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January 23, 2013

PREP BASKETBALL: Lancaster's heroics lead Fairview ninth-graders in 39-38 thriller (PHOTO GALLERY)

HANCEVILLE — Seth Lancaster was, by his own admission, extremely nervous as he stepped up to the free-throw line with just 4.1 seconds left in Fairview's ninth-grade semifinal against Holly Pond.

Tied at 38 apiece, the freshman had a chance to play the hero and send his team to the championship game of the Cullman County Basketball Tournament.

Nothing but net.

Lancaster sank his free throw, completing an improbable three-point play to lift the Aggies to a thrilling 39-38 victory on Wednesday afternoon.

The ninth-grader said his first option wasn't to score on the winning sequence.

"I was going to pass it to my buddy in the corner," he said. "But, the guy went to cover him, so I went to the lane and tried to score. I didn't think I was going to get hit from behind, but I am glad I did."

After a Landon Walker layup put the Broncos up by two, the Aggies were left with just mere seconds to make a play before time expired.

Enter Lancaster.

The Broncos' Dawson Foust nearly came up with a steal, but the ball ended up in Lancaster's hands with the Aggies sporting a 3-on-1 advantage.

Left with a quick decision, Lancaster decided to take it the basket on his own, hitting a fallaway layup, while also drawing the shooting foul.

From there, it was just a matter of making the attempt. Easier said than done.

"I was bad nervous," Lancaster said. "I've never had to make a shot like that before. Once I did, I was happy."

Fairview led the entire first half, backed by Caleb Chambers' seven first-quarter — and game — points. Holly Pond stayed close, however, trimming the deficit to four heading into intermission.

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