The Leake Academy Rebelettes finished second in the Mississippi Independent Schools Association's Class AA state fast-pitch playoffs Monday, ending their three-year reign as champions.

But when it was over, Rebelette Coach Doug Jones praised his team for another outstanding season.

"Everyone gave it all they could and that's all you can ask for," Jones said. "We got in the losers bracket in the North Half and the State tournaments and that meant we had to win three games in a row to get to the championship game. We just ran out of gas in the end."

The Rebelettes entered the State Class AA tournament as the No. 2 team out of the North Half.

They started the tournament with a 4-3 win over Central Hinds. Leake Academy scored one in the first and two in the second while Central Hinds came back with two in the first and one in the second. Khloe Thaggard had five strike outs. Katie Webb and Annika Jones both hit a single.

Leake Academy then dropped a 4-3 decision to Silliman Institute, the team they have beaten for the past couple of years in the state tournament. Grace Dabbs and Mariallen Moore both hit a single.

This dropped Leake Academy into the losers bracket but they came back Monday to defeat Adams Christian 10-0, Canton Academy 8-3 and Silliman 2-1.

That put the Rebelettes in the championship game against Bayou Academy which had beaten Silliman 3-1. Bayou defeated Leake Academy 4-0 to claim first place.

"We lost to a very good team," Jones said. "We congratulate them."

The Rebelettes finished with a 26-9 record.

North Half Tournament

The Rebelettes' marathon of games started last week when they opened the North Half Tournament held at Bayou Academy with a 3-1 win over Glenbrook Academy.

Leake Academy scored one in the first, one in the second and one in the third. Glenbrook's run came in the fourth inning. Thaggard had 16 strikeouts. Katie Webb led with two singles while Grace Dabbs hit a double.

The Rebelettes then lost a 4-3 decision to Bayou Academy. Leake Academy scored its runs in the first inning while Bayou scored two in the second and two in the fourth. Dabbs hit a triple and Webb had two hits.

That dropped the Rebelettes into the loser bracket where they beat North Delta 7-3, Tri-County 3-0 and Canton Academy 1-0.

They made it to the championship game when they faced Bayou Academy again and this time, lost a 9-2 decision on Thursday.