MINERAL, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- More than two decades after Louisa County Coach Robert Shelton lead the Lions to the state finals, Louisa is finally back in the state tournament with Shelton now on the sidelines and his son Chris leading the way.
"It still feels like a dream to me," Chris said of making it back to states, "Every day is getting realer and realer, but at the end of the day we have a job to do and that's to win."
Louisa County's last trip came in 1994 and now the Lions are back in the VHSL Class 4 Quarterfinals facing Churchland on Friday night. For many on the team the feelings of finally making it back have settled since the Lions won the Region 4B Championship on Monday over Courtland.
"It's settled in a lot, we're going to the state tournament," junior guard Xavien Hunter said, "It's unbelievable for us because we never thought we'd make it this far. We thought we would have a successful season, but we didn't think it would be this successful."
Now the Lions are putting any of those feeling behind them as look forward to even higher goals.
"For us to be effective, we got to play together, we don't have Kobe Bryant out here or LeBron James," Coach Shelton said, "These guys play their best basketball when they're sharing the ball and just playing for each other and I think that's the history of this group."