Moments after helping her team cap off a 49-44 Class B championship win over Hammon at State Fair Arena on Saturday, Lomega junior Ashley LaGasse was clinging to the gold ball.
She was now part of the family.
Her sister, Lauren, won two championships. Her mother, then Kanae Price, won one. Her uncle, Wesley, also won a gold ball.
“It feels like I'm part of the tradition now,” LaGasse said. “It's just so great.”
LaGasse had plenty to do with it, scoring 25 points as Lomega bounced back from an early deficit to take the title.
The win gives Lomega's girls 11 state titles, including Omega's 1955 title, tying Byng for the most in state history.
For Lomega coach Kevin Lewallen, who led the Raiders to their 2007 and 2008 titles, this one was different.
“I think this one might be better,” he said. “We knew we were going to be really good in 2007 and then in 2008, with almost everybody coming back, it was the same thing. This year, we were just hoping to make it here when the season started. We weren't even thinking about winning it.”
But Lomega (30-1) won it all against Hammon by withstanding an early attack and hitting its free throws down the stretch.
Hammon (29-3) scored the game's first 11 points.