SHERMAN, TX -- A state semi-final run is considered a disappointment for the Texoma Christian Lady Eagles. That's how strong their program has become.
Since 2005 the team has won five state championships, including four in a row from 2008-2011, and is now primed to bring a sixth gold ball back to Sherman.
"Second is not an option," said head coach Mark Ellison.
It's no secret these girls can play. They've lit it up all season going 27-4, 10-0 in district and earning a No. 1 ranking in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches' small private school poll.
Last season the team had no seniors, but still found a way to make it one game away from the championship.
This time around, with a chip on their shoulders, the Lady Eagles know one year without a state title at T.C.S. is too long.
"That's what we do here. That's what we strive for. We don't strive for anything else. We strive for number one, and really there is no, it's either number one or your a loser, you lose. So, it just helped me see that's all we want," said junior guard Lillie Monk.
"First and foremost we want to glorify God with all that we do. And secondly, we do want to win the state championship and end our senior year with that," added senior point guard Kathryn Sild.
"I've said all season it would be the best feeling in the world just to know that I ended my senior year the best way that I could. Go out with a bang, basically is what we always say," concluded senior guard/forward Samantha Flanagan.
T.C.S. will host Dallas Cambridge Monday to get their playoff journey started.