BIRMINGHAM, AL (WTVM) - Lanett won its first state championship a year ago. Friday was twice as nice as they went back-to-back, grabbing their second straight ring.
"I'm speechless," senior Jalen Madden said. "It just, it feels great."
"These young men could have given up at any point," head coach Richard Carter said. "There's no give-up in them. They just keep coming, keep coming, keep coming, keep coming. They believe in themselves and they believe in each other."
Their inside game was dominant. Lanett's two big men, 6'6" Anquaevious Pollard and 6'7" Emanuel Littles combined for half of the team's 54 points, and suffocated R-C Hatch in the paint.
"When we step on the court, us two as big men both feel like we can't be stopped," the junior forward Littles said. "Can't nobody stop us. I don't care if you're 6'11", 7'1" or 5'9". We feel like we can't be stopped."
Littles' team-leading 14 points wasn't his most impressive feat of the game. He battled the flu and a shoulder injury, but there was no way he was missing the biggest game of the year.
"When the flu came, I just said I have to be like Jordan in his flu game. That's what I tried to do," Littles said.
Lanett becomes the first team to win back to back titles in Chambers County history. Coach Richard Carter doesn't plan on stopping there.
"Our goal is to three-peat," Coach Carter said.
A three-peat isn't out of the question. Lanett loses just two players from this year's team, meaning they could be right back in Birmingham in 2018.