The Lady Lions of St. Pius have moved to the brink of a state championship, while the boys’ title run was stopped in the state Elite Eight.
The girls played at Buford on Tuesday, and the boys played at North Hall on Wednesday. The boys fell in a tight defensive battle, 51-44. The girls however, beat Buford handily 56-43, and won their semifinal game against Chapel Hill High School on Saturday, 59-51.
In the boys’ loss, the game came down to the final minutes, where St. Pius was forced to foul. North Hall made clutch free throws down the stretch, and especially in the final minute to ice the game for the Trojans.
The boys’ ended the season with an impressive 23-10 record, and the best postseason run since 2006. Four starters return next year.
Although the boys’ season came to a quick halt, the Lady Lions are headed to the AAA championship. St. Pius was considered to be a minor underdog in their game versus Buford on Tuesday but the Lady Lions came out fast and strong to take care of the Wolves.
Asia Durr scored an impressive 32 points to lead the game. Durr shot extremely well and was a huge part in the easy Lady Lion victory. Durr was 8 for 11 from behind the arc. Jasmine Carter also played a great game, stealing the ball seven times from the Buford offensive attack.
The win placed the Lady Lions in the semifinal game against Chapel Hill. The girls expected a tough game and received just that. The girls fell behind early in the game, and were down by nine points in the first quarter. After bringing the game closer by halftime, the girls caught fire in the second half.
Durr poured in 27 points, and scored her 1,000th point with her first basket of the game. Jasmine Carter added 17 and Adriana Daves scored nine.
In the win, St. Pius earned the right to play against Dawson County, in the Macon Centerplex on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The girls will try to bring home their third championship since 2006.