HOT SPRINGS — Hattie Newhart held it together for as long as she could Friday night.

Then, the tears came.

There were a lot of tears from Payton and Jason Rucker, too.

Newhart finished her brilliant high school career with 27 points in the Lady Tigers' 67-59 win over Mountain View in the 3A championship game before 3,866 fans at the Bank of the Ozark Arena in Hot Springs.

Newhart's first-half effort and sophomore Baylee King's pressure free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference.

King, just a sophomore, scored 10 of her 17 points in the final eight minutes, including going 6-of-6 at the foul line.

"We thought we had a little bit of an advantage with those two, just because we can spread them (opponents) out," Rucker said. "Baylee played 32 minutes tonight and Hattie played most of the game. I'm just so happy for all of them; the way they practiced and they way they finished."

It was an especially pleasing moment for Newhart. The youngest of four children, her older brothers, Hamilton, Hayton and Harrison, were star athletes before her.

In fact, two of Newhart's older brothers, Hayden and Harrison, won state football titles with Charleston (2013-14).

Friday, Hattie Newhart won one of her own.

"I'm pretty sure three of the four of us have rings now," Newhart said. "My dad is so proud of me. He's always been my strongest supporter. I was playing for my mom; she's probably so proud of me right now."

Newhart's mom, Kim, lost her battle with breast cancer in 2013, just as Hattie was finding her way as a seventh-grader. She was just 41.

"She plays with so much heart, so much emotion, and so much energy," Rucker said. "What a way to go out as a senior. I think she's best player of this entire state tournament so far."

Newhart was nearly unstoppable in the first quarter. She scored 11 of her 17 first-half points in the first eight minutes.

The Lady Tigers led through much of the first half, and a hot start in the third quarter saw the Charleston lead swell to eight (42-34) with 5:27 to play.

But Mountain View (30-3) didn't quit. And, after Newhart was whistled for her third foul, closed to within four with 3:19 left in the quarter.

Then, even after missing almost 90 seconds, Newhart returned just in time to be whistled for her fourth foul with 53.7 left in the third.

The Yellowjackets took a 50-49 to the fourth quarter, and the lead was one (52-51) when second-year coach Casey Scribner attempted to shorten the game.

But after running 1:39 off the clock, Mountain View's Kadyn Johnson missed the front-end of a one-and-one.

King hit two go-ahead free throws on Charleston's ensuing possession, and King's layup with 4:05 left made it 55-52.

"I thought it was crucial," Rucker said of Mountain View's inability to extend its lead. "If they had gone ahead by three, then it's a totally different ball game. But we got the ball back, went down and took the lead, and you see we just sort of took control of the game."

"We've done that all year," Scribner said of his decision to sit on the ball. We were trying to spread them out and get to the rim, and it just didn't work out. Of the 30 games we won, we did that. Nothing panned out for us."

Alli Green stretched Charleston's lead to 57-52 with 3:05 to play. Two more foul shots by King made it 61-55 with 1:38 left.

"I really wanted to do this for the seniors, my team, and my family," King said. "I thought we played really hard."

Newhart helped ice the game with four free throws in the final 50.6 seconds.

"I never doubted that we weren't going to lose that game," Newhart said. "I knew that even if we got down, we would find a way to get ahead. We found the momentum and controlled it at the end of the game."

Rucker was even more joyous considering his daughter, sophomore Payton, was on the floor in the waning seconds.

"In '09, she stood out there on the court with me when we won it that year, as a second-grader," Rucker said. "She was our ball girl. Just to be able to win a state championship with your child, that's pretty special. You could see the raw emotion she had, even before the game was over.

"They get tired of me talking about the '09 team, and I told them now we can talk about the '18 team."

Charleston (23-8) outscored Mountain View 16-7 in the final 4:51.

"You have to give credit to them; they got to the rim and scored," Scribner said. "It was a good job on their part. We ran our offense the way we wanted to. We got good open shots, we just didn't have enough of them go in, and that's part of it."

"I don't know if it was the court that was that much of a difference, I think it was the pressure — that was the hardest part," Mountain View's Macey Decker said. "I didn't even notice the fans; I don't look in the stands when I play.

"But you can definitely fell the pressure when you're on that level of a stage."