Thetford Academy extends its reign over Div. III girls’ basketball.

The Panthers hoisted the hardware for the second time in three years with a 42-36 win over No. 8 Oxbow in the Div. III state championship Saturday at Barre Auditorium.

The No. 2 Panthers orchestrated a strong start behind the play of Kiana Johnson and Casey McVeagh, and ultimately outlasted the Olympians down the stretch.

Thetford won it all in its sixth-straight title game appearance.