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High school basketball: Lanier Christian girls finish as runners-up for GAPPS championship
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The Lanier Christian Academy girls basketball team poses for a photo after falling to Westminster Christian in the GAPPS state championship game on Saturday, Feb. 22 at First Presbyterian Day School in Macon. — Photo courtesy Doug Wasden

The Lanier Christian Academy girls basketball team played for a GAPPS title for the third consecutive year Saturday in Macon, but the Lady Lightning came up a bit short, losing to Westminster Christian Academy 47-32. 

Faith Wasden led the team with 11 points and pitched in four rebounds, while Ashley Avery contributed 8 points and three boards. Senior Madison Hughes — who will graduate as Lanier Christian Academy’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder — put in 2 points and grabbed nine boards.

Wasden scored 7 of her team-leading 11 points in the opening quarter to get the Lady Lightning off to a hot start, but Westminster Christian pulled away in the second frame to take a 25-17 halftime lead. 

Lanier Christian started the second half off on a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 4 points, but that was as close as the Lady Lightning would get to reclaiming the lead. 

The team finishes as GAPPS runners-up for the third consecutive year, and ends the season with a 19-5 record.

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