GPA Lions still winning district after tough rival games

From buzzer to buzzer, and whistle to whistle, our intensity is at its peak against rivals Lake Country and Vanguard this season. Diving for loose balls, scratching for rebounds and fighting for the win is what makes the Grace Prep Varsity Lions top in District. It also makes these games intense and fun to watch.

Grace Prep, Vanguard, and Lake Country are the top varsity basketball teams in the District. This is why their match-ups are so important this season.

Every year the question for students and faculty is, who is going to be the best? This year it looks like the lions (like Donald Trump) are winning.

The Lions are 9-0, defeating both Lake Country and Vanguard by more than 20 points in the first round of district. These games are not just easy wins. Facing Lake Country for the second time Friday, February 5th saw the Lions down one point at the half, but rebounded to win by 20, just like the first time.

“It’s called either you win or you lose, and we chose to do what we had to do to win,” said Sophomore Power Forward RJay Cammack. “Coach explained what we needed to do and reminded us not to let being behind determine the second half.”

The crowd became a part of the game last Friday against Lake Country with their intensity. The whole atmosphere was really energized as every move the Lions made was cheered for, and their fans were equally loud towards their team. Around 200 people from all over came to this game to see this rivalry.

“Now that we beat Lake Country again, our focus is strictly on Vanguard as we plan on finishing the district as champions,” said Senior Guard Peyton Picou. “We have nothing but the state championship [to go].”

Since this first writing, the lions met Vanguard for the second time this Friday, February 12th at Vanguard, Waco at 7:30 pm, beating them by a small margin of 51-49, and tying at the half, much like the Lake Country game.

The games between Lake Country and Vanguard are more than just a game, it’s a battle for honor ever since Grace Prep changed districts last year, and came up against these giants. The winner earns the best reward of all… confidence .

“These games are very important games for us,” said Varsity Head Coach Richie Alfred. “We need to go out and dominate as a team and set the tone early. As long as we take care of the little details on defense then our offense will set into play.”

Sophomore Jordan Phillips lays the ball up to pull ahead of Lake Country in the 3rd quarter last Friday. Lions won the game 68-50.
Sophomore Jordan Phillips lays the ball up to pull ahead of Lake Country in the 3rd quarter last Friday. Lions won the game 68-50.

The Lions are on a roll and they refuse to let up on anybody according to Cammack.

Lake Country and Vanguard are tough opponents and Grace Prep respects them, but the Lions have them beat this year.

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