The Asheville Christian Academy girls basketball team collected a new trophy over the weekend.  In the finals of the CAA tournament the Lions upended Rabun Gap in a game that came down to the closing minutes.  The championship match was the rubber match between the two squads as each team won on the opposing teams home floor during the regular season.  Both games prior to the championship tilt were defensive struggles and the third meeting between the teams proved no different.

In the closing seconds of the first quarter Rabun Gap led 5-2 but ACA’s EP Sluder hit a three point shot from 30 feet away to tie the score at five a piece.  The scoring picked up in the second quarter as the Eagles took a 16-14 lead into the halftime break.  The two teams played to a draw in the third quarter but in the fourth the Lions found their offensive groove and slowly pulled away.  A three pointer by Caroline Sikkink with two minutes to play gave the Lions a one point lead.  Nahndi Smith scored a driving layup on the next possession and a perfect final minute from the free throw line gave the Lions a 38-32 victory.

The Lions were led by Sikkink who finished with 13 points and Smith who had 11 points.  EP Sluder knocked in a double digit scoring performance with 10 points.  The Lions look to add to their championship hardware as the state playoff chase begins this week.  The ACA girls basketball team received a bye in the opening round of state play and will take on the winner of the game between Grace Christian School and Forsyth County Day School at home on Thursday, February, 1.

The ACA boys team will begin state play as the #7 seed and will host Forsyth Country Day on Tuesday, February, 12.  For up to date information about the private school state tournament visit www.ncisaa.org.  You can also follow the Lions on their twitter handle @ACAAthletics.

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