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March 14, 2012

National Champions

Carolina Christian School wins NACA title

Wednesday, March 13, 2012 — Carolina Christian School’s (CCS) Lady Lions won the NACA Division 5 national championship in Dayton, Tenn. on March 9. NACA, the National Association of Christian Athletes, has hosted national championships in basketball for 32 years. Christian school teams from around the nation converge on Fort Bluff Camp each March to battle for the title of the nation’s best.

This year, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia were also represented.

In their opening round matchup, the Lady Lions defeated Arthur-OKAW Christian 42-18. Chloe Burris led all scorers with 19, while Elizabeth Franklin added 14.

In the semifinal round of the tournament the Lions posted the most dominating performance of the tournament, beating Bethel Assembly 63-12. Chloe Burris led a balanced Lions scoring attack with 11 points. Chelsea Burris added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

In the national championship game the Lions (25-2) faced the defending champions from Reidsville, the Community Baptist School Conquerors. The Lions, behind solid pressure defense, held a 14-13 lead at the break but were saddled with foul trouble.

In the second half, Reiley Burris hit consecutive three-pointers to help propel the Lions to a lead that they would not relinquish.

With the Conquerors forced to press, the Lions stretched the lead to 10 with Ashton Franklin repeatedly finishing at the end of the press break. Franklin finished with 17 on the night to lead all scorers. The Lady Lions finished the season on a 16-game winning streak. Kaydi and Kortni Pinion were each named to the NACA all tournament team.

“I am so proud of our team. We set goals earlier in the season, and winning this championship was our top priority,” CCS Coach Randy Burris.

“All season long, our team has been defined by strong defense and balanced scoring. This team is a very unselfish group. I couldn’t ask for any more from a team.”

CCS    11    3    4    24    42

CBS    10    3    4    18    35

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