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FPCA brings title home to Hinesville
The Highlanders are the 2008 GISA state champions - photo by Photo provided.
The First Presbyterian Christian Academy Highlanders toppled number one ranked Bethesda 54-49 Saturday afternoon to bring the GISA state championship trophy home to Hinesville.
Bethesda and FPCA met twice in the regular season and once in the post season and Bethesda had a 2-1 advantage going into the championship game.
But the Highlanders have posted big wins in the playoffs due, in part, to their ability to shoot the ball and the last minute adjustment to compensate for the Bethesda Blazers offense.
"I feel so good right now I just don't know what to do with myself," Highlander coach Darrell West said.
He said he went to a 2-1-2 zone defense to slow the Blazers' inside shooters and that helped seal their fate.
"It also didn't hurt that Joey (Bell) put in 23 points," he said. "Terrence only had 10-points in this game but he led our team, ran our offense and he put his whole heart and soul into this game. I'm proud of all of them."
West said the Blazers fought the whole way but free throws his players sank in the game and their relentless commitment to win overpowered the Blazers.
The Courier will attempt to interview key players and will have more in depth information in Wednesday's paper.

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