Last year the scene was repeated. This time there were three sectional wins to claim that crown and another regional win, this time against Union. But again the championship game didn't turn out well. The Lions lost a late lead and fell to Lafayette Catholic.
This year there were differences.
"This year we were expected to win," said Liberty Christian assistant coach Mike Carey. "That carried a whole different kind of pressure." It was the first time the Lions had those expectations with which to deal.
They handled it well in the morning contest, putting up a 28-point win over Seton Catholic. At night it appeared for awhile that they were destined to be turned away once again from a regional title. "It was the worst half of basketball offensively in school history," said Lions assistant Ryan Jackson.
But the team rallied for a 65-55 win over Lafayette Central Catholic and that elusive spot in the 1A Final Four. "A lot of teams don't get 50 points in a game against Lafayette," said Carey. "We got that many in a half."
So the Lions now look to go one more step beyond the history of Liberty Christian. Don't count them out. They have worked too hard for too long to get where they are, and they aren't ready to stop now.
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