On Saturday the undefeated First Presbyterian Christian Academy Highlanders faced Savannah’s Bethesda Blazers for the state crown.
The 25-0 Highlander squad defeated Crisp County on Friday, 84-52, to enter the title arena. The Blazers won against Dawson Street, 79-46, to become the Highlanders' opponent.
It’s the fourth time these two teams will battle on the court. Although the Highlanders have won the last three matches, the task proved more challenging with each game.
On Jan. 24, the Highlanders glided to a 78-54 victory against the Blazers, but just 10 days later in Savannah, the Highlanders narrowly defeated the Blazers 74-73.
The two met again Feb. 13 for the region title game and the Highlanders eked out an overtime victory, 73-68, and took the region crown.
The Highlanders have not lost a game since being crowned state champs last year when they ousted the Blazers. Highlander coach Darrell West has said the games between the two schools keep getting harder because Blazer coach Mickey Minik keeps adjusting to the Highlanders’ moves.
The Blazers are sure to do whatever they can to avenge their three previous losses.
The final score will be posted on the Courier’s prep sports Web site, sports.coastalcourier.com/prep-sports/