The St. Pius X girls basketball team dropped a Saturday road battle to Marist, 37- 33. 

This years’ matchup was the fourth consecutive where neither team passed the 45-point mark. St. Pius did not stray from their normal game plan, continuing to pound the ball in the lane while trying to get to the charity stripe. The Golden Lions were 5-5 from the line but failed to finish attempts inside, shooting an uncharacteristically low 6-24 in the paint

After the game, St. Pius head coach Kyle Snipes said he was disappointed the team didn’t do a better job of attacking and finishing.

“A bright spot is that even though we fell behind by nine midway through the fourth quarter, we were able to get it back within one-possession twice in the final minute,” Snipes said.

The coach was also impressed by the play of Georgie Dooley, who posted 14 points, shooting 6-9 from the field. She put the team on her back and was the only player to score in the fourth quarter for St. Pius, Snipes said.

“Georgie is a great asset to have because she’s a stretch four that can knock down the three with a great deal of consistency,” the coach said. “She also hit two huge free throws with five seconds to go in our region win Friday night.”

The team’s record moves to 14-3. The Golden Lions take on both Madison County and Pace Academy this week. 

Following the girls’ game, the St. Pius boys defeated Marist 46-37. The team rebounded well after a region loss at the buzzer to North Oconee the night before. 

Marist entered the game ranked No. 14 in the AAAA Classification with a 10-7 overall record. The team defended well in their lowest-scoring affair of the year.

After the game, St. Pius head coach Aaron Parr said the team relied on its strength on defense.

“We tell our guys that defense travels with you wherever you go,” he said. “I thought we put together a complete defensive effort.” 

The Golden Lions have now won three of their four games in 2020. Parr said he was pleased with his team’s balanced attack against the War Eagles.

Brookes Kahlert led the team with 12 points and four assists while going 5-5 on free throws. Trey Acklin and Jack Verrill each added 8 points. The team shot 14-18 from the free-throw line in the victory. 

“I thought our team showed grit on Saturday at Marist,” Parr said. “Our guys battled for 32 minutes. We came out as the aggressor and were extremely tough down the stretch.” 

The win boosts the team’s record to 13-5. The squad is currently ranked No. 7 in Class AAAA and No. 59 in Georgia, according to MaxPreps.com.

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