NCA girls win SECC West Division, finish as overall runners-up

Northside Christian Academy’s middle-school girls basketball team won the Southeastern Christian Conference West Division championship for the second straight season and took an undefeated record into the SECC tournament championship game before losing by two points to High Springs’ First Christian. The Eagles finished the season with a 12-1 record and had a combined record of 33-1 the last two seasons. The team’s motto this season was, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Head Coach Todd von Weyhe said, “It was an honor and a privilege to have this opportunity to coach this very special group of girls. They worked so hard and made many sacrifices along this wonderful path.” He added, “We were certainly one of the smallest teams, but these girls were relentless on defense and worked together to do their jobs on offense.” Pictured with the SECC West championship trophy are: (front, l-r) Leona Harden, Ava Welsh, (middle, l-r) Emma Calhoun, Caydance Slayton, Gabby Smith, Kaylea King, Piper Kite, (back, l-r) von Weyhe, Taylor Lind and Maddie Kennedy.