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March 10, 2014

Last year's loss continues to fuel Lions

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They had the lead by the end of the third quarter and won the game going away 64-52.

"Monroe Central gave us all we could handle," Chappell said. "It was really cool to see our kids — Monroe Central was hot, they were on fire — but our kids showed a lot of poise. They stayed composed, they stuck to our game plan and they came through."

The win was the 100th for the head coach in 10 seasons at the school. But he was quick to shrug off the accomplishment, saying it's the result of a lot of hard work by his assistants and the players over the past decade.

He prefers to focus on the sectional championship trophy the Lions hoisted into the air for the third consecutive season. Prior to the start of the current run, Liberty Christian never had won a postseason championship in franchise history.

So this team isn't about to take anything for granted.

"I just feel blessed," Chappell said. "I just feel very fortunate to be in this situation with these kids. I love coaching them and serving them every day. It's a wonderful group of kids."

The Lions have approached every game this postseason as though a championship was on the line, and they will look at Saturday's regional semifinal the same way.

There are a number of storylines that could play out with another Liberty Christian victory, but a loss will put an end to them all.

It's not a fear of failure that drives these Lions, however. It's the will to stay together as a team.

"We plan on playing until the IHSAA tells us we can't play no more," Chappell said. "Hopefully, that comes after a win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse."

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