South Lakes sophomore Princess Aghayere had a solid defensive performance in Thursday's 48-46 victory against Oakton.
FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- The last time South Lake's girls' varsity basketball team won a state title was 1986.
On Thursday night at Robinson Secondary School, the Seahawks held on to defeat reigning AAA State Champion, Oakton, 48-46, in the AAA Northern Region semifinal.
The team is now one step closer to experiencing, first-hand, what has inspired them through the season: their head coach Christy Winters Scott's memories of her journey to states as a senior at South Lakes.
"She always talks about how it feels to go to states," said Seahawks center Abigail Rendle of her coach. "It's definitely motivational for us."
PHOTOS: South Lakes Defeats Oakton
Rendle, a 6-foot-4 junior, finished the night with 11 points and senior forward Gabby Schultz led the Seahawks in scoring with 13.
Also behind South Lakes' win, was a solid defensive effort in the second half spearheaded by Rendle and sophomore forward Princess Aghayere. The two positioned themselves fearlessly under the basket and repeatedly maximized their height advantage over Oakton.
"That's just heart from that kid," said Winters Scott of Aghayere's performance. "She wants the ball. She's a determined soul, that's what I've called her all year ... she tells the girls on the court I'm going to get the ball and we're going to win .... and that just empowers our team."
Oakton, which holds a state record for most wins in a season, did not give up, even in the game's final minutes. With 3:33 on the board, the Cougars were behind, 41-34. Sophomore guard Lindsey Abed finished the game with 17 points and helped shrink the Seahawks' lead to just two points in the final minutes of regulation.
South Lakes will take on the Edison Eagles, whose 59-53 win over Centreville earned them a place in the AAA Northern Region final, Saturday at 6:00 p.m.