March 22, 2018 11:39 AM
(ABC 6 News)- For the first time in school history, the Lyle/Pacelli Athletics girls basketball team were just one win away from a state title--and for the first time ever, the Athletics can call themselves champions.
On Saturday, top-seeded Lyle/Pacelli faced the Sleepy Eye Indians in the Class-A State Championship game at Target Center. The Athletics won 57-33, bringing home their first ever state championship title.
"I thought we played with a ton of heart," Senior center Kristi Fett said.
In the first half, the Athletics were dominant on the floor, shooting 50 percent from the field, holding a single-digit lead throughout the half, heading into intermission ahead 31-22. Fett led her team with 17 points and 8 rebounds in the first half.
"We always talked about how x’s and o’s, yes they make a difference in the game, but it comes down to grit and determination and the will to want to want to win the game and the heart that it takes,” Fett said.
The Athletics took their first double-digit lead early in the second half. Fett gave Lyle/Pacelli their first 20-point lead and kept the momentum from there, as she totaled 30 points and 16 rebounds for the Athletics.
“I knew we could do it and I wanted to prove to the world that we were good enough to do it together," Head Coach Justin Morris said.
Following the game, Morris, who has been commuting from Omaha, Nebraska throughout the entire season, said that Saturday was his "final game" as the Athletics head coach. In his career leading the Athletics, Morris coached the Athletics to two Class A state tournaments (2015, 2018).
Updated: March 22, 2018 11:39 AM
Created: March 17, 2018 02:21 PM
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