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March 18, 2014

Liberty Christian hopes to build off magical regional finish



"Somebody told me they thought the Holy Ghost was moving through Quincey Hyatt the way he was playing," Chappell said. "It wasn't just us. God was working through that second half. And that's why this team is special. He's blessed us with amazing talent and amazing kids. I don't know what he has planned for us next."

But Chappell can't wait to find out.

At a pep rally after the team returned home to the Lions' Den on Saturday night, somebody mentioned they might well have witnessed the best half of basketball ever played by Liberty Christian.

Chappell agreed with a laugh but quickly added that it might have been preceded by the worst.

The Lions had similar early struggles during the sectional championship game against Monroe Central, falling behind by 12 points in the second quarter before rallying for their third straight title.

Chappell can't help but envision what it might be like when his team discovers how to smooth over the rough spots.

"Imagine how great it could be if we could piece together four quarters like that second half," he said.

As the team advances in the postseason, the demands surrounding it increase. There will be TV cameras at Wednesday's practice. Everyone, it seems, wants to hear the Lions' story.

Chappell and his players are happy to share.

It's about a small school that has banded together around the principles of faith and family. Liberty Christian believed in itself when few others did, and the rewards for that belief are now pouring in.

"We're in the final four," Chappell said, pausing afterward as though hearing himself speak the words somehow made them real. "We're one of the top four teams in our class. That's pretty big for our school."

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