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Dalanna Carter sizes up a defender during Lutheran High North's Jan. 9 game against the Village School. LHN defeated McKinney Cornerstone Christian Saturday afternoon to capture the TAPPS Class 3 state title. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

For the second time in recent history, a TAPPS state title is coming back home to the local neighborhood, courtesy of a traditional power.

The Lutheran High North Lady Lions knocked off the Warriors of McKinney Cornerstone Christian by a score of 62-34 Saturday afternoon at College Station High School to capture the TAPPS Class 3A state championship.

It is the second girls basketball state championship in LHN history, after the Lady Lions won the Class 4A state crown in 2017.

LHN, who began the season as TAPPS Class 3A’s top-ranked team, never relinquished its standing all season. The Lady Lions finished the season with 12 straight victories (including the title game) to polish off a season in which they finished 22-3 overall and had a perfect 8-0 mark in TAPPS 3A District 7.

During their playoff run, the Lady Lions reminded TAPPS fans why they reigned supreme in Class 3A. They defeated Tomball Rosehill Christian (ranked 7th), Round Rock Christian (3rd) and McKinney Cornerstone (9th) by an average of nearly 26 points per game to capture their second state title in school history.

Head coach John Slomcheck and the Lady Lions will lose five seniors to graduation, but will return key starters such as Dalanna Carter, who led the state and was fourth in the country in scoring this season at 35.2 points per game.

Look for comprehensive coverage of the Lady Lions’ state championship run in next week’s Leader

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