 5-5 senior snagged a rebound, slalomed through the Sudan defense the length of the court and finished the break with a layup that made it 46-39 with two minutes to play.

Daniel also made two free throws with seven seconds left for the critical five-point lead after Sudan had rallied to within 48-43.

Brittany Williams scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Sudan (34-5) but got little scoring help. No other Sudan player scored more than seven.

Jacey Davison, who scored 26 points and set a 1A tournament record with 16 free throws, scored seven points in the final on 2-of-14 shooting and fouled out in the fourth quarter.

Sudan was 25 of 29 shooting free throws in its semifinals victory, but was 8-of-16 in the final. Martins Mill shot 50 percent for the game but also turned the ball over 22 times. The Mustangs hit one 3-pointer after making 8 of 9 in the semifinals.

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