For the past few seasons, the Oakwood Christian Academy Lady Eagles have been trying to climb the basketball mountain in the Southern Christian Athletic Association.
In the 2015-2016 season, the young Lady Eagles got to the SCAA Final Four, but were handled by 20 points by powerful Knoxville Christian.
Last season they took another step, making the championship game and earning a rematch with KCS. However, the game ended in heartbreaking fashion for the Lady Eagles with a 38-36 loss.
Thursday night at the Rossville Athletic Center, Oakwood Christian reached the summit and securely planted its flag.
The Lady Eagles served up another dominant performance on defense and claimed the program and the high school's first conference basketball championship by blasting Tennessee Christian Prep School, 34-13.
It was a fitting ending for Oakwood's week in Rossville as the Lady Eagles gave up only 27 points in three playoff contests, allowing just two to Calvary Christian and 12 to Rhea County Academy in the semifinals.
The tournament final was expected to be a battle after the teams split their two regular season meetings. TCPS won 35-31 in Cleveland and Oakwood got revenge with a 52-46 victory in Chickamauga on Feb. 1.
That wasn't what transpired
Mary Ownby led the Lady Eagles (18-6) with 14 points, while Annika Green picked up 12 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Ashley Keith had six first-half points and finished the game with eight to go with five rebounds. As a team, Oakwood committed just 10 turnovers.
"Mary played the best defensive game of her career," head coach Kraig Givens said. "She completely took their best player out of the game. Ashley was clutch in the first half and helped set the tone and Annika played amazing as always."
Green and Ownby both received All-Tournament honors, while Green surpassed the 1,000-rebound mark for her career. The senior finished her career with 1,007 total boards.