For the fifth straight year, the Holy Innocents’ girls’ basketball team has advanced to the state finals. Coach Nichole Dixon and Company earned its bid last week with a Tuesday 69-35 win over Mt. Paran in the Elite 8 and a 70-30 victory over Calvary Day Saturday.

The Bears will line up against Wesleyan – for the fifth year in a row – Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Macon Coliseum for the Class A – Private state championship.

In the Mt. Paran win, HI opened up a 24-7 lead after the first quarter, led mostly by the shooting of Jada Farrell, who hit two 3’s and had eight points in the quarter. Farrell ended the night leading all scorers with 22, 12 of them on 3-pointers.

 Marya Hudgins (13 points), scored seven in the first frame, as did Jillian Hollingshead, who ended with 11. Besides their scoring production, another major stat came from sophomore guard Cierra Foster, who passed off for 12 assists, matching her season high.

In the Calvary victory, Hudgins scored 13, Farrell 12, Hollingshead 10, Rachel Suttle and Charlsie Birkel each had nine, and Foster chipped in eight.

Over to spring sports, rain once again played a big factor though last Tuesday proved a busy day. Both tennis teams topped Mt. Vernon – the girls by a 4-1 margin and the boys 5-0. It was the first region match for both squads. Morgan Jabaley and Ben Brown were among the stars.

The girls’ soccer team played twice – they beat King’s Ridge 5-2 Tuesday before falling 3-1 to Pace Thursday. Sophomore Caroline Belisle continues to be the leading scorer; she had four goals total in the two outings.

The boys also knocked off King’s Ridge by a 5-1 margin on Monday, with Brandt Olsen (2), Blake Dobbs, Scott Brumbeloe, and Ethan Reuter netting the goals.

The baseball squad easily got past Galloway 11-1. Caleb Ketchup collected two hits, two RBI, three stolen bases, and two runs scored to pace the Bears. They fell 8-1 to Tattnall Square Saturday in Macon, with Guillermo Granier collecting the RBI.

Boys’ lacrosse lost a tough 7-5 contest to Mt. Pisgah in region play, though Henry Ortman, Spencer Goetz, and Graham Collins led an improving defense.

Girls’ lacrosse lost close ones to Fellowship and North Oconee and will be back in action in mid-March; Annie Parker has been the scoring leader thus far. The girls’ golf team – led by Elizabeth Dickson, Lexi Baker, and Mary Grace Tippet - opened with a loss to Walker.

The defending champ boys’ golfers will open Saturday at the Westminster Invitational, while the track team competed at the Milton Invitational last weekend. Jackie Addy won the 800 while Nick Gonzalez took second in the 300 and third in the 400.

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