With their district title in hand, the Lions now wait to see who they'll take on in the FHSAA state tournament.
When it came down to crunch time the Foundation Academy girls basketball team had all of the answers, as the Lions (14-4) held on late to beat Real Life Christian Academy 42-35 to win the Class 2A, District 10 championship Thursday, Feb. 6.
Foundation Academy came into Thursday night's game following a 49-18 semifinal win over CFCA on the previous Monday, but while that was a blowout victory for the Lions, the championship game would stay tight throughout — with the Lions holding only a single-digit cushion between themselves and the Raptors (15-7) for the whole night.
Through the first half the Lions' largest lead was only seven points, which was eventually chipped down to three points with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Over the remaining four minutes, chaos ensued as the Lions and Raptors fell into foul trouble and saw multiple turnovers. But thanks to the shooting prowess of eighth-grade guard Zoe Sedo — who hit back-to-back threes — the Lions were able to ultimately pull away for the win. Sedo finished with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Sedo wasn't alone in her strong performance, as eighth-grade guard Chelsea Bryant had 14 points, four rebounds and three steals. Eighth-grade guard Aliyah Perry added nine points, and sophomore forward Landry Wolverton racked up a whopping 15 rebounds for the Lions.
Sedo, Bryant and Perry were named to the All-District tournament team, while Bryant was also named the tournament's MVP.
Though their opponent won't be decided until Sunday, the Lions will host their first-round game of the FHSAA Class 2A state playoffs Thursday, Feb. 13.