LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lions pride was in the air as Trinity Christian took on the second-ranked team in the nation Friday night at Lubbock Christian University's Rip Griffin Center.
Findlay Prep from Las Vegas is ranked #2 on the ESPN's Powerade Fab 50 list. Trinity has their own spot on that list, coming in at #45. The game was sold out and standing room only tickets became available a few hours before tip-off.
From elementary to high school, Trinity Christian was buzzing all day long with excitement. Cardigans and khakis made way for a sea of red as everyone was anticipating getting to watch their Lions shine. Shouts of "Go lions" were heard from every direction.
Freshman Ashton Thorne thinks the Trinity boys will put up a good fight tonight and she knows the game will be one of the highlights of her high school career.
"This is a big game to see how good we are and to really challenge ourselves" Thorne said.
Principal Moira Jacobson was beaming with school spirit all day. She told us this game is huge for the school.
"This is probably one of the biggest things to ever happen to Trinity Christian. We have an excellent team, we have great athletes, but this is going to stretch and push us," Jacobson said.
Trinity Christian usually tips off at home in the Lion's Den, but this game was getting such a huge response, they decided to take it to a bigger venue. Jacobson told us the City of Lubbock has been so supportive of the Lions, she wanted everyone to have a chance to see the big game.
"We wanted to give them an opportunity to partake with us and see something exciting," Jacobson said.
Excitement is exactly what they will get. Win or lose, the Lions were just excited they were getting this opportunity. Jacobson told us the players on the team hold it together much better than she does.
"I get very nervous. I get very stressed. I want to win. I want to win by thirty points," Jacobson said.