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Orange City celebrates MOC-FV's & Unity's historic game

The Lady Dutch and Knights are honored on Sunday in Orange City. The Lady Dutch and Knights are honored on Sunday in Orange City.

There are 64 Class 3A schools in Iowa.  Orange City can boast it has the two best girls teams in the state.

"And I ask you, could it get any better than this," Orange City Mayor Deb De Haan said.

The players of MOC-Floyd Valley and Unity Christian grew up together.  But on Saturday, they set their friendships aside to battle for a championship.

"This time, our opponents weren't nameless faces.  They were our neighbors and our friends. We played t-ball together and took swimming lessons together," MOC-FV senior Faith Vander Voort said.

The game, didn't disappoint.

"It had big shots. It had blocked shots, it had steals," Earl Woudstra said. "It had big free throws under great pressure. It was one of the most fun high school basketball games I've ever been able to see."

Sunday, inside the Bultman Center, players, coaches and fans reflected on the schools' championship journey.

"I can still remember starting our season in the classroom, our team and our coach, writing down ways of how we can become good to great," Unity Christian Junior Kassidy De Jong said. 
"I never dreamed of making it to the state championship and certainly never dreamed of playing you guys."

"We have dreamed of doing this since we were little girls," Vander Voort added. "In 5th grade I remember saying to Alexis (Conaway), 'When we're seniors, I want to be a state champion."

There's no hard feelings between the two schools.

"We gave it to you.  You took the punches and finished us off in the end," Unity Christian Head Coach Jay Schuiteman said.  "I'm really looking forward to your graduation later on this year," he added jokingly.

While the final scoreboard showed a 63-57 victory for the Lady Dutch, the big winner was Orange City.

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