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THOMASVILLE, NC - The girls' basketball team at New Hope Christian Academy in Thomasville is nationally ranked.

Max Preps ranks the team number one in North Carolina. USA Today puts the Lady Phoenix at number five in the country.

They're undefeated this season at 27-0. The ultimate goal is to win the national championship.

"It was you and your teammates that got you to number five, you know," NC State signee Akela Maize said. "Top five, top ten, working your way up feels so good."

The team isn't just playing to win. This year, every game is dedicated to their former teammate, who died last summer in a wreck while on a recruiting visit.