Following a season full of ups and downs, Chapelgate managed to wrap up its season on a high note over the weekend.
Participating in the Division 1 bracket of the Maryland Christian School Tournament at Anne Arundel Community College, the Yellowjackets won three straight games, including a 66-58 victory over Grace Brethren in the finals March 3, to hoist the championship trophy.
It's the first time since 2003 that Chapelgate has won the season-ending event.
"It was exciting, partially because it was the first time for me, but more for the program and the school," Chapelgate coach Frick Frierson said. "It had been nine years, so it was definitely a fun time and great way to end the season."
Jordan Lawrence, who scored 14 points in the championship game, was named tournament MVP. Chapelgate (15-16) also had Jordan Bryant and Chris Grandy make the all-tournament team.
Grandy had 12 points in the final, while Bryant had 11. Isaiah Harris-Winn (15 points) and Gordie Frierson (10) also had big nights to give the Yellowjackets five players in double figures offensively against Grace Brethren.
Grace Brethren actually led most of the way in the title game, getting a 17-point night from Harry Howerton and building a 46-39 lead entering the fourth quarter.
But down the stretch, Chapelgate outscored Grace Brethren by 15 points, 27-12, to pull out the victory.
To get to the championship, sixth-seeded Chapelgate had earned wins over Covenant Life, 77-62, and Washington Christian, 67-61. In both of those games, the Yellowjackets had five players score at least seven points.
Chapelgate 66, Grace Brethren 58
CCA: Harris-Winn 15, Lawrence 14, Grandy 12, Bryant 11, Frierson 10, Obi 4.
GB: Gray 10, Howerton 17, Locke 13, Cabbagestalk 10, Robertson 6, Lepzem 2.
Halftime: Grace Brethern, 33-29.
The Chapelgate girls team lost to Open Bible, 44-39, in the Division 2 quarterfinal round of the Maryland Christian School Tournament. The Yellowjackets ended the season with a 9-15 overall record.