FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) – Hundreds of supporters of Concordia Lutheran and Canterbury girls basketball players spent Monday afternoon honoring their state championship teams at school pep rallies.
Both gyms were packed to capacity but each school has their own unique championship story to tell for years to come.
For Concordia Lutheran, it was their first Girls Basketball State Championship ever.
In fact, the school has only won a handful of athletic titles, those coming in Track & Field and Cross Country running.
Concordia players say it was the Cadet faithful that helped push them over the top.
“It meant so much to be able to see all my family and friends and my teammates family and friends. It meant so much. It was a great blessing for them to be there and that we were actually able to win,” said Concordia Lutheran Senior Angie Doerffler.
The school sold all 1,300 of their allotted tickets, which forced the IHSAA to provide them with another 300 tickets, which they quickly sold as well.
“All the sweat, the blood, the tears throughout the whole season. To get up there and get our state championship medals it feels awesome,” said Concordia Lutheran Senior Andrea Newbauer.
Meanwhile, it was the same old story at Canterbury High School.
Back to back to back Class A State titles.
But after traveling down state for the past two years, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum was the home court advantage needed to bring home another championship.
“It was so great because it was so nice to be able to have so many people I know come. Also just to be able to go home right away afterwards and not lose all the excitement on the bus ride (home was great),” said Canterbury Senior Tabitha Gerardot.
“I'm really glad we got as many fans as we did. Just having them all cheer for us, it was a really good feeling to know that we were hear on our home court. It's fun to travel but being here was really exciting,” said Canterbury Senior Paige Wells.
Not only were the Number 8th ranked Concordia Lady Cadets, the Cinderella of the state tournament, this year’s team combined in the classroom for a 3.52 team grade point average.
Although both teams will lose key senior leadership, both squads say they are already looking forward to defending their titles.
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