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Foothills Community Christian School's Boys and Girls Look to Win State Titles

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The Montana Christian Athletic Association will hold it's state basketball tournament in Great Falls starting Thursday, and the Foothills Community Christian School's boys and girls basketball teams have their sights set on winning a state title.

The girls are the defending state champs and enter this years tournament 24-1 overall and 8-0 in conference play. Head coach Sydnie Fulbright says her team is made up of five 8th graders, four freshman and three juniors. Last years state title was the first in the girl's history and the team says it's excited to have a chance to repeat in Great Falls after winning it all a season ago in Helena. The reason the Falcons are so good? The fact they are so close as a team.

"They want to start practicing way before the season starts. They want to get out there and play together and that's one thing we focus on is our relationships and they are a great group. They are more of a blessing to me than I am to them," Fulbright says.

"We've come together really far as a group. We all just understand each other. We're like one big family," freshman Lissy Willekes adds.

"Just the fact we've been together for quite sometime, and it's great to play together and build a relationship and just great teamwork," freshman Kenzie Huston says.

The girls will open tournament play on Thursday at 1pm against Heritage Christian School at the Paris Gibson Education Center.

On the boys side, the Falcons are the East's second seed after finishing the regular season 17-2 overall and 8-2 in league. Head coach John Fried believes four of the eight teams in the field are capable of winning the state title. The Falcons have won three of them, but lost in triple overtime a season ago in the third place game. Fried says this years team is led by it's two seniors, Dawson Reiman and Shane Wood. All three say the key to winning it all is playing as one. 

"I think just coming together as a team. We have the tools that are going to take us where we need to go, it's just a matter of being ready," Fried says.

"it's going to take a lot of hard work and determination. We have to know we can go out there and beat teams. It's going to take a lot of hard work," Reiman says.

"Just have to come out and play as a team like we have all year. We just have to play who's in front of us and play as a team," Wood says.

The boys tip off Thursday night at six against the Helena Christian School.

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