It was a similar theme for the Life Christian Academy boys and girls basketball teams against Seattle Christian, as each took big first-half leads and held off late charges to pick up key wins at home on Tuesday night.
The Eagles' girls began by shooting out to big leads in the first quarter and at halftime, only to see the Warriors charge back to tie it 42-42 with under three minutes remaining. But the Eagles earned trips to the free throw line to secure the win, rattling off the last nine points for a 51-42 win.
Sophomore forward Courtney Youngblood led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Life Christian, while Taylor Boles and Maddy Long each tallied 10 points and four steals, and Veronica Midgett finished with eight points for the Eagles.
Similarly, the Eagles' boys held a 32-13 lead at the half over Seattle Christian only charge back to within 48-43 with a minute remaining. But the defense came up with a couple of stops, and Life Christian held on for a 50-46 win.
Junior center Luke Grocott finished with a team-high 12 points and seven rebounds for Life Christian, while Wyatt Dunlap came off the bench to score 10 points for the Eagles.
Both Life Christian teams improved to 3-3 in the Nisqually 1A Conference to stay in the thick of the title race.