The St. Pius X varsity basketball teams capped off spectacular regular season performances Friday at Madison County High School and now turn their attention toward the region tournament.

The St. Pius X girls team finished the regular season with a 17-7 record and the program’s highest win total since the 2015-16 season. The team began the year with a 12-0 record but only won five of 11 games in January.

After going 3-5 in region play, the Golden Lions enter the region tournament as the No. 4 seed. The squad will host North Oconee in the region play-in game this week. St. Pius is looking to win its first region championship since 2014.

Last Friday, the team knocked off Madison County 55-50 in the last game of the regular season. Wylie Sheridan led the Golden Lions with 16 points, Kate McBride had 12, and Lindsey Broadway added nine. Kayla McPherson led Madison County with 32 points.

St. Pius enters the region tournament ranked No. 15 in Class AAAA, No. 104 in Georgia and No. 3,010 in the nation, per MaxPreps.com.

The St. Pius X boys finished the regular season with an 18-7 record, going 6-2 in region 8-AAAA. The squad finished with 18 or more wins for the eighth straight year. The Golden Lions will be the No. 1 seed in the region tournament for the fourth consecutive year and will contend for their fourth straight region championship this week.

The Golden Lions possess a balanced attack and unselfish offensive style. Junior point guard Brookes Kahlert was recently named first-team all-region and Cal Petersen made the second team.

The boys dropped their regular-season finale, 65-45, on the road at Madison County, ending a four-game win streak. Despite two losses this season, St. Pius has continued to dominate region 8-AAAA, going 33-3 since entering the division in 2016. The Golden Lions enter the region tournament ranked No. 8 in Class AAAA, No. 78 in Georgia and No. 2,403 in the nation, per MaxPreps.com.

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