Faith Academy held off a late charge by New Braunfels Christian Academy to claim the Lady Flames’ first state championship in girls basketball Saturday at Legacy High School in Mansfield.
The Lady Flames had a six-point lead with one minute left, but New Braunfel’s senior guard got hot late and scored nine points in the final minute on a pair of 3-pointes from long range and another old fashion three points on an inside shot and free shot.
Joanna Piatek hit one of two free throws with one second left for the final count in the 47-45 win for Faith Academy.
The Lady Flames had command for most of the game and held off New Braunfels’ C Christian by limiting the New Braunfels to one shot on most of its fourth quarter possessions.
Faith Academy beat Texoma Christian of Sherman in the semifinals, 55-47. The Lady Flames had a 22-point lead disappear in the third quarter, but the team retook the momentum despite a rash of turnovers and beat the Sherman school for the first time in four tries.
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